This watch was originally released at Baselworld 2016 as a two year countdown towards the PyeongChang Olympics, currently underway. So, in honor of these historic games we’re stepping back to shed the current spot light upon it.
There have been a series of watches issued by Omega at this point to commemorate the current South Korea Olympics. We have already reviewed a couple on our blog, such as the: “Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Pyeonchang 2018’ Olympics” watch with a South Korean color scheme of blue and red, you can get a closer look at here; or, a series of varied colored Seamaster models, following the color-scheme of the rings that constitute the Olympics logo, dubbed the “Olympic Games Collection” that we reviewed here. All these timepieces are limited editions exclusively conceived to honor this global sports event.
The 41.5mm is made of stainless-steel with a transparent case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. There is a unique number for each of these 2,018 manufactured pieces engraved on the watches case band.
Equipped with a screw-in crown and short lugs for a close and compact wrist fit. Topped by a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, which assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 150 meters (500 feet).
Time is exhibited on a blue dial with a “teak concept” dial, which features vertical lines reminiscent of the wooden decking on a luxury boat; although this design is also referred to as a “tuxedo-style” pattern by some aficionados. Passage of time is told via stainless-steel applied hour index markers, followed by printed white minute index markers with Arabic numerals for every five-minute increment. Essentially this dial is identical to the one found on many other “Aqua Terra” models in the Omega catalogue, except for the Olympic themed elements; check our current EiT selection here.
It differs mainly by having the inscription “PyeongChang 2018” written out with the Olympics logo 5-color scheme, between the 3 and 6 o’clock positions, on the inner flange. A subtle and unique coincidence is how the “20” and “18” minute mark are conveniently aligned in the perfect spots to: mark time correctly while also spelling out the current “PyeongChang 2018” inscription.
A serendipitous alignment that was finely incorporated by the Omega connoisseurs. Also comes equipped with the iconic Omega broad arrow central hands, which have been fitted with a luminescent coating, just as the hour index markers have, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra ‘PyeongChang 2018′
This “Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra PyeongChang” (Ref#: 5188.8.131.52.03.001) it’s powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 8500 with 39 jewels and 25,200 Vph. Equipped with a Nivachoc shock system and a silicon si14 hairspring. This movement is METAS-certified making it anti-magnetic and resistant to over 15,000 gauss. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a stainless-steel bracelet, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel deployant clasp. This is a limited edition watch with only 2,018 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Omega website here.
MSRP: $6,400.00 USD
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