We were in Geneva yesterday to discover a watch that may make some noise in the global watchmaking landscape. OMEGA has announced (and proved) the launch of a watch resistant to magnetic fields greater than 1.5 Tesla (15,000 gauss), far exceeding the levels of magnetic resistance achieved by any previous watches (Rolex Milgauss, IWC Ingénieur…). A problem that has challenged watchmakers for centuries, now solved with this new OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss “anti-magnetic” watch.
Omega engineers have indeed developed a technology that gave birth to the first prototype of the movement Co-Axial caliber 8508 put into the heart of the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra.
Unlike other efforts to fight against the effects of magnetism, OMEGA movement is not based on a protective case inside the watch, but on the use of some non-ferrous materials in the movement itself. Several patents (7 so far) are in fact pending registration for this new movement.
It is true that magnetism has always been a problem for watchmakers, especially as the magnets are increasingly present in our daily lives: new technologies, refrigerators, handbags with magnetic closure, computers… Some people can not even wear any watches because their body naturally releases a magnetic current (true story!).
Overall, 15% of timepieces return to VAS due to disorders related to that problem. Watchmakers must then demagnetize the watch whose performance has been compromised by a too high exposure to magnetic fields (standard current resistance is 60 Gauss) before adjusting it again.
No problem anymore with this first OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss Antimagnetic!
We had a “live” demonstration thanks to the brand’s engineers who positioned 3 magnets on three different watches (Quartz + Mechanical). Guess what? 2 out of 3 stopped, only the Aqua Terra 15.000 Gauss prototype continued to work without any mechanical problems.
It’s true that the question of magnetism has already been treated over time, for example with the use of internal cases to limit its effects. But this approach has its limits: the resistance is not effective against permanent magnets and, from an aesthetic point of view, this type of cases does not allow the owners to admire the movement of the watch on its back…
Well this future OMEGA Aqua Terra 15,000 Gauss will not only withstand levels of ultra-high magnetism (probably more than 15,000 Gauss) without affecting the accuracy of the movement but its caliber will actually be visible through a glass on the back of the watch.
Final model will be presented at Baselworld this year in April and will be available in October at a price of 5,900 CHF ($ 6,300).
Here it is for this little present of the end of the week. You are among the first to discover this world premiere by Omega!