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2012 London, Great Britain

From 28 July to 12 August 2012, London hosted the Olympic Games for the third time, the only city to do so. When the last Olympic Games took place in London in 1948, Omega was there as Official Timekeeper. Returning to the city where, for the 25th time, OMEGA assumed its Olympic timekeeping role.

2010 Vancouver, Canada

This chapter in OMEGA´s Olympic story took place in the beautiful Canadian province of British Columbia. Our 220 timekeepers and data handlers were supported by more than 250 tons of equipment at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.


2008 Beijing, China

As the final seconds ticked away on the OMEGA Countdown Clock in Tiananmen Square, the Square of Heavenly Peace, a proud nation celebrated the opening of the Games of the XXIX Summer Olympiad in Beijing. It was the 8th of August, 2008 at 8 p.m. and the end of the countdown represented the beginning of the 23rd Olympic Games at which OMEGA had been Official Timekeeper.


2006 Turin, Italy

The 20th Olympic Winter Games in Turin marked the return of OMEGA to its historical role as Official Timekeeper. Seventy years after its winter debut in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with one watchmaker and 27 stopwatches, 220 tons of highly sophisticated equipment was driven by lorry from Biel and Corgémont to Piemont, where 206 sports timekeeping experts, with qualifications in information technology and electronics, and 133 voluntary helpers were employed at 14 different competition venues.

2004 Athens, Greece

21 January 2001 was a historic day for Swiss sports timekeeping: it was the first time the IOC had signed a long-term partnership agreement until 2010, including the Paralympic Games. Under the agreement, The Swatch Group was given responsibility not only for timekeeping and scoreboards, but also for data processing, known as data handling. In other words, SWATCH as the Official Timekeeper of these Summer Olympic Games was now in charge of all information inside the stadiums, TV captions and the transmission of results to the Commentator Info System (CIS).

2000 Sydney, Australia

In the swimming-mad country of Australia, the events at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre were a highlight of these Olympic Games which were generally watched with exuberant enthusiasm, although the record number of spectators in Atlanta (8,610,984) was not quite reached. Nevertheless, a record number of participants (10,651), including 4,069 women (more than ever before), took part in a record 35 sports in the second edition of the Games to be held on the fifth continent. Sydney was the second successful Summer Olympic Games for SWATCH as Official Timekeeper.

1996 Atlanta, USA

The Global Positioning System (GPS) was one of 20 innovations that SWATCH brought to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games as Official Timekeeper. GPS was used in the sailing regattas in Savannah to plot the position of every individual boat in time and space in a simple and comprehensible way. GPS establishes the position of any object, based on triangulation from radio antennae which emit radio waves.