Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Review
In 2017 Omega delivered a huge number of new Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M watch models , which offered barely noticeable, but significant changes to the brand’s head sports way of life dress watch. Game style dress watches are significant in numerous business sectors, for example, the United States, where tastefulness just as manliness are key regions of interest for some consumers. The Aqua Terra isn’t just intended for the United States in any case, which makes the bigger Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial Master Chronometer observes significant worldwide items for Omega. Let’s investigate only one of the numerous variants of the refreshed Aqua Terra watches in this aBlogtoWatch review.
While numerous individuals consider hardcore plunge watches when they think about the Omega Seamaster collection, the more nonchalantly themed Aqua Terra better speaks to the main Omega Seamaster watches (from 1948). At the time the Seamaster wasn’t a genuine game watch, yet was somewhat a sportier dress watch that a “well to do father could wear while playing with his youngsters and not stress over getting wear or encountering some shock.” Thus, from the earliest starting point the Seamaster was a lavish way of life thing (with utility behind it of course), and not the genuine plunging instrument that adaptations of the Seamaster later developed into.
As a sportier watch (regardless of the dressier appearance), the Seamaster Aqua Terra will effectively deal with most of what a wearer could toss at it. 150m of water obstruction effectively considers even sporting jumping, and the stout metal case is sufficiently hearty to endure a lot of misuse and wear. The dial additionally turns out to be exceptionally readable, with enough lume for an unmistakable view in hazier conditions. In numerous respects, the Seamaster Aqua Terra is a truly proficient game watch, however its goal is to be a superficial point of interest dress watch (or at any rate a design explanation) at what are nearly passage level costs from the brand.
While numerous individuals respect Omega for Speedmaster chronographs and Planet Ocean jumpers, models, for example, the Aqua Terra (just as the considerably dressier De Ville models) are those which Omega means for the wrists of experts requiring an attractive watch for metropolitan or business proficient requirements. It’s expected to be sufficiently lively to recommend a functioning way of life (or a thankfulness thereof), yet with a tastefulness which loans itself well to more formal attire.
The clever thing is that Omega’s current showcasing for the Aqua Terra sees its wearers (some of which are the brand’s superstar represetatives) on boats, voyaging, and for the most part doing things one probably won’t consider work, yet rather relaxation. This loans itself well to appealing visuals, yet Omega’s point is more that individuals who wear Aqua Terra observes consistently reward themselves for buckling down – and this makes the Aqua Terra a watch for dedicated experts (everywhere on the world).
Omega has since a long time ago needed the Aqua Terra to equal some of Rolex’s comparable lively/dressy watches going from the Milgauss to the Datejust. Today the Aqua Terra is all the more straightforwardly a competitor of the Milgauss – despite the fact that Omega is obviously more productive with its plan decisions and even has different size choices (there are presently 22 renditions of this watch on the Omega site). The Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M comes in both 38mm and 41mm wide sizes for men – alongside a large group of lash, wristband, material, and dial alternatives. These decisions additionally take into account a sportier and more easygoing wearing feel, to more conservative, dress-style ranges. I decided to survey this 41mm wide Aqua Terra reference 184.108.40.206.02.001 in steel on the coordinating steel wristband since I felt like it was a decent combination between the sportier and dressier sides of the collection.
Let’s re-visitation of what Omega refreshed in 2017 with this most recent group of Aqua Terra models. It incorporates generally tasteful refinements alongside specialized updates. The main update is the in all cases utilization of METAS-guaranteed Co-Axial Master Chronometer developments. Inside this watch is the in-house created and delivered Omega type 8900 Co-Axial Master Chronometer development. For some individuals, the greatest overhaul in this development compared to friendly ones is high attraction (15,000 Gauss) resistance.
Omega picked the Aqua Terra collection to make a big appearance its enemy of attractive developments back in 2014 with the arrival of the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss (aBlogtoWatch survey here) . From that point forward Omega has guaranteed that throughout the following not many years it would gradually supplant all in-house made developments with those which are METAS-ensured . Pushing ahead, all Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra watches will contain the high performing METAS-confirmed developments. This is significant not just as a result of the value purpose of the Aqua Terra models, yet additionally due to the high-volume nature of this creation. METAS affirmation started as a low-volume exertion and has since bloomed into a truly amazing cycle situated inside Omega’s recently opened and extended development assembling and watch gathering plant (that I as of late had the joy of visiting) in Biel, Switzerland.
To show the reasonable utility of METAS-confirmed developments, I exhibited the attractive opposition of these developments to a companion. The developments (either the type 8800, 8900, or 8901 relying upon the particular Aqua Terra model) can be seen through the sapphire precious stone caseback window, which implies there is no uncommon attractive protecting. Or maybe, the development basically doesn’t have ferrous metal parts. Returning to my exhibition, I continued to take an especially solid kitchen magnet and set it on the rear of the case (it didn’t even delicately connect). One could see that the development was working regularly. This absolutely wouldn’t have been the situation with a more customary development that is liable to magnetism.
The type 8900 programmed development is basic and exceptionally ideal to take a gander at notwithstanding its strong planning execution. The programmed development works at 4Hz with 60 hours of intensity save (between two barrels), and of course has an Omega Co-Axial escapement. The development includes some silicon parts, for example, the equilibrium spring. At the point when the crown is pulled out one stop, you can autonomously change the hour hand, which makes the development ideal for the individuals who travel much of the time. This is likewise how you change the date – however it takes somewhat more than a customary brisk set date change highlight. My #1 thing about Omega’s developments is what they look like. I continue to feel that they produce the absolute most alluring modernly made mechanical developments out there.
Like I stated, all the 2017 and more current Seamaster Aqua Terra watches are fitted with Co-Axial Master Chronometer developments (Omega represent their in-house developments with co-axial escapements that are METAS-affirmed). Let’s presently analyze the different (generally inconspicuous) stylish updates to the Seamaster Aqua Terra collection. What grabbed my eye initially was the new “tab” planned between the carries of those models fitted to the extraordinary bespoke elastic lashes. This is a stylish component, however advises you that the lashes are fitted firmly to the case, and according to Omega, permit all models of the Aqua Terra to fit better on significantly more modest wrists.
Omega generally dealt with revamping the Aqua Terra dials to make them a smidgen more intelligible, a touch cleaner, and by and large somewhat more refined. Maybe the most clear distinction is the utilization of level lines on the dial versus vertical ones. Contingent upon the particular Aqua Terra model, these lines will show up in an unexpected way, and are all (according to Omega) roused by teak wood decks on boats.
In expansion to eliminating and tidying up a portion of the dial text on the Aqua Terra, the dials are additionally now entirely even. This is on account of the way that Omega moved the date marker window to the 6 o’clock position from the 3 o’clock position. As a major defender of dial evenness, I cheer this choice. Having said that, I can acknowledge how individuals not also knowledgeable with the Seamaster Aqua Terra collection may from the start not perceive how Omega dealt with tidy up the collection. To a certain extent that could be a state of acclaim for Omega. It is frequently said by watch planners that the best plans are those which redesign the appearance of an item, without the consumer quickly realizing what is extraordinary (since it implies the item holds a similar feeling of familiarity).
The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra dial has consistently been among the most manly and solid looking of the dressy game watches out there. Dial quality is excellent gratitude to Omega fixating on easily overlooked details, for example, surfaces and wraps up. This specific model has incredible decipherability on the grounds that the dark colored and brushed hour markers and hands contrast very well with the light-colored dial. All the more in this way, the applied idea of great importance markers takes into consideration a welcome feeling of profundity to the dial. As I would like to think these are the most attractive Aqua Terra countenances to date.
Omega offers this dial style with the imagined orange second hand, or in a comparative monochromatic dial however coordinated to a two-tone steel and 18k Sedna (rose) gold case. This model looks decent on the coordinating steel wristband, however I figure numerous individuals will like it on the accessible dark elastic tie with dial-coordinating orange sewing. Discussing tie, there are four sorts accessible including the steel metal wristband, calfskin ties, elastic lashes, and NATO-style straps.
In my assessment, the steel wristband will be the favored stylish decision for a great many people depending on the Seamaster Aqua Terra to be an office watch. Omega’s case and dial quality are incredible, however the arm band doesn’t feel very too refined. The wristband joins don’t feel as profound or flawlessly fit as those on a Rolex, which is the thing that Omega is focusing on. The arm band performs well, however Omega actually has a touch of work down the line to cause the wristband to feel as “money” as the case part of the watch. While I am regularly an arm band fellow, I truly like how the fresher Aqua Terra feels on the elastic lash as well.
As I referenced above, Omega offers renditions of the Seamaster Aqua Terra in both 38mm and 41mm (41.5mm really) wide models. Not all models are accessible in the two sizes however. The size you pick is completely identified with your life systems and stylish inclinations. For me the 41mm wide model is the correct fit, and I think the swoopy round case (water impervious to 150m) looks best on my wrist. As a sportier dress watch the Aqua Terra isn’t what I would call slender in size, which may be its greatest downside to some who need a thin dress watch. In spite of the fact that with its wearing comfort and sportier sensibilities, I didn’t discover the thickness to trouble me (as somebody who truly once in a while wears long sleeves).
I thought that it was fascinating that with regards to 2014 the 15,000 Gauss watch was estimated at $1,000 more than the refreshed Seamaster Aqua Terra watches. Omega has been by and large consumer-centered in its evaluating, which is perhaps the best thing to acknowledge about the brand at the present time. Of course, these are still extravagance evaluated fine watches, however as costs draw nearer to what consumers should search for, I think Omega watches are a great arrangement these days.
The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial Master Chronometer combines a great deal of qualities that watch and style darlings are searching for. There is the advantage of a major brand name, just as the emphasis on “watch sweetheart detailing”, for example, the modern, superior development. Omega endeavored to create a wide-bid men’s dress/easygoing watch that a genuine watch sweetheart could affirm. Not every person will adore the plan of the Aqua Terra, yet that is continually something that comes with a particular plan. Those emphatically in the game watch camp will probably incline toward other Omega models, yet for the individuals who need a balanced watch for an assortment of wearing circumstances, the Seamaster Aqua Terra continues to be an extremely solid alternative with a sound assortment of style to coordinate your necessities. Cost on a tie is $5,400 USD, and on the arm band the cost is $5,500 USD. omegawatches.com
>Model: Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M
>Price: $5,500 as tried (ref. 220.127.116.11.02.001)
>Size: 41.5mm wide
>Would commentator actually wear it: Yes, when needing to look respectable however somewhat under the radar while at a business or social event.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Someone with a more modest watch collection that generally centers around the utility of each watch that can depend on something like this for office or business watch duty.
>Best normal for watch: Strong plan and intelligibility house an extraordinary performing development which has a great deal of “Omega exclusives.” Faithful understanding of what the Seamaster collection was initially intended for. Heaps of visual alternatives to suit the requirements and tastes of explicit wearers. Estimated well.
>Worst normal for watch: Bracelet quality falls somewhat short. A portion of the color alternatives appear to be somewhat peculiar or not conservative enough for a ton of wearers (which is unexpected in what should be a moderately conservative watch).