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Watches for 2016 Olympics

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 05:50
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Seamaster Bullhead “Rio 2016”.
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Seamaster Bullhead “Rio 2016”.
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Speedmaster Mark II “Rio 2016”, marked by its barrel-shaped stainless steel case, made its debut in 1969.
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Seamaster Diver 300m “Rio 2016”.

OMEGA has continued to be the official timekeeper for the Olympic Games for the 27th time in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. As the official timekeeper of the world's greatest sports event, a role it has played since 1932, Omega has also launched special watch models in limited editions to celebrate the Olympics. These have proved to be popular and quickly snapped up by buyers. We present a few of the special models Omega presented to celebrate the Rio Olympics .

  • Seamaster Diver 300m "Rio 2016" (Limited 2,016 pieces, S$6,300) - What sets this diver's watch apart from its earlier versions is the lacquered numbers in red, green, yellow and blue on its uni-rotating diving bezel, which is made from black polished ceramic. The colours represent Rio's exuberance as well as the five colours of the famous Olympic rings.

The wave pattern on the lacquered black dial is inspired by the mosaic design on the sidewalks of Copacabana, one of Rio's famous beaches. The back of the stainless steel case is stamped the "Rio 2016" logo and an individual Limited Edition number.

  • Seamaster Bullhead "Rio 2016" (S$12,400) - The case is familiar, especially the "bull-head" shape of the base. It was first released in 1969 for rally drivers to time their laps. Here, the blue leather strap of the chronograph-watch links directly to the Rio 2016 logo and features subtle stitching along each side in the Olympic colours - yellow, green, red and black. The Rio 2016 logo is stamped on the back of the case.
  • Speedmaster Mark II "Rio 2016" (Limited 2,016 pieces, S$8,400) - The Speedmaster Mark II, marked by its barrel-shaped stainless steel case, made its debut in 1969. For the first time, the tachymeter scale on the sapphire crystal can now be seen in the dark because it is illuminated from beneath by an aluminium ring filled with Super-LumiNova.

On the matt black dial is a 30-minute recorder at 3 o'clock, a 12-hour recorder at 6 o'clock and a small seconds sub-dial at 9 o'clock. The sub dials are decorated with a bronze ring, yellow gold ring and silver ring respectively - this recalls the medals awarded to Olympic Games champions.

The case-back is stamped with the Rio logo and engraved with "Si14", "Column Wheel" and the limited edition number - the engravings indicating the watch is a higher-end column wheel chronograph and the movement is fitted with a superior Si14 silicon balance spring.