New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby SynMike » September 8th 2017, 4:35pm

Omega Aqua Terra Quartz 2517.50
Black Dial 39mm

I have wanted this older model for a long time as a basic business watch. I had the silver dial with co-axial movement 7 or 8 years ago. But I wanted the black dial. I also wanted this Omega quartz movement for business travel. With crown half way out you can adjust only the hour hand in 1 hour increments. When you adjust the hour hand past midnight either forward or backward the date changes up or down to match. It is perfect for travel across multiple time zones.

It's 39mm but looks a bit bigger to my eyes. The model I had before was 42mm and I think this is a little better fit for my taste in such a simple style.

No box or spare links but the price was right so I can live without them. It needs some polishing and brushing. Only one very minor ding in a lug that will never come out. I think I'll get it looking new otherwise. I think I'll keep it for many years so not having those for resale is a nonissue. Plus I bought it from a guy with many more and it seems he likes to flip so maybe a source for more later. If I just add a Speedmaster Pro my Omega collection will be complete.

iPhone picture. I'll get better pictures in the light tent in the near future.

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Oh and while I am posting here is the other model that I used to own.

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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby biglove » September 8th 2017, 5:12pm

Fantastic addition to the collection.

You wouldn't want to share the seller's info, eh?
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby artman » September 8th 2017, 5:18pm

Nice pickup Syn. That's gotta be the most soulful quartz I've ever seen.
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » September 8th 2017, 5:32pm

Lovely ATs, both of them. It certainly appears fairly big (visually- ""lyre lugs" Omegas have fairly short lug-to-lug distance), probably due to well-proportioned dial features, a not particularly wide bezel, and rather sleek hands.

As to the movement, guess Omega made the quickset hour hand something of a speciality of theirs... It's also a feature of the cal. 8500 and its further derivatives, but there, it comes at the expense of the date quickset (likely because it would make the keyless works excessively complicated, if they'd have added the date quickset function)- date is advanced by moving the hour hand 24h forward, which is almost a throwback to the early semi-quickset Omega movements (date set by changing 21-24h).
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby foghorn » September 8th 2017, 5:39pm

Perfect size for a perfect watch.


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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby jaw » September 8th 2017, 5:50pm

Love the simplicity of that one. Makes me want to reconsider the '57 Trilogy Railmaster.
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby Racer-X » September 8th 2017, 5:52pm

Yep, black dial is the one for me. Really nice Mike.
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby tiktok » September 8th 2017, 6:11pm

I have the same color and size in auto. Most comfortable bracelet out there, enjoy.
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby SaoGage » September 8th 2017, 6:23pm

Beautiful watch, congrats!
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby ocean » September 8th 2017, 6:56pm

Nice!
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby bedlam » September 8th 2017, 7:01pm

The AT is the business
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby conjurer » September 8th 2017, 7:19pm

This is the perfect watch!!
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby TemerityB » September 8th 2017, 8:22pm

Man, this place is goin' AT crazy.

Who can blame ya?
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby SynMike » September 8th 2017, 9:48pm

Thanks for all the kind comments, even accepting that its quartz. ;-)
No quick date set. You have to wind forward 24 hours at the end of short months. But that is just clicking the hour hand forward only - pretty fast anyway.

:-( So I decided to try washing the watch, get grunge off the back and out of the bracelet. I knew I was taking a bit of a chance on an 8 year old watch and I went relatively easy on the amount of water. ...

Well, it is clearly nowhere near 150m water resistant. Mist on the inside of the crystal. So I have the back off, battery out and it is sitting on our dehumidifier to dry for the weekend. I guess I will get my repair guy to put in new seals some time in the near future.
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby Mortuus » September 9th 2017, 12:39am

conjurer wrote:This is the perfect watch!!

Yup...but 'cepting that it's a quarts wartch, accourse. :oops:
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » September 9th 2017, 4:57am

SynMike wrote::-( So I decided to try washing the watch, get grunge off the back and out of the bracelet. I knew I was taking a bit of a chance on an 8 year old watch and I went relatively easy on the amount of water. ...

Well, it is clearly nowhere near 150m water resistant. Mist on the inside of the crystal. So I have the back off, battery out and it is sitting on our dehumidifier to dry for the weekend. I guess I will get my repair guy to put in new seals some time in the near future.


Crown not screwed down properly, or a gasket issue...
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby svaglic » September 9th 2017, 6:38am

Too bad about the seal, good thing you found out about it early though. That watch is nice looking, really nice looking. I'm glad you found what you were looking for.
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby Rusty » September 9th 2017, 8:09am

YUP! Congrats and enjoy.
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby conjurer » September 9th 2017, 8:13am

MKTheVintageBloke wrote:
SynMike wrote::-( So I decided to try washing the watch, get grunge off the back and out of the bracelet. I knew I was taking a bit of a chance on an 8 year old watch and I went relatively easy on the amount of water. ...

Well, it is clearly nowhere near 150m water resistant. Mist on the inside of the crystal. So I have the back off, battery out and it is sitting on our dehumidifier to dry for the weekend. I guess I will get my repair guy to put in new seals some time in the near future.


Crown not screwed down properly, or a gasket issue...


Probably. Or a previous owner tried to do his own battery change at some point, or something like that.

Back in my early days of the hobby, I met up with another WIS for coffee and he had on a very pretty TAG dive watch; he was one of those guys who liked putzing around with his mechanical watches, cracking the back and trying to adjust 'em, to get the best accuracy. I asked if he knew what he was doing, at least in terms of resealing the watch after he was done fucking with it; he said, not really, but I'm not diving with it, and I'll probably end up selling it soon, anyway. He was actually a pretty good guy, and I'm pretty sure if and when he sold it he would add a caveat about the gaskets needing to be checked, but there are plenty of guys out there who probably wouldn't.

So, it's a good practice not to trust the WR of a pre-owned watch.
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Re: New Arrival: Omega Aqua Terra

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » September 9th 2017, 12:16pm

conjurer wrote:
MKTheVintageBloke wrote:
SynMike wrote::-( So I decided to try washing the watch, get grunge off the back and out of the bracelet. I knew I was taking a bit of a chance on an 8 year old watch and I went relatively easy on the amount of water. ...

Well, it is clearly nowhere near 150m water resistant. Mist on the inside of the crystal. So I have the back off, battery out and it is sitting on our dehumidifier to dry for the weekend. I guess I will get my repair guy to put in new seals some time in the near future.


Crown not screwed down properly, or a gasket issue...


Probably. Or a previous owner tried to do his own battery change at some point, or something like that.

Back in my early days of the hobby, I met up with another WIS for coffee and he had on a very pretty TAG dive watch; he was one of those guys who liked putzing around with his mechanical watches, cracking the back and trying to adjust 'em, to get the best accuracy. I asked if he knew what he was doing, at least in terms of resealing the watch after he was done fucking with it; he said, not really, but I'm not diving with it, and I'll probably end up selling it soon, anyway. He was actually a pretty good guy, and I'm pretty sure if and when he sold it he would add a caveat about the gaskets needing to be checked, but there are plenty of guys out there who probably wouldn't.

So, it's a good practice not to trust the WR of a pre-owned watch.

For that matter, it's better not to trust claims of a recent service either, unless a receipt for it is included.

And indeed, it's best to have a pre-owned watch inspected after purchase - it's only a matter of a simple pressure test, which takes only a few minutes.

Could be an old gasket - most manufacturers recommend pressure testing every 1-2 years, and if there be a need, replacing the gaskets - or indeed someone could have had it misplaced or damaged while changing the battery on their own. Could also be a faulty gasket (flawed batches of parts happen...), the Omega forum on WUS has seen more than a few cases, where even brand new Planet Oceans and SMPs have leaked.
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