A follow up to the Omega and Fratello Watches collaboration around the hashtag “Speedy Tuesday” has arrived! After last year’s limited edition release inspired by the “Omega Alaska Project III” model, this year the concept returns with a new Omega Speedmaster inspired by the 1960’s “Ultraman” TV series.
The science fiction Japanese television series “Ultraman” was created by Eiji Tsuburaya and originally began broadcasting in 1966. But, it was actually in the follow up series known as “The Return of Ultraman” which was released in 1971 that the Omega timepiece would make its historic appearance.
The premise of this kaiju show as it is known in Japan (kaiju is Japanese for “strange beast”) which belongs to a subcategory designated as tokusatsu (Japanese for “special effects”) revolved around Ultraman who is a benevolent alien who protects Earth against monsters and alien threats, while co-habiting the body of a human named Shin Hayata.
As for the Omega association that links this Japanese alien life form to a Swiss manufactured timepiece. It all occurred on episode eight of the “The Return of Ultraman” during a fight sequence.
This superhero known as Ultraman, as well as almost every Ultra has an important organ called “Color Timer” or “Warning Light” that represents a unique limitation. It consists of a light formation usually on the Ultra’s chest which exists to let the viewer know when the hero is injured or tired.
The Earth’s atmosphere weakens the Ultramen the longer they stay because it naturally filters out the majority of the light that reaches its surface. So, basically due to a lack of adequate amounts of sunlight Ultraman has approximately three minutes to use its superpowers.
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The 42mm case is made of stainless-steel with a steel screw-on caseback, which has been engraved with a reminder that reads: “FLIGHT QUALIFIED BY NASA FOR MANNED SPACE MISSIONS”, “THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON” and the limited edition number of each unique timepiece. Plus in the center of the case back is the iconic Omega “seahorse” logo and they’ve also engraved “#SpeedyTuesday”. As aforementioned this is the second “SpeedyTuesday” watch to be released, we also reviewed the first edition and retold the origin story of this trendy hashtag here.
Mounted to the case is a stainless-steel bezel with a black insert that features a tachymeter scale printed on to it. Also comes equipped with two push-pieces that activate the chronograph functions, with a steel setting-crown in-between them that bears the Omega logo on it. All topped by a hesalite crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 50 meters (167 feet).
Time is exhibited on a black dial with stainless-steel applied hour index markers, further highlighted by square orange index markers, followed by smaller white printed minute index markers. There are three sub-dials: a 30-minute counter with its first three minute markers in orange, at the 3 o’clock position; a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position; and a sub-seconds dial at the 9 o’clock position. The stainless-steel central hour, minute hands and the steel applied hour index markers have all undergone a luminescent filling, for an enhance legibility.
Meanwhile the central chronograph hand is also colored orange to match the: small square hour index markers, “Speedmaster” logo in cursive lettering, “TACHYMÈTRE” bezel inscription; and other subtle orange accents.
And that’s not all! Other unique features on this timepiece are the: first three minutes on the sub-seconds dial, which have been colored orange as a reference to how long Ultraman could maintain his superhero mode; and the camouflaged Ultraman’s head, which appears in a luminescent orange silhouette in the midst of the sub-seconds dial, aligned with the 9 o’clock position.
Omega Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday 2 ‘Ultraman’
This “Omega Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday 2 ‘Ultraman’” (Ref#: 318.104.22.168.01.001) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 1861 with 18 jewels and 21,600 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 48 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is either a: black NATO strap with an orange stripe; or a black leather strap with exposed orange stitching; both secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle that has “#Speedy Tuesday” engraved to it. This is a limited edition watch with only 2,012 manufactured pieces. It also comes with a special edition hexagon shaped box set, in a unique sci-fi presentation.
Plus the included strap changing tool has the aforementioned UV light attached to one of its end that has been modeled after the “Beta Capsule” which Ultraman’s human host would use to transform into the superhero. An extra feature aimed to please any hardcore geeky Ultraman, who was able to order one of these watches.
It seems all 2,012 of these ‘Ultraman’ themed watches sold-out (were reserved online) in exactly 1 hour, 53 minutes and 17 seconds! According to Omega. But, those who wish to can still join a waiting list in case any of the placed reservations are not concluded. For more up to date information visit the official Omega website here.
MSRP: $7,100.00 USD
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