Omega has created a special sailing version for their digital-analog quartz powered “X-33 Speedmaster” model. And the reason why is tied to their sponsorship of the Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) and the currently ongoing 35th America’s Cup, where every Kiwi crew member will be analogically and digitally prepared to compete.
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We’ve recently reviewed other timepieces developed specifically for this prestigious sailing event, celebrated and honored worldwide. Some of these timepieces included the: “Officine Panerai 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback TItanio (Ref#: PAM 526); the black ceramic “Officine Panerai Luminor 1950 Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback” (Ref#: PAM 725) which sponsors the USA team; the “Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta” (Ref#: 1553-155-3/43) supporting the Artemis Racing team; and finally another series of limited edition Panerai watches with ties to the USA team and Softbank Team Japan; all these watches were issued in support of the 35th America’s Cup.
With this release Omega has once again contributed with an unique timepiece for the America’s Cup. They based this new watch on their “Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Deep Black’ Master Chronometer” which was revealed about a year ago to this date. The application of ceramics on the case and dial, render this watch as the “Speedmaster” model, most similar to the “Dark Side of the Moon”, for those who had so desired. But, for those who remember the “Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33” was originally released in the 90’s, we have some in stock at EiT.
The 45mm case is made of brushed grade-2 titanium, just like all previous “Speedmaster X-33” models have been. It’s been equipped with a double case back, in order for the alarms to reproduce the loudest clear sound possible.
Since the regatta function keeps track of the critical five minute count-down to the start of the race by triggering a series of alarms, each with their own recognizable ringing sequence. Also engraved on the case back we can see the ETZN logo at the center, while circling around it can be read “Challenger For The 35th America’s Cup”, plus the number to each of these limited edition timepieces.
There are two push-pieces to either side of the case, which serve to operate the digital and chronograph functions, while the only red accented pusher seen at the 10’clock position, activates the regatta function.
Mounted to the case is also a ceramic and titanium bidirectional rotating bezel that features a star symbol at the 10, 30, 45 and 60 marks; which are a clear reference to the Southern Cross on the New Zealand flag. The black ceramic ring produced with LiquidMetal® is used for the minute track scale. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 30 meters (100 feet).
Time is exhibited on a black dial with white hour index markers. While analog time is pointed out by a skeletonized black and white second’s hand, a red minute hand (also linked to the regatta function) and a black and white seconds hand. Then the three digital displays use liquid crystal displays (LCD) with grey segments on a black dial, to inform us of time and data, such as: date, E.O.L (End Of Life, which is a digital power reserve indicator), three different time-zones, alarms and a perpetual calendar. A blue ring also circles the dial and an off-set dial aligned with the 9 o’clock position. The Omega logo and Speedmaster written in red are aligned with the 3 o’clock position.
Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ LTD ED
This “Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ LTD ED” (Ref#: 318.104.22.168.01.001) is powered by a highly precise thermo-compensated multi-functional quartz 5620 movement. Power reserve on this battery life can last up to 24 months. Mounted to the watch is an Omega black coated nylon fabric strap with blue rubber lining and exposed blue stitching, secured to the wrist by a polished and brushed titanium buckle. This watch is a limited edition with only 2017 manufactured pieces, more info at the Omega website.
MSRP: $5,900.00 USD
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