In 2004, to celebrate a century of achievement in sports timekeeping, OMEGA launched the Olympic collection that comprised of four chronographs with a distinctive Olympic-related theme. The timepieces were:-
- OMEGA Chronograph, London 1948
- OMEGA Speedmaster Date, Los Angeles 1932
- OMEGA Speedmaster Broad Arrow, Melbourne 1956
- OMEGA De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph, Rome 1960
The chronographs of the OMEGA Olympic collection recall the very beginnings of the brand’s timekeeping exploits with a design that harks back to the first chronographs used at the Olympic Games produced by the brand in the 1930s and used at the 1932 Los Angeles Games.
The collection sees reproductions of the original dials of these models – complete with the period red OMEGA name and symbol – incorporated into chronographs from the current OMEGA collection. The case back of each model is engraved with the five Olympic rings.
OMEGA Seamaster Chronograph, London 1948
The Seamaster chronograph of the Omega Olympic Collection superimposes white Arabic numerals and red chronograph counters against a black dial – all protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Its divers’ watch status is underscored by the robust case, the unidirectional rotating stainless-steel bezel, patented OMEGA helium escape valve and water resistance to 300m guaranteed by a screw-in crown with O-ring gasket and decompression ring, screw-in pushers and a screw-in case back.
The sporty look of this chronograph, which is completed by a tough, water-resistant rubber strap, belies the high-end technology inside. The Seamaster Chronograph of the Omega Olympic Collection uses the exclusive OMEGA calibre 3303 movement. This self-winding OMEGA chronograph movement is a certified chronometer and uses a column-wheel chronograph mechanism.
OMEGA Speedmaster Date, Los Angeles 1932
The Speedmaster Date of the Omega Olympic Collection has red chronograph hands and blued-steel hour, minute and small seconds hands. Available exclusively with a matching stainless-steel bracelet, it retains the typical Speedmaster feature of a tachometer scale engraved on the stainless steel bezel and has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
This chronograph is powered by the OMEGA calibre 1152 self-winding chronograph movement, which has an exclusive rhodium-plated finish and a power reserve of 44 hours. The Speedmaster Date of the Omega Olympic Collection is water resistant to 30 metres.
OMEGA Speedmaster Broad Arrow, Melbourne 1956
The design of the Speedmaster Broad Arrow of the Omega Olympic Collection marries the red chronograph hands and the red OMEGA symbol and name with a black dial – the traditional Speedmaster dial colour, reminiscent of that of the legendary Speedmaster Professional “Moon Watch”.
Incorporating the striking “broad arrow” hands found on the very first Speedmaster models, the Speedmaster Broad Arrow of the Omega Olympic Collection uses OMEGA’s high-end column-wheel chronograph movement, OMEGA calibre 3303. This exclusive OMEGA movement has a 55-hour power reserve, stop-seconds function and uses the OMEGA free sprung-balance to offer better regulating stability. The Speedmaster Broad Arrow of the Omega Olympic Collection is water resistant to 100 metres and is available exclusively with a matching stainless steel bracelet.
OMEGA De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph, Rome 1960
The model of the De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph of the Omega Olympic Collection has a sober white dial which is elegantly set off by the theme of the Olympic Games. The De Ville Co-Axial collection represents the fine art of watchmaking in all respects. Its case design recalls the popular OMEGA models of the fifties and all models feature the revolutionary OMEGA Co-Axial Escapement, which offers better long-term accuracy.
The De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph of the Omega Olympic Collection is powered by OMEGA calibre 3313, a self-winding chronograph movement with official chronometer certification and a 55-hour power reserve. It is fitted with a brown alligator leather strap and stainless-steel foldover clasp.