All 2,012 pieces of Omega’s Speedmaster Limited Edition 42mm “Ultraman” – a tribute to the key character in the Ultraman series, a collection of shows created by Tsuburaya Productions in Japan – were snapped up in just 1 hour, 53 minutes and 17 seconds. This is the second time the Swiss watchmaker has offered online sales of a new #SpeedyTuesday timepiece via its Instagram channel.
Ultraman is one of the most famous example of the Kaiju “giant monster” genre. The new watch model, sharing the same DNA with Omega’s 1967 “Moonwatch”, is named after a Japanese science fiction TV series entitled, The Return of Ultraman, originally released in 1971. A standout feature of the classic ’67 chronograph is its distinctive orange second hands as the colour matched the suits of the heroic Monster Attack Team.
Here’s a fun trivia: As Ultraman is only able to stay in superhero-mode for three minutes, the minute subdial at 3 o’clock on the watch features the first three minutes picked-out in orange. On the other hand, the seconds subdial at 9 o’clock features a hidden silhouette of Ultraman’s profile. The strap changer, identical to Ultraman’s Beta Capsule, has a UV lamp at one end, which when shined on the dial, reveals the image.
Aesthetics-wise, a vintage Omega logo on the dial adds a retro touch while the caseback is engraved with the words #SpeedyTuesday and ‘Qualified by NASA for all manned space missions’. The watch sports a black and orange NATO strap and comes with a spare black leather strap. The “Ultraman” is also presented in its own hexagonal box (a tribute to the futuristic table used by Ultraman’s Monster Attack Team), making it a true collectable.