News August 2008

Omega has an unparalleled history in sports timekeeping. The first company ever appointed Official Timekeeper for all Olympic disciplines, Omega supplied 30 chronographs for use at the 1932 Games held in Los Angeles. Omega played a key role in the event’s success, and an enduring partnership was established. The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games mark Omega‘s twenty-third appearance as Official Timekeeper—more than any other company. Omega has also been widely recognized for its pioneering technological achievements in sports timekeeping and data management.

Olympic Timeless collection

Six classic timepieces and the world premiere
of the Speedmaster 5-Counters Chronographs

The Watch Quote™ - July 29th, 2008



The precision chronographs in the Olympic Timeless Collection pay special tribute to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing and to Omega's key contributions to the art and science of sports timekeeping. The watches recall the chronographs used at the 1932 Los Angeles Games when Omega was named Official Timekeeper for the first time.

Six of the models in the Collection feature the Arabic numerals and the red OMEGA name and logo found on those early models and share an extraordinarily striking feature: the five interlocking coloured Olympic rings are mounted on the counterweights of the central chronograph seconds hand.

The Collection also includes a stunning world premiere: the Speedmaster 5-Counters Chronographs are the first mechanical wristwatches ever to have five counters displayed on their dials… even more remarkably, the five black counters are arranged to form the Olympic rings. The 5-Counters Chronographs are visual and technological masterpieces.

Each chronograph in the Olympic Timeless Collection has the Olympic rings symbol, the Omega name and logo and the inscription “Official Timekeeper” stamped on the case back, further reflecting Omega's historic connections to the Olympic Games.

The remarkable watches in the Olympic Timeless Collection salute the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing and commemorate Omega's peerless record of innovation in watchmaking and sports timekeeping.

Speedmaster 5-Counters Chronograph

An exclusive world premiere:
Five counters form Olympic rings on dial!



A first glance at the Speedmaster 5-Counters Chronographs reveals at once that these are very special watches indeed: for the first time ever, five counters are displayed on the dial of a mechanical wristwatch . . . but there’s more!

The five black counters are spread across a bright black dial in the form of the Olympic rings! Starting at the 3 o’clock position, they include

  1. a small seconds counter,
  2. a 7-day chronograph recorder,
  3. a day indicator,
  4. a 12-hour chronograph recorder and
  5. a 30-minute chronograph recorder.

The dial’s dramatic detail is viewed through a box-form, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides.

The 5-Counters Chronographs are not only visual masterpieces. The exclusive Calibre 3888 movement with Omega's Co-Axial Escapement assures remarkable accuracy and reliability – they are COSC-certified chronometers; the self-winding chronographs have a power reserve of 52 hours.


18-Ct red gold -
alligator leather strap
Ref.: 321.53.44.52.01.001

18-Ct yellow gold -
alligator leather strap
Ref.: 321.53.44.52.01.002

Stainless steel -
stainless steel bracelet
Ref.: 321.30.44.52.01.001

Stainless steel -
alligator leather strap
Ref.: 321.33.44.52.01.001

The 5-Counters Chronographs are available in four versions: 18-Ct red gold or yellow gold numbered editions with alligator leather straps, or in stainless steel either with an alligator leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet. The cases measure 44.25 mm; the 18-Ct gold editions have bezels in corresponding colours; the steel models have a black aluminium ring on the stainless steel bezel.

The Omega-Olympic medallion on the caseback is another reminder that the 5-Counters Chronographs are part of the Olympic Timeless Collection honouring Omega's long relationship with the Olympic Games.

The instantly-recognizable Omega Speedmaster 5-Counters Chronographs pay truly unique tribute to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing!

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Omega Speedmaster 5-Counter Chronograph

Ref.: 321.53.44.52.01.001


Movement :Exclusive Omega calibre 3888
Self-winding chronograph
Officially certified chronometer
Jewels: 33
Frequency: 28’800 A/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 52 hours
Exclusive features with:
  • World’s première 7-day chronograph totaliser
  • Day-Date with instantaneous jump
  • New generation of Co-Axial Escapement
  • NIVACHOC, new generation of shock-absorber
  • Omega free sprung-balance, without index
Luxury finish
Diameter: 44.25 mm
Height: 16.40 mm
Water resistant up to: 100 m (330 ft)
Polished-brushed case based on Broad Arrow collection
In stainless steel or 18 Ct red or yellow gold
Bezel in corresponding metal with tachymeter scale
Tachymeter scale: on black aluminium ring for stainless steel version;
engraved and black chromed scale on gold bezels
Crown and pushers in corresponding metal, crown with embossed Omega logo
Box-form scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Screw-in caseback in corresponding metal with Omega-Olympic medallion;
18 Ct gold versions engraved with numbered edition number
Display:Central hour-minute-chronograph seconds hands, date window at 6H
5-counter display forming the Olympic rings across the dial, readings from 9H to 3H:
  • small-seconds counter
  • 7-day chronograph recorder
  • day indicator
  • 12-hour chronograph recorder
  • 30-minute chronograph recorder
Dial :Bright black dial with black counters
Transferred vintage red Omega name-logo
Applied index in 18 Ct gold or rhodium plated, with Super-LumiNova dots Transferred red numerals 30-12-7 on chrono minute-hour-day recorders
Hands :Brushed facetted 18 Ct gold or rhodium plated Broad Arrow hour-minute hands coated with Super-LumiNova
Chronograph seconds-, counter- and recorder-hands in corresponding coulour, chronograph seconds- and recorder-hands with red tip
Bracelet:Polished and brushed ST bracelet with safety clasp;
black alligator strap on polished foldover clasp in corresponding metal
Fitting: 21 mm between lugs, 18 mm on clasp
Specifications:The 2 gold versions are numbered editions
Special presentation box

Speedmaster Date



The Speedmaster Date in the Omega Olympic Timeless Collection features red chronograph recorder hands and blued-steel hour, minute and small seconds hands set against a lacquered white dial with black Arabic numerals and vintage red Omega logo and name, with the date window at 3 o’clock.

The five coloured Olympic rings appear as the counterweight of the red central chronograph seconds hand.

Available exclusively with a matching brushed and polished stainless steel bracelet, it retains the typical Speedmaster feature of a tachymeter scale engraved on the stainless steel bezel and has a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment.

This chronograph is powered by the Omega calibre 1164 self-winding chronograph movement enclosed in a 40mm steel case; the movement has an exclusive rhodium-plated finish and a power reserve of 44 hours.

This Speedmaster Date is a certified chronometer and is water resistant to 100 metres / 330 feet.

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Speedmaster Broad Arrow



The Speedmaster Broad Arrow in the Omega Olympic Timeless Collection features facetted black gold plated hour, minute and small seconds hands, blued chronograph recorder hands and a blued central chronograph seconds hand with the five coloured Olympic rings serving as a counterweight.

The “broad arrow” hands recall those found on the very first Speedmaster models, set off by the lacquered white dial with black Arabic numerals and the vintage red Omega symbol and name. The Speedmaster Broad Arrow of the Omega Olympic Timeless Collection uses Omega's column-wheel chronograph movement, the Omega calibre 3313.

The movement has a 52-hour power reserve and makes use of Omega's advanced Co-Axial Escapement and free-sprung balance to offer better precision and performance over the long term.

Available exclusively with a brushed and polished stainless steel bracelet, this Speedmaster Broad Arrow features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment and is water resistant to 100 metres / 330 feet.

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Speedmaster Ladies’



The Speedmaster Ladies’ in the Omega Olympic Timeless Collection derives from the original gents’ Speedmaster, launched in 1957 and later chosen by NASA for its manned missions to the moon.

The Ladies’ Speedmaster uses a reduced case size and retains the classic tachymeter scale on the bezel. The hour markers on the mother-of-pearl dial appear in the official colours of the Olympic Games—yellow, blue, black, red, and green—and complement the coloured rings on the counterweight of the central chronograph seconds hands.

The heart of this distinctive model is the Omega calibre 3220. A self-winding chronograph movement with a power reserve of 40 hours. This Speedmaster Ladies is protected by a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment and is water-resistant to 100 metres / 330 feet.

Available exclusively with a white alligator leather strap that subtly underlines its feminine elegance.

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Seamaster Planet Ocean



La Seamaster de la collection Omega Olympic Timeless est un chronographe Planet Ocean Co-Axial dont les aiguilles des fonctions du chronographe et des heures et minutes sont rhodiées et dont les chiffres arabes blancs tranchent superbement sur le cadran noir semi mat. Le verre saphir bombé est inrayable et traité anti-reflets.

Les anneaux olympiques en couleurs figurant sur le contrepoids de l’aiguille des secondes du chronographe confèrent à ce garde-temps l’allure typique de la collection Olympic. Sa fonction de montre de plongée est soulignée par son robuste boîtier, sa lunette unidirectionnelle en acier inoxydable, sa valve à hélium et son étanchéité à 600 mètres / 2000 pieds garantie par le fond du boîtier et la couronne vissés. L’allure sportive de ce chronographe Seamaster Planet Ocean est soulignée par le bracelet en caoutchouc intégré doté d’un fermoir portefeuille en acier inoxydable.

Le calibre Omega 3313, un mouvement chronographe automatique Omega à roue à colonnes – marque de qualité pour cet incomparable garde-temps – est doté de l’échappement Co-Axial et d’un balancier-spiral libre, une technologie exclusive à Omega permettant d’améliorer précision et fiabilité à long terme et garantissant l’excellence des performances de ce garde-temps, performances confirmées par un certificat officiel de chronomètre.

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De Ville Chronoscope



The De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph in the Omega Olympic Timeless Collection has a sober lacquered white dial, elegantly set off by the vintage red Omega symbol and name, black Arabic numerals and rhodium plated facetted hour, minute and small seconds hands, complemented by elegant 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph recorders with blue hands at 3 and 6 o’clock, respectively.

The counterweight on the blue central chronograph seconds hand features the five coloured Olympic rings, in reference to Omega's role as Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games. The De Ville Co-Axial collection represents the fine art of watchmaking in all respects. Its case design recalls the popular Omega models of the fifties; all models feature the exclusive Omega Co-Axial Escapement, which offers better long-term accuracy.

The De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph of the Omega Olympic Collection is powered by the Omega calibre 3202, a self-winding chronograph movement with official chronometer certification and a 52-hour power reserve.

Protected by a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on the inside and water-resistant to 100 metres / 330 feet, it is available exclusively with a brown alligator leather strap and polished stainless steel foldover clasp.

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Chronographe De Ville Ladies’



The De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph Ladies’ of the Omega Timeless Collection is a tribute to the Olympic Games and a celebration of the fine art of watchmaking. The diamond-set bezel and refined mother-of-pearl dial set off Arabic numerals in the official colours of the Olympic Games, with a diamond briolette on the crown completing the luxury touch.

Elliptical counters add a subtly feminine refinement of the popular Omega models of the fifties. This superb Olympic Timeless Collection De Ville is powered by the high-end calibre 3313 self-winding chronograph movement, which is fitted with the Omega Co-Axial Escapement for better long-term accuracy. The movement’s precision is attested by its chronometer certificate issued by the official Swiss chronometer testing institute COSC.

It has a power reserve of 55 hours. Fitted with a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on the inside, this De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph Ladies’ is water resistant to 100 metres / 330 feet and is available exclusively with a white alligator leather strap.

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The Omega Olympic Timeless Collection will undoubtedly appeal to collectors of Olympic Games memorabilia, although the design of these unique timepieces is sure to interest admirers of classic timepieces as well, collectors of Omega chronographs in particular.

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