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Omega Launch Seamaster Aqua Terra Inspired by Armand “Mondo” Duplantis

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m Armand 'Mondo' Duplantis

Omega have gotten into the habit recently of not just announcing a new watch, but tying it to one of their ambassadors. Just take a look at the new bi-colour Moonwatches launched on the wrist of actor Barry Keoghan. This time though they’re leaning on their sporting links with World Record breaking pole-vaulter Armand “Mondo” Duplantis and their newest Seamaster Aqua Terra.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m Armand 'Mondo' Duplantis
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m Armand 'Mondo' Duplantis

The inciting event for the Armand “Mondo” Duplantis Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra was “Mondo” record-breaking pole-vaulting height of 6.24m, which is pretty insane. But it’s nothing new for the athlete, who has done the same eight times now – which fits really, as the new watch isn’t exactly revolutionary. Instead it’s a nice, subtle twist on the already established Aqua Terra style. In short, it’s the same watch as the previous version (the 220.12.41.21.03.007 if you want to be really specific), but with a yellow second hand inspired by a vaulting pole in shape and with Super-LumiNova on the ‘grip’.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m Armand 'Mondo' Duplantis

It’s joined on the dial by yellow Seamaster lettering and quarter hour numbers stitching of the textured rubber strap. The shift in colourway is reference to Duplantis’ Swedish livery, though with much more of the blue than the signature yellow.

Otherwise, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Armand “Mondo” Duplantis edition is completely business as usual. That means a 41mm stainless steel case, 150m water resistance and the Co-Axial Master Chronometer calibre 8900 with 60-hour power reserve.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m Armand 'Mondo' Duplantis

If you’re not already considering an Aqua Terra, this minute change in palette isn’t going to push you over the edge. But that doesn’t stop the flashes of yellow working very, very well. I’ve always felt that the collection in general could be more colourful (even the Shades pieces only use one main dial colour) and the mix of blue and yellow is a no-brainer. Let’s hope this is a sign of things to come. Because it’s definitely not a tentpole release.

Price and Specs:

Model: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m
Ref: 220.12.41.21.03.009
Case: 41mm diameter x 13.2mm thickness, stainless steel
Dial: Blue opaline finish, teak pattern, yellow varnished seconds hand inspired by a pole vault
Water resistance: 150m (15 bar)
Movement: Omega calibre 8900, automatic, 39 jewels
Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
Power reserve: 60h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Strap: Blue rubber with yellow stitching
Price: £5,900

More details at Omega.

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Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.