Omega’s fabled Seamaster line-up of timepieces isn’t exclusive to what the name might suggest – the Sea. Although the collection is a diverse spectrum of styles for dressier, sporty and utilitarian lifestyles, the core inspiration remains to be the famed dive watch prowess of the brand.
Stacked up against the comprehensive list of competent timepieces not only in the Aqua Terra line-up but also against the lengthy portfolio of sports timepieces which definitely garner the most limelight at Omega is the Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer watch. Occupying a somewhat discreet role for the brand, a closer look at this world timer watch makes you realize the true mastery of crafts and horological prowess that make it a true gem in the collection.
This stunner of a traveller’s timepiece now gets an avant-garde treatment as the collection is expanded further with introduction of three new models: a titanium edition with a laser-ablated dial and a duo of stainless-steel options.
A Conversation Starter – Digging Deep Into The Nuances
Distantly part of the Seamaster family, the latest iterations of the Aqua Terra Worldtimer 2023 feature 43 mm case sizes harboring scratch-resistant ceramic bezels. The watches pack a heft of apparatus inside with the unique Worldtimer display.
This timepiece features one of the most elaborate dials found in any standard Omega watch and things get as intricate as possible with a masterpiece display of laser-ablated vision of the earth as viewed from the north pole. The grade 5 titanium base serves an ideal canvas to laser-ablate a projection of vivid continents and colors. Circling this cartographic illustration is a 24-hour world time reference ring divided into night and day sections.
Outboard to this artisanal aesthetic occurs a display of the reference cities highlighting the 24 principal time zones of the world. Paris gets replaced with Bienne, the home city of Omega. On the stainless-steel models, London is printed in red to give a distinction for the Greenwich Mean Time, now more formally known as Universal Time Coordinated (UTC).
Continuing the standard Aqua Terra treatment for this world timer timepiece is the teak deck finishing on the dial which feels more elaborate and detailed as the planking runs from top to bottom. The entire watch-scape is slightly domed to give the wearer a subtle notion of the earth’s curvature.
The watch has a wonderful grandeur to it as expressed by Omega President and CEO, Mr. Raynald Aeschlimann, “At OMEGA, we take pride in our pioneering spirit and these watches are like a call to action. Go for it! Step out into the world! The dials are works of art, which prompt a sense of awe and adventure. What’s more, there is top-level technology working behind those amazing displays. They’re beautiful, fun to wear and operate and true collectables.”
The Surf Turf Traveller’s Timepiece in Titanium
The 43mm titanium iteration of the Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer 2023 exhibits an amazing sense of quality and prestige rarely observed in timepieces of this price point. Omega has meticulously crafted the entire black and grey dial, including its colors, using lasers, eliminating the need for any transferred elements. Only the lettering for “London “with its signature red varnish has been delicately hand-applied.
To accentuate the dial’s matte aesthetic, Omega has chosen a brushed black ceramic bezel for the titanium timepiece, along with blackened hands and indexes that are filled with white Super-Luminova, emitting a captivatingly legible blue glow in the dark. Paired to the titanium case is an integrated strap in black structured rubber, featuring elegant grey stitching. It is complemented by an additional decorative link in brushed grade 2 titanium and a clasp made of grade 2 titanium.
The Worldtimer Packaged in Stainless Steel Models – A Steel Bracelet and An Integrated Rubber Strap
The Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer 2023 might be one of the most unconventional timekeepers to emerge from the manufacture at Omega. For the 2023 iterations of this timepiece, a duo of stainless-steel case models is available with the first option featuring a stainless-steel bracelet with a butterfly clasp, perfectly matching the watch. The following iteration is paired with an integrated green rubber strap with grey stitching, accompanied by an additional decorative link in polished steel and a polished-brushed fold-over clasp.
Both variations exhibit a sun-brushed PVD dial in an eye-catching hue of green. Embracing the dial is a polished-brushed green ceramic bezel, adding a touch of sophistication and enhancing the timepiece’s longevity. The hands and indexes are crafted in 18K Moonshine Gold, providing a captivating sheen to the entire package and making the watch truly stand out.
Caliber 8938 – A Well-Engineered Movement Compliant with Strictest Swiss Certification Criteria
Powering the Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer 2023 is the in-house caliber 8938 from Omega which serves as a testament to the brand’s engineering prowess and highlights the hallmark implementation of George Daniels co-axial escapement. The movement achieves unrivalled chronometry precision standards. This caliber exceeds the requisite precision standards set by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) to serve the timepiece with unparalleled accuracy and reliability.
Natural with the aquatic and sporty appeal of the package, the watch comes with a remarkable water-resistance of 15 bar (150 m / 500 ft).
A True Collector’s Piece
In a portfolio dominated by sports chronographs and dive watches with precision timekeeping mechanisms and amagnetic calibers, the artistically inventive Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer 2023 timepieces with their traditional complications come as a pleasant surprise and exhibit the heritage watchmaking traditions of the Maison in their beguiling glory.