Since 1932, cheap Omega watches has functioned as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic games a grand total of 27 times and are expected to continue until at least 2032 – marking the partnership as 100 years old. Over those 27 times, there have been some pretty colorful designs that have taken cues from stopwatches with the Seamaster Olympic Official Timekeeper, to the sidewalks of Copacabana Beach with the Seamaster Diver 300M Rio 2016, to this year’s Seamaster Planet Ocean PyeongChang 2018, which takes the colors from South Korea’s flag. Needless to say, bold and colorful models dominate many of the limited editions that Omega releases around the Olympic Games. Dressier than the subtle Olympic Games watches we saw recently, the Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Gold Collection watches come in yellow gold, Omega’s Sedna (pink) gold, and a brand new “Canopus” (we will get to that later) white gold to channel the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals that winning Olympians receive on the podium.
The pared-down, vintage-minimalist enamel dial shows wise restraint from buy Omega watches , who are clearly confident about the in-house METAS-certified movement within. Design that looks back in time successfully while subtly celebrating the brand’s association with the Olympics? Check. A movement that is arguably years ahead of those by comparable brands? Check. Please make one in steel?
These watches measure in at 39.5mm (same as the Olympic Games watches) making them conservatively sized dress watches. The slightly domed eggshell enamel dial with simple gold indices channels the Seamasters of the ’50s and ’60s beautifully. sale Omega watches has done a fantastic job of bringing some modern life into a lot of their vintage models (1957 ‘Trilogy’ anyone?) and while there isn’t a direct reference to a specific model with these Seamasters, the Olympic Gold Collection watches look like they’ve walked right out of a James Dean movie.
On a more petty note, the only thing I may have done without is the enamel minute track on the inside tips of the indices. I feel it breaks up the dial and takes away from the overall continuity and simplicity of the watch. I think they would have served much better aesthetically around the perimeter of the dial so they didn’t break up the beautifully finished leaf handset – though I understand where it could be argued that it would take away from the domed dial. That being said, looking at some vintage replica Omega watches Seamaster Olympics ads (inserted above and throughout this article), it’s clear that this minute track is firmly rooted in the brand’s specific history with both this watch and event.
The handset is the perfect length for the dial and overall legibility of the watch. The hour hand almost microscopically reaches the end of the indices, and the minute hand overlaps them just enough to create a slight gap between the tip and the edge of the dial, which I feel would benefit from the minute track instead of the blank space. The seconds hand extends a few millimeters longer than the minute hand and comes just about to the edge of the dial. As ridiculous as it may seem to linger on the handset, it’s one of the factors that can make or break a simple three-hand watch for a lot of potential buyers, myself included. Succumbing to a handset that’s too long or too short (as I’ve seen with a number of fake Omega watches models) is easy to do in this segment and I’m always impressed by a well finished, and well-measured dress watch handset.