Photo essay: Omega Spacemaster Z-33

Launched at Baselworld 2012, the Spacemaster Z-33 is the successor to the X-33. The Z-33 is a multi function digital watch, in a titanium case styled like that of the 1970s Omega Flightmaster.

Finished in a radial brushed surface, the case is chunky but lightweight. The nod to the Flightmaster is a nice touch.

The diameter is a manageable 43 mm but it is remarkably thick; it seems to be close to 20 mm high. That’s partially due to the double case back that serves as an amplifier for the alarm.

All of the digital functions are indicated on a pair of red LED screens. There are enough functions and buttons on this watch that it takes some time to master. In addition to the alarm, the Z-33 has a whole host of other functions: date, UTC and dual time zone, alarm, perpetual calendar, chronograph, countdown and flight log.

One clever feature is the button at eight o’clock that moves the hands out of the way of the screens, sending them to either three or nine o’clock.

This is an extremely cool electronic toy, probably overloaded with functions but nevertheless cool, which reminds me of the Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave. The Z-33 also demonstrates the diversity of Omega’s product line – from the same company also comes the De Ville chronograph – arguably the most varied of all the Swiss watch brands. Retailing for about US$6000, however, this is an expensive gadget. And for those wondering how this wears, wrist shots of the Z-33 can be seen at the very bottom of the page; this surely won’t fit under most cuffs. – SJX

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