From launch, the Omega replica X-33 watches UK were intended to be a mission-specific tool and the case had been designed to offer the highest possible volume for the audible sound of the alarm, with Omega claiming an impressive 80 dB output. Perhaps even more to the point, the X-33 was capable of measuring up to 999 days of “mission time” and displaying the value as either a countdown or as an elapsed total.
Masterpiece – X33
Eventually updated with a satin brushed bezel and a new crown in 2001, the X-33 was later discontinued for the public in 2006. Fast forward to December 2014 when Omega launches the third generation X-33 called, in full, the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33. This new model forgoes the previous generation’s circular display for a more straightforward horizontal display with three segments, typically showing additional data (top), mode/function (at nine on the dial), and time or an active measure on the lower display. I won’t belabor the finer details of the X-33 as Jack wrote a hands-on story about a mostly similar X-33 back in 2015.
Like all of the third-gen X-33s, the Regatta is 45mm wide and 15.1 mm thick, with a case intricately carved from grade 2 titanium, a ceramic bezel, sapphire crystal, and 30 meters water resistance. While some have (understandably) taken issue with the limited water resistance rating, the X-33 is fully tested to this depth and their intended activities, such as sailing, aviation, and space travel, are largely best performed on or above the surface of the water.
Apart from a limited run of 2017 units and some blue and red coloring denoting its connection to the Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) sailing team, the main difference between a standard Omega X-33 speedmaster series fake watches and the X-33 Regatta is in the clever way that Omega has customized the functionality for America’s Cup racing. While the standard X-33 offers a Mission Elapsed Timer and a customizable alarm system based on elapsed time to notify of specific stages in a mission (called the Phase Elapsed Time), the X-33 Regatta allows for the specific timing and recording of the various stages of a regatta.
Pressing the Race button at 10 o’clock, the X-33 Regatta transitions to countdown (CTD) mode, where a pre-set countdown measure (up to one hour) will track the starting time of a race. Regattas are won and lost in the starting phase, where boats synchronize some sort of timer (like a watch) with audible sounds that indicate the exact progression of time up to the start of the race. As the boats cannot just sit and wait in a line to start, they must establish a pattern and position of movement that allows them to cross the start line, at speed, precisely as the race begins.