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10 March 2003

OMEGA ambassador Ernie Els launches new Seamaster Aqua Terra during Dubai Desert Classic


Omega ambassador Ernie Els took time out from the Dubai Desert Classic tournament to present the new OMEGA watch that he promotes. Mr Adbul Hamied Seddiqi from Seddiqi and Sons, the authorised OMEGA distributor in Dubai, presented the Aqua Terra range during the tournament.

Combining classic OMEGA traits with the latest in technical innovation, the new Seamaster Aqua Terra provides a refreshing contrast to the rest of the Seamaster collection. The traditional, pure lines of the chronometer house the revolutionary OMEGA Co-Axial movement - the first time that this movement has been used in a collection other than the prestige De Ville Co-Axial line. Available in four different case sizes and with a choice of three different dial colours, the new Aqua Terra embodies both traditional elegance and cutting-edge watchmaking technology.

Els completed the launch by presenting the very first Seamaster Aqua Terra in the Middle East to the winner of the February OMEGA Hole-in-One competition. Mr Mohammed Al Mosharrekh (UAE) was delighted to receive the prestige timepiece, in stainless steel with a blue dial, from the world-renowned golfer and seal the launch of this exciting new product, which had already been highly acclaimed even before it went on sale.

Ernie Els was tied for the lead going into Sunday's final round of the Dubai Desert Classic and appeared to have control of the tournament until his double bogey on the 12th. About the same time, the unheralded Robert-Jan Derksen from the Netherlands made a 60-foot eagle putt on the 13th and was suddenly leading by two strokes. Despite Els pulling back to tie on the 13th, Derksen, who was not even in the world's top 3,000 golfers before the tournament, birdied the 18th to pull off a one-stroke victory over the South African.

Nevertheless, Ernie Els continues his run of impressive form, coming second a respectable second in the Dubai Desert Classic and the Singapore Masters – the only two stroke-play tournaments that he has played in and not won this year.