Omega commemorated the 34th America’s Cup sailing race, and celebrated its continuing role as Official Timekeeper for Emirates Team New Zealand, last week in San Francisco with the release of a special commemorative timepiece, the Omega Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition.
The watch was presented to ETNZ captain Dean Barker, who has been an Omega “brand ambassador” since 2001, by Omega President Stephen Urquhart during a special event held at the ETNZ base camp in the City by the Bay. After the press conference and presentation of the watch, Team New Zealand launched its new ETNZ AC72 boat into the Bay for a training session.
Omega’s association with Emirates Team New Zealand dates back to 1995, the last year that the Cup, the world’s most prestigious sailing race, was contested in the United States. That year, Omega “ambassador” Sir Peter Blake led Team New Zealand to victory in San Diego. Omega’s logo is prominently featured on the jib, both hulls and the wing sails of the new AC72 boat.
The Omega Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition, of which only 2,013 pieces will be made, has a matte-black dial, encircled by a red seconds track, with skeletonized central hour and minute hands. The small seconds subdial is at nine o’clock. The red hand on the subdial at 3 o’clock functions not only as the 30-minute counter for the watch’s chronograph function, but also, in conjunction with the red scale encircling the subdial, to count down the five-minute interval before the start of a regatta. The subdial at 6 o’clock, also using a red hand, records up to 12 chronograph hours and is located directly above the date window.
The watch contains Omega’s co-axial Caliber 3330, and includes, in addition to its chronograph and regatta countdown function, several features of a professional-grade divers’ watch, including a unidirectional rotating bezel, helium escape valve (at 10 o’clock), Super-LumiNova on the dial for legibility deep underwater, and water-resistance to 300 meters.
The case of the Omega Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition is 44 mm in diameter, made of polished and brushed stainless steel, and has a matte-black ceramic bezel ring. The screw-down caseback is embossed with the ETNZ logo and bears the limited edition number and “Challenger for the 34th America’s Cup” engraved around the caseback. The watch comes on a black rubber strap with red “Omega” logo and also includes an extendable, stainless-steel divers’ bracelet. The price is $6,600.
Barker and Team New Zealand begin their quest to capture sailing’s most prestigious trophy on July 7, when the America’s Cup competition begins with the Challenger Series.