Omega has been associated with the Olympics since back in 1932, when it was their first time held responsible with timing the multisport event in Los Angeles, California. A total of 30 pocket watches were made, with split-seconds functionality, accurate to 1/10th second. Anywhere up to six judges would use separate chronometers to time each athlete, before having their individual measurements added up and averaged out for an official result.
Since then, Omega continued with this route. Series of innovations from the manufacturer, providing evermore accurate readings to the world’s top athletes. Omega can proudly take credits with developing the electrical photo finish system, as well as claiming to be the first to be able to superimpose an athlete’s running time directly over live television.
Other accomplishments that Omega came up with was the touch-sensitive pad for use in swimming events in 1968, created the first false start detection equipment, fitted to the starting blocks in track races from 1984, computerized timekeeping in 1988, and also the scan o vision in 1992, which enables you to track runners down to a 1/1000th second.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will mark the 29th time OMEGA will serve the finest athletes in the world: a proud role the brand is committed to undertaking right through till 2032. By then, OMEGA will have served as Official Timekeeper for 100 years. With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics just around the corner, and to commemorate the partnership between Olympics and Omega over the years, three exciting models with highly customized themed dials were introduced. The three models are as follows: Seamaster Diver 300M Tokyo 2020, Seamaster Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020, Seamaster Planet Ocean Tokyo 2020.
The first of three models is the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42 mm Tokyo 2020 edition 522.214.171.124.04.001. The iconic 300m dive watch takes its inspiration from the Tokyo Olympic logo, the navy and white elegantly reflected in the ceramic bezel and white enamel diving scale. The Omega name is presented in the same blue color as the bezel, making the red Seamaster stand out as a centerpiece. This Seamaster is operated by Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8800, where you can see through the sapphire crystal case back featuring the emblem of the Tokyo Games, instilling the watch with the spirit of the celebrated event. The price for this particular Seamaster is $5,600.00USD.
The second model from the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Collection would be the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial Master Chronograph 41mm Tokyo 2020 Edition 5126.96.36.199.03.001. This particular model is a limited edition 41mm diameter stainless steel watch, which is the first Aqua Terra to feature a polished blue ceramic dial. The highlight of the dial is laser engraved pattern that draws inspiration from the Tokyo Olympic 2020 emblem. The hands and indexes are rhodium-plated. The watch is powered by an in-house Master Chronometer caliber 8900. As opposed to the stainless steel bracelet-based Seamaster Diver 300M Tokyo 2020, the Seamaster Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020 is presented on a dial-matching blue rubber strap, but a stainless steel bracelet is also provided in the gift set box. The watch is limited to just 2,020 pieces, features Olympic emblem of the sapphire caseback for symbolic purpose, and it’s priced at around 6800.00 USD.
Last but not least, we have the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 39.5mm. This particular planet ocean model was design to not only celebrate the 2020 Olympic event, but to celebrate for the country of Japan as the host of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. For that, the unique timepiece flaunts a polished white ceramic dial which is highlighted by the red tip of the seconds hand. The dial is a true representation of the Japanese national flag. The ceramic bezel of the 39.5mm stainless steel cased watch also feature red 20 marking at 4 o’clock. With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic emblem on the sapphire caseback. Just like the other two Tokyo 2020 Olympics edition watches, they are each limited to 2,020 pieces. Other than the white leather strap it originally paired up with, you will also receive a Nato and a stainless steel bracelet along with the purchase of the gift set. The price for the limited edition set is priced at 7450.00USD.
Tokyo marks the 29th time that Omega has been tapped as the official timekeeper for the Olympics, and although these watches join a long line of legendary Seamaster watches, however, it still stands out as a stylish tribute to this year’s long anticipated Olympic Games.
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Written by Sam
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