OMEGA SEAMASTER OLYMPIC GAMES WATCH COLLECTION FOR 2018 HANDS-ON

As the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 2732, Omega certainly has the right to obtain some limited edition sports commemorating its Olympic theme. Both products are introduced once every two years and are usually the re-editions of Omega’s most popular sports watch series. The details pay tribute to the host city of the current game; like Maple Leaf inspired Vancouver’s Seamaster Professional, Aqua Terra, Rio de Janeiro’s The theme of Copacabana Beach, and Planet Ocean in the red and blue bold design of Korea recently, was designed for Pyeongchang. However, there is another slightly updated Olympic watch that avoids the above-mentioned visual codes and dates associated with a particular game. These are known as the official watch of the Olympic Games. They pay tribute to many different original analog stopwatches for timed games. Today, we are looking for the latest products: the official Olympic clock for the Haima Olympics.

Legibility is excellent, thanks to the high-contrast layout of the black dial center
Legibility is excellent, thanks to the high-contrast layout of the black dial center

As mentioned above, the official Olympic timekeepers will not use any of Omega’s existing collections or design languages. These are the methods used by almost all Olympic editions before the Olympic Games, except for the actual watches and tools developed by Omega for game officials. It is these timing instruments – the same tools used to measure the rise and fall of world records – to collect the tools on which they are based. The last addition to this series was inspired by Omega’s pocket watch for the 1932 Los Angeles game. This time, the new master of the sea has received design clues from the racing clock of the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck and the Summer Olympics in Montreal that same year.

Compared to the original 1932 pocket watch, this watch, despite its simplicity and modernity, has a marked change from the global Olympic time trial in comparison with the sports car speedometer in the early 1980s. Hell, if it weren’t the 6 o’clock Olympic ring on the dial, this black and white model could be mistaken for an old racing watch, or perhaps the original spiritual master of Speedmaster Racing, in the form of a hand. In any case, the original data of this watch is very important, because these stopwatches are the last analog timing tool used in the game before the digital time comes.

white outer minute track, and flat paddle hands.
white outer minute track, and flat paddle hands.

In addition to inspiration, Omega is particularly suitable for the design of the wrist form – especially in the case of a 39.5 mm ratio and a compact lug-to-ear length. For Omega’s modern mid-sized watches, the 8800 coaxial astronomical watch movement was deployed (visible through the sapphire case back cover). It has a date and power reserve of 55 hours, but it lacks an independently adjustable hour hand. Its characteristics are: 8900 series movement. After the Olympic Games are over, they can only be seen after flipping the watch. Each of the five versions is equipped with a matching anodizing ring (which of course represents each of the five Olympic rings is colored), which shows the names of all Omega games since 1932.

Running the very outer edge of the dial is a pulse reader color-matched to the seconds hand
Running the very outer edge of the dial is a pulse reader color-matched to the seconds hand

Thanks to the high-contrast layout of the black dial center, white external minute track and flat panel handle, legibility is excellent. You may notice how the black tip of the minute hand extends slightly to the white minute track – this is a particularly good tactile feel that balances between two contrasting dial areas. The outer edge of the running dial is a pulse reader that matches the second hand color and is separated by three 20 second intervals, allowing the wearer to roughly measure their fitness by calculating their heart rate.

Omega CK2129 watched the role of ‘Dunkirk’ film and Omega in World War II

Director Christopher Nolan’s attention to detail is legendary, and his latest film “Dunkirk” is a source of excitement for watch lovers. In the movie, Tom Hardy, who plays the Royal Air Force pilot, regularly watches his watch. Hawkeye watch lovers like me have regarded watches as Omega. Specifically, the problematic watch is the Omega CK2129, which is the story behind it.

For readers unfamiliar with the 2017 film Dunkirk, it is currently a great success in the cinema, telling the story of Dunkirk’s evacuation during the Second World War. Dunkirk is the name of the French beach. In 1940, the Allies were trapped by the Germans and had nowhere to go.

the French beach. In 1940, the Allies were trapped by the Germans and had nowhere to go.
the French beach. In 1940, the Allies were trapped by the Germans and had nowhere to go.

Reliable timing is an important aspect of war, so watches are a very important tool. They are especially important for pilots who rely on watch navigation. In Dunkirk, we see that Hardy’s role depends largely on his watch, which plays an important role in the film. [SPOILER ALERT] This is not a real spoiler, but the most critical role of the watch (perhaps the most obvious shot) is that when his fuel gauge is damaged, he asks another pilot to take a fuel reading and over time The spread smeared it on the dashboard of the plane.

The watch chosen for Hardy’s character is the Omega CK2129. This choice is appropriate because it is reported that Omega provides about half of all the watches used by the Royal Air Force. In addition, the Omega CK2129 is the most commonly worn Omega watch by the Royal Air Force personnel in World War II. It is estimated that Omega delivered more than 110,000 watches to the British Ministry of Defense during the Second World War to support its forces.

 the British Ministry of Defense during the Second World War to support its forces.
the British Ministry of Defense during the Second World War to support its forces.

Omega CK2129 originated in January 1940, shortly after the start of World War II. It was then that the Royal Air Force decided to take a watch with a rotating bezel and asked Omega to produce 2,000 such watches. By rotating the bezel, pilots can make calculations and time events easier and more accurate. The Omega CK2129 watch was finally delivered in March of the same year.

The Omega CK2129 is designed to be easy to use and easy to read. It has a cream dial, blue hands, a large Arabic hour scale, a large rotating bezel and two oversized crowns. These two large crowns allow the pilot to easily handle and wrap the watch while wearing gloves. In addition, the second crown at 4 o’clock is used to lock the rotating bezel so that it does not misread when accidentally hitting a narrow range of the cockpit of the aircraft.

that it does not misread when accidentally hitting a narrow range of the cockpit of the aircraft.
that it does not misread when accidentally hitting a narrow range of the cockpit of the aircraft.

The Omega CK2129 is powered by the Omega Calibre 23.4 SC, a hand-wound movement that has been used in many other Omega models during this time. Notable is its central seconds hand, which is very useful for short events in less than a minute. It has a frequency of 2.5 Hz and a power reserve of about 40 hours.