This version of the Seamaster Olympic Games is a standard sized watch, executed in a totally superlative way that is at once classic in its looks and extremely modern in its technology. It basically ticks all the boxes. Before I get too deep into this special 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 Omega replica 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. Adding to the lineup, Omega introduced three dressier versions in yellow, white, and rose gold, a reference to the gold, silver, and bronze medals that would be handed out at the Games. These have white enamel dials and subtle leaf hands to complement the more precious cases.
The fake watch we have before us is actually one of those dressier versions of the Seamaster Olympic Games, just on steroids. The case is still a great 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, it is obviously platinum – the replica watches 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.
While I’m always in favor of platinum, I’m completely crazy about black enamel. The hard-fired black enamel dial on this fake 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.
However, everything seems rather old-school about this watch, and the movement is state-of-the-art: the in-house Omega caliber 8807. I firmly entrenched in the “make the movement fit the case” camp, but I’m willing to make an exception here. The sapphire case-back does fill the rear of the watch and you’ll find 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 the replica Omega had this role. It is made of platinum as well, and it seems to make sense in a watch like this. Lest your forget, this is an Olympics watch after all.
Absolutely, these are not quite vintage replica watch dimensions, but it’s an easy to wear, moderate size that I suppose that many people would really enjoy. This is a watch that looks perfectly nice from a few feet away and will pair nicely with so many different styles of clothes. The closer you look and the more you sort of play with the watch, the more you enjoy the way everything comes together in a cohesive way.