Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Speedy Tuesday 2 - Electric Boogaloo!

Courtesy of Omega
I meet a lot of people writing about watches.  And if I am very, very honest, there are a precious few that I respect, admire, and feel legitimate envy towards.  Robert-Jan Broer is one of those people.  And I am envious in a good, positive, "wish I could do that" sort of way.  

And the second iteration of the Omega Speedy Tuesday hits all of my visceral sweet-spots with a sucker punch of nostalgia-laden goodness.  

It is, as I'm sure you've already surmised, an Omega Speedmaster.  But it is much more than that.  It is also a reference to one of my all time favorite characters - Ultraman!

Courtesy of Omega
Well known Henki factoid - I lived and worked in Japan for nearly 3 years.  Not so well known Henki factoid - I was probably the only 26 year-old man wandering the streets of suburban Tokyo with an Ultraman lunch box.  My love for Ultraman ran so deep that I even had a pair of Ultraman jammies.  True story!

Courtesy of Omega
And perhaps the coolest part of the watch for me goes beyond the symbolic reference to its appearance in Return of Ultraman. What really turns my crank is the surprise that waits for darkness to appear -

Courtesy of Omega
It is, without question, the shit that killed Elvis!

If you hustle, you still might be able to get one -


So while I realize and accept that the folks in Biel/Bienne are not sitting up nights worrying about what James Henderson thinks, I thought I'd put out this plea anyway -

More stuff like this, less Crawford family nonsense.  

Here's the release as it appeared in my in-box:


OMEGA’s 1967 “Moonwatch” has been a hit with collectors ever since it appeared in the Japanese TV show “RETURN OF ULTRAMAN.” Now, that popular chronograph has been reborn – in the form of an exclusive #SpeedyTuesday model that is limited to just 2,012 pieces. 

In the early 1970s, the Japanese production team behind the “RETURN OF ULTRAMAN” TV Series picked an OMEGA Speedmaster “Moonwatch” for its monster-fighting kit. That particular model differed from most others thanks to its uniquely finished dial and orange central seconds hand, and it has been part of science-fiction history ever since.

The Speedmaster used in RETURN OF ULTRAMAN was exceptional due to its bright orange seconds hand. Today, that historical hand has arrived in the future, with the exact same shape and shade of orange as well as a new black stripe - which perfectly matches the suits of the show’s heroic Monster Attack Team.

Because Ultraman could only stay in superhero-mode for 3 minutes, OMEGA has coloured the first 3 minutes of the 3 o’clock subdial in orange. On the 9 o’clock subdial, a silhouette of Ultraman’s face can be seen. But only if you use the UV light at the end of the watch's strap changer (which is shaped like Ultraman’s Beta Capsule).

Speedy Tuesday Limited Edition "Ultraman"
7100.00 USD*
*Recommended sale price (VAT incl.)

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