The new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Small Seconds collection (Live Pics & Price)
An updated look for Omega's Aqua Terra with the launch of 19 new references!
The Aqua Terra is basically Omega’s all-rounder, a versatile watch that bridges formal and casual styles. Revamped in 2017, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra collection expands again with the introduction of no fewer than 19 new references. While it retains the familiar Aqua Terra flair, it now comes with a small seconds display. Introducing the new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Small Seconds 41mm in 18k Sedna gold.
The Aqua Terra range was first introduced in 2001 and slightly updated (mostly on the mechanical side) in 2017. The Seamaster Aqua Terra has always been a well-executed, robust all-rounder and everyday companion. The new collection Omega is introducing remains true to the style of the Seamaster Aqua Terra but adds more versatility. And yes, it may not sound like a big deal, but all 19 models introduced today come with something new. While previously available with a central seconds indication – excluding chronograph versions -, the new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Small Seconds now comes with a small seconds indication.
The new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Small Seconds is available in two sizes: 38mm or 41mm. In terms of proportions, nothing really changes from the previous Seamaster Aqua Terra. You still get a mix of brushed and polished finishing, lyre lugs, broad-arrow hands, the integrated strap or bracelet and a screw-down crown. The case comes in either steel, two-tone steel and gold, or full 18k Sedna gold like the model we photographed.
A whole range of new dial finishings and colours enliven the offer of this newly introduced collection, including this silvery-beige set in an 18k Sedna gold 41mm case. Dials come in either a sunburst finish or this nautical themed teak-like decoration, with horizontal engraved stripes. The hour markers are shaped like the hull of a boat and coated with luminous material. The hands are similar in style and are sharply finished, again with luminous material in the tips.
Obviously, the focal point for this new range is the small seconds display. Set in the bottom half of the dial, it integrates the small seconds and date indication in a circular display. Framed by a rose gold ring, the recessed sub-dial contrasts with the rest of the dial. A nice touch is that the horizontal stripes across the dial are “broken” by the new display and catch the light to give the dial even more life.
In terms of movements, there are four options. The 38mm has either the Omega 8802 or 8803 (full 18k Sedna gold cases only), with the latter featuring an 18k Sedna gold balance bridge and rotor. The 41mm variant receives the Omega 8916 calibre for the steel and two-tone versions and the Omega 8917 for the 18k Sedna gold case, again featuring a gold balance bridge and rotor. As we’ve come to expect, the movement is very nicely finished with diamond-cut bevels and radial-brushed striping. All movements feature a Co-Axial escapement with silicon components, are anti-magnetic to 15,000 gauss and come with the Master Chronometer certification issued by METAS.
Depending on the specific reference (remember, 19 in total!), the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra comes on rubber or leather straps with a folding buckle or a matching bracelet. Prices for the new collection start at CHF 5,800 and top out at CHF 30,900 for the full 18k Sedna gold case and bracelet, all excluding taxes. Price for the pictured model, ref. 184.108.40.206.02.001, is CHF 18,600 excluding taxes. The new collection will be available from today through official retailers and boutiques as well as Omega’s e-commerce platform.
More information on Omega.com
Fratello seem to have landed the best model for their pics – the silver dial 41mm on bracelet – but that’s not surprising. Ahem.
That model looks very nice with the blue elements, but the obtrusive date window borks it up, and it’s got the olde problem of nearly all Omega automatics – a bit too thick.
I do enjoy Monochrome’s early reviews and reports of new watches as they are generally much more detailed than certain websites (based across the Atlantic!). I have to disagree that another website has a better model for their article. This watch has seemingly been kept under very close wraps by Omega so I expect Monochrome have had a look at a number of versions. I am sure Monochrome will do further pieces on this new style of Aqua Terra, perhaps a look at the 38mm ladies model or a week on the wrist for example. The ladies version seems to have the boat shaped hour markers and the wedge shaped hour markers on this 41mm version (one assumes the gentleman’s but a female friend of mine rocks a Speedmaster Mark II and a Planet Ocean 42mm so really anyone can wear this watch) are an hommage to the Seamaster 300 from 1957 and the hour and minute hands are taken from Seamaster designs from the 1960s. A lot of Omega heritage in one watch.
I didn’t mean any slight on Monochrome, SPR (love this place, and Frank is a true gent), and I wholeheartedly agree on the comparison with certain yank sites, it’s just that it wasn’t surprising that Fratello – the biggest flag-waver for Omega in the blogoverse – presented what is, in my opinion, the version likely to have the greatest appeal at this early, perhaps exclusive point.
The version in this article still adequately conveys the shortcomings I previously mentioned, though; so it serves its purpose just as well.
…And I like Omega. Their Seamaster 300 and new Speedmaster are superb watches in many regards, and I wore a Cal.2500 black dial Aqua Terra for 15 years – so I’m no hater. 🙂
Now this colorway is good
@Gav sorry, but I’m not on the same page here…
I like both sites and I like the version which is featured here the most, from the models, which I have seen so far. And I’m not the biggest AT fan and also not the gold guy. So if I could make a choice, I would go for the Monochrome-Watches choice.
I agree with an earlier comment that the date window in the sub seconds dial ruins it , at least for me . If only they had made the sub seconds clean and moved the date to the 3 position . It seems with many releases these days there is always an ‘ if only ‘ ….
@ FtheF (I’m not writing that out fully!)
too biggggggg, cant omega see that thr watch is too big?? u reviewer should point that outttt!