As official timekeeper for the Olympic games on 27 occasions since 1932, Omega certainly has got the right to get a little carried away with its own Travels, Olympiad-themed limited editions. Coming once every two years, these colorful offerings have generally been re-skinned versions of Omega seamaster vintage fake watches ‘ most popular sport watch collections, with particulars paying tribute to the host towns of their current games; like the walnut leaf-inspired Seamaster Professional for Vancouver, an Aqua Terra using a Copacabana beach motif for Rio de Janeiro, and most lately, a World Ocean in the daring red-on-blue livery of South Korea, of course developed for Pyeongchang. But there is a second, somewhat broader, and lesser-known assortment of Olympic watches which eschew the aforementioned visual dates and codes attached to specific games. These are called the Olympic Official Timekeeper Collection watches, which pay homage to many different original analog stopwatches used to time the games, and today, we’re looking at the most recent addition: the Seamaster Olympic Official Timekeeper.
As mentioned, the Olympic Official Timekeeper does not leverage any of Omega’s existing collections or design language, that has been the modus operandi for pretty much every prior Olympic edition, save for the actual watches and instruments developed by Omega seamaster aqua terra replica watches for use by game officials. It is these timekeeping instruments — the very same ones used to assess the rise and fall of world records — upon the collection is based. The final addition to this collection was inspired by the pocket sequences constructed by Omega to time that the 1932 games in Los Angeles. This time around, this brand new Seamaster took layout cues in the dials of all stopwatches deployed in the 1976 Innsbruck winter games, and also the summer Olympiad in Montreal of the same calendar year.
Inspiration aside, it’s a layout that Omega seamaster planet ocean replica watches have moved exceptionally well to wrist form — especially in the case’s controlled 39.5mm proportions and streamlined lug-to-lug length. Par for Omega’s modern mid-sized watches, the 8800 Co-Axial Master Chronometer movement is deployed (visible through the sapphire exhibition caseback), that has a date and 55 hours of power book, but lacks the independently flexible , characterized by the 8900 series moves. Just after flipping the watch over is the Olympic tie-in most apparent. Every one of the five variations is fitted with a matching anodized ring (colored, of course to represent each of the five Olympic rings) upon which the names of all the games Omega has timed since 1932 are exhibited.
Now, it is probably worth mentioning that this is a Seamaster in title only — aside from the signature twisted lugs, there’s nothing about the brand new Olympic Collection which would indicate any carry-over out of Omega seamaster professional clone ‘s present Seamaster offerings (especially as it is only water-resistant to 60m). Hell, being based on a stopwatch used to measure speed nearly defaults it to being a Speedmaster, but that’s a debate for another day. It’s barely a knock against the collection though, as this is ultimately a sporty and handsome watch in its own right, and one that should age using a bit more grace than the more thematic Olympic editions.
As it stands, 2,032 bits in each of the five colours will be generated, each separately numbered and carrying a cost of $5,400. This is of course in reference to the year 2032, which, despite being 14 years from now, will probably be Omega seamaster gmt 50th anniversary replica watch ‘s 100th year as official timekeeper into the games, which makes this something of a preemptive celebration. But in the customs of the Official Timekeeper watches, at least it’s a consistently good looking celebration really.