For the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Omega has released a commemorative watch for this event. Just a bit early but who can complain when it’s a new Omega watch and also a brand new Seamaster. The watch itself does have some small details to make it the perfect watch for the winter Olympics. Omega has released quite a few Olympic themed watches as they have been the official timekeeper for most of their events.
With this watch the dial is a sun-brushed blue ceramic dial with laser engraved waves, the choice of this colour was due to the Winter Olympics taking place in sub-zero temperatures so it has to be the coolest blue according to Omega. Looking at the hour markers of the watch the 2, 4, 8, 10 and 12 o’clock positions circles have the Olympic ring colours around them as a subtle detail for this watch. The date display of the watch instead of the usual 3 o’clock position it is now placed in the 6 o’clock position. The bezel of the watch as it is a diver style watch it comes made out of titanium and is a unidirectional rotating bezel. The caseback of the watch has the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games emblem engraved on the watch. It also features the Omega patented NAIAD Lock this keeps all the engraving perfectly aligned every time when it is screwed back on. It comes paired with a stainless-steel bracelet that suits the titanium bezel and case quite well.
The movement of the watch is Omega’s own Calibre Omega 8800 automatic movement which is a Certified Master Chronometer movement that is approved by METAS. The movement is anti-magnetic and will remain unaffected to strong magnetic fields even greater than 15,000 gauss. It has a power reserve of 55 hours and while it is a shame that you will not be able to see the movement of the watch it is still a great and reliable movement by Omega to have. The watch itself is water resistant to 300m and comes with a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment. The watch comes in its own special presentation box that is completely white like snow.
It is still a bit confusing to me as to why it is being released a year early before the actual event of the watch, but there is no reason to complain as it is a new Omega watch. The subtle details of the watch makes it a great commemorative watch as it doesn’t overdo it with the details but keeps it subtle enough. The watch is not a limited edition watch and is priced at $6,150 and is available through Omega or their authorised dealers.