In 100 days, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will officially begin. If ever a single sentence could encapsulate just how wild the world has been for the last 18 month, it might be that one. But the world rolls on, and so Omega has finally unveiled another special edition Olympic watch, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Tokyo 2020. Already the Seamaster Diver 300M is a watch of unimpeachable style and quality, and the links to what is sure to be one of the most memorable Olympiads in recent history is just the icing on the proverbial cake.
At this point, the fundamentals of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M should be familiar to everyone. The current generation was introduced in 2018, but the model dates back much further, to the mid-90s, where it burst into the popular consciousness thanks to a turn on Bond’s wrist in GoldenEye. It’s an icon of modern sports watches, and this version is undoubtedly a looker. The case is 42mm, in stainless steel and the bezel insert is a fetching blue ceramic, which offsets the polished white ceramic dial with its laser-etched wave pattern quite nicely indeed. The bezel also pairs well with the blued skeletonised broad sword hands and the finer dark blue frames around the heavily lumed hour markers. The Seamaster text is in red, bringing the red, white and blue theme of this watch (inspired by the Tokyo 2020 emblem) neatly together.
If you had to sum it up in a word, you could easily go with ‘crisp’. From the colours to the finishing, this Omega feels as precise as the Olympic timekeepers it honours. And while it might not be up to photo-finish milli-second accuracy, the METAS-certified Master Chronometre 8800 has certainly earned a place on the podium of best in class commercial calibres, with high standards of performance. And of course, this is a dive watch so that precision can comfortably take place 300 metres below, thanks to the water-resistance and helium escape valve.
An Olympic edition wouldn’t be complete without a custom caseback, some commemorative text and a special presentation box, so naturally, that’s what Omega delivers here. This watch isn’t just for sports fans, as the Olympic links are very restrained. If Omega released this as a mainline release, I’m confident the attractive colour scheme would make it a commercial success. But if you’re a huge Olympics buff, well, what’s stopping you.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Tokyo 2020 ref. 518.104.22.168.04.001
Calibre: Omega Master Chronometre Calibre 8800, automatic with 55 hours of power reserve, hours, minutes, seconds, date.
Case and dial: Stainless steel, 42mm with brushed and polished finishes, helium escape valve and blue ceramic bezel. Rater to 300M water-resistance. White ceramic dial with laser-engraved wave pattern.
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Price and availability: Non-limited special edition, CHF 5200, EURO 5500