Found: This Is What Timekeepers Looked Like At The 1968 Summer Olympics In Mexico
These split-seconds chronographs were made by Omega two years in front of the Olympics to permit time for testing. (Photograph: Somlo Antiques)
Omega sent 45 of these split-seconds stopwatches to Mexico City for the 1968 games, alongside a few tons of other timekeeping gear. They offered many more to private people, particularly competitors and mentors who needed to prepare with exact devices. We know this model, at Somlo Antiques in London, never partook in the 1968 games. On the off chance that it had, there would be an Olympic stock number printed inside the seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. All things considered, this specific watch was offered to John Partridge, an individual from the British Cycling Federation. Partridge administered at a few of his game’s global competitions during the 1980s and the 1990s, remembering the 1984 World Championships for Barcelona. One would accept he carried his trusty Omega stopwatch to such occasions and utilized it for its proposed purpose.
All of the occasions at the current year’s games that elaborate a planning gadget were coordinated by Omega. The Swiss company has been giving timekeeping gear to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1932.
But the instruments that have been utilized to record the competitors’ exhibitions have developed colossally since those early days. Mechanical stopwatches have been superseded by touchy hardware frameworks, human thumbs made excess by exact sensors, and eyes supplanted by photocells toward the end goal. Here’s a glance at how Omega coordinated the current year’s 100 meters final:
We are presently seeing more watches on competitors’ wrists than in the possession of IOC authorities, however quite a long time ago, you could see them everywhere on the Games, and they looked something like this.