#WatchWednesday: The Omega X-33 SpacemasterPosted by Ru Porter on 08/08/12 | Filed under Style, Watches, WatchWednesday
With all the sci-fi films Hollywood has been releasing lately – From "Battleship" to "Prometheus" and "Total Recall" – I thought it’d be a good idea to feature a wrist piece of a different species for #WatchWednesday. Up this week is the father of all watches, the cream of the crop in the timepiece industry otherwise knows as Omega or, more specifically, the Omega X-33 Spacemaster -- one of only two watches to qualify for use in space by NASA. What makes it a standout though, is that it separates its day-to-day timekeeping from its professional functions ergonomically, using state-of-the-art technology.
Above the digital dial is a set of analog hands that are adjusted by the crown at 3 o’clock. Surrounding the watch are four pushers that, along with the crown, allow full control over the array of digital features. For keeping track of the time these include date, UTC and two time zones (in 12 or 24 hour display), an alarm and a perpetual calendar. Elapsed time is measured with a chronograph function and a countdown timer. Alongside these features are self-programmable professional pilot functions to log up to ten flights and visualize those logs with date-hour indications.
Continuing the high technology feel of the watch, the case is manufactured from titanium; featuring brushed, polished and sandblasted highlights. The back is encased with four screws and its “double wall” construction acts as a resonance chamber, thus amplifying the sound of the alarm plus it has scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides to provide a clear view of the display regardless of the conditions. Additionally, the wristwatch is also water resistant up to 100 feet. The great thing about this luxury timepiece is that if you have 6 stacks to spend, but aren’t technologically savvy, Omega offers a training course for those who need it.
Omega didn’t reveal the price, but timepiece aficionados believe that something of this stature would retail for $5900. Would you drop that kind of cash for a Swiss-made luxury timepiece that can tell time in space?
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