When we hear Omega, we think about their contribution to space exploration. Omega and the Moon. But the brand has a strong relation with the oceans too. Omega’s first diving watch was the ‘Marine’ in 1932. This watch was the first commercial diving watch in the world. The design featured a detachable dubble case of precious metal or pure gold. Back then that little timepiece was seen as the best water resistant diving watch ever made. It was tested by Omega in the lake of Geneva on a depth of 73 meters and the Swiss Laboratory for watch research tested the watch on an artificial depth of 135 meters. Omega’s relation to the water remains strong as the brand still produces water-ready watches today.
In 1955, the Omega Seamaster gained fame when James Bond wore it on his dangerous missions. Pierce Brosnan wore his Seamaster Diver 300m in GoldenEye and Daniel Craig had a Seamaster 300 in Spectre. But the Seamaster exists much longer than James Bond does.
The Omega Seamaster was already introduced in 1948 to celebrate OMEGA’s 100th anniversary and is the brand’s longest running collection still produced today. The first Omega Seamasters were dress watches that could tolerate some exposure to water. And so the modern diving watch was born in 1957. It was the Seamaster 300. But it was not Omega’s first diving watch. The ‘Marine’ was already worn around the wrist by several pioneering divers such as William Beebe and Yves Le Prieur on their way to explore the depths of the ocean.
Today the most popular OMEGA Seamaster models are the Seamaster ‘Aqua Terra’, the Seamaster ‘Planet Ocean’ and the Seamaster ‘Professional’.