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I may be in the minority but I actually prefer the lack of frame. I have had both versions.
I have both versions and I agree. I'm actually in the process of selling my 8500 w/ the date window, and am keeping my version w/o it, because of my preference.
 

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There's still a pattern on the dial. Three smaller "planks" make up a larger "plank". It's very apparent in the Sedna Aqua Terra I posted earlier as opposed to the renders. The smaller ones are shallow grooves, the larger ones are deeper.

I think it will look excellent, personally. I can't wait to see the silver dial, blue index on bracelet, in person:



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It looks confused.
 

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I just think the new ATs look dull and uninteresting ..

Man, I wish I still had my Skyfall AT8500 right about now.

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I found this on IG:



I think this will be the new classic Aqua Terra. This and the black dial model look quite amazing, and the white dial/black index/orange second hand looks great as a sportier AT.

Edit: I should note, that's a perfectly matched date wheel, if it doesn't come across in the pic. Grey disk, blue numeral.
Ok, this is closer. Like the hour markers and hands but those horizontal stripes will still take some major getting-used-to...
 

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Ok, this is closer. Like the hour markers and hands but those horizontal stripes will still take some major getting-used-to...
I think it also depends on the lighting. I personally thought the blue dial was going to be awful until I saw this shot:



Same guy also shot the white dial, which I think is my new fav:



They're growing on me. I am starting to really appreciate the new case shape and dial. Not sure about the crown, but I think these will be a test of "in the metal". We all know pictures of Omega watches are all crap anyway.

They all look better in person.

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I'm very pleased to have my 8500MC (PCLs, no date frame), and this version makes me feel all the better about this purchase! I much prefer the date at 3, and the vertical stripes, in particular.

However, I bet we all start to get used to, and warm up to, this version, and it'll have its ardent fans who are upset that the NEXT version "ruins" the design of the watch. The white dial with dark markers and orange second hand is a beauty, and I think I actually like the more symmetrical case design.

There's also more here that's the same than its different, so I feel we may be overreacting a little, even if the changes on the whole aren't improvements.

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Wow, that's seriously ugly, I didn't think it was that bad until I saw that shot - looks like a cheap $2 roller door.
Which is why it has heretofore been dubbed the AT Shortfall with "garage door" dial. :-d
 
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I'm very pleased to have my 8500MC (PCLs, no date frame), and this version makes me feel all the better about this purchase! I much prefer the date at 3, and the vertical stripes, in particular.

However, I bet we all start to get used to, and warm up to, this version, and it'll have its ardent fans who are upset that the NEXT version "ruins" the design of the watch. The white dial with dark markers and orange second hand is a beauty, and I think I actually like the more symmetrical case design.

There's also more here that's the same than its different, so I feel we may be overreacting a little, even if the changes on the whole aren't improvements.

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It's almost like we went through this a few years ago when the second gen Aqua Terra was introduced...

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Keep saying they are ugly and that you're not buying it. It will hopefully help the price discount at GDs and help me get one ;-)
 
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Here's my thoughts on all the changes:

Horizontal teak concept: Big miss. Yuk!
Symmetrical case without crown guards: Neutral. I think it works really well on the non-LE Railmanster.
Repositioned date aperture: Winner! It's not just that they moved it to a better location. Look closely, and you'll see that they've added beveled edges. This to me is the best of both worlds. I like the framed opening, though not quite as much as this. But I loath the next version, which looks unfinished, almost like someone punched a raw hole out of the dial on an aftermarket basis.
 

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not a fan of the horizontal lines, but im not sure if i was a fan of the vertical either.

But you cant go wrong with a slimmer case. The AT always seemed so bulky to me for what it is.
 

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But you cant go wrong with a slimmer case. The AT always seemed so bulky to me for what it is.
Indeed. The AT case height is 13mm. The case height of the JLC Master Chronograph is 12.6mm. A chrono case thinner than a three-hander!

P.S.-I'm sure someone will "explain" that to me as being the difference between the 50m WR rating of the JLC and the 150m WR rating of the AT, to which I retort: "Bull hockey!" A 50m WR rating meets all of my everyday needs, including swimming and snorkeling. And I know that JLC takes their WR rating very seriously ... it is part of their vaunted "1000 hours" of testing. Plus my watchmaker confirmed that my JLC Hometime was indeed WR to 50m. Any watch I buy is tested before getting wet, but I'd never worry about taking a 50m-rated JLC into the water post-testing.
 

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Indeed. The AT case height is 13mm. The case height of the JLC Master Chronograph is 12.6mm. A chrono case thinner than a three-hander!

P.S.-I'm sure someone will "explain" that to me as being the difference between the 50m WR rating of the JLC and the 150m WR rating of the AT, to which I retort: "Bull hockey!" A 50m WR rating meets all of my everyday needs, including swimming and snorkeling. And I know that JLC takes their WR rating very seriously ... it is part of their vaunted "1000 hours" of testing. Plus my watchmaker confirmed that my JLC Hometime was indeed WR to 50m. Any watch I buy is tested before getting wet, but I'd never worry about taking a 50m-rated JLC into the water post-testing.
Based on my experiences with JLCs, their 1000 hour testing isn't that great. Still get tons of rotor noise, their watches aren't very accurate, and their finish is a little meh until you get into the higher complications. Lots of stamped and transferred dials, brass, etc.

Then again knowing your preferences, stick with JLC. It'll keep you from whining about Omega for a couple days (maybe).

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I have always found the Aqua Terra line interesting. I did not like the way they put the date on the 3 position, though. Something just didn't seem right. Then I happened upon the day/date version and thought it was perfect for me. I like the symmetry and balance of the watch. The day on top and the date on bottom. I especially like the small marker at the 6 position. I think that is what I felt was missing from the ones with the date at the 3 position. I do wish the hands were a bit bigger and with more lume.

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