- DANNY MILTON
Introducing This New Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Is Olympic Gold
The final – at least we think – 2020 Olympics watch.
Just how many Tokyo 2020 Olympics watches does Omega have up its sleeve? Well, apparently one more – and it saved the shiniest for last. Feast your eyes on two new Omega Aqua Terras – one 38mm, and the other 41mm – in 18k yellow gold no less. Both watches come on a blue leather strap and feature a striking blue dial playing off the Tokyo 2020 emblem.
From afar they look effectively identical, but upon close inspection, there are some differences. One is the trapezoidal date window on the 41mm version compared to the circular window on the 38mm. The larger watch also has Arabic numerals circumventing the dial while the smaller one does not. Lastly, the applied hour markers have different shapes depending on the size of the watch. Interestingly enough, these are not limited edition pieces.
Omega's output of commemorative watches for the Olympic Games this year is considerable. First was the white Planet Ocean, followed up by a very cool white dial Seamster 300m with a blue bezel and a near-identical Aqua Terra in stainless steel (that one was limited). It even already managed to release a commemorative 2022 Winter Olympics piece. Needless to say, it'd have been easy to think Omega was finished and ready to begin the Games with the watches it had.
Instead, we got these two solid gold numbers – a classy final act before the torch is lit. The Aqua Terra is probably one of Omega's more overlooked watches. Yes, it's a Seamaster, but people tend to look toward the more obvious examples – the more dive-oriented pieces with bezels (a la the existing Olympic watches).
To me, this release feels more like a celebration than the previous two. Those felt like they could be on the wrist of a competing athlete, whereas this one feels more ready for a pre-Games gala of some kind. In fact, Omega's announced that brand ambassador Michael Phelps is one of the first to give this watch a whirl.
The standout on this watch for me is the dial. You need only look at the caseback to see where its design originated. Printed over the exhibition sapphire crystal – which gives way to the Omega Co-Axial in-house caliber 8801 in 38mm and 8901 in 41mm– is the Tokyo 2020 logo, complete with a specially designed emblem made up of asymmetrical squares and rectangles.
Turn the watch back over to the dial side, and you'll see that very pattern translated onto the dial surface. In true Omega fashion, the dial is crafted from ceramic and that design is laser-engraved.
Omega is touting the 41mm variant as the men's watch and the 38mm as a ladies watch, but I have a sneaking suspicion a good number of men will opt for the smaller size especially since this feels decidedly more dressy in its overall aesthetic.
So we have a grand total of three Olympic watches from Omega celebrating the Tokyo Games (if you count the entire Aqua Terra line as one watch). I am not sure which of the previous two are silver or bronze – but I can definitively say that this one is gold.
Brand: Omega Model: Seamaster Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020 Reference Number: 5126.96.36.199.03.001 (38mm) 5188.8.131.52.03.001 (41mm)
Diameter: 38mm and 41mm Case Material: 18k yellow gold Dial Color: Blue Indexes: Applied Lume: Yes Water Resistance: 150m Strap/Bracelet: Blue leather strap
Caliber: Cal. 8801 (38mm) Cal. 8901(41mm) Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date Winding: Automatic Frequency: 3.5Hz Jewels: 35 (8801) 39 (8901) Chronometer Certified: Yes
Pricing & Availability
Price: $17,800 (38mm) $18,500 (41mm) Availability: Immediately Limited Edition: No