Wrist Watching: 5 Athletes’ Wristwatches At The 2020 Olympic Games In Tokyo
by Nick Gould
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have commenced after being delayed for a year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka, who has thus far in her young career won four Grand Slam titles, had the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony.
Not all sports are wristwatch friendly, but luckily there have been some athletes who have worn watches while competing. Here are five standouts I have spotted so far.
Osaka, a TAG Heuer ambassador, wore an Aquaracer diver’s watch with white dial on a matching white rubber strap while playing. She was knocked out in the third round by Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic. Rado ambassador and top seed Ash Barty is likewise already out of the singles competition, making the gold medal in women’s tennis now up for serious grabs.
Breitling was represented by two female Australian surfers in the first surfing event at the Olympic Games. Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore are members of the “Breitling Squad” and both wore timepieces while competing.
Fitzgibbons wore an Aerospace Evo in titanium on rubber strap, while Gilmore had a bright orange-dialed Superocean strapped to her wrist that was very easy to see thanks to the bright orange rubber strap. Fitzgibbons was eliminated at the quarterfinal stage while Gilmore bowed out in the third round.
Pang Wei is the first Chinese person to win a gold medal in shooting, which he accomplished at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. At Tokyo 2020, he sported a two-tone Rolex Submariner during the 10-meter air pistol competition. Pang claimed a bronze medal in the individual event and a gold medal in the mixed event.
Japanese men’s tennis player Kei Nishikori, a previous TAG Heuer ambassador who lost in the quarterfinals of the men’s singles event, has been sporting a Casio G-Shock GA2100SKE-7A Transparent White while playing. This model has been christened the “Casioak” by collectors due to its case shape resembling that of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.
Nishikori’s G-Shock has an additional twist: it has been customized by Chris Alexander, aka The Dial Artist, who is known for painting timepieces in unique color combinations. Alexander painted this G-Shock’s hour indexes in rainbow colors and added stars to the dial.
The last athlete I’m featuring here is German equestrian star Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, who has been a Richard Mille ambassador since 2016.
She sported an RM 07-01 in black ceramic adorned with a diamond dial while competing in the team dressage event, where the German team took home the gold medal.
She also won gold in the individual dressage event.
Quick Facts Richard Mille RM 07-01
Case: 45.66 x 31.4 x 11.85 mm, black TPZ ceramic bezel and case back, red gold case band
Dial: red gold and diamonds
Movement: automatic in-house Caliber CRMA2, skeletonized, power reserve approx. 50 hours, base plate and bridges in titanium, free-sprung balance with variable inertia, variable-geometry rotor, fast-rotating barrel, 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency
Functions: hours, minutes