In 2005, a special version of the Seamaster Chronograph was developed by OMEGA particularly for sailors, with an enlarged case diameter of 44mm to make room for a new function: the regatta countdown timer. Timing the start of a regatta is crucial to a skipper, since he has to position the yacht to ensure that it crosses the starting line as near to the gun as possible (crossing the line too early can result in a penalty).
OMEGA’s regatta countdown timer comprises a special dial with a semicircle of 5 dots. Starting the chronograph at the first warning signal triggers the countdown mechanism, which clearly indicates the time remaining until the start as the dots gradually fill with a different colour as each successive 5-minute period elapses, starting black, then turning to blue and red.
A counter at 9 o’clock, divided into the same three colours, gives a constant overview of the total elapsed time, with the central red chronograph hand counting down the final seconds to the start.
This highly functional diving timepiece featuring Regatta Countdown Timer is fitted with a high-precision self-winding mechanical movement – OMEGA calibre 3602 – with a power reserve of 44 hours. Steel or titanium models are available with a screw-in back that ensures water resistance to a depth of 300 metres.
The steel version has a black aluminium ring on a stainless steel bezel, whereas the titanium version has a brushed steel ring on a titanium bezel.
Reference: 2569.52.00 (Steel case with steel bracelet)
Model: OMEGA Seamaster Chronograph Regatta Countdown Timer
Collection: Seamaster collection, Launched in 2005
Large 44mm diameter case in stainless steel or titanium, with screw-in case-back, crown and pushers
Water resistance: 300 metres/1000 feet
Unidirectional turning bezel with brushed steel ring on titanium model or black aluminium ring on steel model and large minute indicators, with luminous point at the 12 o’clock position
Black dial with large applied luminous hour markers, quarter second graduations, skeleton hour and minute hands with luminous Super Luminova inserts and red central chronograph hand with luminous point
Chronograph totalisers with luminous red hands for hours at 6 o’clock and minutes at 9 o’clock, continuous seconds counter at 3 o’clock
OMEGA symbol and name at 12 o’clock and RACING inscription in red above chronograph hour counter
Regatta start timer function comprising a semicircle of 5 dots that change colour every 5 minutes to indicate the time elapsed.
Matching bracelet in stainless steel or titanium with a safety clasp
A rubber strap with buckle is also available