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Origins

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Since the beginning of the 20th century, Swiss watch companies such as OMEGA and LONGINES have been involved in sports timekeeping. Throughout this time they have acquired and held leading positions in this domain.

Swiss watch manufacturers soon recognised the importance and value of providing a high-level service, and took the initiative to create a new company that specialised in sports timekeeping.

As separate companies, OMEGA and LONGINES were timing competitions in their respective names, and were able to collaborate for major events.

SWISS TIMING was founded on 3rd of July 1972 and started to build on the depth of knowledge inherited from their predecessors. Since then, SWISS TIMING has regularly timed the Olympic Games: Innsbruck & Montreal in 1976, Lake Placid & Moscow in 1980, Sarajevo & Los Angeles in 1984, Calgary & Seoul in 1988, Albertville in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, Torino in 2006, Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010. London 2012 has also been appointed through OMEGA.

Milestones

Racend Omega Timer
Racend Omega Timer
  • In the summer of 1932, Omega sent an expert watchmaker to Los Angeles (USA) with 30 precision chronographs to provide the first timekeeping service to the Olympic Games. Officials were able to, for the first time, record times to one tenth of a second.

  • The London 1948 Games saw the world´s first photo-finish camera, the Racend Omega Timer. Recording images and time with an accuracy of 1/1000th of a second, this truly revolutionised sports timekeeping.
  • At the Helsinki 1952 Games, the Omega Time Recorder complete with its own high-speed printer was used. Introducing quartz precision, times were printed to 1/100th of a second.

  • Olympic swim timing was fully automated at the Mexico City 1968 Games with the introduction of Omega touchpads and the swim-o-matic timer.

  • SWISS TIMING was founded in July, 1972

  • The Omega video matrix board was introduced at the Montreal 1976 Games.

  • In 1992, we launched Scan'O'Vision, the worlds first digital photofinish camera.

  • At the very start of this century, omegatiming.com provided live timing over the internet for the first time, at the 2000 World Swimming Championships.

  • In 2001 an agreement to be Official Timekeeper for the Olympic Games was signed, and continues to this day.

  • After a long partnership within The Swatch Group, in 2005 our parent company decided to integrate the sports department of Omega Electronics into the SWISS TIMING structure.

  • During the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, SWISS TIMING acquired Wige Data and Wige Innovation in Leipzig (Germany) and Wige MIC in Liberec (Czech Republic). Each company was rebranded according to its activities: ST SPORT SERVICE (sports timing), ST SOFTWARE, and ST INNOVATION (CGI services for TV stations).

  • The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games saw GPS introduced in the sailing events while GPRS provided spectators with live timing of all athletes during the marathons.