Back in February 1930, Tissot-Omega formed Société Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogère, the second most powerful Swiss watchmaking group but for those unfamiliar, it wasn’t until the joining of Lemania Watch Co in 1932 that added the necessary watchmaking prowess to be the official timekeeper in the 1932 Summer Olympics.
On 27 occasions since 1932, Omega has fulfilled the role of Official Timekeeper at the Olympic Games but more importantly, it was that initial milestone development which led the way for Omega’s important Sports’ Watches segment with exclusive chronographs which eventually birthed the famous Speedmaster Moonwatch. The newly announced Baselworld 2018 Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Collection doesn’t just mark the brand’s 86-year association with the Olympics but the brand’s dedication to precision, innovation and that close relationship to fantastic feats of human endeavour.
Baselworld 2018 Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Collection
In 2018, the Bienne Manufacture proudly introduces the Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Collection which celebrates the brand’s timekeeping legacy through five unique watches. Each representing the 5 colours of the Olympic Rings, the Baselworld 2018 Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Collection is available in black, yellow, green, blue or red.
In addition to the vibrant colourways, the perforated matching leather straps recall the Omega Dynamic Geneve as well but in fact, the new Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Collection is actually inspired by several of the brand’s stopwatches like those used at the 1976 events in Montreal and Innsbruck, explaining its retro-vintage appeal.
The Seamaster Olympic Games models bear a unique domed black and white dial and a distinctive onion shaped crown reminiscent of vintage stopwatches. Furthermore, the Seamaster Olympic Games watches are designed to be read at a glance, with sporty hands and bold hour markers on black, set in sharp contrast with an easily-readable minute track on a white outer circle.
Pay attention to the details and what appears as mere aesthetic detail on the periphery of the dial is really a coloured pulse reader encircling the dial, with three narrowly-separated 20 second timing intervals, enabling the wearer to easily calculate their pulse beats-per-minute.
The Master Chronometer Cal. 8800 (found typically in the 34mm women’s Aqua Terra models) drives the Baselworld 2018 Omega Seamaster Olympic Games watches, equipped with all the recent technical innovations which has made the brand the sole holder of the exclusive METAS certification. An anodised aluminium ring, engraved with all known host cities and dates from OMEGA’s Olympic Games journey, from Los Angeles 1932 up to Los Angeles 2028 holds the movement securely within the 39.5mm case.
Only 2,032 versions of each Omega Seamaster Olympic Games watch has been created, a reference to OMEGA’s role as Official Timekeeper, which extends right through till 2032, marking 100 years of Olympic Games timekeeping. What started in 1932 with one Omega watchmaker and 30 stopwatches has blossomed into a partnership since the last Rio games with close to 500 hundred timing professionals, assisted by close to 900 specialists and 450 tonnes of equipment.
New 2018 Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Collection Price and Specs
Movement Automatic Master Chronometer Cal. 8800 with 55 hours power reserve
Case 39.5mm stainless steel case with 150m water resistance
Strap Perforated leather