Omega: The official winter timekeepers - Beijing Winter Olympics 2022
If you weren’t already aware, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics began last week on the 4th Feb, and wow hasn’t it already been an incredible event to watch. There are 109 events in total at this year’s games, and I’m sure each and every one of them will be amazing to watch. I know I will definitely be tuning in to see how Team GB perform, and I’ll be especially looking forward to the figure skating events (they’re my fave).
But the tonnes of snow and ice aren't going to be the only things that are cold about this year’s Winter Olympics, as Omega have yet again dropped some icy, special edition watches to commemorate their continuing status as Official Timekeeper.
When you think of the Olympics you probably don’t think about the timing equipment that’s used, but it really is vital for the athletes and well, the whole event. As always, Omega will be supplying the Games with the all important timekeeping equipment, technology and of course the expert personnel to work it all.
Anyways, on to the juicy stuff. Let's take a look at the two new special edition Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 watches from Omega.
Seamaster Diver 300M – 5220.127.116.11.03.001
First up is this beautifully detailed 42mm watch, which is part of the Seamaster Diver 300M collection. The gorgeous, sun-brushed blue watch face stands out perfectly against the polished stainless steel case. This watch will retail at £5280 and comes in a special Beijing winter Olympics 2022 presentation box.
The bezels sports a diving scale in positive relief, and is made from brushed, grade 5 titanium to ensure that it is resistant to everyday wear and tear, as well as blending in beautifully with the polished stainless steel case and strap.
The blue ceramic dial is where the details really lie with this watch, as it has some unique minute-markers at the 2H, 4H, 8H, 10H, and 12H positions, which have each been given a colour corresponding to the five Olympic rings. The hands and indexes on the dial are rhodium-plated, and have been filled with Super-LumiNova which provides luminosity in the dark.
The caseback features a stamped Beijing winter Olympics 2022 logo, and is also made from a combination of brushed and polished steel, to match the front of the watch.
This watch holds the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 movement, ensuring that this watch is able to work with the highest degree of precision, and performance, both of which are quite fitting to the Olympic games.
Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M – 518.104.22.168.04.001
The second watch that Omega has release for this year’s Winter Olympics, is this stunning Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M. This watch really stands out and has a sleek, modern look (I think this one is my favourite). It will also retail at £5280, like the previous watch we looked at, and it too comes in the Beijing winter Olympics 2022 presentation box.
The 41MM watch has a stainless steel case and strap, paired with a frosted white ceramic dial, to match the frosty theme of the winter Olympics. As if this beauty didn’t look impressive enough, it has some bold blue diamond-brushed indexes and hands, which are also filled with white Super-LumiNova. The blue is also carried over onto the minute track allowing it to stand out perfectly, however red quarter numbers on the track, as well as a red Seamaster logo have also been added to really make the watch pop. In my opinion, the colours used for this watch fit extraordinarily well with the Winter Olympics theme.
The caseback of this watch also features the Beijing winter Olympics 2022 logo stamped into the brushed steel, and it also has a waved edge. Housed within the caseback is the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8900, providing 5 more hours of power reserve compared to the first watch we discussed, and a jumping hour hand.
And just like that we’ve reached the finish line. Personally, I think both of these watches are well deserving of a gold medal! Now, it’s time to get back to watching the Olympics and cheering on Team GB. If you would like to see all of the previous special Olympic watches that Omega have made, why not take a look at our last Olympic blog post right here.