Omega, which was highly acclaimed with the 1957 Trilogy Limited Edition and Seamaster Planet Ocean Big Blue models at the Baselworld 2017, kept introducing novelties for the rest of the year. The famous Swiss watchmaker announced the Seamaster Edizione Venezia and the Seamaster Diver 300 "Commander’s Watch" models. Recently, Omega showed up with its latest novelty Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Limited Edition which is exclusively designed to celebrate the Aqua Terra Collection’s 15th anniversary.
Despite the fact that Aqua Terra Collection is not as old as the other product lines of the brand, it was able to get full marks from the watch enthusiasts in a short time with its cult designs. A number of variants added to the collection through the years however, Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Limited Edition is surely the most special timepiece ever appeared under the Aqua Terra Collection.
I always see the Aqua Terra collection as a product line which is designed with the aim of accommodating many features that are likely to be expected from a modern luxury watch. If I had to use one single watch that would most probably be an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra model. The main reasons behind my choice are the reliable movement, 150 meter water resistance rating, protection against magnetic fields and of course compatibility with both sports and classic clothing. Now, let’s take a close look at the new model.
The model is offered in a 43mm diameter case designed in typical Aqua Terra style. The case is made of Platinum. Platinum is a material that has been used for a long time in the luxury watch industry, but it is quite rare for Omega. The case sports AR coated scratch resistant sapphire crystals on both sides.
At the center of the silver dial of the model is a hand-painted world map figure. The periphery of the dial, painted around the pole point, is divided into 24 time zones. The cities in these time periods are lined up around the dial. London, which is the starting city for GMT, is finished in red while the other cities are either blue or black. The cities written in blue are the ones that do not use the daylight saving time and the cities in black are the ones that use it. The date display is located at 6 o’clock position. The hands and indices are made of 18K gold and filled with SuperLuminova phosphor material for better legibility at dark environments.
The new model is powered by the brand’s in-house Caliber Ref. 8939 movement. Self-winding movement is approved with Master Chronometer Certification and it is magnetic field resistant up to 15.000 Gauss (as a watch enthusiast and an owner of a highly magnetized watch, I’d say that this protection is more important than you ever think of). Aqua Terra WorldTimer is tested by the Federal Institute of Metrology METAS as it is in other Omega models. The 18K gold rotor and balance bridge of the movement can be enjoyed thanks to the sapphire crystal display caseback.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer comes on a brown alligator strap that is secured by an Omega signed folding clasp made of Platinum and 18K gold.
The new model is offered in a specially designed wooden presentation box and it is limited to 87 units only. It will available by December 2017 with a MSRP of US$ 48,600 (US list).