Alongside the latest Aqua Terra, the Seamaster collection has rolled out a few other special limited edition pieces to commemorate the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. It’s a story that’s more than eight decades in the making. Omega, the official timekeeper of the 2020 games, first had that role in 1932, when the games were held in Los Angeles. Omega watches have since been the official timekeepers of the Winter and Summer Olympic Games.
Official Timepieces for Today’s Games
When Olympics fever takes over Tokyo in the summer of 2020, Omega will watch the future unfold. Modern competitions such as skateboarding, karate, and surfing make their first-ever runs at Olympic gold. Simone Biles will be the gymnast to watch judging by her 2016 gold-medal showing. Swimmer Katie Ledecky also comes in as a favorite, while the ever-popular Team USA Basketball has also made the cut.
New Speedmasters for Tokyo 2020
Looking ahead into 2020, the Swiss watchmaker went back to its past for inspiration from their Professional Moonwatch, the Speedmaster that was along for man’s first step on the moon in 1969. That classic style is carried over to the Speedmasters for the upcoming games. These new watches come in five colors that represent (you’ve guessed it) the five colors of the Olympic symbols: red, yellow, green, blue and black.
Omega came with color and the watch world took notice.
- Blue: The Tokyo Blue brings it in reverse panda-style with a brushed blue dial beautifully contrasted against popping white sub-dials. Purists love the trademark red font for the Speedmaster logo.
- Black: We have traditional panda style with a striking white dial and black subdials that peer through the minimalist face.
- Green: Green and gold is both an elegant and a bold choice, so just a touch of green please, on the bezel. Now bring on the glimmering contrast with Omega’s signature Sedna Gold in a balanced mix with stainless steel.
- Red: Red comes in bold and stormy. It’s seriously downplayed by an all-business light-grey saturated dial. But that robust ring of red around the face embodies its spirit and radiates an action-ready vibe.
- Yellow: Here we get a full-on tribute to Olympic rings with a medley of circles in yellow gold cast in sleek contrast with a matte black dial.
Meet the 2020 Seamasters
For the Seamaster Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020, Omega watches made a sweeping change with the collection’s first-ever ceramic dial. The official Olympic emblem for the event is laser engraved across the high polish blue dial. At a solid 41mm case size with a sapphire case back, this Seamaster wears super sporty.
They’re rolling out just 2,020 pieces (a bit on the nose, but okay). If you want to make a change from the all-stainless-steel motif, it wears wonderfully on the included blue rubber strap. On the Seamaster’s inside, you’ve got magnetic-resistant Master Chronometer Calibre 8900 from a solid Swiss player in the industry.
More to the Seamaster
A nod to the games lies in the case’s solid back stamped with a competing continent. The switch from the traditional Speedmaster sapphire case back is a standout feature.
Beyond that, these limited editions don’t veer too far from Speedmaster territory with polished and brushed 42mm cases, three-link bracelets and 1861 hand-wound movements.
Let’s talk about that dial that mimics the Cubist-inspired logo for Tokyo’s games. It’s standing right out there like an art grad’s accent wall. Sooner or later someone is going to call attention to the design that would be at home on the set of a swinging’ evening variety show in 1964. Love it or not, it’s got an iconic style.
Sticking with the sea, we also get the Seamaster Planet Ocean Tokyo 2020. The host country gets a salute in this watch Omega says has “a true Japanese touch.” Could they be referring to the Liquidmetal diving scale that would be at home in Japanese anime? Could it be the patriotic colors with a “lollipop” seconds hand that echoes the flag of Japan? A bezel filled with red liquid ceramic continues the country’s colors.
This one wears in a refined kind of funky, or funky kind of refined on a white leather strap. Or go with the more traditional stainless steel bracelet or the NATO strap that’s in with the packaging. Flip the watch over to find a sapphire crystal case back with the emblem of the games on stainless steel that’s protecting an Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 movement.
Seamasters to Mark Moments
It’s worth looking back just a few balmy summer months ago to when Omega bowed its Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black to commemorate tequila, mezcal and a wee splash of George Clooney. Going black-on-black, the watchmakers did a design meld with Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal, an artisanal agave producer in Oaxaca, Mexico that the actor co-owns.
Chances are you won’t be in Tokyo for the Olympic games. More than likely you will catch them on TV, maybe have a mini addiction on something like Badminton or Dressage. And when you see the shining Olympic moment of triumph that inevitably happens, maybe you’ll want a piece of that history on your wrist with something like these gorgeous Swiss watches.