Omega, official timekeeper of the Olympics for the 28th time since 1932, began its one-year countdown to the Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, on February 8, with the installation of a special countdown clock at City Hall Plaza in Seoul. As per tradition, the brand also launched its first limited-edition timepiece devoted to the 2018 games: the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018.”
The 43,5mm watch, which is limited to 2,018 pieces (again as per tradition), features the bold blue and red colors of the South Korean flag. The stainless steel case has a unidirectional rotating divers’ bezel that boasts a watch-world first: a polished blue ceramic ring with a diving scale that combines rubber and Liquidmetal, a proprietary alloy used on various watches made by the Swatch Group, Omega’s parent company. Red rubber is used for the first 15-minute segment of the scale, while Liquidmetal is used for the bezel’s minute numerals and indices, as well as for the luminous dot at 12 o’clock.
The dial is made of polished blue ceramic (Zr02), and features applied rhodium-plated indices. The indices, hour hand, and seconds hand are coated with a white Super-LumiNova that glows a bright blue in the dark; the luminous material on the minute hand and the 12 o’clock dot glows green instead of blue. Covering the dial is a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with double-sided anti-glare treatment. The screw-down crown, to the right of the date window at 3 o’clock, has a relief Omega logo, and the helium-release valve at 10 o’clock is embossed with “He,” the chemical symbol for helium.
Inside the watch is Omega’s co-axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8900, with automatic winding and a 60-hour power reserve in two series-connected spring barrels. This movement — which famously debuted in the original Omega Globemaster in 2015 — is the first to receive Omega’s Master Chronometer certification, passing eight separate, rigorous tests over 10 days to meet standards for precision, endurance, and resistance to magnetic fields, as set by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (METAS). The new, alveol-patterned screw-in caseback, engraved with the words “PLANET OCEAN” and “LIMITED EDITION,” along with the limited edition number, has a sapphire window for viewing the movement, with the transferred words “PyeongChang 2018” and the Olympic Winter Games logo.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018” limited edition comes with a blue structured rubber strap with a blue and red rubber lining. It is packaged in a special presentation box, which also includes an extra stainless steel bracelet and a strap-changing tool so the wearer can quickly and easily switch from strap to bracelet and vice versa. The retail price of this ensemble is 6,400 Swiss francs.