15 years of savoir faire with the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

A decade and a half of the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra has come and gone, with the Master Chronometer-certified gentleman’s collection now presented in a trio. Two 41mm models in stainless steel and 18K Sedna gold with a choice of leather and rubber straps, and a third in a more diminutive 38mm in stainless steel with matching bracelet. An attractive set, setting the scene for the contemporary chapter of the Aqua Terra story which began in 2002.

1. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra through the years

From the off, the Aqua Terra strives for a timeless look and feel which paid homage to the past, as a companion to those with an active lifestyle which could be worn even when day turned into night. Omega designs of the 1960s could be appreciated in the twisted and facetted lugs, while beneath the skin beat a Co-Axial movement used for the first time outside the De Ville family.

2. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra through the years

In 2008, the iconic teak pattern made its first appearance in the collection, presented vertically. It added another reminder of the seafaring abilities of the Aqua Terra, along with a touch of luxury reminiscent of the decks of yachts such a pattern is found. A minute track also found its way onto the collection, along with material updates culminating in the 18K Sedna gold of today.

3. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra through the years

On the aforementioned certification, the Aqua Terra is bestowed the Omega Master Chronometer seal of acknowledgement — achieving the highest level of certification for timekeeping by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). Anti-magnetic resistance of over 15,000 Gauss is guaranteed to connoisseurs, however Omega has previously subjected a prototype Seamaster Aqua Terra to 80,000 Gauss in 2013 and an astounding 160,000 Gauss in 2016. The result of both tests was conclusive: perfect functionality.

4. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra through the years

For this specific technical achievement, the Omega Museum in Bienne, Switzerland, dedicates a showcase to this special piece and other breakthrough anti-magnetic timepieces — a promise of resistance and durability to those who understand the Seamaster Aqua Terra and everything it stands for.

5. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra through the years

Notable aesthetic changes begin with the now-horizontal teak concept dial and the relocation of the “water-resistance" indication to the casebook for cleanliness. As such, further prominence is now enjoyed by the Master Chronometer mission statement here.

6. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Eddie Redmayne and his Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

In tribute to the maison’s first watch with a date window, the Automatic Seamaster Calendar from 1952, the feature has been relocated to the 6 o’clock which adds a satisfying symmetry to the face.

7. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer

The saga continues still for the Seamaster Aqua Terra, a now permanent feature in the Omega family. Redesigns and reinvigorations are inevitable, yet the guiding principles are unlikely to ever waver: eternal class and a pioneering approach to technical excellence.

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Published September 2, 2017
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