As you may know, Omega Watches has been the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932 (except a few exceptions). As one of their greatest achievement and an important partnership, which the brand is hugely proud off and shows this with several limited editions, like the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Sochi 2014. Recently, they came with their first watch paying tribute to the 2016 Olympic Games that will take place in Rio – a watch based on the Speedy Mark II – and now Omega is introducing another limited edition, this time based on one of their most provocative models. Here is the Omega Seamaster Bullhead Chronograph Edition Rio 2016.
Let’s first have a look at previous limited editions created by Omega Watches and dedicated to the Olympic Games:
- The Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial London 2012 Limited Edition, a vintage-inspired watch that pays tribute to the very first Seamaster launched during the London Olympics of 1948
- The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Sochi 2014 available in two editions: one for men with a specific and coloured ceramic bezel and one for women in white ceramic and with coloured numerals.
- the Omega Sochi Petrograd Tonneau Watch for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, inspired by a watch that was first introduced in 1915 to the Russian & Eastern Europe market and showing a tonneau case
- The Omega Speedmaster Mark II Rio 2016 Limited Edition that features chronograph sub-counters circled with gold, silver and bronze rings.
As we’re now getting closer to the official launch of the 2016 Olympic Games, Omega introduces a new limited edition based on the unique and highly original Seamaster Bullhead chronograph. This watch is not just easily recognizable amongst the rest of the Omega collection but also amongst the entire industry. It shows a typical 1970s style – as being a reversed chronograph, meaning that the crown and the pushers are located at 12 instead of the classical 3 o’clock position. The Seamaster Bullhead is actually a faithful re-edition of a vintage Omega – the reference ST 146.011 launched in 1969 for Rally drivers and equipped with the Calibre 930, a date edition of the famous Calibre 861, shared with the Speedmaster Moonwatch – that Omega re-introduced at Baselworld 2013.
The case of the Omega Seamaster Bullhead shows a typical shape with a sunburst brushed finish on the top and polished angles running all around. As said, its originality comes from the unusual placement of the crown and the pushers, now located on the top of the watch – with an additional crown at 6 that actuates the rotating bezel. This layout also means that the movement is turned from 90 degrees. It is here the Calibre 3113, an automatic and integrated chronograph movement with column wheel and co-axial escapement (and based on a Frédéric Piguet chronograph movement).
Even if technically identical to the previous models, this Rio 2016 edition of the Omega Seamaster Bullhead shows several visual updates. First is the dial that comes in white with a blue rotating bezel. The numbers printed on this bezel are coloured in black, yellow, green and red. The perforated strap gives echo to the dial with its blue leather (linked directly to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games logo) and with stitching along each side, coloured in yellow, green, red and black to remind the iconic Olympic rings. Finally, the caseback is stamped with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games logo.
This Omega Seamaster Bullhead Chronograph Edition Rio 2016 will be made in a limited run of 316 watches and will be priced at 7.600 Euros. More now on omegawatches.com.