You may know Omega as the Swiss watch brand favored by the likes of our astronauts and James Bond. But did you also know they've been the Official Timekeeper of the Olympics since 1932? The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games mark the brand's 28th year timing the planet's most accomplished athletes, a task that requires incredible precision.
In 1932 the Swiss brand sent a lone watchmaker to the Olympics in Los Angeles carrying 30 split-second chronograph stopwatches to time the events. Now Omega has a sizable team of timekeeping professionals supported by up to 450 tons of equipment, all of it extremely high tech.
So what better way to get into the Olympic spirit than with an Omega of your own? Here are our top picks including pre-owned and vintage finds:
If price is no object and you're really looking for an investment piece, this incredible Seamaster from the 1960s with an original bakelite bezel and NATO strap is well worth the cash.
The Speedmaster is, of course, Omega's most iconic watch. Pristine vintage models like this beauty from 1974 are starting to fetch high prices, but will only continue to go up over time.
This modern split-seconds Speedmaster chronograph shares DNA with the original timepieces used to figure out who won what medal in Omega's first Olympics.
Omega's blacked-out models have a hint of elegant menace that we find perpetually appealing. This Seamaster Planet Ocean is one of the rarest.
On the same level is the Speedmaster "Dark Side of the Moon", not, in fact, a Pink Floyd reference but alluding to the model's moon mission roots and it's stealthy appearance.
The Aqua Terra is an evolution of the Seamaster classic mariner's watch designed for the kind of yachtsmen who like to sail around the world singlehanded.
One of our very favorite Omega models is the oft-overlooked PloProf, which Jacques Cousteau helped develop and which many rank as the world's top professional diver's watch.
As part of its partnership with the Bond franchise Omega has made limited edition version of the watches worn or inspired by 007. This Aqua Terra "Spectre" watch is perfect for fans of the famed secret agent.
This is a very rare Speedmaster variant known as the "Tin Tin" which has a motif on the dial reminiscent of the rocket that the iconic cartoon character took to the moon - just like NASA's astronauts.
And finally from one of Omega's exclusive Olympics collections is this limited edition Speedmaster featuring multiple sub-dials echoing the Olympic interlocking rings logo.