Once again for the 27th time since the Olympic Games were created, Omega will be the official timekeeper. It seems every two years a new batch of these colored watches are released and the 2018 limited edition batch is officially here. Introducing the “Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Collection”.
We have covered several Olympic watches by Omega, such as the: “Omega Speedmaster Mark II Rio 2016” which we reviewed here; as well as the iconic shaped “bullhead” model in a colorful design and dubbed “Omega Seamaster Bullhead Rio 2016”, you can get a better look at here; or these medal themed “Omega Olympic Official Time Keeper” you can check out here.
In reference to the current Olympic Games taking place we’ve already previously reviewed the robust and lively “Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Pyeongchang 2018’ Olympics” watch, which you can learn more about here.
Normally Omega has opted to re-release existing models with a new color scheme, matching the current Olympic ambassadors country, chosen mascot, or the traditional Olympics rings logo. But, this time around the brand has gone in another direction by opting to mimic the actual timekeeping instruments used to measure the competitions. In this case specifically Omega was inspired by the pocket watches used at the 1976 Innsbruck, Austria winter games and the summer Olympiad celebrated in Montreal, Canada during the same year.
The 39.5mm case is made out of stainless-steel with a transparent case back that allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. On the case back you can see a ring with many cities that have hosted the Olympics: ranging from 1936 in Berlin, all the away up till the yet to occur 2024 games planned for Paris, France; and the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. Topped by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective treatment, which assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 60 meters (200 feet).
Time is exhibited on a domed black and white dial with white Arabic numerals amidst the black center, with black printed minute index markers reaching out towards the whiter outer portion. The center seconds hand and a single thin outer “pulse reader” line circling the dial, in the whiter portion are colored either: blue, yellow, black, red or green. That specific color theme of each piece will also match along with its attached strap.
Also the “Seamaster” inscription and Olympics logo on each piece will also match each pieces chosen color scheme. The central syringe style hands and Arabic numerals have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a date aperture on all these pieces at the 6 o’clock position.
Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Collection
Thrdr “Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Collection” (references below) are all powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 8800 with 35 jewels and 25,200 Vph. Plus a METAS-certified movement equipped with a quick-set and a power reserve that can last up to 55 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to these watches is a micro-perforated leather strap matching the theme color of each piece (yellow, red, green, blue or black) with exposed white stitching, while secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle. This is a limited edition watch of only 2,032 manufactures pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Omega website here.
MSRP: $5,400.00 USD
Ref#: 5126.96.36.199.01.001 – Blue
Ref#: 5188.8.131.52.01.002 – Yellow
Ref#: 5184.108.40.206.01.003 – Black
Ref#: 5220.127.116.11.01.004 – Red
Ref#: 518.104.22.168.01.003 – Green
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