The 15th FINA World Championships are scheduled for July 19 to August 4, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. The 2013 World Championships will again feature the five aquatics disciplines: swimming, water polo, diving, open water swimming, and synchronized swimming. This year, high-diving, a sub-discipline of diving is being introduced.
As the official timekeeper, Swiss watch brand OMEGA will bring its long experience in timekeeping and data handling to the Championships, ensuring the precision and performance worthy of the world’s greatest aquatic athletes.
To celebrate its association with the FINA World Championships, OMEGA introduces three timepieces that perform in water as well as the talented men and women competing in the pools in Barcelona. They are part of OMEGA’s Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M collection and in addition to the classic styling, professional dive features and state-of-the-industry technology that define each Planet Ocean, these models feature some particularly innovative materials.
Each has a brushed and polished case made of grade five titanium and a polished blue ceramic bezel with a Liquidmetal® diving scale. The Liquidmetal® alloy is three times as hard as stainless steel and it bonds seamlessly with the ceramic bezel. The ceramic is an even harder material than the alloy, so the satin brushing of the fine details can be done without affecting the ceramic bezel. The numbers and scaling appear in a bold, vivid contrast to the glossy ceramic background that will not fade with time.
Like every Planet Ocean, the watches are ready for underwater adventure and are equipped with unidirectional rotating bezels, helium escape valves and water resistance to 60 bar (600 metres / 2000 feet). They are powered by OMEGA’s exclusive Co-Axial calibres.
Each one is equipped with a silicon balance spring and the combination is so stable and reliable that OMEGA offers them with a full four-year warranty.
These revolutionary mechanical movements are visible through the sapphire crystal in the brushed screw-in case back. The applied indexes on the dials of these Planet Oceans are coated with white Super-LumiNova and emit a blue light, as do the central polished, facetted rhodium-plated hands. The exception is the minute hand and the dot on the diving bezel which both emit a green light. This feature makes it easy for divers to keep track of their time at a glance.
The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M 45.50 mm Chronograph in titanium with Liquidmetal®
The gents’ chronograph in the collection is equipped with the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 9300. This innovative column-wheel chronograph has 12-hour and 60-minute counter hands placed on the same sub-dial at 3 o’clock.
This familiar arrangement of the hands, which recalls the hour and minute hands on the main dial, enables intuitive reading of the chronograph. It also has a central chronograph seconds hand, a small seconds hand on the subdial at 9 o’clock and a date window at 6 o’clock. The movement has a time zone function, meaning that the hour hand can be set without stopping the watch, an especially useful feature for travellers.
The featured Planet Ocean 600M Chronograph model has an integrated blue rubber strap. The watch is also available with a grade five titanium brushed and polished bracelet with a divers’ clasp.
The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M 42 mm in titanium with Liquidmetal®
The 42 mm Planet Ocean 600M OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 8500 in titanium is powered by the mechanical movement that signalled a revolution in the way mechanical watches are made. When itwas launched in 2007, the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre put the entire watchmaking world on notice. At its heart was the Co-Axial escapement, the first practical watch escapement to be introduced in some 250 years.
The Co-Axial escapement offers clear advantages over the Swiss lever escapement that had been the industry standard for centuries. It has less sliding friction and thus, less need for lubrication. The result is longer service intervals for the watch and outstanding chronometric performance over time.
Frequent travellers will appreciate the fact that the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 8500 has a time zone function that allows the hour hand to be set without stopping the watch Like the chronograph model, it is available with either a blue rubber strap or a grade five titanium bracelet with a divers’ clasp. It has a date window at 3 o’clock.
The Ladies’ Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M 37.50 mm in titanium with Liquidmetal®
OMEGA has long been committed to creating women’s watches that are not only aesthetically appealing but which are as technically innovative as any men’s watch in the world. In 2008, the brand created the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 8520, a mechanical movement perfectly suited to wristwatches with smaller case diameters.
It is this remarkable movement that drives the 37.50 mm Planet Ocean 600M titanium watch. Like the other timepieces described here, it has professional dive features, dramatic styling and one of the finest mechanical watch movements in the world.
The featured model is presented on a titanium bracelet strap with a divers’ clasp. The Planet Ocean 600M in 37.50 mm is also available with a blue rubber strap. Its date window is at 3 o’clock.
The FINA World Championships, which are swimming’s governing body’s premiere event, have been held since 1973. Between 1978 and 1998, they took place every four years, in the even years between summer Olympic Games. Since 2001, the Championships have taken place every two years in odd-numbered years. OMEGA has been at the forefront of international competitive swimming for many years and in addition to its timekeeping activities, is responsible for the development of some of the key technologies used to determine and record the results including the first semi-automatic timer for swimming events and the famous touch pads positioned at both ends of the pool lanes.
The touch pads – which are not affected by the impact of waves against them – allow each swimmer to “stop the clock” by exerting pressure of between 1.5 and 2.5 kg (3.3 and 5.5 pounds) on the underwater panels at the ends of each lane of the pool. The final moments of the swimming competitions are also recorded by means of OMEGA’s high speed video cameras, providing an added resource for judges in the event of disputes. An innovative light system called the Swimming Show that was debuted at the London 2012 Olympic Games will also be used at the World Championships in Barcelona. For the diving competitions, OMEGA’s impressive TV graphics will again help viewers understand some of the unusual aspects of the discipline. OMEGA will continue to use the other on-screen graphics that have been part of televised swimming competitions since 2000, including the “virtual record line”.