I know if feels like just yesterday we were watch spotting at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but believe it or not, the 2018 Winter Olympics are almost upon us! Omega has started the one-year countdown until the commencement, released the Seamaster Planet Ocean PyeongChang 2018 Limited Edition to commemorate the occasion. Omega has been the official timer of the Olympics since 1932 and continues to innovate in the arts of high-speed and high-intensity timing, and I am sure the Winter Olympics will give us another chance to see Omega push the envelop. But, for now, this new Seamaster.
The Seamaster Planet Ocean PyeongChang 2018 Limited Edition, is surely the first of many Olympic limited editions we’ll be seeing over the next year leading up to the Games. It is, as you might have already guessed, a limited edition of 2018 pieces. The commemorative watch is red and blue, the colors of the Korean flag – the dial itself is actually blue ceramic and the SuperLuminova-filled hands glow blue as well. The uni-directional rotating dive bezel is polished blue ceramic with rubber inserts and it features an Omega Liquidmetal diving scale.
The 43.5mm stainless steel case houses the Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8900, which, as you may know, is a Master Chronometer movement certified by Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (METAS). So far, Omega is the only watchmaker selling watches with the METAS certification and it helped develop the standards with the Institute as an alternative to more common certifications like the COSC. The sapphire crystal caseback is engraved with “PyeongChang 2018” and the Winter Olympics logo. Additionally, the watch comes with a custom presentation box and extra steel bracelet in case the bright blue strap with red stitching isn’t your thing.
The launch of this watch was part of Omega kicking off its extremely high-visibility involvement with this iteration of the Games. In addition, Omega unveiled the official Olympic countdown clock at City Hall Plaza in Seoul, South Korea, and a secondary countdown clock in Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Both clocks are counting down the 365 days until the Winter Olympics commence in PyeongChang.
As the countdown clock gets closer to the first day of the 2018 Winter Olympics, I am sure we will see more watches like these from Omega as the brand continues to support the major international sporting event. The retail price this watch is 6,400 CHF (approximately $6,395 at time of publishing).
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