Omega launched a new Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday edition this morning and all 2,012 pieces were sold out in an hour. It may be recalled that the first Speedy Tuesday edition (also 2,012 pieces) was sold online in January 2012 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the SpeedyTuesday community was sold out within four hours of appearing on Omega’s website.
The new Speedy Tuesday edition, dubbed the Ultraman, takes its inspiration from a Speedmaster “Moonwatch” that was featured in the cult Japanese TV show The Return of Ultraman in 1971. Little would the production team of the TV series that picked this watch - a 1967 “Moonwatch” featured an orange central seconds hand - as a prop for the storyline’s monster-fighting kit have known that 47 odd years later their choice would result in the creation of a limited edition timepiece.
The new Speedy Tuesday edition is based on the standard Speedmaster “Moonwatch” edition – so it has a 42 mm stainless steel case with the characteristic twisted lugs, a black aluminum insert bezel with a tachymeter scale, and is fitted with a hesalite crystal. The watch is water resistant to 50 meters and the steel caseback has the famous Seahorse medallion and the familiar “Flight qualified by Nasa for all space missions” and “First watch worn on the moon” engraved on it. In addition to these engravings, it also has “#SpeedyTuesday”, “Limited Edition” and the limited edition number/2,012 etched on the caseback.
The stepped dial again has the familiar tri-compax layout of the iconic model. The big difference here is the orange accents on the dial – the central seconds hand and the hour markers have them. Omega uses a faux-vintage color SuperLuminova on the dial and hands. The first three minutes of the minutes register at 3 o’clock are in orange – a reference to the fact that Ultraman can stay in superhero-mode only for 3 minutes. Another playful nod to the series is seen on the 9 o’clock subdial which has a silhouette of Ultraman’s face. Shine a UV light on the dial to see the silhouette light up. The UV light, which is part of the case, is shaped like Ultraman’s Beta Capsule.
The watch is powered by the legendary Caliber 1861, a handwound movement with a cam-switched chronograph function. The watch is presented in a hexagonal box - a tribute to the futuristic table used by the Monster Attack Team. Inside, there is a spare black leather strap and the “Beta Capsule” strap changer with its UV light. The watch was priced at AED23,000 but don’t reach for that wallet just yet, all 2,012 pieces have been spoken for as of now.