The appetite for elegant steel watches with brightly coloured dials is huge at the moment. Don’t believe me? Just try to get your hands on a Rolex Oyster Perpetual and woe betide you if you so much as think the words “Tiffany Blue”. Well, the great thing about Omega’s new Seamaster Aqua Terra 2022 releases is that there’s finally a worthy alternative.
There are 10 of the new Aqua Terras in total, split five and five across 38mm and 34mm versions, we’ll focus on the larger size.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m 38mm
The 38mms are stainless steel in the signature Aqua Terra shape, which was also used on all of their releases last year including the larger 41mm Aqua Terra Small Seconds. They also have the same 150m water resistance so there’s nothing structurally to differentiate the five watches. Honestly it comes down to which colour dial is your favourite as to which of the five is for you.
Speaking of colours, you can choose from Atlantic Blue, Bay Green, Sandstone, Saffron and Terracotta. Each is produced on a brass dial with sunray brushed finishing. The red Terracotta is particularly brilliant and bright, although orange is my favourite colour so I have a soft spot for the Saffron. It’s the same spread of colours as seen on the Oyster Perpetual although the Omegas feel a little more desaturated and closer to pastels. However, those slightly washed tones are balanced by the sunray brushing which adds welcome texture and depth.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m 34mm
To touch on the 34mm versions, the colours there are Sea Blue, Lagoon Green, Sandstone, Shell Pink and Lavender. Unfortunately, the pink and lavender are a little bit too weak to be properly gender neutral, if they were brighter or, conversely, more pastel they would be better. As is, they’re in a sort of anti-goldilocks zone. They also have slightly odd oval-shaped indexes but the classic wedges would be preferable.
Irrespective of the case sizes, all of the new Aqua Terras house the Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8800. An automatic movement with a 55-hour power reserve and all the specs you’d expect from a METAS certified master chronometer. They also all come on stainless steel bracelets that have been redesigned with rounded links.
Despite the difference in sizes, all 10 Seamaster Aqua Terras in the 2022 collection are priced at £5,420, a damn sight more accessible than a grey market Oyster Perpetual.
Price & Specs:
Model: Omega Seamaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Aqua Terra
Reference: 220.127.116.11.03.002 (34mm, sea blue dial)
18.104.22.168.10.001 (34mm, lagoon green dial)
22.214.171.124.09.001 (34mm, sandstone dial)
126.96.36.199.10.003 (34mm, pink dial)
188.8.131.52.10.002 (34mm, lavender dial)
184.108.40.206.03.003 (38mm, Atlantic blue dial)
220.127.116.11.10.002 (38mm, bay green dial)
18.104.22.168.09.001 (38mm, sandstone dial)
22.214.171.124.12.001 (38mm, terracotta dial)
Case/dial: 34mm diameter x 11.88mm height, stainless steel case, sun brushed and lacquered pastel coloured dials (34mm versions)
38mm diameter x 12.26mm height, stainless steel, earth toned sun brushed and lacquered dials (38mm versions)
Water resistance: 150m (15 bar)
Movement: Omega Co-Axial Calibre 8800, automatic, 35 jewels, Master Chronometer Certified, approved by METAS
Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
Power reserve: 55h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
More details at Omega.