OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Puts the World on Speed-Dial
OMEGA’s Seamaster Aqua Terra line is famed for its confident blend of dress watch styling and tool functionality. The classic Aqua Terra watch has an understated aesthetic that was best showcased when Daniel Craig’s James Bond wore one in Skyfall. But in 2017, OMEGA introduced a stunning new addition to the Aqua Terra family, the Worldtimer. This eye-catching watch was bold, complex and limited to under 100 pieces. Since then, OMEGA has rolled this watch out to its permanent collection and once more, the latest iteration improves on the earlier models. Housed in a robust 43mm case and featuring a unique map-like dial, the Aqua Terra Worldtimer is the ultimate traveller’s watch.
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We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Swiss watchmaker’s recent releases, with its colourful variants of the Aqua Terra and its Speedmaster Super Racing already grabbing our attention. This latest release continues that theme with the Aqua Terra Worldtimer offered in two variations, a colourful green model and a more sedate grey version.
Marketed by OMEGA as three new watches, the 2023 Worldtimer comes in a stainless steel or titanium case, with the steel variant available with either a steel bracelet or a rubber strap. What each of the watches has in common is a unique dial that features a map of the world, as viewed from the North Pole.
The workmanship is unreal, to the point where it wasn’t possible to achieve this level of detail by hand. The map is slightly domed and was created using a laser to etch the details onto a piece of grade 5 titanium. This topographic map is bordered by a 24-hour scale and there’s also an outer ring that displays the time zone cities.
Although the elaborate dial is the star of the show, there are also other subtle touches that really enhance the design. On both watches, London – the home of Greenwich Mean Time – stands out in red, and in a cheeky little twist, OMEGA’s hometown of Bienne is used as the reference for the Central Europe time zone.
To fit all this detail into a watch dial isn’t easy. It does mean that both variations of the Worldtimer are equipped with a 43mm case. The stainless steel models sport a brushed green ceramic bezel that compliments the green dial. That dial has the Aqua Terra’s signature longitudinal lines and contrasting gold hands and markers.
The titanium edition is more restrained and features a grey dial created by laser ablation. It’s paired with straightforward blackened hands and indexes. Both watches are powered by OMEGA’s in-house 8938 automatic calibre. It’s a handsome Master Chronometer-certified movement that boasts a 60-hour power reserve. Prices start at AUD$16,025.
OMEGA Aqua Terra Worldtimer
Case: Stainless Steel/Grade 2 Titanium
Movement: Calibre 8938 Automatic
Strap: Stainless Steel, Rubber or Titanium
Water Resistance: 150M
Price: AUD$16,025 – $18,575