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OMEGA TIMEKEEPING AT THE RIO 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES

On 26 occasions since 1932, OMEGA has fulfilled the prestigious role of Official Timekeeper at the Olympic Games. Under our watchful eye, records have been broken, history witnessed and legends made. In Rio, we assume our duties for the 27th time.

NEW OMEGA TIMEKEEPING TECHNOLOGIES AT RIO

When the difference between gold and silver comes down to ever decreasing margins, the timekeeper, must always stay ahead of the game. At OMEGA we have been responsible for many of the groundbreaking innovations in timekeeping technology.

HOW OMEGA TIMES THE 100M ATHLETICS EVENT

The race may be over in seconds, but OMEGA has spent many hours perfecting the technology. From the starting blocks to the photofinish camera, everything is fine-tuned for precision.

HOW OMEGA TIMES THE 100M FREESTYLE SWIMMING

From the moment a swimmer's feet leave the starting block, to the final push of the touchpad, every microsecond is measured by OMEGA's state-of-the-art technology.
"… As athletes become faster and stronger, OMEGA timekeeping has advanced its own strengths and abilities…"

OMEGA IN RIO

480 ON-SITE PROFESSIONALS

450 TONS OF EQUIPMENT

200KM OF CABLES AND OPTICAL FIBRE

850 TRAINED VOLUNTEERS

79 PUBLIC SCOREBOARDS

335 SPORT SPECIFIC SCOREBOARDS

THE LAST-LAP BELLS: OMEGA'S BRONZE-AGE TECH

Not every piece of timekeeping equipment is cutting edge. OMEGA's bells, which are used to signal the final lap in multi-lap athletics races, have been virtually unchanged for centuries.

HERITAGE

A TIMELESS LEGACY

In 1932, one OMEGA watchmaker arrived at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles with 30 split-second chronographs. Today, a team of 480 timekeepers is supported by 450 tons of equipment. And the goal remains the same: deliver flawless timing to the world’s best athletes.

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