Omega presented a redesigned version of its first Seamaster to celebrate upcoming Olympic Games that will take place in London, next year. A Limited Edition of Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012″ watch was launched exactly one year before the start of the most important sports event in the World.
The Swiss watchmaker produced the first Seamaster in 1948, the last time London hosted the Olympic Games. The year 2012 will connect Omega, Olympics and the capital of the UK again. Omega will be the official Games’ timekeeper for the 25th time, which is a great and unique anniversary that needs to be commemorated in a quality way. (Several times before, the Swiss watchmaker dedicated a special watch to Olympic Games – Olympic Timeless, Olympic Vancuver 2010, Olympic Pocket Watch 1932.)
A few months after the introduction of Seamaster Aqua Terra 44 London Chronograph (read my review here), the Specialities Olympic Collection London 2012 has been expanded with a new stunning model. This time, it is a true classic that will almost definitely amaze all conservative watch lovers.
While the design of the Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012″ Limited Edition reminds of the legendary automatic Seamaster from 1948, its inner parts represent the brand’s newest technology. Let’s start with its look. Its case, made of brushed stainless steel, with a polished bezel and lugs, has a mid-size, 39 mm diameter. The caseback incorporates fixed 18 Ct yellow gold medallion, decorated with the London 2012 Olympic Games logo.
Luxury elements are also shown on the opaline silver dial. There are18 Ct white gold vintage OMEGA logo and name, as well as 18 Ct white gold Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions, and hour markers at the other positions are implied. The dial also features a small seconds sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position and diamond-polished hour and minute hands, as well as a blue central seconds hand.
Inside the case, there is an in-house Co-Axial Caliber 2202 self-winding movement, with rhodium-plated finish. Equipped with the revolutionary Co-Axial Escapement and free sprung-balance, this mechanism provides higher stability, accuracy and durability. It is an officially-certified chronometer that has a power-reserve of 48 hours.
Omega produced 1,948 pieces of the Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012″. These watches are available with a black leather strap which incorporates a vintage polished stainless steel buckle. Just like other Seamaster timepieces, they have great water-resistance (these models are waterproof up to 120 meters / 400 feet).