Talk about watches
When it comes to watches with space exploration heritage, there is the Omega Speedmaster, and then there is everything else. First launched in 1957 and designed for the world of automotive racing, the highly versatile design of the classic Speedmaster made it an incredibly practical timepiece, but the version that was flight-qualified by NASA and used during the early days of human space exploration was never actually built for that specific task. At its core, the classic Speedmaster Moonwatch is a racing chronograph, but that has not stopped Omega from producing other versions of the Speedmaster over the years that have been designed from the ground up for use in environments outside of this planet. While the classic Moonwatch is a manually-wound chronograph, the X-33 is a thoroughly modern version of the Speedmaster that features a hybrid analog/digital display and is packed with a number of digital features that are specifically designed for use in outer space. The classic mechanical Moonwatch remains the original flight-qualified icon, but the Speedmaster X-33 is the version of the watch that many astronauts actually use, and to cater to a new generation of astronauts and the next frontier that humans plan to conquer, Omega has created a new version of its most technologically advanced chronograph that is specifically intended for use on Mars. Today, at an exclusive Speedy Tuesday event held at the European Space Agency Visitor Center, the famous Swiss watch manufacturer unveiled the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer ref. 3126.96.36.199.01.003.
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