Talking about the origin of Omega and the Olympic Games, the two have long been associated and become each other’s legend. Since 1932, Omega has served as the official timekeeper for the 26th Olympic Games. In this long history, the Olympic Games has affected the progress of the world’s watch industry, and clock timekeeping has also made sports events brilliant.
Centennial timepiece meets Rio Olympics
The flame of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has been ignited. This is the first time that South America has hosted the world’s largest and most famous comprehensive sports event, and it is bound to become an unprecedented sporting prosperity. Omega will continue to serve as the official timekeeper of this golden age, once again taking on a glorious mission. The brand will continue to fulfill its due responsibilities with its immortal commitment and eternal enthusiasm, and continue the supreme glory achieved by the brand.
Omega, as the official designated timing brand of the Olympic Games, has a huge responsibility, which means that it is not only a sponsor, but also a huge carrier that records more than one million data. Omega will provide 335 special sports scoreboards, 450 tons of timing equipment, 480 on-site professional timing personnel and so on for the Rio Olympics. Of course, Omega’s focus is not just on a few weeks’ schedule, but also to focus more on researching, developing, and mastering the technology of recording accurate time every second.
From the runway to the swimming pool, Omega has fully demonstrated its amazing magic. On track and field, Omega has created a number of extremely famous precision sports timing equipment, including light-sensitive end cameras, starting blocks, pre-run monitoring technology and high-speed camera systems; in swimming projects, Omega has developed results that make the game impractical Doubtful timing systems, including the well-known touchpads, installed at both ends of the swim lane, allow athletes to stop timing with their hands, completely eradicating errors in artificial timing. Therefore, for all athletes who are going to fight at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Omega will continue to provide accurate and reliable timing services for each participant with its extremely rich experience in the event.
1932 was just the beginning …
In 1932, Omega was entrusted with a heavy responsibility at the Los Angeles Olympics, becoming the first company to serve as the Olympic timekeeper. Since then, Omega has begun a long-term partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). At the beginning of the cooperation, Omega provided a timekeeper and 30 high-precision chronometers certified by the Neuchâtel Observatory in Switzerland. The success of the game was accurate to close to 1/10 seconds. This initiative not only won from The praise from the Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games also helped the Olympics set 17 new world records.
In 1948, Omega introduced a greater timing invention to the London Olympics, the first terminal camera. The follow-up product of this design is still used on the track and field, and brings an ultra-precise timing experience to the event. The finish camera can help the timekeeper accurately determine the time when the competitors cross the finish line, and can accurately distinguish the subtle differences between athletes. From then on, the results of the competition will no longer be controversial. Today the stadium uses a light-sensing end camera that captures 10,000 digital images per second. It is a combination of distance measurement, time recording and photo recording, showing the smallest differences on the image.
The nuances of the game were extremely difficult to distinguish with the naked eye. In the men’s 100m freestyle competition in the 1960 Rome Olympics, the referees had serious differences when judging the ownership of the championship. This incident made Omega feel accurate again The importance of timing. To this end, Omega has introduced an automatic touch pad installed at the swimming pool terminal, allowing swimmers to stop timing with both hands, to ensure the correct measurement of the time of the game, and the fairness of the game results. This design was first used in the 1967 Winnipeg Pan American Games and achieved great success.
With the continuous development of the Olympic Games, Omega is constantly exploring and innovating in the field of timing. At the 1968 Mexico Olympics, Omega provided 45 timekeepers and equipped with 8 tons of timing equipment, including the Omega terminal photography printer. This new device is used to capture images of athletes crossing the finish line at an instant. Within one minute of the end of the game, the referees will be able to get it, in order to determine the correct result of the game.
The time came to 1984. Omega has made a major breakthrough in the timing of the Olympics. It introduced a more accurate monitoring device for illegal running. This set of equipment is extremely sensitive. Its operating principle is to measure the pressure exerted by the athlete on the starter. To determine if it’s running away. When the athlete’s pressure on the starter reaches 29 kg (27 kg for female athletes) during the start-up process, the device will begin to record their reaction time. With the shortest physiological response time of 100 milliseconds, Omega can accurately monitor To the slightest rush.
In the following 30 years, Omega has developed and formed a brand with a highly sophisticated professional timing system. On today’s arena, Omega’s new starter, swimming ranking indicator, high-precision quantum timer, optoelectronic sounding starter gun, and The aforementioned light-sensing end camera and so on, every precise timing tool is the product of Omega’s race against time.
Summary: Under the watch of Omega’s precise timekeeping, the Olympic records are constantly being created and broken, and miracles are constantly being created. This is a great timepiece power and the Olympic spirit that travels through time.