Flash News: Omega Speedmaster Mark II Chronograph Rio 2016

By Thierry Ané on August 13, 2014

Omega has a longstanding partnership with the Olympic Games and for the 27th edition that will take place in South America for the first time, the brand will again be the Official Timekeeper. On the countdown to the Opening Ceremony, two years have still to go by before Rio de Janeiro will welcome athletes from more than 200 nations for this exciting competition.

This tiny technical detail will not prevent Omega from starting the release of limited edition watches for the occasion. And this month, the brand has just unveiled the official watch of the event: a model that belongs to the newly revamped “Mark II” collection inspired by a 1969 Speedmaster model.

Earlier this year, the brand introduced two models with the characteristic barrel-shaped 46.20 x 42.40 mm case in polished and brushed stainless steel: a classic Speedmaster Mark II Chronograph with a black dial and also a sportier version featuring a grey dial with orange accents inspired by the world of racing.

To celebrate Brazil’s Olympic Games, the brand will produce 2,016 pieces of the Speedmaster Mark II Chronograph Rio 2016 featuring the same characteristic case and stainless steel bracelet and equipped with the same 3330 self-winding calibre showcasing an Si14 silicon balance spring and a Co-Axial escapement with three levels. In addition to the date display, this reliable movement also offers a chronograph function.

The screw-in case back has been stamped with the logo of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and has also been engraved with the inscriptions “Si14” and “Column Wheel”. Lastly, this stainless steel back also bears the limited edition number of the wristwatch.

The customisation, however, has not been restricted to the back of the watch: this new Speedmaster also boasts a unique dial celebrating the games. It is black like for the Speedmaster Mark II Chronograph presented earlier this year. It retains the unique transparent tachymeter scale engraved on the sapphire crystal that can glow in the dark thanks to the SuperLuminova of the aluminium ring beneath. The difference is the presence of a coloured ring on each of the three counters: a bronze ring has been added to the 30-minute recorder at 3 o’clock, an 18-karat yellow gold circle adorns the chronograph’s 12-hour register at 6 o’clock and lastly, the small seconds sub-dial located at the 9 o’clock position boasts a 925 silver ring. Naturally, these three rings are meant to recall the medals awarded to Olympic champions.

The Speedmaster Mark II Chronograph Rio 2016 will retail for a very reasonable US$ 6,500 making it a very affordable and extremely refined reminder of the Olympic Games for the watch lovers with a weakness for those big sport events.

For more information please visit Omega web site.

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