Earlier this year Omega extended their deal with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to extend their role as the event’s official timekeeper all the way up to 1932, a move that will see the Swiss brand’s association with the Olympics extend to 100 years.
The ongoing Winter Olympics was just the perfect occasion to launch a few new themed timepieces to celebrate this renewed partnership. After a quintet of limited editions inspired by the color of the Olympic rings, Omega now has unveiled a dressy trio inspired by the three winning medals of the Olympic podium.
However, instead of using gold, silver and bronze as the case material, Omega is using gold in each of the 39.5 mm cases. So 18K yellow gold takes the form of the traditional first place material, 18k Canopus gold for the “silver” model, and 18k Sedna gold for the “bronze” version.
Sedna gold is a proprietary alloy Omega developed in 2013 that blends gold, copper, and palladium to create a rose gold look. However, Canopus gold is a brand new, exclusive alloy Omega has created for this specific watch that closely resembles white gold.
Details are currently sparse on what the new alloy is made of, but it’s always intriguing when brands put their chemistry hats on to create new materials that can be used in cases, hands, numerals/indices, etc. It’ll be interesting to see how, and where, Canopus gold is used next and if we’ll see it in any new watches at the upcoming Baselworld show.
Corresponding 18k gold is also used in the “leaf” hands and applied indices for each watch. The domed dials are slightly off-white and feature the vintage Omega logo and a sporty minute track. Each watch is available on either a brown or black leather strap.
The casebacks of the new Seamaster Olympic Games watches feature a corresponding 18k gold ring emblazoned with the names of all the host cities and dates from Omega’s tenure as Olympic Timekeeper, from the 1932 Los Angeles games to the upcoming 2028 Los Angeles games. Inside this ring is a sapphire crystal window showing off the movement, Omega’s METAS-certified Master Chronometer Caliber 8807.
The 18k yellow gold model is priced at $17,300, the 18k Canopus gold model is priced at $18,900, and the Sedna gold model is priced at $17,300. There is also a platinum version that is limited to 100 total pieces and is priced at $37,800.