In July 2019, one year ahead of what we all expected to be the opening ceremonies of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Omega — as per its tradition as Official Olympic Timekeeper — announced the first special-edition timepieces devoted to the Games, one of them a steel-cased version of the sport-luxury Seamaster Aqua Terra with a blue dial whose pattern was inspired by the official Tokyo 2020 logo. Cue the Covid-19 pandemic that scuttled the staging of the Games in 2020, and fast-forward to their rescheduling in 2021, later this month. Just a few weeks ahead of the opening, Omega has launched another version of that blue-dialed Aqua Terra, in two sizes, the new model boasting a full 18k yellow gold case in tribute to the coveted and hard-won Olympic Gold Medals.
The 18k yellow gold cases of the Seamaster Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020 (yes, they’re still officially the 2020 Games even though they’ve been bumped to July 2021) are available in both 38-mm or 41-mm sizes. Yellow gold, according to Omega, is not only the prized material used to make the first-place medals won by Olympic champions but also “the premium standard in watch and jewelry making,” offering “a superb balance between purity and practicality.”
As on its 2019 steel predecessor, the 18k yellow gold Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020 features a polished blue ceramic dial with an eye-catching, laser-engraved pattern that echoes the look of the Tokyo 2020 emblem; the same motif can be found on the opposite side of the watch, as a transfer print on the exhibition caseback. The dial hosts the distinctive, luminous-coated hands and indices of the Aqua Terra collection, an applied golden Omega logo at 12 o’clock, and a subtle round date window at 6 o’clock.
The caseback’s sapphire window offers a glimpse into the watch’s engine, Omega’s Co-axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8900, which also powers the steel cased model. The automatic movement meets the official chronometer standards of the Swiss testing agency COSC as well as the eight criteria of the Swiss METAS certification, including the ability to resist magnetic fields to a level of 15,000 gauss. It is equipped with Omega’s now-emblematic co-axial escapement and its decorated rotor supplies two series-connected spring barrels with a 60-hour power reserve.
Both versions of the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020 Gold Edition are installed on blue leather straps that echo the shades of the dial. Boasting Omega’s five-year warranty, the watches are delivered in special Olympics-branded presentation boxes. The 38-mm model retails for $17,800, the 41-mm for $18,500.