Omega is the official timekeeper for this year’s Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For that, the Swiss watchmaker brings its most advanced timekeeping technology – from electronic starting pistols to high speed cameras that can measure a thousandth of a second.
Looking at the Olympic Games today, it is clear to see that Omega’s timekeeping has evolved to become a sophisticated system. In London in 2012, Omega introduced three new pieces of “futuristic” equipment including starting blocks used by sprinters and short-distance runners, the innovative Swimming Show that instantly ranks the top three finishers in the pool; and the high-precision Quantum Timer used in athletics and water sports that has an enhanced resolution of one millionth of a second. In short, it is safe to say that for the athletes who compete in Rio 2016, every result is in experienced hands.
In celebration of the biggest sporting event, the watchmaker has created the Seamaster Diver 300M “Rio 2016” Limited Edition, inspired by the dynamic spirit of the Brazilian capital. Beginning on the city’s famous beaches, Omega has taken the wave pattern from the mosaic design on Copacobana’s sidewalks for the watch’s lacquered black dial. The uni-directional rotating diving bezel appears in black too, this time made from black polished ceramic. The watch is completed with lacquered numbers in red, green, yellow and blue to represent the five colours of the Olympic rings.
The reversed side of the polished and brushed stainless steel case is 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 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).