The Olympic Games London 2012 – Omega Watches…

by D Constant on July 28, 2012

in Exclusive Watch Reviews, Ladies Watch Reviews, Latest Reviews, Omega Watches, Product Information, Sports Watch Reviews, Watch News

Post image for The Olympic Games London 2012 – Omega Watches…

The Official Watches of The London 2012 Olympics by Omega – Three individual Omega Seamaster’s…

Written by: D Constant for The Watch Review Site

Sitting here in my living room in London with a new born baby boy trying to get him to relax and sleep watching the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony it dawned upon me, I haven’t shown you the Official Olympic Timekeepers London 2012 Specialities…

Sorry been a little busy, late nights (3 1/2 week old), early mornings (5 year old), Busy day Work, Play and Summer Holidays oh dear he says…

Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial London 2012 Watch 2

Well he’s down now so time to let you all know about Omega’s Olympic Specialities for The London 2012 Olympic Games, I will also be posting a brief history of Omega and The Olympics if time permits (you will see why as there are many key time points involved)…  Well here goes fingers crossed I get this up before the Olympics is over in two weeks…

So as we all know Omega are once again the Official Timekeepers of the Olympic Games a role they have played for 80 years as it was back in 1932 that Omega first took the mantle and they have never let it go since, That also makes this the 25th Olympic Games Omega had been Official Timekeeper another milestone, add to that, that it was at the London Olympics back in 1948 that we first saw  the introduction of the Omega Seamaster Watch to the Olympics, and some 64 years on it is befitting the Omega brand that they have included in this Olympic collection amongst two other Omega Seamaster’s specifically produced to commemorate the London 2012 Olympics a limited edition timepiece in the Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial London 2012, which is based on the inaugural Omega Seamaster introduced at the 1948 London Olympics.

As with tradition Omega have released a trilogy of timepieces specifically for the Olympics and the “piece de resistance” in our opinion is the afore mentioned Omega Seamaster 1948 London 2012 Limited Edition Watch, and this is where we begin our introduction to the Omega Seamasters London 2012 Olympic Specialities.

All the watches are Seamasters and all are adorned with the London 2012 Olympic Logo on an engraved case-back.

 

Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial London 2012 Limited Edition Watch

Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial London 2012 Watch

Omega have decided as its first of Three Special London 2012 Olympic timepieces to produce a  limited edition Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012” which is a redesign of the first ever automatic Seamaster introduced in 1948 at the London Olympics, in the words of Omega

“The watch represents a fitting link between two Olympic Games hosted by a great city.”

The Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012” Limited Edition Watch comes in a 39mm Case and is deemed to be a gents watch, it will be produced in a limited edition of 1,948 pieces and when it arrives will come in a London 2012 presentation box, This piece is Omega’s take on the Vintage 1948 Seamaster Co-Axial Automatic Watch and is to be the Ultimate London 2012 Olympic Games Omega Collectible, if not the Ultimate Olympic Collectible full stop… Well in the watch world, wouldn’t mind one of those torches as a momento, then again there are more torches in existence than the Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial London 2012 Watch.

This is a pure classic Omega Seamaster in looks and to boot has an in house caliber driving its engine in the COSC Certified Omega Caliber 2202 with co-axial escapement.

The look of the  Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial London 2012 is based around its clean opaline silver face behind a double sided coated anti reflective sapphire crystal and polished stainless steel case, with its crisp White Gold Arabic numerals at 3,6,9 and 12 and its white gold hour markers, the Omega oozes vintage classic style. This Seamaster 1948 Co-axial chronometer features diamond polished hour and minute hands, with a separate seconds dial at 6 o’clock, highlighted by the deep blue steel hand.

The black leather strap, with polished silver buckle just adds to the exquisite looks of this limited edition London 2012 seamaster.

The Crown of the Seamaster 1948 is embossed with a vintage Ω symbol and as stated previously has an embossed caseback, but unlike the other two Omega Seamaster Olympic London 2012 Watches this caseback is embossed in 18ct yellow gold London 2012 Logo. The caseback is also engraved with the water resistance rating and limited edition number of 1,948 as expected.

As for water resistance the The Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012” Limited Edition watch is water resistant to 120 metres / 400 feet / 12 bar.

We feel that Omega have thought carefully about the Olympic Games in London 2012 and have come up trumps with the Seamaster 1948 London 2012 and this lovely watch is available from Ernest Jones in the UK at £3,700.00

Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012″ Limited Edition – Technical Details

Steel case -yellow gold caseback on leather strap Ref: 522.23.39.20.02.001

Movement – Caliber Omega 2202, Self-winding movement

Functions – hour, minute and small seconds hands at 6 o’clock,

Co-Axial Escapement for greater precision stability and durability of the movement.

Power reserve – 48 hours

Crystal – Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides

Case – Steel & yellow gold

Case Diameter – 39 mm

Dial – Silver

Water Resistance – 120 m (360 feet)

Features – Chronometer, Small seconds

Limited edition of 1,948 pieces

On to the next two Omega Seamaster Watches for the London 2012 Olympics, and these come in the guise of a gents and ladies version of The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph London 2012, both available in Stainless Steel with corresponding Bracelet and a bi-coloured Red Gold and Stainless Steel Case with Dark Blue Leather Strap.

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph “London 2012” Men’s Watch

The Men’s version of this Omega London 2012 Olympic watch is available in a sturdy 44 mm case, The Omega Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph “London 2012”  comes as pictured above in  a Stainless Steel Case edition with matching Stainless Steel bracelet, or as a bi-colour polished and brushed case made from both 18 ct red gold and stainless steel with a contrasting dark blue leather strap as pictured below

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph “London 2012″ makes a great impression with its sturdy and substantial 44mm case and the as expected vertically striped teak pattern dial (quickly becoming a must on a Omega Aqua Terra Watch) in deep blue PVD coated dial on both versions of this London 2012 timepiece.

Both Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial’s  have a date window located between 4 and 5 o’clock, along with three sub-dial complications being the Chronograph recording up to 30 minutes at 3 o’clock, the 12 hour chrono at 6 o’clock and small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, and both dials are set behind a double sided anti reflected, scratch resistant domed Sapphire Crystal.

The only differences in the dials of the two versions come when you look at the hands, hour markers and Omega Logo, the stainless steel model has white gold versions, whereby the Rose Gold Watch has Rose Gold versions both polished and faceted. Both are treated with with white Super LumiNova making them readable in low light conditions and the dark.

The Crown of both of the Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph London 2012 watches are embossed with a vintage Ω symbol and as stated previously have an engraved and embossed caseback showing the Olympic London 2012 logo. The casebacks are also engraved with the water resistance rating and details of the watch and movement.

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph London 2012 is water resistant to a depth of 150 metres, 500 feet or 15 bar. The only other thing we have not highlighted is the strap, its deep blue leather and is actually extremely nice and fits the watch in both looks and style exceptionally well.

Both these watches are available to purchase in the UK from Ernest Jones with the Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel Bracelet version at £4,700.00 and the Rose Gold with Blue Strap at £6,500.00

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph “London 2012″ – Technical Details

Steel on Steel Bracelet – Ref: 522.10.44.50.03.001 (Mens) Priced at £4,700.00

Movement – Caliber Omega 3313, Self-winding chronograph movement with column wheel mechanism and Co-Axial Escapement for greater precision stability and durability of the movement.

Functions – date, hour, minute and continuous small seconds hands and central chronograph hand.

Power reserve: 52 hours

Crystal – Domed scratch resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides

Case – Steel

Case Diameter – 44 mm

CaseBack – Stainless Steel Engraved London 2012 Logo

Dial – Blue

Screw-in crown

Water Resistance – 150 m (500 feet)

Features – Date, Chronometer, Small seconds, Chronograph

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph “London 2012″ – Technical Details

Steel & Red Gold on leather strap – Ref: 522.23.44.50.03.001 (Mens) Priced at £6,500.00

Movement – Caliber Omega 3313, Self-winding chronograph movement with column wheel mechanism and Co-Axial Escapement for greater precision stability and durability of the movement.

Functions – date, hour, minute and continuous small seconds hands and central chronograph hand.

Power reserve: 52 hours

Crystal – Domed scratch resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides

Case – Steel & Red Gold

CaseBack – Stainless Steel Engraved London 2012 Logo

Case Diameter – 44 mm

Dial – Blue

Screw-in crown

Water Resistance – 150 m (500 feet)

Features – Date, Chronometer, Small seconds, Chronograph

 As for the Ladies the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial Chronograph “London 2012″ comes in a smaller 34mm case and is again available in two forms, a Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel bracelet as the mens equivilent and a bi-coloured version, but in this instance its Yellow Gold and Stainless Steel unlike the Red Gold of the Mens version.

As with the Mens versions they come with engraved and embossed casebacks with the London 2012 Logo and both watches sport the customary Blue striped teak effect dial face.

The fundamental differences come in the positioning of the date window, which is at 3 o’clock on the ladies versions and the lack of any chronograph functions.

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial “London 2012,” Ladies is intended for ladies are driven by Omega’s in-house caliber 8520, equipped with the brand’s trademark co-axial escapement and and anti magnetic, shock-resistant silicon balance spring.

All in All Omega has impressed us with their offerings for the London 2012 Olympics, its just strange that we opted to highlight the cheapest of the three models as our stand out candidate, what do you think?

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial “London 2012″ (Ladies) – Technical Details

Steel on steel ref: 522.10.34.20.03.001 & Steel-yellow gold on leather strap ref: 522.23.34.20.03.001

Movement – Caliber Omega 8520 Self-winding movement with Co-Axial Escapement for greater precision stability and durability. Free sprung-balance system with silicon balance-spring.

Automatic winding in both directions to reduce winding time. Rhodium plated finish with exclusive Geneva waves in arabesque.

Functions – date, hour, minute and continuous small seconds central hands.

Power reserve: 50 hours

Crystal – Domed scratch resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides

Case – Steel (Steel) & Steel-yellow gold (Yellow Gold)

Case Diameter – 34 mm

CaseBack – Stainless Steel Engraved London 2012 Logo

Dial – Blue

Screw-in crown

Water Resistance – 150 m (500 feet)

Features – Date, Chronometer

Well we managed to get this finished after two milk breaks and before the end of the Olympics, not the ceremony but the actual games, hope you enjoy reading it.

Share

Previous post:

Next post: