Omega releases 7 Seamaster models for its 75th Anniversary
Each watch is inspired by Omega’s Summer Blue, a striking hue reflecting the seven seas’ light to deep blues.
The Seamaster is an important collection for Omega both for its historical significance and the modern innovations it offers today. It was launched in 1948 as part of Omega’s centenary celebrations as an elegant sea-worthy timepiece that would not look out of place in “town, sea, and country”. At the time, the watchmaker was already recognised as a reliable producer of shock- and water-resistant timepieces used in diving prior to the war and by Air Force and Navy pilots during WWII.
To celebrate the Seamaster’s Diamond Jubilee this year, it has dropped a slew of new watches for the summer. Earlier this month, Omega introduced the Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer in a new titanium case and colour. Now, it’s dropped another seven models with its distinct seahorse logo, ranging from classic three-handers to the iconic 1957 Seamaster 300.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M
The Seamaster Aqua Terra was released in 2002 based on the early models of the original. This year, two models are introduced in 38mm and 41mm sizes inspired by sailboats and the oceans. The former has a brushed sunray dial in a soft gradient blue with sailboat-shaped applied indexes, arrow hands, and a porthole-like date window at 6 o’clock. It’s paired with a three-link bracelet with alternating brushed and polished links that are gently rounded. On the caseback, the watch features a detailed engraving of the Greek god Poseidon waving his trident with a pair of Omega seahorses, set on a barleycorn pattern background.
The larger 41mm model has a sunray dial that’s textured with shallow and deep grooves, similar to the grain and decking of a luxury yacht. Encircling it is a minute track in blue with triangle hour markers and a rectangular date window at 6 o’clock. The watch is available with a matching bracelet or a patterned blue rubber strap. The luminescent elements of the watches are in light blue to match their dials. The 38m and 41mm models are fitted with the Master Chronometer certified Calibres 8800 and 8900, respectively.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer
Hot off the heels of Omega’s recent launch of its green-dialled Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer, it’s now introduced a new Summer Blue dial in stainless steel. The watch is identical to its siblings, with a 24-city ring set on two levels, a vertically grooved dial, a 24-hour day and night ring, as well as a laser-engraved titanium plate with an overview of the Earth at the centre of the display. The watch comes in a similar gentle blue on the dial, with slightly varying tones for the date window and 24-hour ring. The watch is water-resistant to 150m, equipped with the Master Chronometer certified Calibre 8938 and a steel bracelet for casual stylish elegance.
The Seamaster 300
The Omega Seamaster 300 is the brand’s modern take on the original dive watch from 1957. The watch’s high legibility and strong water resistance are central to its identity then as well as today. The Seamaster 300 features the same two-part bezel as the original and a gradient blue dial with cut-out triangle hour indexes and Arabic numeral quarter markers.
The deeper blue of the dial reflects the colour of the oceans at greater depths, where light penetrates less. As such, the lumed elements of the watch are enhanced to ensure the watch is visible in deep darkness. The hour hand has an arrow tip with the same blue lume as the indexes, while the sword-style minutes hand is fully lumed in bright green. This matches the luminous bead at 12 o’clock on the bezel. The watch is powered by Omega’s METAS-certified Calibre 8912 and is paired with a tapered three-link bracelet designed with easy extension adjustors so you can wear the watch even while diving.
The Seamaster Diver 300M
The Seamaster Diver 300 actually marks its 30th anniversary this year. Well recognised for its curved, chamfered dodecagonal bezel and lugs, it is best known for its association with a particular onscreen secret agent and its signature helium escape valve at 10 o’clock.
The new 42mm reference comes in a gradient blue like the Seamaster 300 with a ceramic dial bearing a wave pattern and a ceramic bezel with Summer Blue grand feu enamel diving scale. It has applied dot and bar hour markers filled with the same light blue Super-LumiNova. The watch is powered by the self-winding Master Chronometer Calibre 8800.
The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M
The Planet Ocean 600M is the more advanced version of the Seamaster Diver 300M introduced in 2005, highlighting its continued advancements in water resistance and reliability. The 39.5mm watch follows the designs of the classic Seamaster with a large ceramic bezel for great visibility underwater.
The new Summer Blue Planet Ocean 600M has a brushed ceramic dial, PVD-treated, and varnished in a gradient blue. An engraved and coloured diving scale is shown in light blue. The dial has oversized markers and arrow hands, which are lumed in light blue and green for the minute hand as well as the bead on the bezel. It features the same Master Chronometer certified Calibre 8900 powering the 41mm Aqua Terra 150M and has a 600m water resistance thanks to its robust construction.
The Seamaster Ploprof
The Ploprof is Omega’s most iconic diving watch. It is named for professional divers (in French, ‘plongeurs professionnel’) and was designed to survive the crushing pressures of the deep thanks to its monobloc case, which eliminates the need for a helium escape valve on the watch. The Ploprof 600 was first introduced in 1971 with a water resistance of up to 600m, and in the following year, a model with an even higher water resistance of 1,000m was released. The watches featured a special way of fixing the protective glass so no gas would enter the watch.
The Ploprof was revived in 2009, and seven years later, another version of the watch would emerge. To compensate for the massive monobloc case, these Ploprof watches were in titanium with a water resistance of up to 1,200m. This year, a new Ploprof has been introduced in O-Megasteel, a nickel-free alloy that was used in the Ultra Deep in 2019. It’s twice as durable and 40 per cent more scratch-resistant than standard 316L steel.
The new watch comes in a slightly smaller size, 55mm wide and 45mm long, while maintaining the same lug-to-lug length of 48mm as its predecessors. It also features a sapphire crystal ring with a blue varnished back that recalls the chemically hardened crystal used in the past. The gradient blue watch dial has applied lumed block bar indexes on the dial, with the same paddle-styled hands that early Ploprof models bore. However, instead of the shark-proof mesh bracelet, Omega has fitted the new watch with a perforated blue rubber strap.
The Seamaster Ultra Deep
Omega set a record in 2019 when it sent its first Ultra Deep timepiece down to the Mariana Trench. That timepiece was the starting point for the civilian version of the watch, which is tested to 6,000m of water resistance. Like the Ploprof, the Ultra Deep comes in O-Megasteel and is sized at 45.5mm with a dial that features a sonar-derived view of the Challenger Deep (the deepest point of the Mariana Trench). The dial is stamped and further lacquered to create this gradient blue effect that also immerses one in the view of the Trench.
The block lumed indexes, Arabic numeral quarters, arrow hands, and bead at 12 o’clock on the bezel are all designed to light the dial up and indicate the time clearly, even in the dark. But in a whimsical design, Omega has added details on the dial that can only be seen under ultraviolet light, which indicates exactly where on the Challenger Deep the Ultra Deep was for its record-setting dive.
The watch features the Master Chronometer certified Calibre 8912 and an engraving of the sea god Poseidon riding his seahorse-led chariot developed by Jean-Pierre Borle for the brand. This engraving is shown on the 11 references and seven watch models in this year's Omega Seamaster Summer Blue collection. Each watch will be available at Omega’s boutiques and authorised retailers from next month onwards; head to your nearest retailer to try them on.
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