August 8th, 2014

Omega Begins the Countdown to Rio 2016

The London 2012 Olympics will doubtless continue to live long in the memories of many people across the nation, but, as we all know, the torch has now been passed to Rio De Janeiro, the first Latin American city to ever host the Olympics, and it remains to be seen how this flamboyant host will stamp its own unique signature upon the Games. It’s now less than two years until the start of the Rio 2016 Olympics – we passed the landmark date just a few days ago – and in light of this fact Swiss horological titan Omega have recently made a very special announcement.

The Omega Speedmaster collection is perhaps the most famous of all Omega’s watch families, and there was a good deal of appreciation earlier this year when the iconic Speedmaster Mark II was reintroduced at Baselworld 2014. With that in mind, it’s even more exciting to learn that this timepiece is going to be reinterpreted in time for Rio 2016. The Speedmaster Mark II ‘Rio 2016’ is intended to be a tributary chronometer, introduced by Omega as a result of their status as the Official Timekeeper for a full 27 Olympic Games events, and a number of aesthetic changes have been implemented to mark this Speedmaster out as something a little different.

The most prominent adornment is found upon the matt black dial of the Rio 2016 Speedmaster timepiece, as the 3 o’clock 30-minute recorder, the 6 o’clock 12-hour recorder and the 9 o’clock small seconds dial have all been delightfully coloured to reflect the bronze, silver and gold medallions that serve as rewards for successful Olympians. 18 carat gold and 925 silver have been used to achieve this effect, and the caseback has also been stamped with the official Rio 2016 logo as well. Very appropriately, only 2016 of these Olympic-themed Speedmaster watches will be produced, and each will be housed within an exclusive presentation box.

Of course, the Rio 2016 Speedmaster Mark II will also display all of Omega’s customary horological aptitude, with capabilities that are in adherence with the current Speedmaster Mark II range, and full details of the currently revealed specifications can be found on the Omega website. Of course, whilst Omega may already have begun to count down the days until the XXXI Olympiad, for most of us, the next Olympics are not yet a matter of imminent importance. However, for those of you who don’t want to endure the wait until the arrival of the Rio 2016 Speedmaster Mark II, Banks Lyon Jewellers has two existing Speedmaster Mark II versions that are available right now.

The two variants in question are the black dial Omega Speedmaster Mark II watch, and the grey dial Omega Speedmaster Mark II watch, with its unique orange detailing, and both of these Speedmaster watches almost exactly mirror the design of the Olympiad timepiece. Each of these watches retails at Banks Lyon for £3,950, or alternatively they can be accessed on 0% finance for 36 monthly payments of £87.78 alongside a 20% deposit. If you’d like any further information about these chronometers, or indeed any of our other Omega watches, don’t hesitate to contact our helpful team by calling 01524 38 48 58 or emailing [email protected] today.


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