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OMEGA & THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

Innovations in Olympic Timekeeping: OMEGA's Legacy at the Winter Games


From the challenging alpine slopes of 1936 to the high-tech arenas of today, OMEGA's innovations in Olympic timekeeping have redefined how we perceive and celebrate winter sports. The journey from the Omegascope to the Electronic Start System is a testament to OMEGA's unwavering dedication to precision, excellence, and the spirit of athletic competition.


1936 Garmisch Partenkirchen Games: A New Frontier in Winter Sports Timing

In 1936, OMEGA faced new challenges as they ventured into timing the winter events at the Olympic Games. Alpine skiing, in particular, required a creative solution: sending starting times down the mountain in the pocket of the next skier. Despite the obstacles, OMEGA's commitment to accuracy and reliability prevailed, setting the stage for historic results and precise timing.


1961 Revolutionizing Timekeeping: The Birth of the Omegascope

The year 1961 marked a pivotal moment in sports reporting as OMEGA introduced the Omegascope. This innovative technology brought real-time reporting to televised sports by superimposing luminous numbers on the screen. With this breakthrough, millions of TV viewers could witness accurate timing, leaving no room for error. The Omegascope's impact was felt globally and set a new standard for timekeeping transparency. It was later used at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck; the first fully electronically timed Olympic Games.


1992 Albertville Games: Enter the Omega Scan-O-Vision System

In 1992, OMEGA continued its legacy of innovation with the Omega Scan-O-Vision system. Speed skaters benefited from this revolutionary technology, which digitally measured times to the nearest thousandth of a second as they crossed the finish line. By combining time and continuous imagery in a single document, OMEGA ushered in a new era in the science of timekeeping.


Vancouver 2010: The Electronic Start System and Beyond

The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games showcased OMEGA's commitment to pushing the boundaries of timekeeping. The Electronic Start System took center stage, offering a streamlined and futuristic device that transformed the start-line experience. The system's synchronised sound, light flash, and timing pulse revolutionised the way athletes began their races, enhancing accuracy and fairness.

Close up of Omega Beijing Winter Olympics logo on white snowflake box

Capturing Olympic Excellence: OMEGA's Aqua Terra for Beijing 2022 Winter Games


When the world's finest winter athletes gather on the global stage of the Olympic Winter Games, one name stands out as the guardian of every moment – OMEGA. As the Official Timekeeper of Beijing 2022, OMEGA not only records Olympic dreams but also commemorates this grand event with a stunning collection of special tribute watches.


In honour of the Olympic Winter Games at Beijing 2022, OMEGA unveiled an exquisite timepiece that embodies both the event's frosty spirit and exceptional sporting prowess. This remarkable watch pays homage to OMEGA's pivotal role as the Official Timekeeper, meticulously tracking each event – from the mountain slopes to the ice rinks and bobsleigh tracks. The standout feature of this timepiece is undoubtedly its white ceramic dial, adorned with a captivating frost-finish pattern. A first of its kind for OMEGA, this dial design lends the Seamaster Aqua Terra a unique and unparalleled charm within the brand's collection.

 

Available Now


Discover the exquisite Seamaster Aqua Terra "Beijing 2022" watch by OMEGA, an unworn preowned masterpiece available at MVS Watches. With its white ceramic dial featuring a frost-finish pattern, this timepiece encapsulates the essence of icy competition and artistic timekeeping. Embrace the legacy of precision and Olympic partnership with this remarkable watch below:


Omega Aqua Terra Beijing Olympics with Snowflake dial

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