Omega and the Olympic Games share a long-lasting love story. The Biel-based brand first provided its timing instruments to the games back in 1932, in Los Angeles. Since then, Omega has been the official timekeeper of both Summer and Winter Games, having participated in 29 editions. While the 2020 edition of the Olympic Summer Games has been postponed, this isn’t the case yet for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games, which will occur in Beijing in 2022. One year to go, and Omega presents its first watch dedicated to this edition, the new Seamaster Diver 300M “Beijing 2022” Special Edition.
It’s now just one year until the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 begin in China. As once again the Official Timekeeper, Omega begins celebrating and this year introduces the first watch dedicated to the major sports event. As often, this new Olympics-themed model is based on a Seamaster, this time using the successful Diver 300M architecture.
Technically, the new Seamaster Diver 300M “Beijing 2022” Special Edition remains close to the original “Bond watch”, sharing both its proportions and mechanics. For the occasion, Omega has, however, brought several visual updates to make this edition different from the rest of the crowd. Housed in a 42mm stainless steel case, it retains the same combination of brushed surfaces with polished accents. The case keeps its signature lyre-shaped lugs, the screw-in crown and conical helium escape valve at 10 o’clock, as well as its usual robustness, with 300m water-resistance.
New to this “Beijing 2022” Special Edition, the 12-sided bezel is executed in grade 5 titanium with a 60-minute diving scale in positive relief, obtain by a laser-ablating process – a style that is shared with the recent Nekton edition. No more contrasting ceramic here but a tone-on-tone look that changes the perception of the watch, bringing the focus on the dial.
This edition is worn on the classic brushed and polished stainless steel bracelet, equipped with Omega’s patented extendable foldover rack-and- pusher with an extra diver extension. Robust and comfortable, the bracelet complements the watch in terms of solidity and style. Another update concerns the caseback. Instead of sapphire, the watch is equipped with a solid steel back that is decorated with a stamped Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 emblem. Note that the caseback is a “NAIAD LOCK”, so the inscriptions with always remain straight.
The other important unique feature of this Seamaster Diver 300M “Beijing 2022” is its dial. While still being made of ZrO2 ceramic and retaining the iconic laser-engraved wave pattern that has been the hallmark of this watch since the 1990s, the dial has a new blue tone and is now decorated with a sunray-brushed pattern. Also, 5 of the applied indexes – at 2, 4, 8, 10 and 12 o’clock – are coloured to recall the 5 colours of the iconic Olympic Rings. All the dial’s elements are coated with Super-LumiNova and a date is positioned at 6 o’clock.
Under the solid back is the brand’s classic in-house Omega Calibre 8800, a modern and performant automatic movement with Master Chronometer certification, impressive resistance to magnetic fields and great precision. The movement, equipped with the brand’s co-axial escapement and a silicon balance spring, beats at 3.5Hz and stores up to 55 hours of power reserve.
Availability & Price
Delivered in a special presentation box, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M “Beijing 2022” Special Edition (ref. 518.104.22.168.03.001) is a special but not limited edition. Price is set at EUR 6,100. It will be available in stores from April 2021.
More details at www.omegawatches.com.