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In the field of waterproof diving watches Omega made already in the 1930s pioneering work. Although a waterproof model was already presented in 1932 with the Omega Marine, the success story of their water sports watches did not start until the Seamaster family. Their collection is versatile and includes a variety of interesting watches that have been revised over the years again and again. Nevertheless, the design of the classic has been largely retained and new models take over elements of its iconic design.
The history of Omega divers watches
The first Omega Seamaster was launched in 1948. At first glance, their special performance was barely noticeable to the elegant models; they were elegant and rather slim and noble compared to other divers' watches. A bolted bottom and special O-ring seal, initially made of lead, on later models made of rubber, guarantee water resistance. In 1957, the first Seamaster 300 (Ref. CK2913), which revolutionized Omega's diving watches, followed: Equipped with a rotating bezel, double crown seal and special glass, it stood up to the then highest testable pressure of 20 bar. The date display for the Seamaster 300 with the 565 caliber followed in 1967. A year earlier, the Omega Seamaster Cosmic had already been launched on the market. Their so-called Unicoc case was almost hermetically sealed, so that even higher water resistance could be guaranteed.
The family received further growth in 1969 with the Omega Seamaster Bullhead, whose shield-shaped housing sets it apart from its round siblings. Chronograph pushers and crown are positioned at 12 o'clock, the rotatable bezel is inside the dial; This gives the watch its characteristic appearance. It was not until 2013 that an update was launched with the Co-Axial Omega 3113. Another milestone in the history of professional diving watches reached Omega in 1970, when the Omega Seamaster Professional 600 was launched. It is nicknamed Ploprof, derived from the French of "plongeurs professionnels", which means "professional diver". It is waterproof at a sensational depth of 600 m.
A common problem with deep dives is the entry of helium from the diver's breathing air into the watch case, which can rupture the watch as it emerges. Omega solved this problem by using special seals for the cases. Just one year later, the Omega Seamaster Professional 1,000 M was released, which, as the name suggests, is waterproof at diving depth of up to 1,000 m. In the 1980s, some experiments with quartz movements followed, the results were the Seamaster f300Hz, the Omega Seamaster 120 M quartz and the Seamaster Professional 200 M. In 1993, two models that were waterproof to 300m diving depth were released: The Omega Seamaster Professional Chronograph Diver and the Omega Seamaster Professional Diver, both equipped as the first models with helium valve. Seamaster Professional Diver put on a public appearance in 1995 in "Goldeneye" on the wrist of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, a legendary connection, which helped the watch to popularity until today. Also in "Specter", the new Bond Daniel Craig wore an Omega Seamaster 300 "Specter" Limited Edition. In 2017, another model, the Seamaster Diver 300M Commander's Watch Limited Edition, was released as a tribute to this iconic link. Its colors red, white and blue are meant to remind of Bond´s times as Commander at the British Royal Navy.
Other models for water sports followed. In 2002, the Swiss luxury brand presented the Omega Seamaster America's Cup, which has a regatta function. The following year, the Omega Seamaster Apnea was launched, in collaboration with the famous apnea diver and world record holder Jacques Mayol. There are 7 points on the dial that change from white to red after 2 minutes, allowing apnea divers to easily read the time. In 2005, the Seamaster Planet Ocean builds on the original design of the Seamaster 300 from 1957, but is waterproof at 600 m diving depth and equipped with caliber 2500 with co-axial movement. Since 2006, the caliber is also found in the Omega Seamaster Professional Diver. This is followed by other models equipped with co-axial caliber: the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph (2006) with caliber 3313, 2009 the Omega Seamaster 1.200m (Ploprof) with co-axial caliber 8500 and finally 2011 the Omega Seamaster Diver Co-Axial 300 M. It is a tribute to the original 1950s model, which features the classic, state-of-the-art technology and 2500 Co-Axial movement. In 2014, a new edition of the classic Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial was made, which is visually very similar to the original, but protected against magnetic radiation of up to 15,000 Gauss. Equipped with the Master Co-Axial 8400, it also impresses with outstanding accuracy. Another version will be released with the Omega Seamaster 300 Ceragold the following year. The unidirectional ceramic bezel now has numerals and indexes in ceragold.
Features of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
The current collection offers a variety of models and variants. What all have in common is the water resistance at a depth of up to 300 m. The Seamaster Diver 300 M Co-Axial 41 MM is a classic three-hand watch with 41 mm case diameter. It is a sporty classic of the series. As the name implies, the Seamaster Diver 300 M Chronograph comes with handy chronograph function, whereas the Seamaster Diver 300 M GMT with GMT function can point to two different time zones. The case sizes vary: from 36mm, 41mm up to 44mm, everyone will find the right watch for their own wrist.
Interesting models of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M at a glance
- The Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 22.214.171.124.03.001 is a classic model with skeletonized hands, blue bezel and blue dial. Case and bracelet are made of stainless steel, it is equipped with the caliber 2500. In terms of price, 2018 models are around 3,500 €.
- The Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 126.96.36.199.01.002 is an unisex watch and comes with a black bezel and black dial. Bracelet and case are made of stainless steel, the model is waterproof at a depth of up to 300m. Models from 2013 are used at around 3,500 €.
- The Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 188.8.131.52.51.001 pays homage to the collaboration between Omega and the James Bond films. The black dial is repeatedly provided with the characteristic 007 lettering. The watch is made out of stainless steel and has a case diameter of 35mm. Models from the year 2013, depending on the condition, are at € 3,800.
- The Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer 184.108.40.206.03.001 was presented at the Baselworld 2018. It is entirely dedicated to the water: its dial is provided with wavy lines, also the edge of the rear view is wavy.
Omega and 007 - the watches of the most popular spy
The connection between the secret agent and Omega watches has existed since "Goldeneye" in 1995. The award-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming decided back then that the Seamaster with a blue dial fits best with the role. The then Bond performer Pierce Brosnan wore the model 2541.80.00. In "Casino Royale" from the year 2006, two models are used, the Seamaster Diver 300 M Co-Axial (Ref. 2220.80.00) and a Planet Ocean 600 M Co-Axial (Ref. 2900.50.91). In 2008, Bond actor Daniel Craig wears a Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M OMEGA Co-Axial with a black dial and black bezel in Quantum of Solace. "Skyfall" (2012) features stunning action scenes while 007 deals with death. He is accompanied by an Ocean 600 M and Aqua Terra, both of which are equipped with an OMEGA Co-Axial caliber. Daniel Craig wears the OMEGA Seamaster 300 SPECTER Limited Edition with a black and gray NATO strap and the OMEGA Aqua Terra 150m in 2015's latest Bond movie "Specter".
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