In a year the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics will be underway, and official timekeeper Omega has released a special Seamaster Bullhead limited edition to commemorate the occasion. For fans of their 2013 re-release, of whom I am one, the choice of this model has been a great starting point.
Officially launched in Rio on August 3rd, I had an opportunity to see it at an Omega event in Sydney at which some of this year’s Baselworld releases were launched.
The Olympics references for the are the colours of the Olympic rings (blue, yellow, green, red and black) from the strap and stitching colour to the inner rotating bezel.
As was the case with both the original Bullhead watch and the 2013 version, there is a centre chronograph seconds hand, a 30-minute counter subdial at 12 o’clock, a small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock, and a date window at 3 o’clock.
Inside is Omega’s in-house automatic co-axial Calibre 3113 with a column-wheel chronograph.
The caseback is stamped with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games logo. The limitation is 316 watches, with the number comes from 2016 being only the third time that golf has been included in the Olympics. We were quizzed about whether we could guess the number significance, but it proved a little obscure as a number choice, especially for a Bullhead.
The Omega Seamaster Bullhead Rio Limited Edition joins the Speedmaster Mark II Rio released last year in honour of the 2016 Olympics, and on the dial side, both have nicely discreet references to marking the upcoming Games.
One very positive thing in its favour to my mind is this very ‘general’ look to it, especially with the white dial. Yes there is a very striking blue rotating bezel, but the overall colours of the watch are neutral enough that after the Rio Olympics you could simply get a new strap from Omega and change its look completely. Some people are reluctant to buy commemorative watches because of concerns about them being too easily dated, but I think this is one that could be quite easily kept fresh with a simple strap change.