With SIHH 2018 barely in our rearview mirror (with additional coverage still to come), we have already begun receiving sneak peeks of new watches to be launched at the next big watch fair, Baselworld, in March. Here’s one we couldn’t wait to share with you: the new Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Collection, five limited editions commemorating Omega’s 86 years as official Olympic timekeeper.
The five watches — each limited to 2,032 pieces, a reference to the year 2032, in which Omega will mark 100 years as Official Olympic Timekeeper — represent the five colors of the legendary rings of the Olympic Games; straps and dial highlights are available in black, yellow, green, blue and red. The clean, simple black dials are inspired by hand-held Omega stopwatches used in previous Olympics, notably those used for the 1976 games in Montreal and Innsbruck (as pictured below).
The watches’ domed, black dials contrast with the large, white Arabic numerals to offer a very legible layout, enhanced by a surrounding minute circle in white and a pulsometer scale in the watch’s highlight color (blue on the model pictured below) that can be used in concert with the 20-second timing intervals to measure the wearer’s pulse.
The casebacks of the Seamaster Olympic Games watches feature anodized aluminum rings emblazoned with the names of all the known host cities and dates from Omega’s tenure as Olympic Timekeeper, from the 1932 Los Angeles games to the upcoming 2028 Los Angeles games. Inside this color-coordinated ring is a sapphire viewing window showing off the movement, Omega’s automatic, co-axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8800.
The watches all have 39.5-mm steel cases, with the watch’s limited edition number engraved on the side, and come mounted on micro-perforated, wrist-aerating leather straps. They will retail for $5,400.