The Ryder Cup, a biennial tournament that pits Europe’s greatest golfers against those from America, is one of the biggest events in the sport of golf. In a sport that is as thoroughly individual as they come, it stands out for its ability to make teammates of rivals. Through a partnership with the PGA Tour of America, Omega is the official timekeeper of the Ryder Cup when it is played in the States, in addition to being the official watch chosen by the U.S. team.
In the lead up to the next Ryder Cup, which starts September 28 in France, Omega has released its official Ryder Cup watch in the form of specially branded 41mm Seamaster Aqua Terra. This is the Seamaster Aqua Terra that readers are likely already familiar with: It comes with a stainless steel case and a highly antimagnetic movement that has been certified as a Master Chronometer. But there are also some notable differences. The dial, strap, and caseback have gold accents. The end links of the strap, the Omega applied logo, and the central seconds hand are made from 18k gold, while the case back has a 24k gold rendering of the Ryder Cup logo applied to its surface. The watch comes in the presentation box pictured here, along with a Ryder Cup travel pouch and a stainless steel bracelet.
The Aqua Terra, like most of Omega’s entry level range that has been upgraded to include its Master Chronometer movements, is a fantastic watchmaking value. These Co-Axial calibers are among some of the most technologically advanced examples of mechanical watchmaking at scale that you are going to find anywhere. In its most basic form, this Aqua Terra model is $5,400 on a strap and $5,500 on a steel bracelet. When you consider that this watch, at $5,950, comes with both the strap (with end links upgraded from steel to 18k gold) and the bracelet, in addition to other accents that tie it to the Ryder Cup, this watch feels more like an honest olive branch to watch lovers who also love golf and less like your run-of-the-mill limited edition cash grab. The original Aqua Terra is a cool watch, and so is this guy.
Model: Seamaster Aqua Terra Ryder Cup
Reference Number: 220.127.116.11.02.004
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Silvery opaline
Indexes: Applied blue indexes
Lume: Yes, hands and indexes
Water Resistance: 150 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Structured rubber strap with 18k gold links to attach to the case, stainless steel bracelet
Caliber: Omega Caliber 8900
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power Reserve: 60 hours
Frequency: 3.5 Hz (25,200 vph)
METAS Master Chronometer Certified
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