The Aqua Terra was released in 2002 to complete the Omega’s entry-level of the Seamaster collection, being powered by the Omega Co-Axial Calibre 2500 replica watches or quartz movement. During the years, the Aqua Terra was powered by the calibre 8500 (starting 2008) and an improved calibre with anti-magnetic capabilities, the calibre 8505 (starting 2013). Now the watch is powered by the interesting calibre 8900.
The appearance didn’t change much during the years, featuring only small cosmetic colour themes. The newest Aqua Terra collection comes with a change: a horizontal “teak” pattern on the dial, instead of the vertical pattern of the older models.
We review today the Aqua Terra Reference 126.96.36.199.06.001, a stainless-steel watch with a grey dial with blue accents, on a rubber strap.
The case, dial and hands
Aqua Terra has a handsome 41mm stainless steel case. The case looks very familiar, maybe to the fact its shape and decoration resemble well the case of the Speedmaster. The case is manufactured with an alternate brushed and polished surfaces. The polished edges start as a bevelling of the case, continuing and twisting the lugs harmoniously. The brushing makes the case sides less sensitive to scratches. The bezel is polished, making the Aqua Terra to have a visual balanced appearance.
Turning the case, we find the satin brushed screwed-in case back with engraved “Aqua Terra” name and 150m/500ft water resistance, accompanied by a see-through sapphire crystal. The crown with embossed logo has an excellent grip. The watch is easy to wind and set.
Our reviewed piece has a lovely blue rubber strap that fits perfectly the nautical theme of the Seamaster Collection. The overall aesthetic is pleasing, on and off the wrist. The wearing is comfortable, the neutral size fitting well most of the wrists.
The most attractive element of the Aqua Terra is the “teak” patterned dial. The dials finish has as inspiration the wooden decks of the sailboats. Omega fake watches for men changed the vertical lines to a horizontal design with uneven thickness of the stripes. The dial received a more natural feel. The author considers the new dial to have more charm as the older ones.
In our version of Aqua Terra, since the collection has more colour variants, the dial is grey with blue decorations. The hour indexes are spectacular. The three-dimensional triangles have blue outlining and SuperLuminova filling. The same blue theme can be found on hands. The legibility is excellent in bright light, as well low light, with outstanding visuals. The minutes/seconds register is placed “outside” of the hour markers. The white indexes and numerals have good visibility, with the brushed rehaut reflecting some light. As a nice touch, the 60 and 30 minutes/seconds numerals are printed in blue, emphasizing, even more, the vertical line of decorating elements: three-dimensional Omega Logo and name in the same blue as the hours’ indexes, “Omega Seamaster replica” and at the lower side of the dial the “Co-Axial” and “Master Chronometer”.