Omega’s Seamaster Aqua Terra collection took a back seat in 2019 to major new models in the bigger, sportier Seamaster Diver series as well as important anniversary releases from the Speedmaster “Moonwatch” family. As Watch Year 2020 kicks off, however, Omega is ushering it in with a pair of new Aqua Terra timepieces in two striking new dial colors — one maritime blue, the other a dark military green.
Both new Seamaster Aqua Terra models are housed in round, 41-mm stainless steel cases, and feature the horizontal-striped “teakwood” motif on their sun-brushed dials — a visual signature established in 2017’s redesign of the Aqua Terra, meant to evoke the deck of a luxury yacht. A date display appears in a window at 6 o’clock, while the hallmark hour and minute hands and wedge-shaped, applied hour indices are filled with Super-LumiNova.
Visible behind a clear sapphire caseback is the movement, Omega’s co-axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8900, which meets both the official chronometer standards of the Swiss testing agency COSC and also the eight criteria set forth by Omega’s own certification, including the ability to resist magnetic fields to a level of 15,000 gauss. This self-winding caliber, also equipped with Omega’s now-emblematic co-axial escapement and a rotor decorated with Geneva waves, boasts a 60-hour power reserve in two series-connected spring barrels.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra in blue and green dials are offered on both a steel link bracelet, with brushed and polished finishes echoing those of the case, or a leather strap matching the color of each watch’s dial. Priced at $5,700 on the bracelet and $5,400 on the strap, the watches come with a special red card certifying the movement as having met the highest standards of the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology, or METAS.
Absolutely gorgeous. While I already own a Seamaster Planet Ocean I can easily see one of these on my wrist!
Is the 8900 movement entirely in-house?