A the official timekeeper of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics, Omega has prepared appropriate limited editions to mark the grand event and its part in the organization. Among the special editions there is a watch with not too innovative name, the piece dubbed Olympic Official Timekeeper Limited Edition. It is a sports watch with a vintage appearance of a pocket watch and it is made in restrained dimensions. The piece with a hand-wound chronograph movement is available in three 188-piece series housed in noble materials: pink, yellow and white gold. Omega Olympic Official Timekeeper Limited Edition comes with the price tag of $15,625.
Omega has a long history of collaboration with the International Olympic Committee and has been the official timekeeper of Olympic Games for more than 80 years. This will once again be the case at the approaching event in Rio de Janeiro. As it is customary, Omega has prepared special models to mark the occasion. There are four different models that are created for the Rio 2016 Olympics and among them there is the watch that is now in the spotlight, as well as the previously covered Seamaster Bullhead Rio 2016.
Omega Olympic Official Timekeeper Limited Edition oozes with vintage spirit. This can be said for the dimensions of the watch that has now rarely seen diameter of 39 mm. The housing is round in shape and made with polished finish. There is also a fixed bezel with the same type of finishing, as well as large chrono pushers and a crown on the right side of the case-band. The serrated crown features an embossed logo of the brand which was made in retro styling. As for the rear side of the piece with water resistance of 30 meters, it is made with of solid metal and it features engravings with the symbol of the upcoming Olympics, as well as the number that signifies the place of the timekeeper in the limited edition. For the crystal, Omega used sapphire with glare-proofed treatment on the inner side.
The classic looks of the piece is once again visible in the design of the crispy white lacquered dial of the piece. Omega Olympic Official Timekeeper Limited Edition has the face which resembles the face of a vintage pocket watch. This was domed with the use of Breguet styled Arabic numerals (encircled with minute/seconds markers), as well as with the choice of blued steel hands and pointers. The dial sports a bi-compax lay-out. There are two chrono sub-counters present. The former of these is meant to be used to keep track of 30-minute intervals, while the other one is a continuous small seconds counter.
In the essence of the special Olympic watch there is Caliber 3203. It is manually-wound mechanical movement with a Co-Axial escapement and a column-wheel chronograph complication. The caliber includes 33 jewels and sports a free-spring balance, while its frequency measures to 28,800 vph. Its diameter is 30 mm. The supported movement has the power storage that lasts for 52 hours. It likewise has the chronometer certification as a guarantee of its precision.
Slight Differences in the Appearance of the Variants
As it has been mentioned, there are three versions of the piece, each of them is placed in a housing made of 18 K gold with only slight differences in the appearance. The pink and the red gold models are both paired with brown leather straps. Apart from the material of the case, they differ in the shape of the chrono push-pieces which are more modern and streamlined for the pink gold version (Ref. 522.214.171.124.04.001) and more protruded and traditional for the yellow gold one (Ref. 5126.96.36.199.04.002). The white gold variant (Ref. 5188.8.131.52.04.001) has an additional vintage accent, since its housing is connected to a black leather wristlet with T-bars, while its crown is onion-shaped.