As we sail into the heart of summer, OMEGA makes waves with its new Seamaster Collection. An oceanic adventure in itself, this 11-piece assortment celebrates the 75th anniversary of the iconic Seamaster family. Each piece is uniquely bedecked in a stunning Summer Blue gradient, symbolising the depth of water resistance each watch can confidently conquer.
Omega Seamaster Watches: A Testament of Time
It's time to dive into the chronicles of the Seamaster collection. The tale unfurls in 1932 with the introduction of the OMEGA Marine— the pioneering civilian divers’ timepiece. Sporting impressive water resistance at 135 meters, the Marine placed OMEGA firmly at the helm of underwater horological innovation.
The Seamaster Collection was unveiled in 1948 and came to prominence in the exploratory spirit of the 1950s and 60s, becoming the quintessential underwater explorer's companion.
OMEGA's commitment to performance and precision has never wavered. Today, thanks to its partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS), every water-resistant OMEGA timepiece undergoes stringent underwater testing, assuring the brand's admirers of its commitment to quality and innovation.
The Seamaster has truly withstood the test of time, traversing not just decades but also oceans, braving the deepest trenches and exploring uncharted territories. And as its voyage continues into the 21st century, one can't help but wonder at the extraordinary horological milestones that lie ahead.
Anyone who's always had an affinity for the ocean can't help but fall in love with these new timepieces. They don't just tell the time – they tell a story. A story of pioneering spirit, ceaseless innovation, and a commitment to not just surviving but thriving in the harshest conditions.
To the team at OMEGA, thank you for giving us the perfect companion to celebrate the magic of the ocean, the allure of exploration, and the gift of time. As we strap on our Omega Seamaster and dive into the future, we know that we're in good hands, no matter how deep we go. And, regardless of where our journey takes us, with an Omega Seamaster on our wrist, we always carry a piece of the ocean's infinite mystery and untamed beauty with us.
Seamaster Collection 2023: OMEGA Celebrates the Collection's 75th Anniversary with a Splash
From the tranquil shallows to the daring deep, the Seamaster Collection 2023 captures the essence of OMEGA’s seafaring heritage in vibrant Summer Blue. Let's take a deep dive into these aquatic masterpieces.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra: A Classic Spirit
The Aqua Terra range, launched in 2002, infuses classic elegance with a maritime flair. Presenting the exquisite 38 mm edition featuring OMEGA's renowned Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8800 movement, this remarkable timepiece is fixed on a bracelet adorned with elegantly curved links, expertly polished and brushed to perfection.
For those seeking a larger size, the 41 mm model offers a versatile selection of either a matching bracelet or a striking blue rubber strap. The dial teak pattern reminds us somehow of luxury yacht decks. Powering this model is the exceptional Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8900, ensuring precise and reliable timekeeping.
The new models have a new dial in sun-brushed Summer Blue, varnished with a gradient finish to reflect the water resistance of the Aqua Terra: an impressive 150 metres.
Omega Worldtimer Aqua Terra: A Global Gauntlet
The 43 mm Aqua Terra Worldtimer is crafted of stainless steel and offers the option of a matching bracelet or a vibrant blue rubber strap. This timepiece unveils a vivid portrayal of our planet, with a circle of silvery-printed global destinations encircling the dial. Bridging the outer and inner displays, hesalite glass reveals a 24-hour reading distinguished by light blue for daytime and dark blue for nighttime.
The Earth's stunning representation, featuring a blue ocean and meticulously crafted continent relief, is achieved through laser-ablated texture and colour on a grade 5 titanium plate. Powering this exceptional timepiece is OMEGA's Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8938, ensuring accurate and reliable timekeeping.
Built with Aqua Terra technology, the Worldtimer boasts a water resistance of 150 meters, making it suitable for aquatic adventures beneath the waves.
This model is a colourful addition to the Worldtimer collection that was presented recently, with three new designs in green.
Omega Seamaster 300: The Ocean’s Trusty Companion
Introduced in 1957 as part of OMEGA's “professional” trilogy (alongside the Speedmaster and Railmaster), the original Seamaster 300 made a mark with its user-friendly display and outstanding water resistance. A distinctive feature was the “Naiad” star nestled within the logo on the crown, symbolizing its exceptional capabilities.
The new Seamaster 300 showcases OMEGA's Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8912, attaining the highest industry certification from the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). This timepiece exudes timeless elegance with a symmetrical 41 mm case and crown, meticulously polished and brushed stainless steel and a matching bracelet.
True to its name, the Seamaster 300 confidently withstands depths of 300 meters. The varnished dial in captivating Summer Blue embodies the watch's enhanced water resistance, showcasing its prowess and allure in the ocean's depths.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M: A Salute to Subaquatic Adventure
The Diver 300M, initially launched in 1993, is designed to cater to intrepid deep-sea explorers seeking a blend of style and functionality. This timepiece boasts a striking diving scale, boldly raised indexes, skeleton hands, and a helium escape valve, making it the ultimate companion for underwater adventures.
Crafted of stainless steel, the 42 mm Seamaster Diver 300M offers the option of a matching bracelet or a blue rubber strap. As a noteworthy addition to OMEGA's Anniversary watch collection, it showcases a Summer Blue wave-pattern ceramic dial, boasting a gradient finish that beautifully reflects its exceptional water resistance.
The Diver features a blue ceramic bezel with new Summer Blue enamel (Grand feu) diving scale encircles the dial, which has rhodium-plated skeleton hands and raised indexes, filled with a unique light blue Super-LumiNova. Driving this impressive timepiece is OMEGA's Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8800 movement, ensuring unparalleled precision and performance.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m: A Diver’s Dream
The iconic Planet Ocean, launched in 2005 and featuring a unique helium escape valve, draws inspiration from the renowned Seamaster 300. This exceptional timepiece also showcased OMEGA's acclaimed Co-Axial escapement, debuting in the Calibre 2500. As its name suggests, the Planet Ocean is a faithful aquatic companion, demonstrating outstanding performance at depths of 600 meters. Embracing OMEGA's Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8800 movement, this 39.5 mm model boasts a robust stainless-steel case and bracelet.
A blue ceramic bezel with a light blue diving scale encircles the Summer Blue ceramic dial, which is PVD treated and varnished with a gradient finish, and completed with blued hands and indexes filled with a unique light blue Super-LumiNova, ensuring optimal visibility in any lighting conditions.
Omega Ploprof: The Watch That Dives Deeper
The legendary Seamaster Professional 600, affectionately known as the “Ploprof,” is a timepiece that fearlessly withstands the immense pressures of the ocean's depths. Renowned as one of the most robust and groundbreaking divers' wristwatches ever created, the Ploprof, is derived from the French term “PLOngeur PROfessionnel”, meaning “professional diver”.
OMEGA's ingenious technique of securing the crystal to the monobloc case eliminates the necessity for a helium escape valve. During its early years, the Ploprof found favour with esteemed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau and the underwater research company COMEX, becoming an indispensable tool for their deep-sea experiments.
The 2023 Ploprof, expertly crafted in resilient O-MEGASTEEL, pays homage to OMEGA's original model that debuted in 1971. The bezel ring is a sapphire crystal, to mirror the chemically reinforced monolithic crystal used in those early versions. Powering the Ploprof is OMEGA's hard-working Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8912 movement.
Retaining its iconic monobloc case, the watch features the renowned screwed-in crown and the characteristic security pusher at 2 o'clock, adorned with a blue ceramic ring in this edition. Completing the vintage-inspired appearance, a perforated blue rubber strap adds a touch of nostalgia from the 1970s.
Omega Ultra Deep: The King of the Abyss
In a remarkable feat, the inaugural Ultra Deep watches etched their name in history by reaching the deepest point on Earth. After the groundbreaking dive to the Mariana Trench, OMEGA harnessed this groundbreaking technology to create the game-changing 6,000 m collection available to the public. Developed and tested in real ocean conditions, these watches are water-resistant to an astounding depth of 6,000 meters (20,000 ft.), meeting the ISO 6425:2018 standard for saturation divers' watches, as certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).
Crafted with durability in mind, this 45.5 mm model features a robust O-MEGASTEEL case and bracelet. The dial of this extraordinary timepiece pays homage to the enigmatic depths of the ocean. Its intricate pattern is an exact representation of the Challenger Deep mapped by the Five Deeps team using almost one million sonar points. The lacquered finish, achieved by allowing a flowing ocean of lacquer across the dial, adds a stunning sense of depth and allure.
Concealed within is OMEGA's Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8912 movement, the same calibre that powers the legendary Ploprof. Adding a playful touch, the dial reveals a hidden surprise. When exposed to UV light, the words “OMEGA WAS HERE” appear, commemorating the record-setting dive of 10,935 meters and highlighting the Western, Central, and Eastern Pools.
A Journey Ahead
The Seamaster collection has always been a beacon of OMEGA's unwavering commitment to technological innovation, precision, and quality. As the 75-year journey of the Seamaster sails forward, we can be sure of one thing: OMEGA’s spirit of pioneering and innovation will always lead us to uncharted waters, bringing us the most remarkable timepieces the world of horology has to offer.
Whether you're in the heart of the city, cruising the open sea, or plunging into the ocean's abyss, these watches will serve as your trusty companions, ticking away every moment at every level.
The Seamaster collection is a tribute to all who dare to brave the deep. So, here's to the adventurers, the explorers, the dreamers. Here's to those who know that life is not merely about sailing calm seas, but also about mastering the waves.
Last Updated on July 17, 2023 by Editorial Team
As editor-in-chief, Raffaele infuses the magazine with a cosmopolitan flair, drawing from his experiences in London, Berlin, New York, and Barcelona. His 20-year tenure with luxury brands, coupled with a love for travel and food, enriches the magazine's content.