While the 2008 year Omega Five Counter Speedmaster Chinese Olympic Games watch was presented with a daring five-compax dial layout, the new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 44 London Chronograph automatic wristwatch sports a more subdued, traditional design with only three sub-dials. Looking way more serene than the aforementioned model, the new timekeeper is also a lot more versatile capable of being worn not only with jeans and polo shirts, but also with an expensive formal suit if you are more into that James Bond, Agent 007 kind of style.
As you can see on the photos below, there is a small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock, a 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock and a 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock.
The small date aperture can be found on its usual place between 4 and 5 o’clock.
While not as extravagant, the new design is not only easier to read, but also allows the Swiss watchmaker to save a penny or two using a simpler movement.
In this particular case, the movement in question is the Omega Co-Axial Caliber 3313.
Based on the Piguet 1285 automatic movement, the cal. 33xx was known for its not-so-perfect performance (mainly due to the inadequate shock protection system, so the problem was the most evident when it came to sporty watch.)
However, by now the problem seems to be fixed and you will most likely enjoy your watch without any real problems, given that the timepiece is properly serviced and is not over-abused.
Being officially certified by COSC as a chronometer, the movement is quite accurate (for a mechanical watch) and will offer you a decent power reserve of 52 hours.
However, if you plan to use it as an “office watch” substituting it on weekends for something more elegant (or, conversely, something cheaper and more rugged,) you should bear in mind that between Friday 6PM and Monday 7AM lie whole 63 hours, so you will still have to either reset the watch each Monday or to get yourself a watch-winder.
As the other members of the current Seamaster Aqua Terra Chronograph family the new Aqua Terra London 44 is presented in a somewhat bulky, massive-looking case 44 millimeters in diameter.
Presented on a thick stainless steel bracelet, the watch features a domed, double-antireflective sapphire crystal on its front and a solid screw-down case back with a stamped London Olympic Games 2012 logo.
It is really a shame that they didn’t equip the watch with a display back, since their calibers are always a pleasure to look at.
See also: Omega Seamaster Diver Vancouver 2010
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 44 London Chronograph automatic wrist watch specification
Movement: Automatic, Omega Co-Axial caliber 3313, base Piguet 1285, 28,800 vph, 37 jewels, column-wheel chronograph, COSC-certified chronometer, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 52 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Crown material: Matching case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Water resistance: 150 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, domed, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Solid, stamped with London Olympic Games 2012 logo