As Olympic week continues on at full speed, I thought it would be interesting to discuss another piece of metal that plays a part at the Olympics. And no, I am not talking about the gold, silver, and bronze metals- I am obviously talking about watches!
The Summer Olympic Games only come around every 4 years, so this is an exciting time! Especially since last year it was postponed due to Covid-19.
The Olympics bring together talented individuals from all over the world. It is truly an incredible celebration of skill and diversity!
I can keep talking about how spectacular the Olympics are, or we can discuss what you really came here for, watches! Believe it or not, watches are an important accessory for Olympians for two main reasons:
- In many Olympic sports, keeping track of the time (to the literal millisecond) can make the difference between winning and losing.
- Like any big sporting event, for example, the Super Bowl, many watch companies have partnerships and sponsorships with the Olympic athletes.
Omega is one of 14 other worldwide Olympic partners, alongside Coca-Cola, Airbnb, GE, Toyota Visa, and more! Omega contributes to the category of... you guessed it, timing! Additionally, they assist with scoring and on-venue results.
According to the Olympics official website,
Since 1932, OMEGA has served as Official Timekeeper at 28 Olympic Games and has developed and introduced many of the world's most cutting-edge sports timekeeping technologies; including the electronic starting gun, touchpads for swimming, and the Scan'O'Vision MYRIA - a photo finish camera that can take up to 10,000 digital images per second.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will mark the 29th time OMEGA will serve the finest athletes in the world: a proud role the brand is committed to undertaking right through till 2032. By then, OMEGA will have served as an Official Timekeeper for 100 years.
Omega actually releases an Olympic-inspired collection each Olympic Games go round. We actually have a Ladies chronometer from the Olympic Collection, as shown below.
OMEGA Olympic Collection Timeless Chronograph Automatic Chronometer White Mother of Pearl Dial Ladies Watch
This white, timeless, mother of pearl watch is actually 42% off right now! It has three sub-dials displaying 12 hours, 60 seconds, and 30 minutes. It also has a 52-hour power reserve and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. But most importantly, it has the Olympic colors (red, green, yellow, blue, and black) represented in the number markers!
Olympic Athletes & Their Watches
Michael Phelps, the former competitive Olympic swimmer, has been an Omega supporter & ambassador since 2004. With a sport like competitive swimming, He needs the perfect timepiece with top-notch accuracy. Omega has given him that and more.
Phelps is one of the most successful Olympians of all time since winning a total of 28 medals. However, another piece of metal he prizes is his Omega watches. Phelps has been spotted in several Omega watches including, the notorious Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph Watch (shown above). If you are a big Michael Phelps fan, we've got you covered because this watch is now 25% OFF!
This model is great for swimmers, but it's a solid option for non-swimmers as well! It does have a high water resistance at 600 meters/ 2000 feet and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. But aesthetically, it would make a great everyday watch as well. It would pair nicely with any look since it's all stainless steel and has a black dial. It has a power reserve of 60 hours and has functions like chronograph, date, hour, minute, second, co-axial escapement, and chronometer. And like I said at 25% off right now... the time to buy is now!
At the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, both Irish Golfer Rory Mcllroy and Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis have been spotted wearing Omega. More specifically, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m Master Co-Axial watch.
Both sponsored by Omega, they chose a watch that is ultra-lightweight to ensure comfort as they play their respective sports. Mcllroy even personalized his Omega watch to include his daughter's name Poppy on the inside of his Nato strap (so sweet)!
Looking for a watch with METAS Master Chronometer certification? Well, this watch has it! This means both precision and accuracy are guaranteed with this Omega watch.
The Aqua Terra also has luminescent hands and markers, a 60-hour power reserve, and water resistance at 150 meters/500 feet. No wonder this watch is loved by Olympians. And even better, you can save 25% off on this sleek style!
Other watch brands that have been spotted in the Olympic arena include:
- Richard Mille: Mutaz Essa Barshim and Jessica von Bredow-Werndl
- Tag Heuer: Sydney McLaughlin, Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori
- Rolex: Pang Wei, Kayle Browning, and Roger Federer
- Breitling: Sally Fitzgibbons, Jan Frodeno
- Hublot: Dina Asher Smith
And it isn't just the players that have been spotted wearing the hottest watches. Olympic coaches have dressed the part as well! Clearly, watches have a bigger impact on the Olympics than I had originally thought!