Back in 2014 we were still enjoying the Brazilian FIFA World Cup, but Brazil was already hard at work preparing its self for the Olympic Games, scheduled to occur in, the city of Rio, year 2016. And as usual an event of this magnitude tends to feed off of many types of sponsors and supporters.
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Omega has officially been in charge of the countdown. The first model they envisioned was the new: Speedmaster Mark II “Rio 2016”; inspired by the 1969 Speedy Mark II. This new timepiece “Rio 2016” (to keep it short) has a barrel-shaped, stainless steel case, similar to the original Mark II, but with a polished and brushed finish.
The matte black dial features a 30-minute recorder at 3 o’clock, a 12-hour recorder at 6 o’clock and a small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock. The sub-dials are decorated with a bronze ring, 18k yellow gold ring and a 925 silver ring (92,5% pure silver). The choice of these materials and color schemes are done to highlight the medals awarded at the Olympic tournaments.
The Speedmaster Mark II “Rio 2016” is the first watch in Omega’s collection to make it possible for the wearer to see the tachymeter in the dark. All this glow is due to the Super-LumiNova fillings, which emits ten times higher brightness than previous zinc sulfide-based material. The white and black hour and minute hands, chronograph seconds hands and hour markers are also coated with Super-LumiNova.
Only 2,016 pieces of this model will be produced, featuring the logo of the “Rio 2016 Olympic Games” stamped on the screw-in caseback and with “Si14”, “Column Week” and the limited edition number of the watch engraved on it. The bracelet is also of polished and brushed stainless steel, with Omega’s patented screw-and-pin design and foldover rack-and-pusher clasp. Its bracelets length can be adjusted by releasing the outer clasp and sliding the inner clasp.
Omega Speedmaster Mark II “Rio 2016”
This “Omega Speedmaster Mark II “Rio 2016” (Ref# 518.104.22.168.01.001) is powered by the Omega caliber 3330 (just like the one found on the other Marks II’s), equipped with a Si14 silicon balance spring and a co-axial escapement with three levels. It’s water resistant up to 100m (330 feet) and offered in a special presentation box. For more up to date information visit the official Omega website here.
MSRP: $6,500.00 USD
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