Massive occasions are a good time to do some watch recognizing.
I’m a kind of individuals inclined to have a look at wrists parading by, whether or not it’s on the road, in a café, or on tv. Nothing is extra enjoyable to me than individuals/wrist watching. I like to see what numerous individuals select to put on on their wrists, even when I can’t at all times ask them why they selected what they did.
I’m additionally a sports activities fan and I stored an eye fixed on the 2016 Olympic Video games in Rio de Janeiro. With the media and the state of sponsorships the way in which they’re, I discover such occasions to be an awesome alternative to take a look at wrists.
I discovered 4 Richard Mille watches on 4 completely different athletes in Rio – one among whose belongs to gold medalist Wayde van Niekerk – which you’ll see in Richard Mille On 4 Athletes’ Wrists At The 2016 Rio Olympics.
Different watches that caught my eye included Usain Bolt’s very gold Hublot Massive Bang Unico Usain Bolt – I notably just like the gold-colored strap on this one! – and Michael Phelps’ newest deep-water treasure: the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Grasp Chronometer Chronograph. See a number of extra in Watch Spotting: 4 Wristwatches Worn By 4 Gold Medalists At The 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
American swimmer Michael Phelps is essentially the most adorned Olympian in historical past, now having gained 23 gold medals and one other 5 silver and bronze for a complete of 28 Olympic medals over the course of 4 Olympic Video games, an all-time document. He’s additionally the world recorder holder in 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, and 400-meter particular person medley.
As well as, he’s an Omega ambassador and has been since 2004, a longstanding partnership.
In an interview with an Omega spokesperson in August 2016, Phelps was requested, “In your whole Olympic Video games, how vital has Omega timekeeping been in your outcomes?”
The six-foot-four swimmer’s reply, although anticipated, nonetheless appeared heartfelt to me. “I’ve had the privilege to work with some superb corporations in my life, [but] working with Omega I actually can say is one of the best. We’ve spent the longest time collectively they usually really feel like a household to me. With the ability to have one of the best timing system on the planet at our occasions, each single 12 months . . . we all know the instances are nice. We all know the instances are good. There’s no person else I’d relatively be with.”
Whereas Phelps has been seen carrying the stainless-steel Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M co-axial chronograph throughout the Video games, in one other interview he talked about that he additionally could be very keen on the Speedmaster Darkish Aspect of the Moon Black Black.
Nevertheless it was the watch he wore to an Omega occasion referred to as “Swimming Legends” that befell on August 15, 2016 on the Omega Home in Rio de Janeiro that notably caught my eye: the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Grasp Chronometer Chronograph.
It is a new model of the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M powered by computerized Omega Caliber 9901/9900, which is licensed by Omega’s new METAS certification as a chronometer. Its co-axial escapement is joined by a free-sprung silicon steadiness spring. The watch can also be proof against magnetic fields as much as 15,000 Gauss.
However much more than its attention-grabbing mechanics, I’ve to confess that I simply actually just like the seems of this new model of the Planet Ocean, which is waterproof to 600 meters. I benefit from the blue shade scheme and the Sedna gold components that go so unexpectedly nicely with the instrument watch look.
Sedna gold is an alloy proprietary to Omega that accommodates gold, copper, and palladium; it’s 75 % pure, although, making it an 18-karat gold alloy.
This watch’s helium escape valve and the truth that it will probably face up to a depth of 600 meters makes it a real diving instrument. Nonetheless, the gorgeous distinction of the 18-karat pink Ceragold diving scale towards the peerlessly polished blue ceramic background of the bezel perched upon the two-tone case is pure luxurious.
Although it’s uncertain that this technologically superior wrist instrument will ever see actual diving time — although I’ve little doubt it would go to the odd pool over the course of its lifetime — Omega definitely places its cash the place its mouth is: the Seamaster Planet Ocean line boasts a full 4 years’ value of assure.
Omega is the official timekeeper of the Olympic Video games. For 3 special-edition watches by Omega commemorating the 2016 summer time Olympic Video games in Rio de Janeiro, see Omega’s Olympic Bid: Rio 2016 Seamaster Diver, Seamaster Bullhead, And Speedmaster Limited Editions.
Fast Details Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Grasp Chronometer Chronograph
Case: 45.5 x 18.87 mm, stainless-steel with Sedna gold and blue ceramic and Ceragold rotating bezel; waterproof to 600 meters; helium escape valve
Motion: computerized Caliber 9901/9900 with co-axial escapement and free-sprung steadiness with silicon steadiness spring; official METAS certification as a chronometer; proof against magnetic fields as much as 15,000 Gauss; twin serially working spring barrels for 60 hours of energy reserve
Features: hours, minutes, seconds; date, chronograph
Value: $12,400 / €10,900
* This text was first printed on August 22, 2016 at The Omega Watches Of Michael Phelps, The Most Successful Olympian. Ever.