New for 2012 is the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra GMT. This is the first time that the brand have added a GMT complication to one of their “proprietary” movements – and on the dial things look a bit different too…..
The textured dial pattern, characteristic of Aqua Terra models remains – there would be a backlash from fans if that were fiddled with – no, the model has undergone as few changes as possible in order for it to become a timepiece capable of indicating two timezones. Omega’s designers have taken the 24 hour ring from the outer edge of the dial, and have relocated it further into the dial so that its numerals rest between the razor-sharp tip of each spiked hour marker. Furthermore, the date window has been moved to the 6 o’clock position, resting within the GMT ring for added balance/confusion?
An unusual GMT dial layout then, but not completely original, Seiko have used a similar format for their Grand Seiko Automatic GMT and I distinctly remember an ultra-busy Glycine Airman which used both inner and outer dial space in order to display three timezones.
The Aqua Terra is a suberb collection, which you would have to say will always have appeal, good looks aside though this piece also has another “unique selling point” – inside is Omega’s Co-Axial Calibre 8605/8615 in which the brand have invested and now perfected – a movement which, once regulated should remain not only precise, but also maintenance-free for longer as it requires almost no lubrication. In addition to the rather handsome steel model featured here, an 18 carat red gold case and a steel and red gold case edition are also available.
The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra GMT comes presented on a choice of either bracelet or matching leather strap.