OMEGA is no stranger to cosmic exploration. Aiding the first astronauts to ever land on the Moon in 1969, the Speedmaster model has since become synonymous with outer-space travel. Over 50 years later, humanity has its eyes on somewhere even farther, and so does the Swiss luxury watchmaker.
Today, OMEGA introduced the Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer, the newest iteration in its Instruments line made with pilots and astronauts in mind. Matching most of its physical specs identically to the Speedmaster Skywalker X-33, whose template on which it’s built, the Marstimer swaps the movement from the caliber 5619 to the caliber 5622, an automatic chronograph that has been tested and approved by the European Space Agency and can be used to tell the time on Mars — which has a solar day of 24 hours, 39 minutes — via the analog display.
It would be completely understandable to wonder exactly why someone would need to know the time on Mars if crewed missions aren’t currently happening yet. For starters, it’s useful for anyone needing to sync up with a Mars Rover to keep track of where it’s going. Along with three different Mars time zones, the Marstimer can also give you several different time zones across our own globe. To further the concept, the oxalic anodized aluminum bezel, the seconds hand, and one of the pushers are all given a red hematite color to match the color of the Red Planet. Likewise, the timepiece is equipped with a compass that can find true north on both Earth and Mars.
The Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer is now available for $6,400 from specialty boutiques, which can be found through OMEGA’s website.