Omega Z-33 More Details – Watch Review
Written by D Constant for The Watch Review Site
Looking back at BaselWorld 2012 in a little more detail…..
Where shall we start, well I think we should go back to previous article on The Watch Review Site – http://www.thewatchreviewsite.co.uk/baselworld-2012-its-a-wrap/ and start from the top with the Omega Z-33 or to give it it’s full name The Omega Spacemaster Z-33. (we think that’s it’s full name)
So….. where did the Spacemaster z-33 emerge from, it seems to be a cross between the Omega Flightmaster (first introduced in 1969) and the Omega Speedmaster X-33 (introduced to the world in 1998). A couple of test tubes later (well computer generated 3D graphics), merge the two and out pops a Spacemaster Z-33.
The z-33 launched into Omega’s collection in 2012 combines elements from the externals of the Flightmaster and internals of the Speedmaster X-33. Well after a few tweeks and updates by Omega to meet market expectations and trends. Well you wouldn’t expect the market to stand still since 1969 would you….
As with the ongoing trend of the Omega’s these days the case of the z-33 is ultra-thick, Like it or Not is solely down to personal taste, me I am not too overly keen on extra thick cases. Omega following on from the Planet Ocean Chronograph have again put to market an ultra thick cased watch.
Does the emergence of the Z-33 compliment the Omega range of watches, well its different….
Now to the real stuff the Z-33 features a new quartz movement devised by Omega in house – calibre 5666, it calibrates both the analogue and digital portions of the watch. The digital display dial face tells date, UTC, times in two time zones, along with perpetual calendar, alarm setting, and other chronograph functions.
As a pilot’s watch, the Omega Z-33 can also record data and logs for up to ten flights.
The case is made out of grade 5 titanium, polished, sand-blasted, and brushed. As for the double walled case back construction for sound resonance to amplify the alarm for noisy planes.
As you probably noticed the Z-33 dial says ‘Spacemaster’ while the strap says ‘Speedmaster’. It also bears the Omega Seahorse and Omega Emblem on the case back along with Speedmaster designation. So Omega class it in the Speedmaster range. So does that mean it’s an Omega Speedmaster Spacemaster Z-33?
Looking through Omega’s official press releases and documentation available on the Z-33 they don’t know what to call it either in one place it’s a Spacemaster and then in the same article it’s a Speedmaster. I’m sure when launched we will have a definitive name but there is no mistaking the styling and lokk of the Z-33.
The Z-33 is rated water resistant up to 100 feet.
As for the dial and face – The red LCD display is perfect for low light conditions and all indexes and hands are coated with Super-LumiNova for easy reading at night when it comes to the analogue side of things. It also has a button that will move the analogue hands so the LCD is fully visible. Smart.
The Omega z-33 comes with two strap options, brown “Soft Touch” leather band or black rubber strap, both equipped with a titanium clasp.
Case : Grade 5 titanium with ‘double wall’ resonance chamber construction for alarm.
Calibre : Thermo-compensated Quartz calibre 5666
Dial : Matte black. White indexes, skeletonised hour and minute hands coated with Super-Luminova.
LCD panels : for digital function. Black screens with Red transreflective LCD
Crystal : Sapphire
Water Resistance : 3 bar/ 30m/ 100ft
Strap: brown “Soft Touch” leather band or black rubber strap, both equipped with a titanium clasp.