Not many brands can say they’ve gone from the sea to the moon, yet Omega can. The Seamaster story began in 1932, when they created the world’s first diving watch for regular civilians. However, it was only officially launched and named “Seamaster” for the brand’s 100th anniversary in 1948. Since then, it has continued enjoying an iconic status for not just one watch, but the entire Seamaster collection—one that they’ve created for the “town, sea, and country”. Over the years, the staple Seamaster collection has grown with various complications and colours.
Now, to mark 75 years of the Seamaster, Omega presents 11 new watches from the Aqua Terra to the Ultra Deep in a beautiful new colourway they call “Summer Blue”. This special shade takes inspiration from the sea—“a pristine ocean on a perfect day”. But what’s interesting is, the higher the watch’s resistance, the darker the hue of the blue. Each model’s caseback also commemorates the anniversary with a fairly dramatic—but beautiful—motif of Poseidon riding the waves on seahorses with his trident.
To dive deeper into each model, the Aqua Terra collection—which includes three new models with a sun-brushed dial of the “Summer Blue” shade—comes in 38mm powered by Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8800 in a polished and brushed bracelet, or in 41mm powered by Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8900. These are available in either a matching bracelet or blue rubber strap. The stainless steel 43mm Aqua Terra Worldtimer has prints of all the global destinations around its dial, and hesalite glass that bridges the outer and inner dials, to reveal a 24-hour reading with light blue indicating daytime, and dark blue indicating nighttime. All models in the Aqua Terra collection holds a 150m depth rating.
Now moving down a little deeper into the 300m depth rating, the 41mm Seamaster 300m, first released in 1957 has a symmetrical case and crown in polished and brushed stainless steel, with a matching bracelet, whereas the 42mm Diver 300M features a Summer Blue wave-pattern ceramic dial, varnished with a gradient finish. A blue ceramic bezel with an enamel (Grand feu) diving scale encircles the dial and is available on either a steel bracelet or a bezel-matching rubber strap, powered by the METAS-certified Master Chronometer is the co-axial calibre 8800.
The Planet Ocean 600m which was first released in 2005, now has a blue ceramic bezel instead of its original orange one. Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD)-treated and with a varnished ceramic dial, this piece is a testament to watchmakers, performing 600m beneath the surface, far below any human could dive. Paired with a matching case and bracelet in stainless steel, this watch houses Omega’s co-axial master chronometer 8800.
The previously discontinued Ploprof returns with a new resized monobloc case. The 2023 version takes cues from its original 70s design inspired by French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau during deep-sea experiments. The bezel ring is a sapphire crystal that mirrors the chemically reinforced monolithic crystal used in earlier versions. The other famous part is the screwed-in crown and two o’clock security pusher that appears on the monobloc case. A rubber blue strap completes the look and holds a 600m depth rating.
The Planet Ocean Ultra Deep 600M is the deepest diver in the Seamaster collection. The “Summer Blue” dial here is the darkest among all, with little to no gradient effect. In 2019, the Ultradeep made history when it reached the Mariana Trench, the deepest place on Earth. This 75th-anniversary version salutes the explorers by dropping a pattern of the Challenger Deep mapped by the Five Deeps team using almost one million sonar points. This watch holds a little easter egg where when you shine UV light on this 45.5mm model, you’ll find the words “OMEGA WAS HERE”, pointing towards the world record dive of 10,935m showing the Western, Central, and Eastern Pools.