Swiss luxury watch brand Omega presents Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime, an outstanding mechanical timepiece paying homage to the world’s first minute repeater wristwatch produced by OMEGA in 1892 to the pocket chronographs used to time the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games, which marked OMEGA’s debut as Official Timekeeper.
Inside this extremely complex mechanical watch beats OMEGA’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 1932, a fully integrated chronograph and minute repeater movement with the Co-Axial escapement.
The manual-wound OMEGA Calibre 1932 beats at 5 Hz to display 1/10th of a second, like the pocket chronographs used to time the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games.
The watchmakers added three chime cams to the already complicated chronograph mechanism, include two security functions to prevent mal-manipulation, and integrate a split-seconds function. Moreover, this Master Chronometer certified calibre is capable of withstanding external magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss. This extraordinary movement also carries 17 patents, related to the function of the Calibre 1932, its antimagnetic technology and the watch’s external parts.
Satin-brushed and mirror polished, this luxurious handmade calibre with 46.44 grams of gold is not only a technological marvel, it is also thing of beauty.
The Omega Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime watch has an 18K Sedna™ gold case with a diameter of 45 mm. It has a “Grand Feu” enamel dial, graced with a 925 Silver hand-made guilloché inner bezel and subdials in OMEGA’s unique “exclusive acoustic waves” pattern, evoking the sound waves produced by the watch’s chimes.
OMEGA’s 18K Sedna™ Gold produces a beautiful sound when struck. Double hammers, fitted with an insert of hardened steel, hit pitch-perfect 18K Sedna™ Gold gongs, hand-tuned by OMEGA’s watchmakers. Fixed to the case body to produce maximum chime, these gongs are inspired by the bells used by OMEGA to signal the last lap at the Olympic Games and other sporting events.
On the dial, the 18K Sedna™ Gold central hour/minute hands are in blued PVD, as are the subdial hands on the small seconds at 6 o’clock and 15-minute recorder at 12 o’clock.
For easy readability, the display includes a blued CVD central seconds hand and red-varnished split-seconds hand. There is a further tribute to 1932 in the Arabic numerals and minute track in black “Petit Feu” enamel.
The chime pusher at 5 o’clock sports a charming polished and embossed music note. The split-seconds pusher at 11 o’clock has a polished ring filled in with red hybrid ceramic to mirror the look of the split-seconds hand.
The 18K Sedna™ Gold caseback is engraved with the words Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games, Co-Axial Master Chronometer and the watch’s number.
The brown leather strap with 18K Sedna™ Gold buckle includes OMEGA’s new Quick-Change patented system. The special presentation box includes an additional leather strap and two leather cords, allowing the “timekeeper” to wear it as a discreet pocket watch or a stopwatch around the neck.
The walnut presentation box features a resonance plate made of spruce to amplify the precise rhythm, tone, harmony and length of each chime.
Model Omega Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime Specialities
Calibre OMEGA 1932
Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 1932, developed with Blancpain
Fully integrated chronograph and minute repeater
1/10th of a second chronograph
Frequency: 5 Hz
Satin-brushed and mirror polished
Gold weight: 40 grams
Anti-magnetic: 15,000 gauss
Power reserve: 60 hours
Chronograph with split-seconds function
Sedna™ gold case
Diameter: 45 mm
Between lugs: 18 mm
Thickness: 16.9 mm
Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment on both sides
Transparent case back
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 metres / 100 feet)
Brown leather strap
Strap surface: Alligator leather
Strap underside: Non-grained calf leather
Buckle: Pin buckle in Sedna™ Gold
Total product weight (Approx.)