The watch was officially launched at a special event in the Olympic host city on August 3rd, where Cheap Omega Replica also announced three Olympic athletes — Brazilian sailor and five-time medalist Torben Grael and his daughter Martine Grael, and her partner Kahena Kunze, both world-ranked sailors — as new “friends of the brand.” The Omega Seamaster Rio 2016 Limited Edition features stylistic touches that call out its connection to the Olympics on both the blue, perforated leather strap, with yellow, green, red, and black stitching that echoes the color of the iconic Olympic rings; and on the inner rotating bezel, where those same colors are used for the numerals at five-minute increments.
The unusual case design is a callback to a Omega Replica Watches released in 1969, a chronograph watch used by rally drivers to time laps and which was nicknamed “Bullhead” by watch aficionados for the odd shape of the case, with its top-mounted winding crown flanked by two big chronograph pushers. Like the original Bullhead watch, the Rio 2016 model has a central chronograph seconds hand and a 30-minute chronograph subdial at 12 o’clock. Small seconds are on a subdial at 6 o’clock and the date is in a window at 3 o’clock.
The movement that powers all of these functions is Omega Replica in-house co-axial Caliber 3113, which features automatic winding and a column-wheel chronograph mechanism. The caseback is stamped with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games logo, marking the Cheap Replica Watches as a special edition. Only 316 watches will be made, priced at $9,600; its release date was August 5, 2015, precisely one year ahead of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Rio.
The Omega Seamaster Bullhead “Rio 2016” Limited Edition joins the Speedmaster Mark II “Rio 2016,” released in 2014, among the brand’s lineup of limited-edition watches made in honor of the 2016 Olympics.