The Seamaster is one of the most iconic models in the Omega panorama and boasts an important history in addition to the affiliation to the world of 007. In this article we will talk about the Aqua Terra now in its third generation (2002-2008-2017) , that is the most versatile Seamaster present in the collection in an unprecedented version with a green dial presented at the beginning of 2020.
The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra is a luxury watch to be used every day, capable of adapting to most situations that you can experience during your daily life, and has been able to carve out considerable space both in the Omega catalog and among enthusiasts, despite a fairly short history of only 18 years.
Focus on the clock
The first characteristics of this watch are suggested by the very fact of being a Seamaster and therefore having a strong link with the marine world. The marked impermeability (150 m) and resistance to chemically aggressive environments such as salt water are fundamental technical features that cannot be absolutely missing in a Seamaster. Let's now analyze the main elements of the watch.
The case has a diameter of 41 mm and a thickness of 13.4 mm, has an open caseback, a double sapphire crystal (dial and caseback) and the inevitable screw-down crown to ensure good water resistance. The finishes alternate glossy and satin surfaces with good contrast and, in general, there are very clean lines.
The same alternation of shiny and satin surfaces is also present for the integrated bracelet, of good workmanship, which has a screw system to disassemble the links and adjust it. In case the bracelet is not to your liking, don't worry as Omega has numerous straps (rubber, leather and fabric) that can suit your tastes.
The dial has two different types of finishes. There is in fact a horizontal motif reminiscent of wood Teak, used on boats and yachts, together with a sunburst texture ("sunrays”) Brushed which allows the watch to change hue and reflections depending on the amount of light received with the movement of the wrist. The indexes are applied and filled with luminescent material, while the minute hand is arrow-shaped as happens on every Seamaster. Overall, the quality of the dial surprised me and its features belong to watches of higher price ranges.
Finally, the self-winding movement has a 60-hour power reserve, a free-spring balance wheel, a double barrel and the date at 6 o'clock.
The caliber used by this watch deserves a dedicated paragraph, it is in fact the caliber Co-Axial 8900 antimagnetic up to 15'000 Gauss. Its first peculiarity is that of having a Co-Axial escapement, i.e. the regulating organ invented by George Daniels in 1974 and perfected thanks to the partnership between the Swatch group, Omega and the Nivarox company.
It is the only large-scale industrialized alternative to the classic Swiss anchor escapement found on the vast majority of mechanical watches. It brings with it some improvements related to the need for less lubrication and the presence of less friction between the synthetic rubies and the toothed wheels that allow to improve the chronometric performance during the life of the watch.
The second important feature of this movement is that it is certified as a “Master Chronometer” by METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology. This certification is based on the COSC one, already used by Omega and some competing brands, but involves a series of additional tests that include not only the chronometric properties of the caliber but also the verification of the functionality of the watch in everyday life.
Thanks to the previously mentioned synergy between the Swatch group, Omega and Nivarox, some proprietary non-ferrous based alloys were developed which allowed the watch to be certified to be resistant to magnetic fields of up to 15'000 Gauss, a significant added value for the user in a world increasingly dependent on electronic devices.
Prices and versions available
The selling price is € 5'700 for the version with a steel bracelet and drops to € 5'500 and € 5'400 respectively if you prefer to use a rubber strap (not available for the version with a green dial. , but still mountable separately) or crocodile. The versions and customizations available are truly numerous and it is frankly impossible not to find a combination that suits your tastes.
The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m is a robust watch thanks to its water resistance and resistance to chemically aggressive environments, well finished due to the finishes and details on the dial, technically innovative given the Co-Axial caliber and highly certified (METAS) . I conclude by asking you a question, what more could you want from a watch sold at the list price of € 5'700?
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