7 Watches Athletes Wore at the Tokyo Olympics 2020
From Richard Mille to Omega, find out which watches the athletes have on their wrists during their moment of glory and triumph at the world's largest sporting event
Besides all the eye-catching performances and moments at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the watches that athletes were wearing have also been a highlight of the event. Many athletes have been tapped by watch brands as their ambassadors, with watchmaking and sport undoubtedly going hand in hand.
Mutaz Essa Barshim
Qatari high jumper and gold medallist Mutaz Essa Barshim wore the Richard Mille RM67-02 watch during his Olympic performance. The watch's lightness, thinness and ergonomics made it the perfect watch to wear. Its case, made from Carbon TPT and Quartz TPT, also contributes to the piece's wearability and boasts exceptional shock resistance.
The strap—the lightest Richard Mille has ever created—is seamless, non-slip and highly elastic, allowing it to perfectly fit the contours of Barshim's wrist. The RM67-02 is the lightest automatic watch from the brand's collection.
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl
German dressage rider and gold medallist Jessica von Bredow-Werndl wore Richard Mille's RM 07-01 ladies watch. This timepiece features an in-house designed Calibre CRMA2, a highly skeletonised automatic movement developed specifically for the watch.
It also includes a variable-inertia balance in order to maintain exacting long-term performance, a feat on display as Bredow-Werndl won gold in two equestrian events. The timepiece has a power reserve of about 50 hours, which allows for an ideal ratio between performance and capability.
Golden State Warriors player and three-time NBA champion Draymond Green was spotted wearing Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 41 mm during the awarding ceremony of the men's basketball event at the Tokyo 2020 Games. He also wore the watch while watching the women's basketball game between US and Serbia.
The watch has a white ceramic case, glare-proofed sapphire crystal and case back and is water-resistant up to 20 metres. The blue dial boasts a Grande Tapisserie pattern with silver-toned counters and Royal Oak hands with a luminescent coating.
Croatian tennis star Donna Vekic was wearing the Élégante watch by FP Journe during her matches at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Eight years in the making, the Élégante was designed specifically for women for their daily use. The 40 mm version of this timepiece comes with a polished titanium case, which is set with two rows of diamonds.
This electromagnetic watch is fitted with a mechanical motion detector visible on the dial at four o'clock. Within 30 minutes of being motionless, it switches to standby mode to save energy.
Australian surfer Stephanie Gilmore was seen wearing Breitling's new Superocean 36 mm watch in orange during the surfing event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Superocean models have been highly regarded for their diving prowess for more than 60 years, with the new collection reflecting the brand's deep-water DNA.
The 36 mm timepiece was specifically designed for women who want the quality and performance of a great sport watch in a compact size. It has a stainless-steel case with a ratcheted unidirectional bezel and is water-resistant up to 200 metres.
Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, who lit the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony, is a Tag Heuer ambassador who was seen wearing the brand's Aquaracer diver’s watch with a white dial and matching rubber strap. This choice of white goes well with her Olympic uniform—the white racket and white watch popped against her red outfit and red braids.
Decorated athlete Michael Phelps didn't compete at this year's Games but he was there to watch. The swimmer—a longtime friend of Omega—wore the brand's Seamaster Diver 300M Tokyo 2020 when he visited the Omega Showcasing in Tokyo.
During the women's 4x200 freestyle event, he was spotted wearing the Omega Speedmaster Blue Side of the Moon—an iconic timepiece that has been part of all six lunar missions.