This year the Omega Aqua Terra turns 15. A significant age, which says something about the popularity of this understated, robust sports watch. It marks a milestone that needs to be celebrated, and Omega does so with the exquisite platinum Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer.
It doesn’t often happen when a watch is everything and all in one, but the Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer comes close, very close. It is a bonafide sport watch, with a case measuring 43mm and a water resistance of 150 meters. Its style is bold yet timeless, one of the Aqua Terra hallmarks. But it is also very precious, as Omega opted not for steel, or even white gold, but preferred platinum to craft the case of this watch out of. With its brush texture, it adds to the understatement of it.
That understatement is somewhat departed when it comes to the dial, where your eyes are drawn immediately to its center, where you find a hand crafted enamel world map from the North Pole viewpoint, surrounded by the 24-hour indication. Although the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer is by any means a modern mechanical watch, this aspect gives it a vintage touch, amplified by the alligator strap.
The back of the watch also reveals a stunning view, that of the movement. Caliber 8939 simply delivers what the case and dial of this Omega already promise, that you are holding a thought through, well-made watch by one of the leading Swiss brands. A full bridge over the balance wheel testifies for the robust design of the movement, which is equipped with the famed Co-axial escapement, and also certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology as a Master Chronometer, ensuring precision, as well as the extraordinary magnetic resistance of the movement.
Omega will only make 87 pieces of the Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer, which will delight those lucky enough to get their hands on one and disappoint those who will have to wait until one turns up on auction in the near future.