For many years, Omega has served as the official timekeeper of the Olympic games. In addition to its timing duties, Omega often releases timepieces celebrating the games and the nations that host them. The brand has already announced two new pieces for the 2016 games in Rio, from the Speedmaster Mark II and Seamaster Bullhead collections. Below, we take a look at five other Omega watches (in most cases, exclusive and extremely limited) made specifically for the Olympic games.
To commemorate the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, Omega released the Seamaster Planet Ocean “Sochi 2014.” The men’s version, shown here, comes in a 45.5 mm stainless steel case. As a tribute to the Russian flag, minutes 1 through 5 are lacquered in blue; minutes 6 through 10 are lacquered in red.
Among its collection of watches marking the London 2012 Olympics, Omega released the Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012” Limited Edition. In addition to honoring the 2012 games, the watch commemorated the 1948 Olympics, which were held in London the same year that Omega launched the first Seamaster.
For the 2010 Vancouver Games, Omega released this limited-edition Seamaster with a bezel in maple-leaf red.
As part of its collection for the 2008 Beijing games, Omega released the Countdown 0 – Seamaster XXIX Limited Edition. The watch was a Beijing exclusive, available only during the Olympic Games. Only 88 were sold per day during the games.
Part of the Limited Edition Torino 2006 Olympic Collection, this Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Column-Wheel Chronograph featured the five Olympic rings as the counterweight on the seconds hand. The watch was a limited edition of 2006 pieces.
The design of the Omega Sochi Petrograd, the other timepiece made for the 2014 games, recalls that of a historical Omega timepiece produced for a prominent Russian leader way back in 1915. The watch also borrows design cues from a piece in Omega’s Museum Collection. The case is a classical tonneau shape and made of 18k yellow gold, and the silvery white dial features elements in red, white and blue, the colors of the Russian flag. You can read more about the watch here.
This article was originally published on January 11, 2014, and has been updated.