Now the full story… The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra antimagnetic wristwatch

Earlier today Omega presented their first antimagnetic watch. It is a Seamaster Aqua Terra model equipped with the new calibre 8508. Instead of using an inner soft iron case Omega developed a movement based on antimagnetic components…

Everyone knows that we are surrounded by magnetic fields and that they get more and stronger almost every year. Let’s just take the iPad I am writing the article with. Around ten magnets are built in the iPad to assist the original Apple-iPad-cover to operate correctly. If you use that cover another 20 magnets are added and the whole iPad turns into a huge source of magnetism. That filed is so strong that the iPad can be pinned on a fridge…

But not only the iPad is a source of magnetic fields… Take the magnets in handbags, in a cell phone, in a loudspeaker, keyless access, the little motor that opens and closes your hotel safe, some toys of your kids and so on. Magnetic fields are everywhere…

If a mechanical watch gets magnetised the magnetic field has a severe influence on the accuracy of it. Not only the escapement and its hairspring is harmed but also various other components are more and more charged with magnetic fields and they then start to attract or reject themselves. Anyway these forces influence the movement and it starts to loose its accuracy. If the watch is not protected, and most of our wristwatches are not, the watch needs to be demagnetised professionally from a watchmaker.

Some watches offer an inner soft iron case to protect the movement. It acts like a Faraday cage by diverting the magnetic fields. This kind of protecting is limited to around 1000 Gauss and then no longer works properly. So the movement itself is the appropriate source to be protected in the end. And this is exactly what Omega did.

Nine patents protect the various inventions of the new calibre 8508. The range is huge, to resume Omega told us today it is a combination of various antimagnetic materials used to build the new movement. Omega would not tell us all the details yet, since there are up to five different ways the job can be done.

In the moment 40 prototypes are being tested. In a couple of weeks Omega then will decide which movement will go into serial production. As we learned today from the specialists of Omega, Nivarox, Asulab and ETA several ways lead to the goal. But only the best one will be chosen, since Omega will guarantee the new absolute top quality standard with this new development.

The final product with a protection of at least 15.000 Gauss will then come on the markets in October 2013. Why at least? Omega simply does not have the possibility to test the watch with stronger magnetic fields.

Today we saw several almost market ready Omega Seamster models. All of them where functioning correctly and resist strong magnetic fields. I could film for you a test that we made with a more than 5000 Gauss strong magnet. The watch did not show any problems while under the influence of a source of more than 5000 Gauss. Parallel to this Omega showed us a punch of other watches that would immediately stop when influenced by even less strong magnetic fields than the 5000 Gauss. Even small magnets, such as your kids might use to play with, easily stopped these normal watches.

The big magnet you will see in the video was the one with a strength of more than 5000 Gauss. This is five times stronger than the magnetic protection of a Rolex “Milgauss” or a IWC “Ingenieur”…

Milgauss mean 1000 Gauss and Mil Gauss correspond to 80.000 A/m…

Now this is the real sensation of that new development: Omega will step by step integrate this magnetic protection to ALL it’s own movements. It will take some time but in a couple of years magnetism is no more issue for an Omega wristwatch. This will not be an exclusive limited series; this will be industrialised technology available to ALL Omega watches.

If you now think you can not afford such a watch, then let me tell you that the new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra will only cost 5900.- CHF including a taxes!!!!! This is a sensation!!!!! You get an in-house movement done in best quality, officially certified as a chronometer by COSC and the movement is antimagnetic. So when you think what other watches offer for this price you’d better think twice before buying a watch in the near future.

 

THIS IS A SENSATION, Ladies and Gentlemen!!!!

 

Now please enjoy the interview with Jean-Claude Monachon, Omega VP and head of product development and PLEASE listen carefully what role I personally played in the development of this new movement and antimagnetic technology…

 

 

 

These videos show what happened when we “stressed” the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra antimagnetic with a magnet with a strength of 5000 Gauss…

 

The first video shows how we measured the magnetic strength of the magnet…

 

The second video shows that 5000 Gauss had NO influence on the watch…

 

And to finish my reportage please enjoy my photographs of the masterminds behind the watch and the new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra antimagnetic.

To enlarge the photographs I took today please click on them…

 

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From left to right at the press conference we saw …

Thierry Conus, Head of Research & Development ETA, Raynald Aeschlimann, Vice President Omega Head & International Sales Director, Jean-Claude Monachon, Vice President Omega & Head of Product Development, Michel Willemin, CEO Asulab

 

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Jean-Claude Monachon, Vice President Omega & Head of Product Development answering questions in the Q & A …

 

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The new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra antimagnetic looks really good…

 

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The Omega-calibre 85008

 

 

 

 

 

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And here are some of the masterminds of the project… from left to right you see …

 

Mathieu Oulevey, Chief of the project at ETA, Thierry Conus, Head of Research & Development ETA, Raynald Aeschlimann, Vice President Omega Head & International Sales Director, Jean-Claude Monachon, Vice President Omega & Head of Product Development, Michel Willemin, CEO Asulab

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. david says:

    When will the Omega Aqua Terra antimagnetic watch be available for purchase?

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