Fresh from the wrist of Daniel ‘f***ing’ Craig (see the post below for the reasons behind this reference), and flashed shamelessly in the current Bond movie, the Seamaster Aqua Terra 38.5mm may well be a portent of things to come as far as watch sizes are concerned. Over the last couple of years, the size pendulum has begun to swing away from heavy ‘look at me’ ordinance to more modest proportions. This has led some of the more prescient and, perhaps, courageous, watch commentators to predict that the sock drawers of the world will be full of post-42mm Dinosaurs by the end of this decade.
The only difference between this mid-size – yes, they do call it a mid-size, but that is a term relative to average watch sizes of the day – Acqua Terra and the rest of its siblings is the colour of the dial: a deep and rich royal blue that goes well with corporate and after-dark wear and proclaims its owner to be on the edgier side of conservatism. The applied 18 carat white gold indices and hands are highlighted with white super luminova to remind you of the inner child that found all things glowing in the dark thoroughly mesmerising.
Dual sided anti-reflective coating on the crystal allows everyone to get an eyeful of the stunning teak dial, while the case has an exhibition back to show off the co-axial calibre 8500 that powers the watch.
Everything worth saying about the Aqua Terra has already been said on this blog. They are the doyens of the Seamaster family, offering excellent water resistance and robustness without all the tool watch excesses.