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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra ‘PyeongChang 2018’ Limited Edition Watch For 2018 Olympics

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 'PyeongChang 2018' Limited Edition Watch For 2018 Olympics Watch Releases

If there is one watch brand that can rightfully claim its podium in the Olympic Games, it is Omega. Since Omega’s debut as the first Olympic timekeeper in 1932 at the Los Angeles games, chosen to supply 30 stopwatches and a watchmaker to measure elapsed times, the Swiss brand has been a regular participant in the world’s most famous sporting event. To celebrate the two-year countdown to Omega’s participation in the next Winter Olympic games – beginning on February 9, 2018, in PyeongChang, South Korea – Omega has released the Seamaster Aqua Terra “PyeongChang 2018” Limited Edition.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 'PyeongChang 2018' Limited Edition Watch For 2018 Olympics Watch Releases

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 'PyeongChang 2018' Limited Edition Watch For 2018 Olympics Watch Releases

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Pyeonchang 2018 Limited Edition watch joins Omega’s Seamaster Aqua Terra family, renowned for its “teak concept” dials featuring vertical lines to evoke the wooden decking on a luxury boat. The Aqua Terra is one of the more versatile Seamaster models making the transition from dress watch to sports watch seamlessly. Take a look at the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial Watches (hands-on article here) to see what I’m getting at.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 'PyeongChang 2018' Limited Edition Watch For 2018 Olympics Watch Releases

The navy blue dial shows off the elegant vertical decking to great effect and provides a contrast to the powerful indices and the arrow-tipped minutes hand treated with luminescent material. To commemorate the upcoming Winter Games of 2018, the words “PYEONGCHANG 2018” have been inscribed on the flange using the five colors of the Olympic rings. What is quite remarkable is the fact that the numbers 20 and 18 of the year correspond exactly to the time on the minute track, a clever coincidence that will never occur again in our lifetime.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 'PyeongChang 2018' Limited Edition Watch For 2018 Olympics Watch Releases

Presented in a 41mm stainless steel case and bracelet, the surface alternates brushed and polished finishes. On the caseback, a sapphire crystal glass with the official Olympic logo reveals the Master Co-Axial 8500 movement. Although this is not one of Omega’s newly METAS-certified calibres (procedure described in this article), the COSC-certified movement is anti-magnetic to fields of up 15,000 gauss and water-resistant to 150 metres, in keeping with the collection’s origins as a dive watch.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 'PyeongChang 2018' Limited Edition Watch For 2018 Olympics Watch Releases

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “Pyeongchang 2018” Limited Edition will be produced in a series of 2,018 watches with the edition number engraved on the left side of the case and will be presented in a commemorative box with the logo of Pyeongchang 2018 and the traditional Olympic colors. Retail price is $6,400omega.com

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  • I love the AT in general — it’s probably my favorite Omega watch. A friend of mine at an Omega AD told me that when they have tough undecided customers who spend too long at the store, they just whip out the blue Aqua Terra for a quick sale. Otherwise they keep them out of plain view so that they can sell other models as well!

    • egznyc

      There is nothing wrong with the blue AT. But aside from a perfectly matched date wheel, I bet there are a lot of folks who just adore the black.

  • ZBT71

    Subtle marking on the face, nice!

  • Rob

    That’s lazy. Their Rio 2016 collection was more interesting.

  • cg

    Too subtle… Not a good promo balance between the watch brand and the event. What was this watch for is my first guess.

  • john coleman

    So clear. Love it.

  • sfbaydawg221

    They could have decorated the movement with the Olympic rings or the mascot.

  • Marius

    Ah, another Omega limited edition. It was high time for that! The last Omega limited edition was released a full 48 hours ago.
    The Omega limited edition designers appear to be the undefeated, heavyweight champions of ruining a perfectly good watch. Chapeau!

  • wallydog2

    It’s bad enough that Omega has prostituted itself to the Bond, James Bond franchise. Talk about self-inflicted mystique diminishment… Tacky.

    • Korz

      Omega has been a partner with the Olympics since 1932, and it’s not a paid placement, the IOC actually pays Omega.

  • So it’s $3,000 more than a standard Aqua Terra? For some acrylic paint? That’s gotta be MSRP; no one in their right mind would pay that price for this lazy attempt at a limited edition.

    • Korz

      The standard AT is $6000, so this is $400 more.

      • BNABOD

        sure if you like to get the shaft then yes 6000 is the price. if you look 20 seconds you will find them in the 3K range

        • Korz

          Yep, from a shitty grey market seller who is potentially selling you a watch without a serial number, and on top of that is a model from two years ago, and it’s still $3500+.

          Edit: you’re better off going used, frankly.

          • BNABOD

            plenty of reputable grey market sellers I won’t bother to list. go spend 6k or used I will spend 3 actually here I won’t spend any since I think this AT is poorly done. to each is own

          • egznyc

            Of course, some might prefer the model from two years ago – or even a little before – because it was even more sober (as one commenter noted of the watch in general) than the standard Aqua Terra of today. Just saying.

  • Ulysses31

    Although it would defeat the point, the special edition livery ruins the whole look. It looks cheap and tacked-on. It IS cheap and tacked on, except that it costs you more for something that cost them bugger all to implement. This watch used to look classy before a clown jizzed on it.

  • Chisholm Deupree

    Will Athletes be given these too as a commemorative gift ?

    • Marius

      No, the athletes will receive a Swatch 51.

  • Antjay

    One for the well heeled obsessive compulsive Omega fan boys , after they graduate from Pokemon !

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Very good review.
    As tro the Omega – cleverly and tastefully done. These will be much sought after commemorative items.

  • Der0

    I like the 2018 minute indicator bit in the watch. Blue dial I like also.

    The rest of it – commemorative parts of the event, I can leave it.

  • SuperStrapper

    Olympic watches in general are hardly noteworthy, but at least in 08 for the Beijing games omega put out that unique 5-register affair that at least had some real meaning aside from a few globs of paint. They have shit the bed with. Every Olympic watch since.

    OK, I kinda like the Torino chronograph. But just a little.

  • ranjix

    Never thought would say this, but if someone gave this to me as a gift, I would refuse it… And the blue Aqua Terra is pretty high on my list. Way to spoil a nice sober and elegant piece with some teletubbies barf.

  • funNactive

    Interesting placement for the Olympic name on the front. If I were to purchase a special edition watch & have the Olympic info in the front, I’d prefer the Olympic Rings on the dial.

  • BNABOD

    recipe: Add a modified chapter ring and gimmicky case back and double the price of the AT (if you go grey market). marketing: ok that makes sense let’s sell this puppy……….
    really …. this is just plain crazy to fall for this trick.

  • Mike Burdine

    Weird when the special edition is less appealing than the regular model.

    • Stephen Scharf

      Agreed. Like the SPECTRE version of the Seamaster 300.

  • Stephen Scharf

    Another in an unlimited series of limited editions by Omega. In three years, we’ll have the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition of the Speedmaster.