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Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition Watch

Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

It was at BaselWorld 2014 that Omega debuted the new X-33, which we referred to as “the real heir to the cult favorite Omega X-33 aviation/aerospace watch of the 1990s.” Now, as a new-for-2015 version we have the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition, which adds what first appears to be a stunning color combination that links this space-age watch to an interesting project called Solar Impulse.

Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

We were excited to go hands-on with the new X-33 in 2014, a version with a case and bracelet in grade 2 titanium and a color scheme that overall appeared to be mono-chromatic – save for a splash of red on the seconds hand. With the Solar Impulse limited edition the X-33 receives a much more colorful outfit and one that, with its deep blues and vibrant greens, is admittedly more linked to planet Earth than the cold nothingness of outer space.

Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

While the 45 millimeter wide case is still crafted from grade 2 titanium, new is the beautiful blue of the ceramic bezel, the green and blue rings on the periphery of the dial, as well as the green seconds hand. The reason for this Earth-themed color selection is that with this limited edition, Omega connects the X-33 with the Solar Impulse project, which they have been a part of since its earliest phases back in 2006.

Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The Solar Impulse 2 airplane is as wide as a Boeing 747 but, even with its 12,000 solar panels onboard, weighs in at a featherweight 1.7 tons as opposed to over 550 tons of the Jumbo.

The aim of this project is to create an airplane that is powered only by solar energy and is capable of flying around the globe, as Omega puts it: “making a bold statement about viable alternatives to non-renewable energy.” In March 2015, the around-the-world Solar Impulse flight will take off from Abu Dhabi and over five months the pilots will stop in Asia, North America and Southern Europe, flying day and night, to complete the first solar-powered circumnavigation of the world. In fact, this 2015 X-33 is not the only watch Omega has created with ties to this project: in 2009 they presented the Omega Speedmaster HB-SIA limited edition watch with a more unusual carbon fiber dial (article here).

Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases The Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition features the Omega calibre 5619 multi-functional quartz chronograph movement, with a thermo-compensated integrated circuit, with analog hands and a grey-on-black liquid crystal display that can indicate the hour, minute and seconds of up to three different time zones. It has three alarms, chronograph and countdown functions, and a perpetual calendar with day, date, month, year and week number indications, as well as mission timers such as mission elapsed time (MET) and phase elapsed time (PET), and of course a backlight.

The Speedmaster bracelet of last year’s X-33 has been replaced by a green-blue Nato strap, the texture of which reminds us of the one we saw on the Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th anniversary piece (hands-on here), although this time around with Omega branded metal hardware replacing the fabric loops of the strap – certainly a welcome choice.

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Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The case-back, although for the most part covered by the NATO strap, is secured with eight screws and is stamped with the Solar Impulse “Around the World” patch and engraved with the name of the timepiece as well as the words “TESTED AND QUALIFIED BY ESA” (the European Space Agency). Being a limited edition of just 1,924 pieces – a number picked to commemorate the year that the first round-the-world flight took place as members of the United States Army Air Service flew around the world from 4 April to 28 September 1924 – it is here where we’ll likely find the individual number of the piece as well.

Price for the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition is 4,900 Swiss francs, which presently accounts for around $5,200, which actually is $700 less than the version on the titanium bracelet we saw last year. omegawatches.com

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  • DangerussArt

    Interesting, but not for me.. It doesn’t happen too often, but there are a number of watches that fall in to my “Nope, never” category. I’d like to welcome the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition to the list. I’m sure it’ll sell out quickly, but I cannot find a single thing I like about it.

  • Love that colourway. That is all.

  • IvanTrajkovic1

    LIKE THIS ONE VERY MUCH……Only real competition to this Omega is Breitling Emergency…..

  • Ulysses31

    The colour combination is funky and appealing, making this Omega marginally less boring.  Still, i’d have to pass.  I could get a bunch of funky, colourful watches for nearly $6000.

  • Why does it always seem Omega is in “me too” mode? Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea “Cameron Edition” – blue and neon green. Now Omega comes out with this. I dunno…

  • Time2Go

    I kind of dig the crazy color scheme.  But not enough to cough up this kind of cash for it.  I think I’d wear it a few times and then be sick of the colors.

    I know exactly who the brand ambassador for this one should be though…

  • 5803822

    Just look at the price !! are they serious ???

  • kreyagg

    Swiss quartz makes zero sense to me. Especially at this price point. Seriously, I could buy a Casio Gulfmaster and still have enough money left over to buy a Speedmaster Day/Date.

  • EranR

    So, battling it out with Breitling for the title of “most expensive replacement for a digital Casio”. It’s a really difficult decision, as both Breitling and Omega have flight-related themes, however I’m not sure those are overstated enough to make me look like a fighter pilot if I buy one. Could you Gold-PVD that watch for me please, and triple the price, to make it a more compelling value proposition?

  • nickyb66

    Great review David, thanks. I find the colours really striking on this Omega and they work really well. Certainly better and more exclusive than Brietling offerings, I’m not a fan of quartz watches but if I could add to my collection I might be tempted on this one.

    Only one minus point, is the crown. I would imagine this hard to turn/adjust, especially with gloves on because of the circular design.

  • I like the funky color scheme. But for real money (which they are asking for this one), I’d rather see it with a co-axial movement and live without all of the ti I
    like the funky color scheme. But for real money (which they are asking
    for this one), I’d rather have a co-axial Speedmaster. Crudely like this
    perhaps? (still not too sure though…)

  • Kind of puts the Breitling on a new perspective now doesn’t it?

    And the felix the cat/hello kitty dial cutout doesn’t help much (as some friends pointed out)

  • nickyb66 Agreed about the crown! It needs some more grip. Especially when turning it backwards!

  • LapYoda

    I like the looks of the watch, and I’m a fan of the Z-33 as well.  But if I had known that one day companies would be charging over $5000 for a quartz analog/digital watch, I would have held on to my early 1980s Seiko ana-digi (had it not died on me).

  • LapYoda

    MarkCarson To fit the 9300 movement, this watch would be as big as a dinner plate with that bezel and chapter ring.  Invictas would look at it and say, “Damn that’s a big watch!”

  • Fraser Petrick

    Is nothing sacred anymore?
    Everyone and his dog knows that the Omega logo is s’posed to go at the top.
    And the strap colours!….not now, I have a headache.

  • Lkcons

    LapYoda Yep, price is stiff but I actually like the design – funky Omega. Better than a rap Rolex…

  • Fraser Petrick

    MarkCarson  A plague of locusts on do-dahs. It’s in The Old Testament; look it up

  • notech47

    The Casio Gulfmaster makes far more sense for a fraction of the price. Omega and Breitling just look like overpriced status symbols by comparison. Build the Casio in titanium please!

  • shinytoys

    Same as the Beitling, not feelin’ it for this kind of cash.

  • Shawnnny

    I didn’t know Invicta made watches for Omega.

  • henryus

    The color scheme is very Seattle Seahawks, which was the same for the limited edition Rolex Sea Dweller. However, besides the popular association, I like the colors and I have a sweet spot for a high accuracy quartz in titanium cases. Nice.

  • form4me

    Talk about cosmic serendipity … just earlier this week I put my original Omega Solar Impulse on a Nato band trimmed in a color accent. Who knew I was on the cutting edge of where Omega would head next with the Solar Impulse design theme.

  • towatchandlearn

    Solar Impulse Limited Edition, but ironically not Solar Powered…

  • Time2Go

    form4me Very sharp!  I like yours much better than this new one.

  • spiceballs

    notech47  think Casio Oceanus  – – but many more $

  • brlumaja

    It has a different look it it which I like. Would like to see better quality band at that price.

    When people beat up quartz watches for their price I always think why is it ok to pay $10k for a watch that you claim you are buying for a movement you can’t see and doesn’t keep time any better then a $25 Timex? Why is that acceptable?

    You are buying a look and brand, get over it and buy what you like.

  • bigsam2035

    I got the one with the titanium bracelet a couple of months ago as my retirement gift to myself. Many thanks to the review by aBlogtoWatch.

    I do not fancy the new color combo but rather like the understated look of the  X-33 Skywalker. By the way, the crown is a pusher, the form is to appeal to all my analogue friends on these blog. I agree a solar powered unit similar to the Citizen Eco Drive will be great.

    ,Please note we are but surrounded by do-dahs in a very digital world. We will all have to eventually succumb ; -)

  • phsjacob

    They should have made it solar-powered

  • Alan Griff

    Loved the X-33. Z-33 was somehow “not right.” The Solar Impulse gets to me.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    I was for some time thinking about getting a more casual yet still acceptable in the office watch. Something that you would mostly wear on the weekend where it will need to survive a bit of beating, but still passable on a casual Friday. Also something with a bit more interesting colours (I just got over my monochromatic watch period), and this is a perfect match for me. The functionality and the design was there in the original version too, but this new colour scheme simply raises this piece to the next level. The blue/green/white combo is simply lovely and the NATO strap was a great choice for this watch. Also love the design with the 4 pushers and the extra fake pusher on the left which makes the whole case (including the pusher crown) symmetrical. The connection with the Solar Impulse project may be a bit cheesy, but I still like it.

    There is simply nothing that I can fault in this watch – I guess I need to go ahead and get one before they sell out! 🙂

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