With the Winter Olympics taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea, in just over three weeks, Omega returns for the 28th time as the official timekeeper of the Games. Just last month Omega unveiled the retro stopwatch-inspired Seamaster Olympic Games Collection, which is now joined by the second instalment of Winter Olympics wristwatches – Seamaster Olympic Games Gold Collection. Styled with a heavy dose of classic 1950s design, the retro Seamaster made up of a trio of 18k gold watches that represent the winning medals at the Games, including one in a brand new white gold alloy.
Measuring 39.5mm in diameter, the cases are available in three different 18k gold alloys: conventional yellow gold, Sedna gold (a proprietary, fade-resistant rose gold alloy that combines gold, copper, and palladium) as well as Canopus gold. Technical details are still lacking, but Canopus is an alloy that’s whiter than ordinary white gold, one that was first used in a De Ville Ladymatic launched in a low-key manner back in 2016 (which no one seems to have noticed).
On top of which, the domed dials are eggshell-coloured fired enamel with applied arrow-shaped indices and leaf hands that are also 18k gold to match the case. And the retro Omega logo in red as well as the Seamaster lettering are also fired enamel for a dial that is vintage in both style and materials.
While the design is rewardingly retro, powering the watches is the sophisticated self-winding Master Chronometer cal. 8807. It is equipped with a free sprung balance, silicon hairspring, and features an 18k Sedna gold bi-directional rotor and balance bridge, visible through the sapphire caseback. Like all Master Chronometer movements it is resistant to magnetic fields of over 15,000 Gauss, which is more than an ordinary person will encounter in daily life.
In addition, surrounding the movement on the caseback is an 18k gold ring that is engraved with every Olympic Games that had, or will have, Omega as a timekeeper, from Los Angeles in 1932 to Los Angeles 2028, which will mark the brand’s centennial as the official timekeeper of the Games.
Price and Availability
The Seamaster Olympic Games Gold in yellow gold (ref. 518.104.22.168.04.001) or Sedna gold (ref. 522.214.171.124.04.002) are both price at SFr16,000 or S$24,000. And in Canopus gold (ref. 5126.96.36.199.04.002) it is SFr17,500, or S$26,250.
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