Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33

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April 25, 1964 marks a significant date in history. Three scientists at the Bell Labs in New Jersey introduced the first practical way of converting the sun’s rays into electrical energy. Sixty years later, solar cells have powered a whole list of items including calculators, cars and even airplanes. In fact, there’s a second solar-powered airplane developed to go around the planet, using nothing but the sun’s energy with the Solar Impulse 2. Omega Watches is a primary sponsor for the development of that aircraft. Because of the update, the watch company follows suit with the Speedmaster Skywalker X-33. But this watch has loftier goals because it’s made for astronauts. The analog/digital watch is powered by a highly-precise quartz movement specially made by ETA for Omega. Housed in super tough titanium, the Skywalker X-33 carries functions that are useful for an astronaut’s life in outer space. These include mission elapsed time (MET) and phase elapsed time (PET) displays. There are three alarm modes, three different time zone displays, a chronograph plus a countdown timer as well. The European Space Agency has certified the Skywalker X-33 for use in their space missions and Omega says that NASA will also follow suit. Not all of us will get the chance to visit the final frontier but it’s good to know that there’s a watch that will be functional in that environment. Plus the name alone, Skywalker X-33, is worthy of the prize of admission. ~$5,555.

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