This upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil, will mark the 27th time that Omega is the official timekeeper for this prestigious event. Quite an accomplishment, to provide such essential time accuracy for so long without any incident. Omega is definitely a brand that has gained its place in sports and now-a-days their expertise is used to measure all 28 summer sports and 14 winter sports.
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After having introduced two watch models for the Rio Olympics, the: “Omega Speedmaster II Rio” and “Omega Seamaster Bullhead Rio Olympics”. This time around they have issued a much more sophisticated dress type watch, the “Omega Olympic Official Timekeeper” that will be available in three different gold colors, as a reference to the gold, silver, bronze medals up for competition.
The white gold version comes in a 38mm case with fixed T-bar lugs, while the yellow and pink gold version come in a 39mm case. The pushers and crown on these timepieces are also varied from each other, as well as the lugs. Although at first glance only the white gold edition seems different from the others. With a closer detailed look we realize they are all slightly nuanced from one another. But, they all have their limited number and Olympics logo engraved on their caseback.
Now once we focus on the lacquered white dial and Arabic numerals similar on all three versions. It’s here on the face of the watch that they are all truly identical.
Featuring a sharp red Omega wordmark near the 12 o‘clock position inspired by the vintage Omega stopwatches issued at the Los Angeles Olympics, back in 1932. There is also a black minute railroad track circling near the bezel and two sub-dials. A 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position.
Omega Olympic Official Time Keeper
All these “Omega Olympic Official Time Keeper” watches are powered by a manual-winding chronograph movement, caliber 3203 with 33 jewels and 28,800 vph. Also features a free sprung balance, a column wheel mechanism and co-axial escapement. Power reserve on these timepieces can last up to 55 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 30m (98 feet). Mounted to these watches is a leather strap with buckle matching the gold color of each respective model. All these 3 timepieces are limited editions of only 188 pieces produced for each variation of gold, so there are 3 models that total in 564 “Omega Olympic Time Keeper” watches available.
Omega Olympic Official Time Keeper, white gold on leather strap (Ref#: 522.214.171.124.04.001)
Omega Olympic Official Time Keeper, yellow gold on leather strap (Ref#: 5126.96.36.199.04.002)
Omega Olympic Official Time Keeper, pink gold on leather strap (Ref#: 5188.8.131.52.04.001)
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