Limited to 2,018 timepieces (as per tradition) – reflecting the year of the upcoming Olympic Winter Games – The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M "Pyeongchang 2018" Limited Edition by the Official Timekeeper for the Games – Omega – was launched on February 8th with a special countdown clock at City Hall Plaza, Seoul. Shifting their focus towards the more upmarket Planet Ocean line of watches, the limited edition timepiece commemorates the flag of South Korea, with its blue and red color scheme.
WatchTime India brings the 43.5mm timepiece to you up-close. Have a look at some of the details which stood out for us.
The uni-directional rotating dive bezel is polished blue ceramic blended with red rubber inserts, just for the first fifteen minutes. It also features an Omega Liquidmetal diving scale. The dial itself is actually blue ceramic and the SuperLuminova-filled hands glow blue as well. The theme is followed throughout the red and blue rubber strap as well. The timepiece comes in a special packaged box with an extra stainless steel bracelet, and a strap changing tool so you can quickly switch the looks of the timepiece as per your convenience.
Moving further in, the words "PYEONGCHANG 2018" have been inscribed on the minute track, using the five colors of the Olympic rings, with the number 18 aligning perfectly with the time indication. The watch comes cased in stainless steel, and is water-resistant to a healthy 600 meters, featuring a manually operated helium escape valve at 10 o’clock.
The sapphire crystal, alveol-patterned caseback includes the logo of the "Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018". The words “Planet Ocean” and “Limited Edition” have further been in engraved in blue.
Inside the watch resides the co-axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8900, with an automatic winding and a 60-hour power reserve in two series-connected spring barrels. Yes, this was the first movement to qualify for Omega’s Master Chronometer certification, after completing eight individually rigorous tests over a period of ten days to meet the stringent standards of precision, magnetic resistance, and endurance, set by the METAS – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
Priced at 6,400 Swiss Francs, we can’t wait to see what else Omega has in store for us. This was just the first of many such Olympic limited editions.