The 2016 summer Olympic games are quickly approaching. This year the games are being held August 5th -21st in Rio De Janeiro. What you may not know is that April 6th, 1896 marked the first international Olympic Games held in the modern era.
The original Games were held in Greece since Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the original Olympic Games. The first international Game was held in Pairs in 1900 and then did not return to Greece until 2004.
This year at the 2016 Games, Golf is making a triumphant return to the program. It has been revealed that men’s and women’s gold medalists will receive an automatic qualification for all of the major championships in 2017. This announcement was made at Augusta National before the Masters Tournament began.
Omega – The Official Timekeeper
Omega has been the Official Timekeeper for 26 Olympic Games, the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games mark an incredible 27th. Omega proudly measures, records and displays the award winning results. To honor the Games, Omega has been producing limited edition models for each location.
Rio 2016 Collection
Celebrating the excitement and anticipation, Omega has released two new timepieces inspired by glory and triumph. The Bullhead Rio 2016 converts an already iconic watch and transforms it into a representative of the Olympics. There is a blue leather strap with multi-colored stitching in yellow, green, red, and black. these stitches go hand in hand with the colors of the famous Olympic rings.
Furthermore, the color theme is continued into the inner, rotating, bezel. This Bullhead will only be produced in 316 limited pieces, honoring the 3rd time golf will be played at the Olympics and the year.
In addition to the Bullhead Rio, there is the Speedmaster Mark II Rio 2016 limited edition. This version of the Speedmaster represents the coveted medals of champions. The three subdials are completed with a bronze ring, an 18k yellow gold ring and a 925 silver ring against a matte black dial. This model is produced in only 2,016 pieces.
Both of these limited edition watches are created with a screw-in caseback stamped with the logo of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Olympic Official Timekeeper Collection
In addition to the models designed specifically for the Rio Olympic Games, Omega creates their Official Timekeeper Collection. These watches feature striking lacquered white dials and blue steel hands. Each of these pieces is created to be both elegant and fit for purpose while celebrating the tradition of sports timekeeping.
These watches are all created in gold, whether 18k white gold, yellow gold or pink gold. These watches are limited to only 188 pieces to celebrate the historical role of Omega and the Olympic Games. Each piece is given a special Olympic engraving and limited edition number.
The 18k white gold version of this watch features a lacquered white dial and vintage inspired Omega symbol in red. The classic look is continued into the 38mm case with its 18k white gold T-bars attaching the black leather strap to the case.
In the yellow gold model, the design channels another classic Omega style. This model features rounded, vintage inspired, chronograph pushers extending off of the 39mm case.
The group of limited edition watches is completed with the 18k pink gold 39mm model. As with the other pieces, there is the lacquered white dial, vintage red Omega symbol and blue steel hands. This model also features a polished crown embossed with a vintage Omega symbol.
Omega first arrived at the Los Angeles Games in 1932 with 30 split-second chronographs. Today, there is a team of timekeeping professionals that make up the official timekeepers timing the best athletes in each sport.