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, the official Tokyo 2020 logo inspired. 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. However, 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 also 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 also 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 also 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 also delivered in special Olympics-
branded presentation boxes. The 38-mm model retails for $17,800, the 41-mm for $18,500.
By Victoria E.i