In the spirit of the 2016 Summer Olympics, which is about to start this weekend in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil,  we’re dedicating this week’s watch essentials column to the widely popular international games. Over 10,500 athletes from more than 206 nations are  expected to be participating in the two-week long sports competition.

Athletes will be competing in various Olympic summer sports ranging from track and field and wrestling to basketball, soccer, gold and rugby… to swimming and water-related activities in their quest for the coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze Olympic Award medals.

Omega DeVille Automatic

Omega watches have been the official time-keeper of the Olympics since 1932 and will be present at this year’s games in Rio De Janeiro as well. Nothing perhaps exemplifies the Olympic gold standard of excellence more than the Omega DeVille Automatic men’s watch. This prestigious Swiss-made men’s timepiece features the classic, perfectly round case expertly crafted in 18K yellow gold with a mirror-bright polished finish. The handsome brown crocodile leather strap adds to the classically elegant good looks.

The stationary, integrated 18K yellow gold bezel encircles the silver colored dial with polished yellow gold-tone sword hands, raised Roman numeral hour markers and a small-second sub-dial above the 5 o’clock hour.

Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, a 48-hour power reserve and water-resistance to 30 meters or 100 feet. Omega DeVille automatic men’s watch is 39mm in diameter, 10mm thick and has been awarded Chronometer Certification from the esteemed COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Test Institute).

IWC Spitfire Automatic

Although Switzerland is an important player in Olympic Winter games, the European nation is also prominently featured in the Summer games as well, especially in the gymnastics, equestrian, volleyball and rowing competitions. Nothing says Swiss-made excellence more than a precision crafted IWC timepiece and the IWC Spitfire Automatic Chronograph in 18K rose gold is in a league of its own.

Impressive in size and stature, this outstanding men’s timepiece features the 43mm round, 15mm thick round case in 18K rose gold in a satiny, brushed finish. The genuine brown alligator strap adds to the distinguished masculine design.

The polished 18K rose gold bezel surrounds the metallic gunmetal colored dial with two sub-dials, luminous hands and outlined luminous Arabic numeral hour markers. Features include an automatic date window at the 3 o’clock hour, small second and 60-minute registers.

Rolex Yacht Master

Additional features include premium Swiss-made automatic movement inside, a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 60 meters.

Although Rolex is not directly involved in the Olympic competitions, the brand’s sports rankings of golfers, swimmers and more are used as reference guides to determine projected favorites in many competitions. The Rolex Yacht Master Automatic watch in stainless steel and platinum with a silver colored dial is an excellent silver watch choice.

This premium crafted Swiss-made automatic men’s watch features the signature case in a blend of platinum and premium grade stainless steel, highly polished to a mirror-bright glow. The case is presented on a triple-link bracelet in brushed and polished stainless steel with a fold-over deployment clasp.

The bidirectional rotating platinum bezel with raised markers surrounds the silver-colored dial with luminous pie-cutter hands, luminous baton and cabochon dot hour markers. A magnified date window at the 3 o’clock hour reveals the automatic date calendar. Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, along with a screw-down crown and case back for water resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet. Rolex Yacht Master men’s watch is 40mm in diameter and 12mm thick.

Mulco Fondo Chronograph

The Mulco Fondo Chronograph with bronze colored highlights is an excellent bronze watch choice. This outstanding unisex timepiece can be worn by both men and women. The generously oversized case in stainless steel features contrasting bronze-tone ion-plated stainless steel trim. The bronze-brown colored silicone strap adds to the stylish good looks.

The stationary stainless steel bezel in bronze and brown tones surrounds the brown colored metallic dial with three sub-dials, luminous hands and hour markers. Features include an automatic date window, small-second, 30-minute and day-of-the-week registers.

Premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside assures you of precise time-keeping accuracy. Mulco Fondo Chronograph is 47mm in diameter, 13mm thick and is water-resistant to 100 meters or 330 feet.

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Olympics opening ceremony image courtesy of Wiki Commons.