Earlier this summer we brought you news of a new Speedy Tuesday Speedmaster from Omega, released via Instagram, in which all 2,012 examples sold out in a hair under 2 hours. This second Speedy Tuesday was dubbed the ‘Ultraman’ in honor of the vintage models fitted with orange timing seconds hand. The moniker itself is a nod to the short lived Japanese animated TV show featuring the Ultraman character. But does it live up to the hype? We go hands on to find out.
Before you get to the watch, you’re met with some seriously cool packaging. The box is octagonal with a major sci-fi vibe, and while it’s fit and finish isn’t to the level of say, an MB&F case, it’s just as imaginative and doesn’t cost anywhere near 6 figures to buy.
The watch itself wears like a Speedmaster, no surprise there as it’s the same chassis as you’d find on the reference 3126.96.36.199.01.005. It’s 42mm, but wears a little smaller than that thanks to the tight, twisted lugs and short overhangs. The dial is the real star of the show here, if you’ll excuse the pun.
The creamy hour marker plots with orange indices set a striking tone for the dial as a whole. The matte black dial hosts other orange accents in the form of the first three hashes on the minute totalizer (a nod to the character, who’s powers lasted 3 minutes), the “Speedmaster” signage at 12 o’clock, and of course, the timing seconds hand. There’s another accent, hidden in plain sight, but you need a UV light to fully reveal it.
That’s the face of Ultraman himself within the hour totalizer at 9 o’clock on the dial. As cool as this feature is, the shape itself is difficult to distinguish, even when illuminated. When not under UV light, it’s particularly difficult to place – but makes for a great easter egg.
Overall the Ultraman is a seriously cool watch, and the market seems to agree. MSRP was $7,100, but pre-owned prices are nearer to $10,000. If watches like the Snoopy and the original Speedy Tuesday are any indication, this could be just the beginning.
Just 2,012 Speedy Tuesday 2 ‘Ultraman’ watches were produced. This number itself is a nod to the founding year of Speedy Tuesday, the hashtag and weekly tradition founded by our friend Robert-Jan Broer of Fratello Watches. In honor of Speedy Tuesday, we’ll be selling this Ultraman to one Bidder for $2,012. Keep an ear to the ground on how you can get your Bid in for you chance to be selected.