Jun. 04, 2019
A sporty worldtimer in steel with a blue dial and an interesting laser engraved Earth’s image.
The blue dial adorned with vertical teak stripes features a double circle with 24 global destinations, including the city of Bienne at GMT+1, Omega’s home in Switzerland. The names of the places are printed in red (GMT), silvery (+1h in summer) and blue (places without daylight savings). The centre of the dial contains a 24-hour hesalite crystal ring, with the light-blue half indicating daytime, and the dark-blue half indicating night. The image of the Northern hemisphere is produced using a grade 5 titanium plate and complex laser engravings as well as some chemical reaction. As in any true-GMT watch, the hour hand is set separately, and the date at 6 always follows the local time.
The 43 mm brushed and polished stainless steel case has now been integrated with the watch’s blue rubber strap through a solid polished link. The strap has been given a quilted texture with contrasting light blue stitching. Inside, the Aqua Terra World Timer is driven by the calibre 8938 – a self-winding in-house movement with co-axial escapement, a free sprung-balance, and a silicon balance spring. It features a power reserve of 60 hours and is a certified Master Chronometer by METAS. The watch is resistant to magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss, and as you’d expect from a Seamaster, is also water-resistant up to 150 m. The price is CHF 8200.