This Baselworld 2016 has seen various new Omega releases, many now equipped with their METAS certified movements. But, in the case of the “Aqua Terra” model line, these more accurate calibers have yet to be introduced. What we do have here is a ‘GoodPlanet’ edition with two different available sizes, one featuring a GMT complication. These watches are part of the Omega collaboration with the “GoodPlanet Foundation” that together have produced documentary films and restoration projects.
The case for this watch is available in 38.5mm or a larger 43mm version and both are made out of grade 5 titanium, with a polished and brushed finish and screw-in crown. But, only the 43mm model includes the GMT hand with an applied red aluminum tip. The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal features an anti-reflective treatment on both sides.
The caseback exhibits an engraved and varnished blue ‘GoodPlanet Foundation’ marking, alongside technical info varnished in grey, like it being: water-resistant up to 150 meters (500 feet) and resistant to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. The transparent caseback is also covered by a domed sapphire crystal, which may not be suited to every wrists liking.
The whiteness of this Omega dial is quite stunning, with the blue accents on the hour index markers, which liven it up with some contrast and provide an ocean theme. There are also Arabic numerals to reference the minutes along the minute-track ring circling near the bezel. And on the other side of the index markers towards the center of dial, we can read a 24-hour scale, which also makes use of the blue markers, to count the time.
There are three or four faceted blued hands (depending on the model size), since the fourth hand serves to point out the GMT function, for another time-zone. Also features a date aperture at the 6 o’clock position for the 43mm, or it’s located at 3 o’clock on the 38.5mm version.
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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra ‘GoodPlanet’
This 43mm “Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra ‘GoodPlanet’” (Ref#: 126.96.36.199.04.001) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 8605, with 38 jewels and 25,200 vph. Also features a: silicon balance spring, co-axial movement and a GMT function.
This 38.5mm “Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra ‘GoodPlanet’” (Ref#: 188.8.131.52.04.001) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 8500, with 28 jewels and 25,200 vph. Also features a: silicon Si14 hairspring and a Nivachoc shock-system.
Both these calibers have in common that: Power reserve on these timepieces can last up to 60 hours. And mounted to these watches is a: blue coated nylon fabric strap, with exposed white stitching on the front-side, exposed lighter blue stitching on the backside and a foldover clasp; or, a polished-brushed titanium Omega patented screw-and-pin bracelet, with a butterfly clasp. These watches also come in a special bamboo box.
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After the success of the “Planet Ocean” film, Omega has sponsored another environmental documentary, called “Terra”, once again directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, that will be released in 2016 and focuses on the fragile relationship between humans & animals. This movie has already been at the inception of two new wildlife projects in Botswana (a South African country located between Zimbabwe and the Republic of Namibia) and a percentage of these watch sales will serve to further fund this ongoing project.
If you want to help out this noble cause via a donation or discover more info, follow theses links & get involved!
“Planet Ocean” – The documentary is complete & available online by the owners.
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