With Omega’s classic Seamasters celebrating 75 years, what better color than blue?
It was in 1948 that Omega released its first Seamaster. Omega had already been making watches for divers for 16 years, and had supplied over 110,000 watches to British Air Force pilots during World War II. The design with a rubber seal is said to have been inspired by similar solutions on submarines.
The Seamaster was the start of a category of ‘everyday wear’ watches for the post-war sporting lifestyle – water-resistant, durable yet elegant – and Omega was soon joined by other manufacturers such as Rolex and Blancpain. 1957 saw the introduction of the Seamaster 300, Omega’s first professional diving watch in the Seamaster range.
Over time, the category has continued to evolve, both through more dressy variants like the Aqua Terra and through more extreme diving variants. In 2019, a special version, the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional, set a new diving record of 10,928m by visiting the Mariana Trench strapped to the gripper arms of a submarine.
Omega Seamaster 75th anniversary ”Summer Blue”
So now Omega is launching its anniversary collection to celebrate 75 years. The last time it happened – 2018 – it was among other things with the special edition Seamaster 1948.
This year, it’s the color that’s being celebrated. 11 models and 7 variants: the classic Diver 300M (“Bond watch”), Aqua Terra, Planet Ocean, Ultra Deep, Seamaster 300 and a new version of the Ploprof. All of them are characterized by the blue shade of the dials, which they call “Summer Blue”. The luminescent Super-Luminova coating on the indexes and hands has also been given a blue hue.
Other beautiful details include a specially designed back case and bracelet in a matching blue color. A personal favorite is the blue dial of the Aqua Terra Worldtimer.