One new element to the case is the crown, which is now much easier to pull out and operate. The crown is also a pusher, so it really has a lot of uses. The case also has four other pushers, so overall the X-33 has a lot of ways to operate and adjust its functions. The case also has its “double caseback” meant to allow for a space for the loud alarm sound to exit. I’m not sure about water resistance, but this isn’t a diving watch.
While the Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker case and bracelet might be very similar to the previous generation X-33, the dial is totally different – well, mostly different. The bi-directional rotating bezel now has a matte dark gray ceramic insert (which looks great), and the inner dial is new. The flange ring and hour makers are actually very similar to that of the previous generation X-33. Omega chose hands more akin to the modern Speedmaster for the hour and minute hand, as opposed to the arrow-style hands often associated with the older generation X-33 watches.
The dial of the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker no longer has a circular LCD display, but one with horizontal text on three different lines. The dial is similar, but not the same in looks to the two-line Z-33 display. While the features are the same on the X-33 Skywalker as on the Z-33, their layout is a bit different. Features includes multiple time zones, alarms, mission time, chronograph, countdown timer, and a calendar. You can read more about the Omega X-33 Skywalker functions in our watch debut post here.
On the wrist, the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker looks and feels great. It is very light in weight and looks fantastic. More than one mechanical watch lovers has admitted that this is the only quartz watch out there that they currently covet. As Omega is very strong in designing professional instruments, I can see why. I also happen to really like the new X-33 Skywalker and would not mind owning and wearing one at all. It takes a special watch lover to appreciate seeing these on someone’s wrist, and in the wild, if you see an X-33 you can assume the wearer is a pilot, astronaut, or watch nerd. The Omega Speedmaster X-33 Skywalker ref. 3188.8.131.52.01.001 will be a pricey $5,900 and available later in 2014. omegawatches.com