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For those aspiring Mars explorers, you now have a watch that displays the time back on Earth, as well as on the Red Planet.

Swiss watch brand Omega has teamed up with the European Space Agency (ESA) to launch the “Marstimer.”

According to an ESA statement, “this new watch is space-tough and Mars-mission ready.”

Space-ready

The Omega Speedmaster family of watches has had a long association with space exploration. NASA’s Gemini and Apollo astronauts used them and they continue to be worn by astronauts today, including on the International Space Station.

ESA notes that the initial concept for the Marstimer came from ESA’s engineers and scientists, who wanted a watch with Mars-specific mission functions to help operate that space agency’s yet-to-fly Rosalind Franklin Mars rover.

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The Speedmaster Marstimer X-33 was developed under ESA patents.

To ensure the Marstimer was space-ready to take up timeless duties, a suite of tests was developed with Omega and several prototype watches were successfully evaluated at ESA ESTEC.

As a result, the watch bears the words “ESA tested and qualified” on its caseback.

Cased in grade 2 titanium, Omega’s unique 45 mm chronograph tracks time on Earth and Mars – “and allows you to find true north down here and up there,” adds Omega.

BTW: Apollo 11 Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin took part in this Omega watch design. Go to this story at:

https://www.watchpro.com/omega-brings-buzz-aldrins-mars-watch-dreams-to-life-with-the-speedmaster-x33-marstimer/?amp=1

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