INTRODUCING: The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M “Beijing 2022” ushers in the Winter OlympicsZach Blass
Now that 2021 has arrived, a return to normality seems to be lurking on the horizon (fingers crossed). We still have some work to do around the world, but with a vaccine in circulation it is fortunately no longer a matter of “if” but “when”. In anticipation of these brighter days, Omega is getting a jump-start on the fun to come when the Beijing Winter Olympics arrives next year. To celebrate the 30th year of being official timekeeper of the games, Omega is introducing their Omega Seamaster Diver 300M “Beijing 2022” Special Edition.
The watch is every bit the modern Seamaster watch we have come to know and love, but with a few subtle twists that really tie the watch to the Winter Olympics. The stainless-steel case is still 42mm in diameter, 50mm lug-to-lug, and 13.7mm thick. It maintains the 300 metre water resistance expected of the collection, with a screw-down crown and Reese’s peanut-butter cup style helium-escape valve. Interestingly though, like the Nekton Seamaster released last year, Omega has opted to pair the Special Edition watch with a grade 5 titanium bezel with a 60-minute diving scale in positive relief.
The sun-brushed blue ceramic dial features the same laser-engraved waves, date window at 6′, and rhodium-plated indexes and hands filled with SuperLumiNova®. But, as a special tribute to Beijing 2022, there are also five special minute-markers at 2′, 4′, 8′, 10′ and 12′, with each fabricated in one of the five colours of the iconic Olympic Rings.
The stainless-steel bracelet is very solid and sturdy, comprised of five broader satin brushed links and four narrow mirror polished links. The bracelet features Omega’s patented extendable foldover rack-and-pusher with an extra diver extension that will help fine tune the fit whether fitting over a dive suit or even during the day for optimal wear.
The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M “Beijing 2022” Special Edition has a commemorative solid caseback that is polished and brushed, with a frosted centre that includes a stamped Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 emblem – perfectly aligned thanks to their patented “NAIAD LOCK” system. Beneath the caseback is the in-house Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8800, certified to be both highly accurate (0/+5 seconds per day) and anti-magnetic (up to 15,000 gauss). While hidden, the movement is still elaborately decorated with Geneva waves in arabesque.