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Following an exciting few months of sports fever after the World Cup in Rio and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, it is only fitting that Omega introduce the first limited edition timepiece for the Rio Olympic Games 2016.
The Omega Speedmaster Mark II ‘Rio 2016’ features an in-house co-axial movement chronograph, inspired by the vintage 1969 Omega Speedmaster in order to celebrate their 27th time as Official Timekeepers of the Olympic Games. The ‘Rio 2016’ is made from polished and brushed stainless steel and barrel-shaped case with a matt black dial.
With the use of Omega’s Calibre 3300, the timepiece is armed with three-level co-axial escapement and silicon balance spring in addition to being 100 meters water-resistant. The tachymeter scale is printed on the sapphire crystal glass and is supported by Super-LumiNova, becoming the first Omega watch where the tachymeter is able to be seen in the dark.
However, one of the more distinctive features of the ‘Rio 2016’ is triggered from arguably the most important moment of the Olympic Games – the podium for each medal ceremony. Each chronograph sub-dial is separately set in a 925 sterling silver, 18k pink gold and 18k yellow gold, symbolic of the most prestigious moment in any Olympic champion’s legacy. The screw-down caseback not only has the official stamp of the ‘Rio 2016’ signifying the first Olympic Games held in South America but also the limited edition number out of 2,016 in order to celebrate the occasion. Due to its exclusivity, any avid Omega timepiece collector or Olympic Games fan will be eager to get their hands on such a fantastic watch, not to mention extremely fortunate.
It’s easy to see how even two years before the Games start, the Speedmaster Mark II ‘Rio 2016’ will take its place in history amongst the past Olympic Collections Omega has produced over the years.