While the 2008 year Five-Counter Speedmaster Chinese Olympic Games featured a daring five-compax dial layout, the 2011 Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 44 London Chronograph 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 in 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 in 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 brand 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 a sporty watch.)
However, by now the problem seems to have been 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 accurate (for a mechanical caliber) 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 6 PM and Monday 7 AM lie whole 63 hours, so you will still have to either reset the chronograph each Monday or to get yourself a watch-winder.
Like 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 a shame that they didn’t equip it with a display back since their calibers are always a pleasure to look at.
See also: Omega Five Counter Speedmaster Olympic
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 44 London Chronograph 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: Branded oscillating weight, Geneva Waves, polished screws
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 52 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 44.00 mm
Water resistance: 150 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, domed, anti-reflective on both sides
Back: Solid, stamped with London Olympic Games 2012 logo