The Story of the Omega Aqua Terra
In 2002 Omega introduced a new chapter in the Seamaster family, the Omega Aqua Terra, an everyday watch that could be worn under any circumstances.
The first models were introduced with the Co-Axial calibre 2500. This movement was based on an ETA movement and was one of the first ones with the George Daniels invention - the Co-Axial escapement. These movements were chronometer certified, which Omega said only needed to be serviced once every 6-8 years.
The design was quite simple, a smooth stainless-steel bezel, plain dial and the date window at the 3 o’clock position. The Automatic version came with a display case back and the quartz had a solid back displaying the iconic Seamaster Seahorse. The Aqua Terra has a screw down crown and is water resistance up to 150 metres, so you can wear it while you are on Holiday swimming in the Bahamas! Thanks to its simple and classic design, it looks good worn with a suit - as Mr. Bond did from 2012 first appearing in Skyfall.
2008 came and the Aqua Terra had a significant upgrade from Omega. The dial was updated with the addition of vertical lines, but the biggest upgrade was on the inside. The in house Co-Axial calibre 8500 was introduced, which was displayed with a sapphire case back. This movement has a power reserve of 60 hours and the rotor winds both ways to reduce winding time.
The next development came in 2013, when Omega developed an anti-magnetic movement - the Calibre 8505. This led to the Aqua Terra 15.000 Gauss. Equipped with the si14 silicon spring the movement itself was made out of anti-magnetic parts making it possible to have the day displayed and also to have the resistance of 15.000 Gauss.
Omega mastered the anti-magnetic movements and developed another test. The Master Chronometer was born. To earn the name Master Chronometer, the finished watch, whose movement is a COSC chronometer, has to pass tests approved by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). The tests involve replicating day to day wearing conditions and being able to demonstrate resistance to water and magnetic fields. In this test, the watch goes under 15.000 Gauss magnetic field and its chronometric precision is calculated after 24 hours. It also has to be tested in 6 different positions and under 2 alternating temperature zones.
The latest Omega Aqua Terra launched in 2017, with the now METAS certified Master Chronometer movement calibre 8800. Aesthetically, the watch went through big changes. The vertical lines got replaced by horizontal lines, modelled after the deck of luxury yachts. The case has a new more symmetrical shape and the date window moved from 3 o’clock to 6 o’clock just like the very first Omega with a date window in 1957. The new conical crown completes the makeover inspired by the wave-edge design on the case back. These new models are also available on a rubber strap that has a “rope” design and integrates the case with a stainless steel or 18 carat Sedna Gold link.
Overall the Aqua Terra went through a handsome make over and is suitable for any occasion thanks to the various dial colour and strap options. If you are looking for a watch to compliment your business look, or for use whilst sailing around Monaco on your yacht and looks good on just a casual day wearing a T-shirt and jeans, there is an Omega Aqua Terra for you!
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