Written by: Krystal Esquillo
The Omega Specialties Olympic Collection Timeless 322.214.171.124.55.001 is a very distinct watch. The unmistakable Olympic logo and eye-catching diamonds create an elegant, sparkling tribute to the Olympic Games and their 80-year history with Omega.
It was an unprecedented event: in 1932, Omega was named the exclusive timekeeper of the Olympic Games. Every event of the games was timed by a watch that was supplied and managed only by Omega. To celebrate the lasting relationship Omega has formed with this worldwide sporting event, the Olympic Timeless Collection was created. Each piece honors the Games in its own way: the Timeless 3126.96.36.199.55.001 is a stylish, brilliant homage to the Olympics.
This model in the collection is actually a Speedmaster 5-counter Chronograph. Lined in emeralds, rubies, sapphires and diamonds, the counters are arranged into the widely-recognized symbol of the Games, the five colorful interlocking rings. The usual white background of the logo is represented in the watch as a white mother-of-pearl dial which beautifully accentuates the blue, yellow, black, green and red colors of the stones. In fact, the remainder of the watch forgoes any color, which makes the interlocking rings the focal point. Blending in with the pearl dial, the hour markers, hands and Omega logo are a subtle silver, while only a small date window and black “Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronometer” text slightly interrupt the monochromatic background.
Set in a 44.25 mm white gold case and white leather strap, the watch has a classically elegant design with a graceful, feminine quality all around. The clean design of the structural aspects of the watch allow the centerpiece to really stand out – the dial and bezel. A circle of diamonds surrounds the stunning center, adding even more sparkle to the jeweled dial. The bezel is vividly paved with 60 full-cut diamonds, with another 120 diamonds lining the minute track.
The dagger-shaped minute hand travels along this procession of diamonds, and the arrow-shaped hour hand adds an interesting detail to the mix. In addition to the hour-minute hands of the central counter, there is a continuous small seconds counter, a 7-day totalizer, and a 12-hour and 30-minute totalizer. Powering each function is the Omega caliber 3888, a self-winding chronograph movement that has been certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute. Omega has also incorporated its revolutionary Co-Axial Escapement which employs a free sprung balance and newly designed shock absorber. The certified Swiss-made movements of this collection are a prime example of why Omega has solely been entrusted with Olympic Game timekeeping.
– 44.25 mm case diameter
– COSC Certified chronometer
– 18-carat white gold case
– White mother-of-pearl dial
– Diamond-paved bezel and minute track
– Ruby, emerald, diamond and sapphire accents
– White leather strap
– Anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
– Omega Caliber 3888 self-winding chronograph movement
– Water resistant to 100 meters
– 52 hours power reserve
The stunning design of this timepiece is unquestionable, but all the features that contribute to its dazzling beauty could also hinder some from purchasing it. With all the diamonds and other multiple jewels incorporated into the dial, the $42,940 price tag shouldn’t be a surprise. But before spending that amount on a watch, you should consider how often it will be worn. While the Olympic logo is beautifully incorporated into the watch face, it so clearly stands out that it may be more appropriate to wear it only during Olympic season.
The Omega Specialties Olympic Collection Timeless 3188.8.131.52.55.001 is a radiant watch that celebrates the brand’s legendary history with the Olympic Games. The clean design, incorporation of dazzling jewels and dependable Omega technology make a pricey, yet perfect purchase for the woman who truly appreciates this watch’s significance.