Omega releases three new worldtimer watches to update their 2023 Seamaster Aqua Terra collection. One in titanium and two in steel cases, all three with ceramic bezels.
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New: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer 2023
The retail prices for the new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer:
– Steel and rubber Ref. 188.8.131.52.10.001 RRP SGD 15,350
– Steel on steel Ref. 184.108.40.206.10.001 RRP SGD 15,000
– Titanium Ref. 220.127.116.11.99.001 RRP SGD 17,400
Prices with GST.
The Aqua Terra Worldtimer first appeared in 2017 in a very limited edition of 47 pieces in platinum. We covered the 2019 release steel (on strap or bracelet), with a blue dial and it was also in Sedna gold with a silver dial. And both featured a textured, realistic world map in the centre. The 2019 release is not a limited edition. This novelty release comprise of 3 new references with a decidedly more sporty look. The release comprise of two steel models in a green motif, and a monochromatic titanium model.
All three novelties share the specifications with the other members in the collection – same case (a rather large 43mm case diameter, 14.1mm height), same movement (Omega cal. 8938), and same dial design. What is new is the ceramic bezels – two in green and one in a dark grey. The graphic representing the Earth in the center medallion is also the same, but accented in either a green or grey background. The graphic is the same design and construction by laser ablation on the titanium surface.
Prices have risen significantly when compared to the 2019 Time to Move release. The Aqua Terra Worldtimer in steel was released at CHF 8,200, and the current watches are circa CHF 11,000, comparing the steel cased models.
Three new watches to time the world
The watch made to track every time zone on the planet continues to gain momentum across the globe. In the last few years, OMEGA’s Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer has grown steadily in popularity, to become a go-to timepiece for international travelers and passionate collectors.
Now, OMEGA is expanding the Worldtimer collection to include three new models: a titanium edition with a dial made entirely by laser ablation – and two striking options in stainless steel.
In addition to scratch-resistant ceramic bezels, all three watches have something very special in common: the unique Worldtimer display. At the centre of the dial, OMEGA has produced a vision of Earth, viewed from above the North Pole, by laser-ablating continents and colours on a grade 5 titanium surface. Although impossible to see with the naked eye, this entire watch-scape is domed, to mimic the curvature of the Earth. Circling the topographic map is a 24-hour indication under hesalite glass, divided into night and day sections.
OMEGA’s home city of BIENNE Switzerland is among the many global destinations circling around each dial and its outer ring. All place names, with the exception of the British capital are coloured yellow gold for the stainless-steel versions. LONDON is in red to highlight Greenwich Mean Time, now more formally known as Universal Time Coordinated (UTC).
For OMEGA President and CEO, Mr. Raynald Aeschlimann, the new watches are both innovative and inspiring. “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 Titanium Worldtimer
Bold and sporty, the 43 mm Worldtimer in lightweight and corrosion resistant titanium is the ultimate statement piece. On this model, OMEGA has produced the entire black and grey dial, including its colours, with laser.
There are no transferred elements, apart from the word LONDON and even here the red varnish has been applied by hand. To complement the matte dial, OMEGA has opted for a brushed black ceramic bezel, and blackened hands and indexes, filled with white Super-LumiNova which emits a blue glow in the dark. Completing the look is an integrated strap in black structured rubber with grey stitching, additional decorative link in brushed grade 2 titanium, and grade 2 titanium clasp.
Two in steel
Globetrotters wishing to keep it classic have two style options in stainless steel. One with matching stainless-steel bracelet and butterfly clasp, another with integrated green rubber strap with grey stitching, additional decorative link in polished steel, and polished-brushed fold over clasp.
Each 43 mm stainless steel model has a sun-brushed PVD dial in green, encircled by a polished-brushed green ceramic bezel. Adding shine to the dial are hands and indexes in 18K Moonshine™ Gold.
Powering the Worldtimer
The driving force behind each new Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer is the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8938, which has met the highest standards of precision demanded by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).
Each timepiece is also assured at depth, with a water-resistance of 15 bar (150 m / 500 ft).
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