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Affordable alternatives to the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

26 April, 2019

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Chronometer with blue guilloche dial was worn by James Bond in SkyFall (ref nr 231.10.39.21.03.001) and SPECTRE (the updated Master Co-Axial, ref nr 231.10.42.21.03.003) and is a classy dress watch worn by the secret agent, in comparison to the more sporty diver's watches like the Seamaster 300m or the Rolex Submariner.

In this article you can find affordable alternatives to the James Bond Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra watches. Only very similar wristwatches to the Aqua Terra are mentioned, but of course there are many other budget options - please write a comment below or send a message via the contact form if you have another suggestion.

Let's first take a look at the two Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra watches worn in the movies.

In SkyFall (2012), James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, wears an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Chronometer. The watch features a chronometer, blue guilloche dial, date window at the three o'clock position. It houses Omega's Co-Axial Automatic movement. According to Omega the watch it the film has the 38.8mm case size, reference number 231.10.39.21.03.001.

In SPECTRE (2015), James Bond once again played by Daniel Craig, wears an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Master Co-Axial 231.10.42.21.03.003, which has a case size of 41.5mm and an updated Master Co-Axial Automatic movement. Note that this bigger and newer watch doesn't have the chrome border around the date window that the Aqua Terra seen in SkyFall has, and it mentions "Master Co-Axial" instead of "Co-Axial" on the bottom half of the dial.

Compare Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra SkyFall and Spectre

Compare the Aqua Terra from SkyFall (left) and SPECTRE (right)

The Co-Axial was sold for approximately €4800 / £4500 / $5500 and can currently be found second hand for the same price or a bit less. The Master Co-Axial cost around €5000 / £4750 / $6000 in 2015 and will probably cost around the same or a bit less.

Now let's see what the more affordable alternatives are for this watch.

Most similar
A good alternative comes from Hugo Boss, and coincidentally (or not?) it is called Hugo Boss The James 1513533.

Affordable alternative budget Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Hugo Boss The James

Omega Aqua Terra from SPECTRE (left) and Hugo Boss The James (right)

It's a Quartz watch with 42mm case - roughly the same case size as the SPECTRE Aqua Terra which measures 41.5mm. The dial color and texture and steel band are also similar. The Hugo Boss watch doesn't feature a chronometer, and it has a day window next to the date, while the Aqua Terra only has a date window.

Hugo Boss The James is available for around $170 / £170 at Amazon (USA, UK), Amazon.de (€209, Germany), eBay or Christ.de (€279, Germany).

Another similar watch comes from British brand Rotary. The Rotary Havana Automatic GB05077/05 has the blue dial (but without the striped guilloche texture), stainless steel case and band and a date window with chrome border. With a 40mm case it's right in between the size of the SkyFall and SPECTRE Aqua Terra.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra compare affordable alternive Rotary Havana

Omega Aqua Terra SkyFall (left) compared to the Rotary Havana GB05077/05

The minute markings are similar to the Aqua Terra, but the hour markers are more straight than pointy. It has an Automatic movement (which you can see through the glass case back), making it slightly more costly. Available at Ernest Jones (UK) for £239 £129 (on sale now!) or The WatchShop (International).

Seiko Alternative
The Seiko suggestion is the Seiko Presage SRPB41J1 with 40.5mm case and blue dial: not as similar as the Boss, but as mentioned, the Seiko brand is strongly connected to James Bond and the quality of the watches is very high for the price.

Compare Omega Aqua Terra and Seiko Presage SRPB41J1 affordable alternative

The Omega Aqua Terra from SPECTRE (left) and Seiko Presage Automatic (right)

It has a stunning blue dial with a different but beautiful guilloche lines and a curved (domed) glass. It has a date window and large crown without crown protectors. The movement is Seiko 4R35 Automatic (it winds itself when you wear the watch, like the Aqua Terra), hence a higher price than the Quartz alternatives, which are battery operated.

This one is a more expensive than the Boss and the Rotary, at around $270-360 / €360-420 available at Amazon or eBay, and for £349 at Ernest Jones (UK) and for €420 at Christ.de (Germany).

Festina F20357/3
Another great alternative is the Festina F20357/3 watch (thanks to Bernard for the suggestion).

Compare Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Festina watch alternative budget

The Festina has a very similar look and size. It has a Day Date (instead of just Date window on the Aqua Terra), and it has prominent crown protectors compared to the more smooth side of the Aqua Terra.

The Festina brand is a trusted and well-known brand from Switzerland, that produces watches since 1902. It can count actor Gerard Butler as its brand ambassador since 2016.

The Festina F20357/3 watch is very affordable for example on Amazon UK (£87) and Amazon DE (€85). It's not as easy to find in the USA, but via eBay you can have it (including shipping) for around $115.

Most affordable
The most affordable option is this Casio MTP-1183A-2A from the Enticer Series, with case size 42 x 38.5 x 8.7mm.

Omega Aqua Terra affordable alternative budget Casio MTP-1183A-2A

For the extremely low price this is a nice looking watch. It has the date window, nice case, a blue dial with beautiful shine to it (but no guilloche), steel case and is water resistant. It has similar minute markings as the Aqua Terra (05-10-15 etc). The watch band of the Casio is more similar to the band of the Seamaster 300m than the band of the Aqua Terra. Note that the band does feel quite cheap and light. If you want the dress watch look but have less than $40 to spend, this is a great choice from a world renowned watch brand with a Japanese Quartz movement.

Available for only $30 / €35 / £28 at Amazon or eBay (make sure to get the right version: the Gents version shown above has reference number MTP-1183A-2A, but a smaller Ladies version is the LTP-1183A-2A).

If you have any suggestions for Aqua Terra alternatives, please leave a comment below or contact Bond Lifestyle.


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Comments

There's also Alpina's Alpiner Quartz, which was just released at this year's Baselworld: https://alpinawatches.com/watches/alpiner-quartz-ref-al-240ns4e6b/#prett... Definitely inspired by the Aqua Terra but holds its own with a rehaut and more sensible hands/lume.
Also check out The Casio MDV 106. With a NATO or Silver Band added this could be a close second.

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