Last year Omega, official timekeeper of the Olympics since 1932, released a set of five limited edition Speedmasters, representing each ring of the games’ logo. Apparently that wasn’t enough for them as, in the countdown to the 2020 Olympic Games, they have released a pair of limited editions, this time in the Seamaster collection.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “Tokyo 2020” Limited Edition
The first of the two is a cool new edition of Omega’s most classical seafarer, the yacht-inspired Aqua Terra. With its 41mm case and lack of a diving bezel the Aqua Terra is more a boat club watch than anything, especially with the deck-inspired dial. Well, normally deck-inspired.
This new limited edition makes its difference clear with a striking new dial. Made from blue ceramic, the dial has been laser engraved with the Tokyo 2020 logo, a pattern of alternating matte and polished geometric shapes. It looks slightly like the bottom of a swimming pool beneath disturbed water, fitting for both the Games and the Aqua Terra.
The reverse is, as you might expect, engraved with ‘Tokyo 2020 Countdown’ moniker on the exhibition caseback. This gives an almost unobstructed view of the Master Chronometer-certified calibre 8900, complete with its seminal Co-Axial escapement.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Tokyo 2020” Limited Edition
Because one limited edition isn’t enough for Omega – type their name into our search bar to see what I mean – the Aqua Terra is joined by the watchmaker’s sportiest piece, the Seamaster Planet Ocean.
This incredibly bold version of the 600m-capable professional diver wears its patriotism on its sleeve with the colours of the Japanese flag. That means nearly entirely white, from dial to ceramic bezel to strap. The white is alleviated only by the red dot of the lollipop second hand (a really nice touch) and the 20 of the unidirectional rotating bezel in liquid ceramic. 20, of course, because of Tokyo 2020.
Inside as ever is a Master Chronometer-certified movement, this time the calibre 8800 with all the usual raft of Omega horological tech that entails. Also like the Aqua Terra, that movement can be seen through an exhibition caseback, obstructed only slightly by the same Tokyo 2020 Logo.
Both limited editions will be numbered to 20,20 pieces, with the Aqua Terra coming in at EUR 5,900 and the Planet Ocean at EUR 7,000. These certainly won’t be the last limited editions we see from Omega as we head towards the Games but there’s no denying it’s a seriously cool pair of timepieces.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “Tokyo 2020” Limited Edition
Case/Dial: 41mm diameter, stainless steel
Water Resistance: 150m (15 bar)
Movement: Calibre Omega 8900, in-house, automatic, METAS-certified Master Chronometer, anti-magnetic to 15,000 gauss
Power Reserve: 60h
Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
Strap: Rubber strap with additional steel bracelet
Price: £4,800, limited edition of 2020 pieces
Model Name: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Tokyo 2020” Limited Edition
Case/Dial: 39.5mm diameter, stainless steel
Water Resistance: 600m (60 bar)
Movement: Calibre Omega 8800, in-house, automatic, METAS-certified Master Chronometer, anti-magnetic to 15,000 gauss
Power Reserve: 55h
Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
Strap: White leather
Price: £5,710, limited edition of 2020 pieces
More details at Omega’s website.