Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Sensibly Designed Regatta Timer!

From Omega -
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Point of full disclosure, I really would be hard pressed to be any LESS interested in yet another watch company partnering with yet ANOTHER yacht racing team.  Rich people have enough money and support.  That is, after all, why they are rich ; )

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Having said that, this is a very interesting, very practical, VERY INTELLIGENTLY designed regatta timer.

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This is the Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ Limited Edition.

Here are the pertinents -

Designed for ETNZ and limited to 2,017 pieces, the X-33 features an ingenious Regatta function, which keeps track of the critical five minute count-down and race time.

Cased in grade 2 titanium, it has a black dial with blue rings and white transferred markings, as well as cut outs for digital readings. The bezel ring is a ceramic/titanium mix and the minute track scale is formed by a black ceramic ring with Liquidmetal®.

The caseback is stamped with an EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND logo and engraved with "CHALLENGER FOR THE 35TH AMERICA’S CUP", "X-33 REGATTA" and the limited edition number. The watch is presented on a black coated nylon fabric strap with blue rubber lining and blue stitching. It is powered by the OMEGA Calibre 5620.

24 hours
Bi-directional rotating bezel
E.O.L. (End of Life)
Limited edition
Perpetual calendar
Regatta timing

Technical data
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Water resistance
3 bar (30 metres / 100 feet)
Case Diameter: 45 mm
Between Lugs: 20 mm

Calibre: Omega 5620
Highly precise thermo-compensated multi-functional quartz movement with special functions. Analogue functions include hours, minutes and seconds, as well as a racing countdown. Digital functions show three different time zones, chronograph, timer, calendar indication, two alarms and perpetual calendar. A Professional Regatta Function offers CTD (countdown) to the start, and RAC (Race) count up for racing. The LGB (logbook) allows two races to be recorded with 10 buoy recordings each.
Battery life: 
24 months

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