I was greatly shocked by the Omega Seamaster somewhere. This version of the Seamaster Olympic Games is a standard sized watch, executed in a completely superlative way that is at once typical in its looks and utmost modern in its technology.
Before completely addicted in this model, it’s crucial to know that it comes as kind of the cherry on top of an already great collection of pieces that the replica Omega launched during the lead-up to the Winter Olympic Games, hosted at Pyeongchang, South Korea, back in February. First we were shown a quintet of sporty models that recalled the colors of the five Olympic rings. These were all steel and featured black and white dials with Arabic numerals and luminous hands.
The watch we have in front of us is basically one f those dressier versions of the Seamaster Olympic Games, just on steroids. The case is still a reasonable size at 39.5mm across and 11.98mm thick, but it’s rendered in solid 950 platinum rather than gold or steel. When you pick it up off a tray, there’s no question this is platinum – the replica watch has some serious heft. The sides and fronts of the lugs are brushed, while the bezel and facets on the lugs are polished, so you get a good bit of contrast too.
Since I’m always in love with platinum, I’m absolutely crazy about black enamel. The hard-fired black enamel dial on this watch is easily one of the best I’ve seen on a modern watch, full stop. Like, ever. The black is rich and glossy, looking almost wet as it catches the light, and the silvery white logos and minute markers can look either like they’re fading into the background or jumping out at you, depending on the angle. Applied at the hours are traditional, arrow-shaped markers made of 18k white gold, and they help show off the dial’s domed shape too.
While so far everything feels pretty old-school about this watch, the movement is state-of-the-art: the in-house Omega caliber 8807. This movement is automatic, utilizes a co-axial escapement, and is a METAS-certified Master Chronometer. It also runs at 3.5 Hz, in 35 jewels, and is resistant to up to 15,000 gauss of magnetism. And as one last technical flourish, the balance is free sprung too. The finishing is exactly what you’d expect on one of Omega’s movement. It’s thorough, but not over-the-top.
I’m normally someone firmly confirmed in the “make the movement fit the case” camp, but I’m willing to make an exception here. The sapphire caseback does fill the rear of the watch and you’ll notice that the space between the movement and the case’s edges is engraved with “Official Timkeeper” and the names of all the Olympic host cities where Omega had this role. It is, of course, made of platinum too, and it seems to make sense in a watch like this.
Putting this watch on my wrist was absolutely an outstanding of Baselworld 2018. Of course, these are not quite replica watches dimensions, but it’s an easy to wear, moderate size that I think many people would really enjoy.