John Young's personal unflown Speedmaster Pro X-33; the model to be worn first on Mars?Omega Speedmaster Professional X-33 Watch Directly from the Personal Collection of Astronaut John Young, Signed. This Omega model, often known as the "Mars Watch," was first introduced to the world on March 28, 1998, at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Its development had been spearheaded by Apollo 10 astronaut Tom Stafford (a member of Omega's board of directors) as an update and supplement to the legendary Speedmaster Pro, in use since the days of Gemini. This newer digital-analog model is flight-certified for the next 100 NASA Space Shuttle missions (other than for EVAs, where the older Pro is still the only approved model). The X-33 can be clearly seen in the 2000 Brian De Palma film, Mission to Mars, likely leading to its nickname. Young has signed the band in silver next to the Omega logo. Since 2006, this model has not been available for direct to the general public. Take advantage of this opportunity to own what is likely one of the earliest examples produced.
The technical specifications for this particular chronograph are as follows:
Model: Omega Speedmaster X-33 Multi-Function Wristwatch, 1st Generation.
Case: Titanium with stainless steel function buttons, #56449654, 44mm, water resistant to 30 meters, back secured with screws, bi-directional bezel, anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
Dial: Luminova markers and hands, 8 lux back light, multi-function analog displays for time, day, date, GMT hours, countdown timer, elapsed time, 80db alarm.
Movement: Caliber 1666, quartz multi-function, 9 jewels.
Band: Kevlar with titanium strap.
Condition: Watch is as new.
Included with this lot is a Letter of Certification signed "John W. Young" on his personal stationery, stating: "I hereby certify that the stainless Omega Speedmaster Professional watch with leather [sic] band that accompanies this letter, although not flown, is from my personal collection. It can be further identified by my signature on the inside band."
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