The Aqua Terra was first launched at the 2002 Basel Watch Fair, where its distinct retro styling made it one of the highlights of the Fair. Its design is based on the Omega Railmaster of the 1950s, which incorporates the classic tapered lugs of the Speedmaster but also maintains the sober elegance of the Seamaster dials from the same period.
When introduced into the current Seamaster collection, the Aqua Terra was the perfect complement to the otherwise sporty and rugged watches born of Omega’s longstanding association with ocean exploration.
Introduced in 2004, the ladies’ Seamaster Aqua Terra has a 28mm case with a mix of brushed and polished elements in stainless steel or 18-carat yellow-gold with a screw-in crown and screw-in case back that guarantee water resistance to 150 metres.
In both cases, there is a choice between the classic Aqua Terra look, with a simple matching polished stainless-steel or polished 18-carat yellow gold bezel and white mother-of-pearl dial with facetted hour markers, or the sumptuous glitter of diamonds. In the latter case, the bezel is set with 42 diamonds (0.733 carat) and the white mother-of-pearl dial bears 11 diamond hour markers (0.192 carat).
A highly individual “two-tone” model is also available, with a polished stainless-steel case, polished 18-carat red gold bezel, 18-carat red gold crown and a stainless-steel bracelet with 18-carat red-gold central section.
Regardless of this choice between “classic” and “luxury” versions, the dial bears the familiar Aqua Terra Dauphine hands with luminous SuperLuminova inserts and an applied Omega symbol. Rounded off by a date window at 3 o’clock, the dial is protected by a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on the inside.
Despite its modest dimensions, the ladies’ Aqua Terra boasts a fully-fledged self-winding mechanical movement. Nevertheless, it meets the same exacting operating specifications and has the same high-quality finish as the larger models used in gents’ watches, boasting a 42-hour power reserve when fully wound and an exclusive white rhodium-plated finish of Geneva waves, circular graining and gold-plated engravings.
Bearing its own internal jewels, in the form of 20 synthetic rubies which are the perfect bearing for the wheel train arbors and escapement mountings, the calibre 2520 is also fitted with the “Etachron” regulator assembly for precision adjustment of its going rate.
Available with a matching bracelet in 18-carat yellow gold or stainless steel, the ladies’ Aqua Terra Automatic is the perfect watch for ladies looking for an exquisite touch of luxury on the inside as well as the outside of their watch.