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THE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER ULTRAMAN IS TRULY OUT OF THIS WORLD

In 1966, children were introduced to the Ultraman. The gigantic alien superhero made a name for himself via the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), battling gigantic monsters and aliens on a weekly basis. Created by Eiji Tsuburaya, the first Ultraman series consisted of 39 episodes, but it grew beyond the confines of just television. In a way, Ultraman lived up to its ‘monstrous’ billing and quickly established itself as a cultural phenomenon with numerous shows, spin-offs, cartoons and even stage productions over the years.

As with many popular franchises, Ultraman too became a highly-marketable machine. Collaboration and crossovers were commonplace but in 1971, the series pulled off a unique coup of sorts when an Omega Speedmaster appeared in the film, The Return of Ultraman. Sporting an orange hand, the timepiece stood out and quickly became one of the most unique examples of the Speedmaster collection.

Fast-forward nearly 50 years and we now have the Omega Speedmaster Limited Edition 42mm “Ultraman”, a new ‘ultra-limited’ number, which lives up to the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic superhero characters.

THE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER ULTRAMAN IS TRULY OUT OF THIS WORLD

In 1966, children were introduced to the Ultraman. The gigantic alien superhero made a name for himself via the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), battling gigantic monsters and aliens on a weekly basis. Created by Eiji Tsuburaya, the first Ultraman series consisted of 39 episodes, but it grew beyond the confines of just television. In a way, Ultraman lived up to its ‘monstrous’ billing and quickly established itself as a cultural phenomenon with numerous shows, spin-offs, cartoons and even stage productions over the years.

As with many popular franchises, Ultraman too became a highly-marketable machine. Collaboration and crossovers were commonplace but in 1971, the series pulled off a unique coup of sorts when an Omega Speedmaster appeared in the film, The Return of Ultraman. Sporting an orange hand, the timepiece stood out and quickly became one of the most unique examples of the Speedmaster collection.

Fast-forward nearly 50 years and we now have the Omega Speedmaster Limited Edition 42mm “Ultraman”, a new ‘ultra-limited’ number, which lives up to the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic superhero characters.

Pop culture meets style and luxury

Just like the original timepiece that appeared on the show, which was in fact a 1967 Moonwatch, the Omega Speedmaster Limited Edition 42mm “Ultraman” was already earmarked to be a highly-coveted timepiece. It proved it too, when all 2012 pieces were quickly snapped up within two hours on #SpeedyTuesday on July 10. But the appeal of this stylish chronograph was not merely due to its link to Ultraman, it also has a lot to do with the heritage of the Speedmaster.

A truly classic Speedmaster

The limited-edition number is also highly-coveted for its uniquely finished dial and orange central seconds hand. Vintage Speedmaster fans will appreciate the signature bezel sporting a dot positioned above the number 90 – a tribute to pre-70s models. The dial also features a vintage Omega logo, which lends a welcome ‘old school’ appeal. The timepiece arrives with a contemporary black and orange NATO strap along with a spare black leather strap to conveniently swap styles.

A fitting homage to a hero

Naturally, a big part of this 42mm chronograph’s charm has to do with the character of Ultraman itself. And this is why Omega has outdone itself by inserting subtle cues into the design of the watch. The first three minutes of the 3 o’clock subdial is marked in orange, lending back to the three-minute time frame Ultraman could stay in his gigantic superhero form. Closer inspection of the 9 o’ clock subdial reveals the silhouette of the hero’s face, which can be viewed via the accompanying UV light/strap changer. Hard core fans will easily recognise the design of the accessory, which resembles the signature Beta Capsule used by Ultraman’s human host, Shin Hayata.

Space Age

The Speedmaster “Ultraman” is powered by the OMEGA Calibre 1861, a legendary movement with true space credentials. The case back features an engraving of #SpeedyTuesday and the words ‘THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON’, signifying its highly-documented and now-historic space credentials. The Ultraman motif is also carried into the watch’s packaging in the form of its unique hexagon box – a tribute to the futuristic table used by the Monster Attack Team in the hit series.

Pop culture meets style and luxury

Just like the original timepiece that appeared on the show, which was in fact a 1967 Moonwatch, the Omega Speedmaster Limited Edition 42mm “Ultraman” was already earmarked to be a highly-coveted timepiece. It proved it too, when all 2012 pieces were quickly snapped up within two hours on #SpeedyTuesday on July 10. But the appeal of this stylish chronograph was not merely due to its link to Ultraman, it also has a lot to do with the heritage of the Speedmaster.

A truly classic Speedmaster

The limited-edition number is also highly-coveted for its uniquely finished dial and orange central seconds hand. Vintage Speedmaster fans will appreciate the signature bezel sporting a dot positioned above the number 90 – a tribute to pre-70s models. The dial also features a vintage Omega logo, which lends a welcome ‘old school’ appeal. The timepiece arrives with a contemporary black and orange NATO strap along with a spare black leather strap to conveniently swap styles.

A fitting homage to a hero

Naturally, a big part of this 42mm chronograph’s charm has to do with the character of Ultraman itself. And this is why Omega has outdone itself by inserting subtle cues into the design of the watch. The first three minutes of the 3 o’clock subdial is marked in orange, lending back to the three-minute time frame Ultraman could stay in his gigantic superhero form. Closer inspection of the 9 o’ clock subdial reveals the silhouette of the hero’s face, which can be viewed via the accompanying UV light/strap changer. Hard core fans will easily recognise the design of the accessory, which resembles the signature Beta Capsule used by Ultraman’s human host, Shin Hayata.

Space Age

The Speedmaster “Ultraman” is powered by the OMEGA Calibre 1861, a legendary movement with true space credentials. The case back features an engraving of #SpeedyTuesday and the words ‘THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON’, signifying its highly-documented and now-historic space credentials. The Ultraman motif is also carried into the watch’s packaging in the form of its unique hexagon box – a tribute to the futuristic table used by the Monster Attack Team in the hit series.