Omega Is Counting Down To The Paris Olympics With Two New Chronoscope Models In Moonshine Gold And Steel

April 24, 2024 By mysun08481 Off

We are 100 days out from the 2024 Paris Olympics. How do I know that? Because Omega just gave a two-prong reminder releasing a duo of Speedmaster Chronoscope models in advance of this year’s Summer Games. You might recall the brand unveiled the two-tone Omega Seamaster Dive 300m with its white dial and gold bezel last year, and now we have our second set of commemorative pieces. The brand knows how to mark an occasion, ask James Bond or – um, okay – the Olympics.

So it was in that spirit that the Omega unveiled two, well technically four, new iterations of the Chronoscope with a decidedly Olympic bent. The first is a full Moonshine gold model – Moonshine gold being the brand’s proprietary yellow gold. It features a white opaline dial with contrasty black subdials and a contrasting black ceramic bezel and comes affixed to a full gold bracelet. Instead of the open caseback found on the regular production model, this watch has a closed caseback engraved with the 2024 Paris logo.

A second Moonshine gold model is being offered, and this one might be my favorite of the bunch. It features all of the elements described above but instead of the full gold bracelet, it comes on a vintage-inspired black strap. I think the strap really accentuates the ceramic bezel and the black subsidiary dials.

You have to remember that this 43mm chronograph features a tachymeter, telemeter, and pulsometer scale, and any way to maintain a sense of legibility on this watch is a win in my book (for a full breakdown of the Chronoscope, click here). Just like the red edition of the original run of the Chronoscope, the black sub-registers go a long way to maintain that legibility factor and you see it on all of the Olympic editions.

The dial is actively and purposefully busy to account for all of the – well – scales but is broken up by some warmth via the gold Arabic numerals, which play off the gold of the case. Of course, there is another version of this watch fashioned from steel.

The steel model is effectively identical to the gold iteration just without any gold on the case or bracelet. It does, however, share the same dial layout and coloration. Just like with the gold, there are two executions in steel: One on a bracelet and one on a racing-style strap (an option I like far less than that in gold).

Unlike the gold edition, the bezel on the steel model is made of aluminum. The steel model has the same closed, engraved caseback covering the METAS-certified Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 9908 / 9909.