Just this week, leading Swiss watchmaker Omega dropped its first new releases for 2022. The new collections certainly didn’t disappoint, with the inclusion of a refresh to the Speedmaster ’57 as well as new dive-centric Planet Ocean timepieces that build on the Ultra Deep dive watch from 2019.

But what piqued the interest of the ICON team – and the wider watch community – was the timely update to the Aqua Terra collection, specifically, a host of new colourways (ten to be exact) to its under 40mm collection for men and women.

Released to coincide with its 20th anniversary, the Aqua Terra was first created as the everyday-wear alternative to some of Omega’s more tool-driven timepieces, such as the Speedmaster and Seamaster Diver collections. Perhaps best representing what the Datejust and Oyster Perpetual collections are to Rolex, the Aqua Terra was an immediate hit thanks to its versatile appeal, mid-size appearance and all-occasion disposition.

A low-profile watch, through and through, it was never a flashy release… until now.

Now, whether you think Omega is a little late to the colour party (Rolex successfully initiated project colour with its wildly popular Oyster Perpetual collection back in 2020 that you still can’t get your hands on) or whether it’s an innovative play into an obvious hot spot of the watch market right now, we’ll let you decide.

Omega Aqua Terra

What’s new

The Aqua Terra introduces a total of 10 new dial colour variants to its offerings; five stainless-steel options in the 34mm case size, and five in the 38mm case size. To achieve the unique colour dials, Omega makes mention that this is the result of an individual vapor deposition process, either chemical (CVD) or physical (PVD).

The 38mm variant colourways include Bay Green, Atlantic Blue, Saffron, Terracotta and Sandstone, with the 34mm options including Sea Blue, Sandstone, Lagoon Green, Shell Pink and Lavender.

The all-new Aqua Terra models rely on Omega’s flagship self-winding caliber 8800; certified by METAS as a Master Chronometer and offering up to 55 hours of power reserve, as well as a date aperture at six o’clock. The Aqua Terra 38mm also features a screw-down crown and both models feature up to 150 meters of water resistance.

The Aqua Terra is presented on a polished and brushed steel bracelet with beautifully rounded links, and overall, is just a lovely timepiece to look at; it’s not overly flashy but it certainly has something to catch the eye.

Omega Aqua Terra

The breakdown

Model: Seamaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Aqua Terra
Diameter: 38mm; 34mm
Thickness: 13.2mm; 12mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Movement – Caliber 8800
Power Reserve: 55 hours
Winding: Automatic
Dial Colours: 38mm: Saffron, Terracotta, Sandstone, Atlantic Blue, Bay Green; 34mm: Sea Blue, Lagoon Green, Sandstone, Shell Pink, Lavender
Lume: Super-LumiNova
Water Resistance: 150 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Three-link stainless steel bracelet, polished and brushed

The Omega Aqua Terra is available via Omega and Omega Authorised Dealers with a starting prince of $8,750