The 2010 Seamaster Aqua Terra XXL Small Seconds is inspired by Omega’s pocket timepieces from the 1930s. Presented at the SIHH 2010, it was issued as a limited edition of just 176 pieces: half of them in white gold and the other half in 18-karat rose gold. Equipped with a Unitas-based pocket watch caliber, the timekeeper boasts an extra-large body almost 50 whopping millimeters in diameter!
The XXL Small Seconds comes packed in a huge 49.2 mm case, which is outsourced from the current Railmaster XXL series and has a similar dial layout with two big hands and a small seconds display positioned at 6 o’clock.
Also, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra XXL Small Seconds uses a similar movement.
According to the Swiss brand, this version is powered by the new Omega caliber 2211 COSC-certified chronometer movement, which is probably a version of their fairly recent 2201 caliber that powers the Ralimaster XXL (and, in its turn, is based on the ETA Unitas 6498-2 hand-wound movement).
Frankly speaking, I cannot understand why Omega decided to present this model as a member of the Aqua Terra XXL family.
With its vintage style, the new model is also ideologically closer to the Railmaster than to the rest of the utterly modern-looking Aqua Terra family, with their broad arrow-shaped hands and bold-looking dials.
The Aqua Terra XXL Small Seconds, on the contrary, features a white enamel dial with a guilloched small seconds subdial, which is made of sterling silver and applied on top of it. It is not clearly visible on the promo photo, but in real life, the small dial looks very contrast to its bright white background.
Of course, the main attraction here is the pair of laser-cut hour and minute hands that are made of blued steel and each incorporates the Omega logo. The irony (or is it a friendly joke?) here is that this type of hands is usually referred to as “Breguet hands”, so one would not readily anticipate them to be shaped not as the usual pomme (French for “apple”) but the trademarked Ω sign.
Although Omega claims that the Ω-shaped hands were patented back in 1924, it is the first time I see this design on an actual watch. However, searching for the prove on the Internet, I have found a French-speaking horology forum featuring a scan from an old-looking catalog where the “Omega-shaped” hand is listed as “form No. 8.”
Anyway, it could be a beautiful and highly desirable vintage watch, if not for its gargantuan size. Maybe that is why the Swiss watchmaking brand has decided to limit production to only 176 units: a niche product, indeed.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra XXL Small Seconds specification
Movement: Omega caliber 2211, hand-wound, Swiss Made
Complications: Small seconds
Power reserve: 53 hours
Case: White gold or Rose gold
Size: 49.2 mm
Dial: White enamel
Hands: Blued steel, Breguet-type
Water resistance: 150 meters
Strap: Black leather alligator strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Transparent, Sapphire