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I so want to like to Aqua Terra. My personal opinion: It is such a beautiful line of watches... except for the indices.

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image source: https://www.omegawatches.com/en-us/...axial-master-chronometer-41-mm-22012412103001

Whenever I look at an AT, I can't help but seeing a lamprey:
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Or the Sarlacc pit from Star Wars:
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image source: https://www.therpf.com/forums/threads/star-wars-sarlacc-pit-diorama-model-project.230792/

Perhaps my brain is just so weird that this is where it goes to when seeing those inwardly-pointing indices. Anyone else have this issue?
 

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Anyone else have this issue?[/FONT]
I do now! Thanks :p

You could always go for one of the references with lozenge-shaped indices, like this:

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Sure, Omega calls this a "ladies" model, but it's 38mm and a Master Chronometer, and the styling isn't overly feminine.

Or you could go for the Seamaster Diver 300, which has several advantages over the Aqua Terra at the same price point.
 
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Can it look a little bit like teeth? I suppose, although I only ever really notice it when someone points it out. But the indices also do absolutely magical things with light, so I'll take the trade-off. I love the indices personally. The sawed-off hour hand was tougher for me to get over (although I got over that long ago as well).
 
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I do now! Thanks :p

You could always go for one of the references with lozenge-shaped indices, like this:

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Sure, Omega calls this a "ladies" model, but it's 38mm and a Master Chronometer, and the styling isn't overly feminine.

Or you could go for the Seamaster Diver 300, which has several advantages over the Aqua Terra at the same price point.
Yeah, my brain does see that as a feminine-looking watch. I think it's the design on the dial. But oh, so close.

The Seamaster 300 is on my radar, but there's something about the scalloping cuts on the bezel that looks a tad....too much.

Yeah, I'm keenly aware of how aware and detail-oriented I am. A blessing and a curse.


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Can it look a little bit like teeth? I suppose, although I only ever really notice it when someone points it out. But the indices also do absolutely magical things with light, so I'll take the trade-off. I love the indices personally. The sawed-off hour hand was tougher for me to get over (although I got over that long ago as well).
I've been thinking of ways to look at it differently. My eyes are drawn to the "positive" in the image. Perhaps I should focus on the "negative"--the spaces in between. In a way, it looks like comets or falling stars in the night sky, or the Red-Hot Chili Pepper's logo.

Either way, I'm both drawn to and revolted by it. A complex relationship with a watch may not be a bad thing in the end.

Lots to ponder in my swirly brain.


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Either way, I feel like I'm being eaten.


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That would be a spooky feeling.

On a serious note, the indices are amazing in my opinion. Have you had a chance to see an AT in person? If you do get the chance, try and look at one outside.. I find the lights in jewelry stores work well for diamonds but not for most watches.
 

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On a serious note, the indices are amazing in my opinion. Have you had a chance to see an AT in person?
I have not, but there's a boutique here in Seattle that I've been meaning to check out.



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The sawed-off hour hand was tougher for me to get over (although I got over that long ago as well).
That's a beef of mine with the Aqua Terra as well. Much prefer the fine point on the SM300.

The Seamaster 300 is on my radar, but there's something about the scalloping cuts on the bezel that looks a tad....too much.

Yeah, I'm keenly aware of how aware and detail-oriented I am. A blessing and a curse.
Nothing wrong with being detail-oriented! When you find the perfect design (or learn to love an imperfection or two) you'll be all the more satisfied. The scalloped bezel is one of the things I love about the SMP, but that's of course totally subjective. What I don't really like about this watch is the cut-off index at 6 below the date window. The dial layout would seem more harmonious without it, IMO, but in light of all the other strengths of the watch I've learned to overlook it.

I've been thinking of ways to look at it differently. My eyes are drawn to the "positive" in the image. Perhaps I should focus on the "negative"--the spaces in between.
What about a model with less contrast then? Like one of these:

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What's wrong with the indices? I think it makes the watch different from the rest of the Omega watches and it also gives it a very nice depth for the dial.

 

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What's wrong with the indices? I think it makes the watch different from the rest of the Omega watches and it also gives it a very nice depth for the dial.
When I look to tell time during my crazy days, I usually don't look at my watch at that angle and proximity. it's usually a quick flash when I realize I'm late for a meeting or whatever.


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Personally I love the indices. I have the grey dial/blue indices version and those indices really sparkle due to the way theyre cut. Its the indices that give it the AT character and sets it apart from the SMP etc. I understand why you want a simple easily readable dial though. I dont think the AT dial is particularly legible, especially the lume. Its the lume that really lets the AT down.
 

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I so want to like to Aqua Terra. My personal opinion: It is such a beautiful line of watches... except for the indices.

View attachment 14725193
image source: https://www.omegawatches.com/en-us/...axial-master-chronometer-41-mm-22012412103001

Whenever I look at an AT, I can't help but seeing a lamprey:
View attachment 14725197
image source:
https://www.wired.com/2014/07/absurd-creature-of-the-week-lamprey/

Or the Sarlacc pit from Star Wars:
View attachment 14725199
image source: https://www.therpf.com/forums/threads/star-wars-sarlacc-pit-diorama-model-project.230792/

Perhaps my brain is just so weird that this is where it goes to when seeing those inwardly-pointing indices. Anyone else have this issue?
It's a matter of perspective.

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Wow! Thanks guys. Now I cannot un-see this.
 
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