Omega presented at the Basel Fair in 2013 caliber (Co-Axial 8508) completely nonmagnetic. A revolutionary automatic movement which will be integrated into the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra> 15,000 gauss. A watch with a steel case 41 mm and all the hallmarks of this collection.
Until now the two iconic watches the antimagnétisme were undoubtedly the Rolex Milgauss and IWC Engineer. Two timepieces originally created for engineers regularly encounter magnetic fields. To be protected, their sizes were ringed a cage of soft iron. This is not the case of this prototype Omega ... " Indeed, the Omega Co-Axial caliber 8508 is one of the most spectacular innovations in recent years technologies , "said the Biel brand in a statement. And to say that this " movement withstands more than 1.5 tesla magnetic fields (15,000 gauss), far above the level of magnetic strength of any existing shows to date "and thus provides" the solution to one of the problems that are faced watch for many decades . " The first watch that is equipped is the Seamaster Aqua Terra> 15,000 gauss, stopwatch 41.5 mm steel with a choice of a steel bracelet or brown leather. Its black dial is slightly yellow lacquered sunray from the center and decorated with vertical stripes that characterize the famous Omega Aqua Terra collection. Also note the inscription "> 15,000 GAUSS" carbon copy yellow.
Note that this technology was developed by a team of engineers at ETA Asulab, Nivarox FAR and. This combination of talents, was born the first prototype of this movement, integrated with an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra. Unlike other attempts that were intended to counteract the effects of magnetism, the principle of protection of Omega movement is not based on the presence inside the watch case of a protective enclosure (cage type as soft iron in the competitors), but the use of the movement itself of carefully selected non-ferrous materials (c ' is the class itself is non-magnetic). Several patents have been filed in the development of this new movement. " Even when he was exposed to more than 15 000 gauss magnetic field, this watch caliber continues to meet certification criteria defined by the COSC , "says Omega in a statement. So far, the preferred method to combat the effects of magnetic fields to confine the movement was in small boxes for protection. This approach had several drawbacks: it is not possible to meet the steady increase in the average power of permanent magnets which have multiplied in our everyday environment, in addition, an aesthetic point of view, it prevented admire the movement and display the date. As Seamaster Aqua Terra> 15,000 gauss does not need to be placed in a protective housing, with its non-magnetic movement, the watch is fitted with a transparent sapphire glass provides a view of the Co-Axial caliber 8508. The dial also features a date window at 3 o'clock. In addition, the Seamaster is water resistant to 15 bar (150 meters). The presence in the Co-Axial mechanical movement, a silicon balance spring SI14 makes so reliable it is accompanied by a four-year warranty. Magnetism has always been to watch a major problem, especially more important now that the magnets are now ubiquitous in our everyday environment. Watchmakers are regularly required to demagnetize watches whose performance is affected by their exposure to magnetic fields, a problem that the new movement will fully resolve. " With the Seamaster Aqua Terra> 15,000 gauss, Omega introduces an innovative technology that will forever change the way the watch industry addresses the growing challenges posed by magnetic fields , "concludes the brand in a statement.