The Omega Seamaster Makes a Deep Impact

by Charmian Leong
17 Jul 2023

Omega celebrates its longest-running collection with seven new models in the season’s hottest color.

Over the course of 75 years, the Omega Seamaster went from being the official war-ready (but peace-loving) watch of the British Royal Navy to a reliable dive watch beloved by civilians. It is the oldest collection in Omega’s history, the ticker of choice for modern-day 007s, and even holds the world record for deepest-diving watch.

Deservedly, the Seamaster has gotten seven new models in a commemorative “Summer Blue” shade, with the hue darkening as the depth-rating increases with each reference. The anniversary models have solid case backs depicting Poseidon (Greek god of the sea) and with two Omega seahorses — one in the original 1956 style, and one with a modern look. Here’s a quick look at all seven models:

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Aqua Terra 150M 38mm
The capsule collection kicks off with a simple and elegant Aqua Terra 150M in a versatile 38mm case and a bright Summer Blue dial with just a hint of a gradient effect around the edges. Unlike the similarly colourful Aqua Terra Shades collection, this model uses rounded indices that recall the shape of sailboats. It is powered by the in-house automatic calibre 8800 and is available with a rubber strap or steel bracelet.

Aqua Terra 150M 41mm
This burlier reference doesn’t just upsize its case, but adds a teak-patterned dial to the Aqua Terra 150M design. Like the 38mm model, the Summer Blue hue remains relatively bright, but offers a more sporty aesthetic with sharper indices and a minute track. This too, is presented with either a bracelet or a rubber strap, but it houses the automatic calibre 8900 with 60 hours of power reserve.

Aqua Terra Worldtimer
The Aqua Terra Worldtimer was the first world time complication in the Seamaster collection when it was launched in 2017, and this year it returns in its anniversary livery. Different shades of blue combined with the many layers and textures of the dial create visual dynamism without sacrificing legibility. The calibre 8938 is protected by a steel case that is also water-resistant to 150m. It is available on a steel bracelet or rubber strap.

Seamaster 300
The Seamaster 300 was Omega’s first deep dive into serious depth ratings, and was launched in 1957 along with the Speedmaster and Railmaster as part of Omega’s “professional” trilogy. The anniversary model takes design cues from the original, such as the prominent dive bezel and broad hands, but more closely resembles the 2021 remakes with a sandwich dial, ceramic bezel insert, and lollipop seconds hand. Now that the water-resistance has doubled, you’ll notice the blue gradient here is darker.

Seamaster Diver 300M
The first Omega to appear on James Bond’s wrist was none other than the Seamaster Diver 300M, which was also blue. But for this commemorative model, you’ll find the dial awash in Summer Blue ceramic complemented by light blue Super-Luminova on the hour markers and hands. The bracelet option follows the Seamaster Diver 300M’s distinctive five-link construction, but a rubber strap version is also available.

Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M
Another historically significant Seamaster, the Planet Ocean debuted in 2005 with double the water-resistance of its already robust Seamaster 300M, as well as Omega’s first Co-Axial escapement-equipped calibre 2500. For the anniversary, the Summer Blue palette dresses a vertically brushed ceramic dial that has been varnished with a deeper gradient finish. The calibre 8800 resides within the 39.5mm steel case, which is only available on a steel bracelet.

Seamaster Ploprof 1200M
The most distinctive dive watch made by Omega (or possibly anyone) owes its unusual design to pure pragmatism. During a time when dive watches were starting to introduce helium escape valves, Omega opted to build a case so tough that helium wouldn’t get in in the first place. Its anniversary comeback brings with it a new case in O-Megasteel (a steel alloy boasting better resistance to corrosion and higher shine) and a sun-brushed dial in deep Summer Blue.

Seamaster Ultra-Deep 6000M
In 2019, Omega wrested the world record away from Rolex for deepest point reached by a diving watch when three Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional watches reached a depth of 10,935m in Challenger Deep. Last year, that technological know-how was translated into a commercial version of the watch, and this year’s blue anniversary edition has a dial etched with a pattern of Challenger Deep. UV light will reveal playful scribbles of “Omega was here!” and “10.935m”, and a rough sketch of Challenger Deep’s three pools on the dial.

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