The replica Omega‘s Aqua Terra has been a versatile normal man since it first surfaced in 2003, stylish and sartorial, but tough enough for the real world. This year the collection leveled-up to Master Chronometer status and we thought we’d take this sparkly 41mm rubber-clad model for a spin.
The most obvious major changes are adorned on the dial. The AT’s instantly recognizable striped finish is still there, only now it’s horizontal rather than vertical – a decision that Fake Omega explains it evokes the deck of a yacht. While it’s a good story, the levels look better to me and don’t need any other reason. Speaking of the stripes, one thing I noticed only while looking at the photos Jason took for this watch was the uneven lines on the dial. Some are thick and some are thin, creating the optical illusion of a vanishing point in the center of the dial.
The case of the Aqua Terra has not changed significantly, and it is still a classic shape, with sporty, swooping, twisted lugs and polished surfaces. It’s a combination of casual style and sophisticated finishes that contribute to the Aqua Terra’s chameleon factor.
A rubber strap is a rubber strap, right? Well, it turns out not all straps are made to the same level, and this particular version is pretty much at (or close to) the top of its class. At first I thought it was one of those geeky proprietary straps, and thanks to the metal ends, I was getting ready for some old-fashioned righteous indignation. Another nice feature of the strap is the tropical-inspired print, as well as the wavy ridge on the bottom, which is wear-friendly.
The important thing about this movement is that the entire product line is now certified by the Master Chronometer, in line with Omega’s push for technological innovation. This means that the entire watch has been tested to METAS standards within an inch of its lifespan, covering accuracy and power reserve in many positions, water resistance and reluctance status, and self-winding efficacy.
I’ve always thought that Omega is good at making watches with the actual wearer at the center, and this approach to design is the secret to the Aqua Terra’s undeniable charm. The proportions are close to perfect, legible, technically sophisticated and user friendly. The fact that it looks amazing just seals the deal.