Initially when opening the box for the Omega X-33 Skywalker Solar Impulse (ref. 3126.96.36.199.03.001). I was a little apprehensive: this, is a quartz movement watch, from a company that increasingly wants to be seen as a truly luxury brand, by making more mechanical watches. The bright green and blue colours are strong and catch the eye, but lacks a little sophistication in my option. But overtime it’s a design that has grown on me. The casing is built from dark looking grade 2 titanium with an excellent matte brush finish, which maintains its crispness around stylistic detailing, and reminds the wearer of its status as a tool watch. It is a comfortable 45mm wide with two buttons on either side of the face keeping multiple lines of strong symmetry.
Throughout wristwatch history Rolex have forever been at the forefront of innovation. They are known as the first major manufacturer of a completely water-resistant divers watch thanks to a series of landmark publicity stunts to promote their brand. They put another mark into the history books with the Datejust that automatically adjusted the date by itself - an unheard of accomplishment at the time. And they are also attributed with the first watch to show two-time zones with the GMT master.