Let the Games Begin! Omega Watches has been the official timepkeeper of The Olympic Games since 1948, when they introduced their iconic Seamaster line, and the revolutionary “Magic Eye“, a camera that was capable of capturing split-second timing down to 1/1000th of a second. This was also a significant year because it was the first Olympic Games after two successive cancellations due to the Second World War, and it was held in London. It happens that the Games have returned to London this year, and Omega Watches has revamped their legendary Seamaster to commemorate.
The Original Seamaster, released at the 1948 London Olympics
To honor the XXX Olympiad, Omega is releasing the Seamaster 1948 ‘London 2012’ Limited Edition, and the Seamaster “Aqua Terra” London Chronograph, which comes in two colorways; one in an 18 ct red gold and stainless steel, paired with a blue leather strap; and the other with a rugged stainless steel casing all around.
The Seamaster 1948 ‘London 2012′ Limited Edition takes it’s design from the original Seamaster which made its debut over 60 years ago, and along with a Calibre 2022 Co-Axial movement, the 39mm stainless steel casing features an opaline dial adorned with 18K white-gold numerals for the facing. Other notable features are a small seconds dial above the 6 numeral, and an 18K yellow gold medallion stamped with the 2012 London Olympics logo on the back. This piece is limited to 1,948 pieces (how clever), so get your hands on one while they last.
The Seamaster “Aqua Terra” Chronograph is different altogether in that it houses a Caliber: Omega 3313 Co-Axial Automatic movement that is housed in a stainless steel casing. Features include a screw-in crown, 150 m water resistance, and other trinkets like a second timer and built-in chronograph. This one can be purchased in an all steel finish, or with rose gold accents on the face paired with a stand-out blue leather band.
So far, every watch that has ever been released in conjuntion with the Olympics has been a collector’s item, and this one is sure to be no different. Add to that the triple significance of the year 1948, and you have your self one legendary piece of horological art. These watches are all available for around $5,600 USD, and can be found at local Omega dealers worldwide.
Check out the official Omega Olympics featuring the world’s top athletes below: