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I was browsing Jomashop, admiring some Omega Aqua Terras; a watch that I have been lusting after for a long time and may be in a position to consider purchasing in the (hopefully) not too distant future. I was looking at the different models, particularly in the smaller diameters, and came across the model that catches my attention every single time I see it - ref. 23110392154001. It has several features that I love: 38.5mm diameter (perfect for my 6.75" wrists), with a white (not silver) dial, with black hands and hour markers that contrast nicely and look like they would provide excellent legibility. There is a problem, though, that isn't usually too obvious at the first glance of a small thumbnail, but when you expand the image and see it - diamonds. I have never been an advocate of diamonds on men's watches (nor am I a fan of blinginess in general, for that matter), and I sincerely wish that this model came in a sans-diamond version, but it just doesn't (please, please, correct me if I'm wrong). My question: assuming that your taste is somewhat similar to mine and that you generally stray away from too much bling and flash in your watch choices, do you think that these small diamonds inside the hour markers are subtle enough that they don't scream "hey, look at me, my diamond-studded watch is so luxurious and expensive and better than yours"? Or would they ruin the watch for you?

 

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I thought diamonds are women's best friends, no? :-d

btw, i did noticed blinging markers at a glance, i'm sure that would be more visible on an actual watch, so unless you can dig them out, it's a no go for me...;-)
 

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38.5mm diameter - great.
White dial - great, especially with the red Seamaster writing.
Diamonds are usually a no-go for me although the way they are used on the AP Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James creation is really nice.
I have to say though that they do look nice on this Aqua Terra and it certainly would not put me off buying it. I too love the Aqua Terra and hope to get one soon
Good luck with your decision.
 

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What if a diamond falls and rolls around the dial ?
 
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Eh, it looks fine to me. I suspect that in person those diamonds are too small to be anything but a shiny dot on the dial. Even if they're not, that's a pretty sporty watch in general -- no one's going to think it looks feminine because each marker has a teeny-tiny jeweled bit on it.
 

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Really love the watch, but the diamonds are a no go for me. And it's not a masculinity thing, I really don't think they look good in general on watches. But you know if that's the one you want and can afford it, then go for it. Everyone has different tastes.

Also it's worth remembering that the Aqua Terra is a lineup in transition, as the new Master Coaxial (8508) has been put into several models already but not this one--so even if you decide to get this one, might be worth waiting for the new movement.
 

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Thanks for the opinions so far. I wish there were more pictures/videos available of this watch, I would like to get a better idea of how it looks in person.

What if a diamond falls and rolls around the dial ?
If it were a $50 fashion watch with rhinestones glued on the dial, that might be a concern, but on a modern Omega? Obviously no watch manufacturer is without the occasional quality control issue, and I wouldn't be surprised to hear about an isolated occasion where that has happened, but I would assume that on most watches at this price point, the diamonds would be secured to the dial just about as firmly as the hour markers themselves - how often do they fall off and bounce around?
 

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Also it's worth remembering that the Aqua Terra is a lineup in transition, as the new Master Coaxial (8508) has been put into several models already but not this one--so even if you decide to get this one, might be worth waiting for the new movement.
That's a very good point. Hopefully they continue to make the AT in the 38.5mm size once it is equipped with the new movement; last time they changed movements (from the 2500 to the 8500), they phased out what was the smallest case diameter at that time (36mm), and as the trend toward larger watches continues, I wouldn't be completely surprised to see the current smaller size discontinued.
 

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If it would make you uncomfortable that people may notice diamonds on your watch bezel then you best stay clear, I find that although most people don't notice the watch one wears, gold, diamonds and fancy colours attract the eye the most.

But if I really like a watch then that wouldn't bother me. That said, I wouldn't really like a watch if it had a feature I didn't like. And you shoudn't spend so much on a watch if there's something about it that you're not happy about.
 

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Negative ghostrider. The polished case is quite enough sparkles for me. Keep looking, the right one is out there waiting for you and you'll know it when find it.
 

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To be honest, I don't think the diamonds are emphasized enough. If a regular guy's going to wear diamonds it's because they're looking for that extra bit of flash...stepping out from the usual expectations to live a little larger than usual. In moderation I'm all for this, but the numerous and small diamonds on this watch are neither here nor there. To me it's more of a Cubic zirconia effect then a bold statement. I prefer something like this:

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Heck, once I get my watches completely sorted out and if I can come up with an excess of discretionary income, I may buy it.
 

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It doesn't flip my pancakes, but on the right guy, sure why not? It's certainly less showy than a gold Rolex. The white looks great on that dial.

YMMV where you live, but where I live I see plenty of polished center links and super-showy faces on watches being worn by people of all ages, so it's nothing overboard.

You're going to get plenty of 'eww, diamonds' haters jumping in, but are they in your physical space? Will they ever see them in person?
 

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Now you are talking.

Seriously, since the dial is white and the diamonds (not a fan of either) are on the small side, it looks nice enough to me.

If the dial were black, that is another story.
 

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For me it would be a deal killer, no doubt. It's beautiful otherwise--pity.
Agreed,

BTW, you may want to do a search over on /f20; 1 of the members there has one.
 
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