As you may have already guessed, the new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Golf (Ref. 126.96.36.199.01.001) celebrates the Swiss brand’s growing ties with the world of an elite sport, which is usually associated with luxury sports cars, expensive wine, and Tiger Woods. Although the choice of the model looks less than obvious in this particular case (Seamaster Golf? Oh, come on!) the watch itself may be of interest to those who want a Seamaster, but search for a version with an unusual color scheme.
As you can see in the pictures, the new watch has a number of green accents on its signature dial.
The first green element that gets noticed is, of course, the famous Seamaster inscription right below the logo. The green Arabic numerals on the minute track, as well as the green tip of the central seconds hand also look interesting, especially when accompanied by alternately brushed and polished hour markers that are crafted from 18-karat white gold and filled with Superluminova to ensure superb legibility in dark hours.
The color accents, however, are the only thing that unites the new Aqua Terra Golf with the favorite sport of millionaires all over the world.
Presented in the same 41.5 mm stainless steel case, the new watch is powered by Omega’s in-house Co-Axial Caliber 8500 work-horse movement.
Thanks to its exclusive co-axial escapement and a free-sprung balance wheel, the COSC-certified chronometer movement provides the watch with an unrivaled (at least, in this price range) accuracy. Equipped with a pair of spring barrels that are mounted in series, the self-winding movement has an impressive power reserve of whole 60 hours: enough to leave the watch in a safe for the weekend.
As usual, the caliber is finely decorated with Geneva waves in arabesque motif, which is reserved exclusively for this gorgeous movement.
Just don’t attempt actually playing golf with this timekeeper.
The innovative co-axial escapement that this movement is known for its being simply too fragile to withstand severe shocks from hitting a ball. However, if you follow this advice and take good care of the timepiece and the mechanism that powers it, it will probably serve you for decades to come without giving you any sort of trouble. Also, with the sticker price it is coming with, this will probably be one of the best choices in the niche where you usually get a modified ETA 2824-2 if not one of its clones made by rival brands like Sellita and the likes. If you are into this sort of “tool-watch” styling, I simply can’t recommend this beast enough.
It is reported that the watch will go on sale next month at a recommended price of around $4600 USD when it is finally available in your corner of the world.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Golf (Ref. 188.8.131.52.01.001) specification
Movement: Automatic, Omega Co-Axial caliber 8500, two barrels, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 39
Movement frequency: 25,200 vph
Movement decoration: Bridges and the oscillating weight decorated with exclusive Geneva waves in arabesque
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 60 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 41.50 mm
Hour markers: 18-karat white gold, luminous
Water resistance: 150 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides