Omega, renowned for its exquisite timepieces, has captivated watch enthusiasts once again with its latest additions to the Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer lineup. Designed to cater to globetrotters and aficionados of multi-time-zone watches, the Aqua Terra Worldtimer collection offers an enticing array of features and designs. As an ardent watch collector, I was eager to delve into the world of Omega’s newest timepieces, and my hands-on experience left me impressed and intrigued.
Previously, I hesitated to consider the Aqua Terra Worldtimer due to its 43mm size, which seemed imposing for my 17cm wrist. However, the introduction of a titanium version intrigued me, compelling me to give it a try. After wearing the new Aqua Terra Worldtimer for over a week, my initial reservations were dispelled, and I discovered the charm of this remarkable timepiece.
One of the distinctive aspects of a watch capable of tracking multiple time zones is the sense of adventure and wanderlust it evokes. Even though I predominantly travel within a single time zone during my vacations, the allure of a timepiece that could accompany me on a global journey is undeniable. Furthermore, the Aqua Terra Worldtimer offers a wide range of design variations, adding an element of personal style to its functionality. Although the design of the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer may be considered bold by some, I found myself strangely drawn to its unique aesthetic.
Introduced in 2017, the 43mm Aqua Terra Worldtimer initially emerged as an exclusive 87-piece limited edition in platinum. Subsequently, Omega unveiled a stainless steel model with a captivating blue dial in 2019. The collection expanded further with the introduction of a Sedna Gold version, and most recently, Omega unveiled the fourth and fifth models in this esteemed line. The new additions include a stainless steel variant featuring an eye-catching green color scheme, available on a stainless steel bracelet or a green rubber strap. Additionally, Omega introduced a titanium version boasting a refined black and gray color scheme. Notably, both models now feature a matching brushed ceramic bezel, enhancing their allure.
While the movement powering the Aqua Terra Worldtimer remains the Omega Co-Axial caliber 8938, certified as a Master Chronometer by METAS, the timepiece remains impervious to magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss. This remarkable movement offers the convenience of tracking multiple time zones while boasting a power reserve of 60 hours and running at a frequency of 25,200 vibrations per hour (vph). Its rhodium-plated finish, adorned with Omega’s signature arabesque Geneva waves, can be admired through the exhibition case back. However, the true visual delight lies in the Worldtimer’s captivating dial.
Distinguishing the stainless steel and titanium versions from each other are not only the differences in material and color but also the dial finishing. The green stainless steel variant features vertical lines on the dial, possibly representing meridians. The hands and indices are fashioned from 18K Moonshine Gold, while the city names, with the exception of London, are adorned in gold print. In contrast, the titanium version presents a grainy, light gray finish, harmonizing impeccably with its all-brushed Grade 2 titanium case. The dial predominantly displays black and white elements, with the city names skillfully executed in a relief style achieved through laser ablation. Both versions incorporate Omega’s interpretation of the North Pole at the center of the dial, encircled by a 24-hour ring covered with a Hesalite ring. Protecting the dial in its entirety is a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides.
In terms of wearing experience, the green stainless steel Aqua Terra Worldtimer exudes a sense of formality and business-oriented charm, heightened by the gold details. The dial’s captivating complexity, comprising contrasting colors, meridians, and the North Pole motif, may be an acquired taste. However, it is worth noting that the Aqua Terra Worldtimer, with its 43mm width, 50mm lug-to-lug length, and 14.1mm thickness, may feel substantial on smaller wrists. While the green color scheme of the stainless steel variant allures, my personal preference gravitates toward the black and gray titanium version, which manages to strike the perfect balance between elegance and sportiness.
The all-new titanium Aqua Terra Worldtimer offers a lighter and more relaxed wearing experience compared to its stainless steel counterpart. Weighing approximately 93 grams on the black rubber strap, it feels comfortable and presents a slightly toned-down appearance. The dial, although still displaying various elements, exudes a less busy aesthetic compared to the green and blue versions. The reduced weight, coupled with the serene dial design, elevates the titanium variant and enhances its wearability, especially for individuals with smaller wrists.
Operating the crown on both versions of the Aqua Terra Worldtimer is a satisfying experience. Winding the movement feels delightfully smooth, while adjusting the different time zones and the date is a seamless process. Omega’s textured rubber straps, crafted specifically for the Aqua Terra series, add a touch of style and comfort to the timepieces, complementing their overall aesthetics. While the stainless steel flat-link bracelet exudes sturdiness, the presence of polished center links and the limited closure options of the butterfly clasp leave room for personal preferences.
Undoubtedly, the new Aqua Terra Worldtimer versions represent a welcome update to the collection, breathing new life into these exceptional timepieces. The addition of ceramic bezels enhances their scratch resistance and imparts a distinct character. The introduction of the green colorway provides a compelling alternative for enthusiasts of the stainless steel model, while the titanium variant emerges as a standout with its notable differences. With reduced weight and a more refined dial design, the titanium version offers a distinctive wrist presence, transforming the watch into a sporty yet comfortable choice, particularly for individuals with smaller wrists.
For those captivated by the allure of the Aqua Terra Worldtimer, the stainless steel model in green is available at a price of €11,600 with the rubber strap and €11,800 with the bracelet. The all-new titanium variant, delivering a unique wearing experience, carries a price tag of €13,500. For further details, please visit the official Omega website.
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|MODEL||Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m Worldtimer|
|REFERENCE||Steel on bracelet: 22.214.171.124.00.01|
|Steel on rubber strap: 126.96.36.199.10.001|
|Titanium on rubber strap: 188.8.131.52.99.001|
|DIAL||Green PVD-coated dial with laser-ablated globe, Hesalite 24-hour ring, and applied gold-tone indices|
|Gray laser-ablated dial and globe with Hesalite 24-hour ring and applied blackened indices|
|CASE MATERIAL||Stainless steel (316LL) with green ceramic bezel|
|Titanium (Grade 2) with black ceramic bezel|
|CASE DIMENSIONS||43mm (diameter) × 50.3mm (lug-to-lug) × 14.1mm (thickness)|
|CRYSTAL||Domed sapphire with antireflective coating on both sides|
|CASE BACK||Stainless steel or titanium with sapphire exhibition window, screw-down|
|MOVEMENT||Omega 8938 — METAS-certified Master Chronometer, automatic winding, 25,200vph frequency, 60-hour power reserve, 39 jewels, antimagnetic to 15,000 gauss|
|WATER RESISTANCE||150m (15 ATM)|
|STRAP||Stainless steel flat-link bracelet (steel model only) or rubber strap|
|FUNCTIONS||Hours, minutes, seconds, world time, date|
|PRICE||Stainless steel on rubber: €11,600|
|Stainless steel on bracelet: €11,800|