It is not too late to get to the topic. I always think that the Omega Seahorse Aqua Terra (ie, the Hippocampus AT) is the most worthy watch for Omega. Although, from the perspective of the status and irreplaceability of the watch, if I only choose one Omega, I would not hesitate to choose the Omega manual moon landing supercar. However, from the perspective of many enthusiasts and players, the hippocampus AT is undoubtedly the best choice for daily life. Omega Seahorse AT has a convincing brand position; reasonable price; easy to identify appearance; luxurious decoration and workmanship; good technical configuration. In all aspects, it has reached the best level in the price range it belongs to. Among them, the special models of ‘water ripples’ and ‘007’ show a sense of luxury that exceeds the same price and the same level of watches.
The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra ‘007’ version has a luxury feel that exceeds the price of watches of the same price.
As we all know, among the major mainstream brands, Omega is faster than the new generation. We know that in the car, the basic model is changed every three years and six years, and every year, small changes are made every year. The update of watches is usually very slow. Like Rolex, updating a ceramic ring, the update process on each series will take several years. In contrast, as soon as Omega has new technological achievements, it will immediately apply and launch a new generation of watches. The rapid change of models keeps Omega at the forefront of the horological world. There is no doubt that the technical density of the Omega Co-Axial movement is very high. If you only talk about the technical content of watches, no watch in production watches can exceed Omega. The only problem is that the rapid change of old and new will accelerate the decline of the value of old models.
According to the current news, the Omega Sea Horse Aqua Terra has been remodeled again this year, and the 2017 version of the Sea Horse Aqua Terra has been launched. Although the 2017 version of the hippocampus AT has not yet appeared on Omega’s official website, it is expected to be public soon. At that time, there will be three generations of hippocampal ATs on the market at the same time, namely the hippocampus AT using the 8500 movement; the hippocampus AT using the coaxial coaxial movement; the 2017 new version of the hippocampus AT. What I want to do today is to show you these three generations of hippocampal ATs, and how to choose between them.
First of all, let’s take a look at the Aqua Terra (non-universal coaxial) of the hippocampus using the 8500 movement.
Although using the 8500 movement (non-Zhengzheng coaxial version) of the hippocampus Aqua Terra is not a model in the store, but there are still a large number of circulation, the price is lower.
The current situation is that the Seahorse AT using the 8500 movement is no longer sold in Omega stores. At present, the Seahorse AT sold in Omega stores are all coaxial models. However, in the market and in the private sector, there are still a large number of 8500 caliber hippocampus ATs for sale. Since it is no longer available in specialty stores, the price of the Calibre 8500 Haima AT has fallen. Interested players can follow. The method of distinguishing the 8500 Hippocampus AT from the Zhizheng coaxial movement Haima AT is very simple. The 8500 Haima writes CO-AXIAL on the disk, and the Zhizheng coaxial movement Haima writes MASTER CO-AXIAL. In addition, there is a very intuitive method. See if there is a ‘frame’ in the calendar. With the metal frame of the frame is the 8500 hippocampus AT, and without the metal frame of the frame is the ultimate coaxial movement hippocampus AT.
Note the 3 o’clock calendar window, the 8500 movement (non-Zheng coaxial) version features a calendar window with a metal frame.
The biggest difference between the 8500 Hippocampus AT and the True Coaxial Hippocampus AT is that the 8500 Hippocampus AT does not have a 15,000 Gaussian antimagnetic capability. In this regard, I don’t think it is a big problem. We know that the 8500 movement also uses silicon hairsprings. The biggest feature of silicon hairsprings is anti-magnetic. Even if the antimagnetic ability of the 8500 cannot reach 15,000 Gauss, there is always no problem in coping with daily life. I am very clear that the actual antimagnetic ability of the Omega Co-Axial movement can reach 70,000 Gauss, and it has undergone nuclear magnetic resonance experiments and neodymium magnet experiments. But in our daily life, no one will put the watch into the MRI machine all day long, and no one will hold the neodymium magnet every day. At present, I feel that the price of the 8500 hippocampus AT has bottomed out (the price of the belt model will be more ‘attractive’). For many players, I think it is a good choice.
The next step is the Aqua Terra, the coaxial coaxial seahorse currently sold by Omega.
At present, the Omega Co-Originated Seamaster Aqua Terra, 15,000 Gauss antimagnetic.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, I think the Aquamarine Sea Terra Aqua Terra, which is currently on sale, is a very good watch. While improving the appearance slightly, it has increased the anti-magnetic ability of 15000 Gauss. What impressed me that year was that someone said, ‘Hippocampus took off his glasses’ (referring to removing the frame of the calendar window). For the current Omega 15,000 Gauss antimagnetic, I have a two-pronged attitude. Omega’s 15,000 Gaussian coaxial anti-magnetic movement is the highest level of anti-magnetic in the watch industry. This first deserves its name because it has undergone various experiments. The more than 40,000 yuan Coaxial Omega Seahorse AT has a magnetic resistance of 15,000 Gauss. We look at other luxury brands’ watches. At this price, we still use general movements such as ETA and Celita. . Omega has even eliminated some of the traditional advantages of Rolex with its ‘unbeatable’ technological advantage. Because 15000 Gauss can bring us a strong persuasion and confidence.
The actual effect of the ‘Water Ripple’ disc surface is very luxurious, which enhances the sense of luxury of the watch.
On the other hand, I also don’t want people to fall into ‘tech worship’. Because watches are not something that plays a decisive role in technology. From an extreme point of view, the 15,000 Gaussian coaxial magnetic movement is the highest in the world, stronger than Rolex and Patek Philippe. But this does not prevent us from buying other watches. The advantage of Zhizheng coaxial hippocampus AT is that it achieves the perfect balance of brand, recognition, luxury, technical characteristics and price. Apart from personal aesthetic preferences, I can’t even find the short board of this watch. If you can accept the Omega brand, can accept the appearance of the hippocampus AT, Zhizheng coaxial hippocampus AT is definitely the best choice in the same price watch.
Although it has not yet appeared in the store, the 2017 version of the seahorse Aqua Terra is coming.
Omega presented the 2017 new version of the Sea Horse Aqua Terra at the Basel Show this year. Although there is no news in the country at present, it should come sooner or later, so I will show you the new 2017 version of the Sea Horse in advance, compared to the previous Version, the 2017 version of the hippocampus does change a lot.
Omega 2017 Sea Horse Aqua Terra.
The 2017 version of the hippocampus AT is slightly resized. The new case size is 41mm. The previous hippocampus AT is 41.5mm, which is slightly smaller. The 2017 version of the hippocampus has modified the case shape. We can see that the case of the 2017 version of the hippocampus tends to be a ‘small abalone’ case. The case is thicker than the previous hippocampus. Of course, this shell shape was also used immediately in the Omega antique sea. One small detail you may overlook. The crown of the 2017 version of the hippocampus has also been slightly modified, and the new crown has become tapered. The 2017 edition of the hippocampus has changed significantly. First, the calendar window changed from the usual 3 o’clock position of the hippocampus to the 6 o’clock position. Open the window at 6 o’clock, and the panel will look much more balanced. Furthermore, the “Yacht Deck” stripes used by Omega for a long time were decorated with vertical stripes before, and the 2017 version of the seahorse AT was changed to horizontal stripes. Another detail change of the plate is that Omega changed the wording above the 6 o’clock position on the plate from 3 lines to 2 lines, eliminating the previous ‘150m / 500ft’ waterproof wording on the hippocampus AT. The 2017 version of the hippocampus has only two lines: MASTER CO-AXIAL and CHRONOMETER.
Note that the ‘small abalone’ shell shape and calendar window of the 2017 version of the hippocampus AT change, while the ‘yacht deck’ stripes on the watch face are horizontal.
In terms of movement, the 2017 version of the hippocampus AT has not changed, and it is still the same as the previous coaxial movement. It can also be seen from this point that the evolution of Omega from the 8500 to the Zhizheng coaxial movement has been completed. The Co-Axial movement currently in use has been perfected and no improvement is needed.
The 2017 version of the Omega Seamaster AT also uses the Co-Axial movement, with 15,000 Gauss antimagnetic capabilities.
In the face of three generations of hippocampal ATs, the only consideration is ‘money’.
The three generations of the hippocampus AT I think are all very good watches. The only thing you need to consider is ‘money’. More money can buy the new version of Zhizheng coaxial, less money can buy the 8500 version. The difference between the disk surface and the shell shape depends on your preferences. There is no essential difference between the 8500 and Zhizheng coaxial on the movement. I can’t use Rolex’s 1000 Gauss, let alone 15,000 Gauss. Omega Seahorse AT has developed to the point where it is today. It has been perfected in all aspects. There are no shortcomings. Omega’s own brand influence is also sufficient, so it depends on your wallet.