The Olympic Games is a world phenomenon, attracting competitors from more than 200 nations. We are counting down the day, hours, minutes and seconds to Rio 2016, the first Olympic Games in Latin America. For the 27th time since 1932, OMEGA will be on hand to time every event.
To celebrate this long association OMEGA has launched three limited edition watches celebrating the spirit of the Rings and Rio.
THE LIMETED EDITION TRIO LAUNCHED BY OMEGA FOR RIO OLYMPICS
1. SEAMASTER DIVER 300M “RIO 2016” LIMITED EDITION
Rio de Janeiro is a city full of life. It is the first place in South America to host the Olympic Games and the perfect location for athletes and spectators alike. Inspired by this dynamic spirit, OMEGA has created the Seamaster Diver 300M “Rio 2016” Limited Edition.
The timepiece is a combination of watchmaking expertise and unique craftsmanship. Beginning on the city’s famous beaches, we have taken the wave pattern from the mosaic design on Copacabana’s sidewalks and used it as inspiration for a similar style on the watch’s lacquered black dial.
The uni-directional rotating diving bezel is also black, this time made from black polished ceramic. However, what truly sets this feature apart is the lacquered numbers in red, green, yellow and blue. These represent the exuberance of Rio as well as the five colours of the famous Olympic rings.
Of course, the event itself has been commemorated in exquisite fashion. On the reverse side of the polished and brushed stainless steel case, the screw-in caseback has been stamped with the “Rio 2016” logo and engraved with an individual Limited Edition number.
Only 3016 of these pieces have been produced.
Other features of this timepiece are typical of the iconic OMEGA Seamaster 300M style. These include a date window at 3 o’clock, a helium escape valve at 10 o’clock, and polished facetted skeleton rhodium-plated hands coated in white Super-LumiNova.
Presented on a stainless steel bracelet, the timepiece is driven by the exclusive OMEGA calibre 2500 and is water resistant up to 30 bar (300 metres / 1000 feet).
2. SEAMASTER BULLHEAD “RIO 2016” LIMITED EDITION
As part of OMEGA’s Olympic Games Collection, the Bullhead Rio is a unique celebration of heritage, precision and sporting excellence. At first sight, it is instantly recognisable for its individual style and design. The blue leather strap links directly to the Rio 2016™ logo, and features subtle stitching along each side, coloured yellow, green, red and black to represent the iconic Olympic rings.
This colour theme is continued on the rotating inner-bezel, serving as a meaningful reminder of the unity and harmony that the Olympic rings signify.
The case itself has a true link to history and sport. This particular style was first released in 1969, and was used by rally drivers to time their laps. It’s highly appropriate then, that the spirit of speed has now evolved to exemplify OMEGA’s continuing association as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games.
Like its predecessors, the Bullhead “Rio” also features a white dial, as well as a central chronograph seconds hand, and a 30-minute recorder at 12H. It’s interesting to point out, that the name “bullhead” was originally a nickname, coined by watch collectors who admired the shape of the timepiece, and concluded that it indeed looked like the head of a bull. There is no doubt that the qualities of strength and determination will be on show this year.
Built with OMEGA’s exclusive Co-Axial calibre 3113, and stamped with the Rio 2016™ logo on the caseback, this is sure to become an instant collector’s item. Before the first race is run, the winning standard in watch-making has already been set.
3. SPEEDMASTER MARK II “RIO 2016”
Inspired by the 1969 model of the original OMEGA Speedmaster Mark II, the polished and brushed stainless steel case is barrel-shaped and has a polished crown and pushers. Beneath a flat scratch-resistant sapphire crystal is a matt black dial featuring 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, 18K yellow gold ring and 925 silver ring respectively – a design that recalls the medals awarded to Olympic Games champions.
The transparent tachymeter scale on the sapphire crystal is illuminated from beneath by an aluminium ring filled with Super-LumiNova. The varnished white and black hour and minute hands, chronograph seconds hand and hour markers are also coated with Super-LumiNova, making it possible to read the time in a variety of lighting conditions. The Speedmaster Mark II is the first watch in OMEGA’s collection that makes it possible for the wearer to see the tachymeter scale in the dark.
The screw-in caseback is stamped with the logo of the Rio 2016™ logo and is engraved with “Si14”, “Column Wheel” and the limited edition number of the wristwatch – only 2,016 pieces of this model will be produced.
The polished and brushed stainless steel bracelet is complete with OMEGA’s patented screw-and-pin design and a foldover rack-and-pusher clasp. The length of the bracelet can be adjusted by releasing the outer clasp and sliding the inner clasp.
The Speedmaster Mark II “Rio 2016” is powered by the OMEGA calibre 3330 equipped with an Si14 silicon balance spring and a Co-Axial escapement with three levels. The reliability delivered with the combination of these exclusive components is such that your timepiece is offered with a full four-year warranty.
The Speedmaster Mark II “Rio 2016” is water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres / 330 feet) and is offered in a special presentation box with a certificate of authenticity.