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Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Watch Collection For 2018 Hands-On

Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Watch Collection For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster Stopwatch

As official timekeeper for the Olympic games on 27 occasions since 1932, Omega certainly has earned the right to get a little carried away with its commemorative, Olympiad-themed limited editions. Coming once every two years, these colorful offerings have typically been re-skinned versions of Omega’s most popular sport watch collections, with details paying tribute to the host cities of the current games; like the maple leaf-inspired Seamaster Professional for Vancouver, an Aqua Terra with a Copacabana beach motif for Rio de Janeiro, and most recently, a Planet Ocean in the bold red-on-blue livery of South Korea, of course designed for Pyeongchang. But there’s a second, slightly newer, and lesser-known collection of Olympic watches that eschew the aforementioned visual codes and dates tied to specific games. These are known as the Olympic Official Timekeeper Collection watches, which pay homage to the many different original analog stopwatches used to time the games, and today, we’re looking at the latest addition: the Seamaster Olympic Official Timekeeper.

Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Watch Collection For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster Stopwatch

All hands-on images by David Bredan

Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Watch Collection For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster Stopwatch

As mentioned, the Olympic Official Timekeeper doesn’t leverage any of Omega’s existing collections or design language, which has been the modus operandi for pretty much every prior Olympic edition, save for the actual watches and instruments developed by Omega for use by game officials. It’s these timekeeping instruments – the same ones used to measure the rise and fall of world records – upon which the collection is based. The last addition to this collection was inspired by the pocket watches built by Omega to time the 1932 games in Los Angeles. This time around, this new Seamaster took design cues from the dials of stopwatches deployed at both the 1976 Innsbruck winter games, and the summer Olympiad in Montreal of the same year.

Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Watch Collection For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster Stopwatch

Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Watch Collection For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster Stopwatch

Compared to the original 1932 pocket watch, it’s a decidedly racier, albeit slightly austere and modern aesthetic that seems to have more in common with speedometers of sports cars in the early eighties than timekeeping for the global Olympiad. Hell, if it weren’t for the Olympic ring motif at 6:00 on the dial, the black-on-white variant could be mistaken for a vintage auto racing watch, or perhaps the spiritual successor to the original Speedmaster Racing in 3-hand form. Either way, the source material for this particular watch was significant in that those stopwatches were among the last analog timing instruments used at the games before the full advent of digital timekeeping.

Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Watch Collection For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster Stopwatch

Inspiration aside, it’s a design that Omega has transferred exceptionally well to wrist form – particularly in the case’s restrained 39.5mm proportions and compact lug-to-lug length. Par for Omega’s modern mid-sized watches, the 8800 Co-Axial Master Chronometer movement is deployed (visible through the sapphire exhibition caseback), which has a date and 55 hours of power reserve, but lacks the independently adjustable hour hand, characterized by the 8900 series movements. Only after flipping the watch over is the Olympic tie-in most apparent. Each of the five editions is fitted with a matching anodized ring (colored, of course to represent each of the five Olympic rings) upon which the names of all the games Omega has timed since 1932 are displayed.

Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Watch Collection For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster Stopwatch

Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Watch Collection For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster Stopwatch

Legibility is excellent, thanks to the high-contrast layout of the black dial center, white outer minute track, and flat paddle hands. You might notice how the black tip of the minute hand extends ever so slightly into the white minute track – a particularly nice touch that brings balance between the two contrasting dial regions. Running the very outer edge of the dial is a pulse reader color-matched to the seconds hand, and separated by three 20-second timing intervals, enabling the wearer to roughly gauge their fitness by calculating their heart rate.

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Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Watch Collection For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster Stopwatch

Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Watch Collection For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster Stopwatch

Now, it’s probably worth mentioning that this is a Seamaster in name only – aside from the signature twisted lugs, there’s nothing about the new Olympic Collection that would suggest any carry-over from Omega’s current Seamaster offerings (particularly as it’s only water-resistant to 60m). Hell, being based on a stopwatch used to measure speed nearly defaults it to being a Speedmaster, but that’s an argument for another day. It’s hardly a knock against the collection though, as this is ultimately a sporty and handsome watch in its own right, and one that should age with a little more grace than the more thematic Olympic editions.

Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Watch Collection For 2018 Hands-On Hands-On Seamaster Stopwatch

As it stands, 2,032 pieces in each of the five colors will be produced, each individually numbered and carrying a price of $5,400. This is of course in reference to the year 2032, which, despite being 14 years from now, will be Omega’s 100th year as official timekeeper to the games, making this something of a preemptive celebration. But in the traditions of the Official Timekeeper watches, at least it’s a consistently good looking celebration indeed. omegawatches.com

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  • Good Gene 42K18

    Only 10,160 pieces available? I better start walking slowly to my farthest AD, starting next Thanksgiving.

    • DanW94

      Remember to take a detour to scale Mt. Everest first and then spend a year in a Buddhist Monastery pondering the essence of time itself, followed by a year off the grid in the Canadian Rockies contemplating if you even need a watch. Then head to that AD and you’ll find there’s 9,000 or so of them left.

      • But will the red ones all be gone by them? Nope, guess not…

  • IanE

    Well, they have grown on me a bit since I first saw them : drop the date and I might have considered getting one. It seems a bit odd though that there is no interval timing capability with an Olympic-themed watch.

  • I like the Nomas collection, truly daily wear

  • They’re kinda goofy but I like them! They don’t scream “Omega” which is good in my book.

  • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    IMHO, this offering is a bit unsightly.

  • Yan Fin

    For $5,400 one would expect date week matching the dial color. Other than that – decent Kickstarter design.

  • PollyO

    It seems a bit weird not having Barcelona, Atlanta, Athens and Sydney. I know it wasn’t technically Omega doing it but it was Swatch Group. Still, in a thousand years time anyone looking at the back of this watch will probably think ”Why isn’t Sydney on there?”…..or perhaps not.

  • Tea Hound

    They look just like Swatches – which I suppose is just what they are, really.

  • Jerry Mathers

    Autodromega

  • SuperStrapper

    Looks fairly boring and uninspired from where I sit.

  • Aditya

    Aaah we are graduating from the Blog Side of the Moon to the Poolside of Russian Roulette are we?

  • Dakota Dennison

    These would be a lot more interesting if they were sold in a set of 5 for 5400. Different color for each day of the work week. At that price these would be fun enough and a decent value. The yellow / mustard one is the best color to me.

    • BJ314

      In what world does Omega sell you five watches as a “value pack”? I think you get such deals at Sam’s on mustard and toilet paper.

    • Thomas

      Don’t worry, they’ll be discounted by that amount soon enough

  • Modest case size. Restrained dial design. Fun colors. A bit pricey. But I like these more than most of Omega’s regular offerings. They should drop the ring logo and caseback detailing and sell them under a new name in 2019 and beyond.

  • Mike Darwin Brown

    Case back please!

  • BJ314

    It’s fun, but it definitely looks on the cheap side for an Omega. Furthermore, they can say what they want, but it’s clearly borrowing from 3 or 4 watches that are very popular….in the $100-600 segment. lol

  • Jerry Davis

    Overpriced but beautiful.
    One day, when money is no object, I will own one.

  • R Ramki

    Good to see them try something a bit different but would like to see them attack the market below the current Seamaster line. As it stands it’s not a great bargain for 5k and making 10000 of them doesn’t help matters

  • BNABOD

    Kind of reminds me of the Farer brand but a lot more pricey. The movement made by robots is decent looking the front is a bit childish w the Olympic Rings. Overall I do NOT see 5 grand in here. 2032 for each I am sure will eventually sell just not to me

  • Dufresne

    Aside from being unattractive and looking like a child’s watch, there is nothing about it that makes sense. It’s a Seamaster but shouldn’t be taken into the sea. It’s modeled after a chronograph, but it has no chronograph. If I were an actual participant in these upcoming games (official or athlete), I think it would be neat to have one, but I’m not and I don’t.

    • Mr. Snrub

      Don’t forget a $500 look for $5k. Makes no sense indeed.

  • Larry Holmack

    I think if you hid the “Omega” name on the dial and asked people on the street if they would pay over $5,000 for this Olympics themed watch…I think the most common remark would be,” You’re joking….right?” I know that was first thought!
    If you must have one, I am sure many of the replica watch sites will be selling them for under $100. At least them you know you won’t be wasting your hard earned money!!!

    • Dualtime 24k

      Then I suggest you should only buy replicate watches, like Rolex and Panerai.

  • 24810

    “the Olympic Official Timekeeper doesn’t leverage any of Omega’s existing collections or design language” // well, it’s essentially a redialed Venice special…

  • Pete L

    Bit steeply priced but otherwise a nice bit of kit. Would happily wear the blue, green or yellow. Will keep my eye out for one in the used ads in a year or so!

  • Tea Hound

    Cleverly linking two stories together, here’s something from Mr Porter that would go well with these grown-up Swatches: https://www.mrporter.com/en-gb/mens/kingsman/eggsy-s-orange-faille-trimmed-cotton-velvet-tuxedo-jacket/917866

  • IG

    Omega’s wet dream must be an Olympic Games on the Moon, they could combine two of their most milked franchises.

    • DanW94

      The Omega RingsMaster?

    • Chaz

      Limited Edition of 100k, please.

      • IG

        That’s gonna be the ‘007 saves the Olympics Games on the Moon Edition’.

  • Chaz

    Yawn magnet

  • Thomas

    5400 bucks huh? No wonder omega is bleeding cash

  • Swipster

    The back side of the watch looks much more appealing than the face.

  • Rhino67

    Same price point as Omega’s Aqua Terra 150M, lesser movement, no Lume, and as if the Olympics still has the luster it had before they went professional! Moreover, the black-tipped hour hand is lost in the black background. Kinda reminds me of a Happy Meal Toy offering; “Collect All Five!” Gimmicky.

  • Yanko

    Cancel Olympic Games to avoid dealing with Omega. Enough is enough.

  • Stephen Scharf

    Boring. Forgettable. Hands remind me of a Sinn U1, but the U1 is not a boring and forgettable watch, by any means.

  • Mr. Snrub

    Omega really outdid themselves: a Seamaster that’s not seaworthy, a three handed homage to a stopwatch, and a $500 look for $5k, all in one package.

  • Lovely Swatches! Why so expensive?

    • ? symbol on the dial.

      • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

        Someone has to finance those “happy feets”…Just not me.

  • Cool watch

  • Duke Togo

    I wouldn’t wear these watches even if they were free. (Omega, try me!)

    and the paint on those hands is atrocious…

  • Ross Diljohn

    Seamaster? Not even a Pool Master.

  • Omni Art

    Omega could do muuuch better

  • egznyc

    Not sure why the comments are so negative on these – I kind of like them (though not at these prices). The WR is a bit low; the price a wee bit high.

  • Drazen B

    I guess this would be one of the downsides of being owned by the Swatch group.

  • JosephWelke

    I rather like it, but the WR is a joke and it’s a bit overpriced for what you get.

  • If I wanted a hideous $5000 Swiss watch, I’d buy an Air-King.

  • Mischa

    I’ll have to add my voice to the general discontent. I do think these are attractive, but definitely not worthy of a 5k price.

    It’s the marketing for them that is a disaster. Celebrating 2032 14 years in advance, just in case they’re dropped as official timekeeping brand. Calling these Seamaster with 60m WR. Making “Olympic timekeeping themed” pieces without chronometers. And adding leather driving straps to them.

    Apart from IG’s great suggestion for a “007 Saves the Olympics Games on the Moon” Edition, I can’t imagine how Omega could have messed things up any further.

    • Juan-Antonio Garcia

      Yes, yes and yes. This is a sad exercise of milking the Olympics.

  • Mikita

    $5,400 for a 100500 limited Seamaster-don’t-touch-the-water edition with sub $500 looks.

  • Michael Schemies

    Well, there was a time, when products became cheaper, the more items you are willing to purchase. I would not only agree with all other opinions here calling these cheap looking Omegas a rip off but what is your opinion about the white dial version only available in a set of 5? The black ones are asking €5400 in Europe and the set requires €27.500 which is? Yes, €5500 each and they don’t even show a date window! To my opinion the new CEO is the problem here and I still remember an interview he gave to the Financial Times, where he stated it was rubbish, what Omega came up with during the 80”s and 90’s.

  • JArneberg

    Far too overpriced for an Omega with a Swatch look

  • benjameshodges

    A parts bin monstrosity. Easily the worst watch released by Omega for a long time.

  • Dénes Albert

    These look like children’s watches.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I wonder if they will bring out a man’s vertion.

  • Ulysses31

    A bit too tame for my tastes. Inoffensive, cute, but not worth 5400 dollars.

  • leo tam

    Wow, not a lot of love. I like the idea (well, the simple dial with the racing strap), and the size is okay (not a 42mm monster), but it kinda looks like a victorinox with an omega logo

  • Johan Thole

    Omega has many great designs, but this looks like they put an Omega logo on a Swatch. And nothing wrong with that brand, but not for Omega prices.

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