Like the standard Omega Speedmaster Mark II watches, the Olympic model has a tachymeter scale printed directly on the sapphire crystal and illuminated from underneath by an aluminum ring filled with Super-LumiNova. The varnished hour and minute hands, the hour markers, and the chronograph seconds hand are also coated with this luminous substance. This model is the first Omega watch that allows the wearer to read the tachymeter scale in the dark.
The movement in the Omega Speedmaster Mark II Rio 2016 is Omega’s Caliber 3330, which is equipped with a silicon balance spring and three-level co-axial escapement and boasts a column-wheel chronograph function. The watch’s case, which is water-resistant to 100 meters, has a screw-down caseback that is stamped with the logo of the 2016 Olympic Games (the first ever to be held in South America), and engraved with “Si14” “Column Wheel” and the limited-edition number of the watch (only 2,016 will be made, priced at $6,300). The Omega Speedmaster Mark II “Rio 2016” limited edition will be offered in a special presentation box with a certificate of authenticity and will come with a full two-year warranty.
To see how the Omega Speedmaster Mark II Rio looks on the wrist, click here for my blog post on the 2014 Omega watch collection.