The Big Blue
For its 75th anniversary, Omega releases eight new versions of its iconic Seamaster diving watch.
Add men’s adornment to Poseidon’s bloated portfolio. At the launch party on the Greek island of Mykonos for a suite of new water-resistant watches to mark the 75th anniversary of Omega’s Seamaster collection, the ancient god of the sea, earthquakes and horses appeared to have a new side hustle as otherworldly brand ambassador.
It was certainly hard to miss him. unlike existing Seamasters, which have a see-through caseback, the new anniversary offerings—all in a cobalt palette Omega is calling “Summer Blue” —featured a closed solid-steel caseback with an etching of Poseidon and his trident.
As well as the commemorative caseback, these aquatic-blue styles arrive with a gradient effect on the sun-brushed dial that corresponds to the water resistance—from dressier examples like the 38 mm Aqua Terra Co-Axial Master Chronometer to more serious performance models such as the 1200M Ploprof (from PLOngeur PROfessionnel—French for “professional diver”).
“We like to think Poseidon protects us and brings us luck,” said Omega Chief Executive Raynald Aeschlimann. Then, with tongue firmly in cheek, “If you look out to the horizon,”—gesturing to the Aegean Sea behind him—“maybe you’ll see Poseidon riding by.”
We looked, but there wasn’t enough ouzo in the world to summon him. This summer, though—thanks to the eight handsome models below—Poseidon promises to be as ubiquitous as a clout-chasing influencer.
AQUA TERRA 38 MM
A dapper slimline model, the Aqua Terra 38 mm, originally launched in 2002, has a water resistance of 150 metres, a slight gradient effect on the dial, indices shaped like the hull of a sailboat and a polished and brushed bracelet formed of nattily rounded links. $10,500; omegawatches.com
AQUA TERRA 41 MM
The 41 mm offers a bit more heft on the wrist and the blue colour-coding has been applied to its distinctive teak-inspired dial, with a matching blue date window indicator at 6 o’clock. Available in matching stainless steel bracelet or sportif blue rubber strap. From $10,600; omegawatches.com
AQUA TERRA WORLDTIMER
Arguably the best known of the Aqua Terra stable, thanks to its wanderlust-inducing, laser-etched relief of the continents and oceans, the Worldtimer arrives in polished and brushed stainless steel and a dial with printed destinations. From $16,475; omegawatches.com
Updates to this 41 mm classic, recognisable for its distinctive lollipop hands, include a blue ceramic bezel, a diving scale and light-blue SuperLumiNova on hands and indices. The darker dial reflects the deeper level of water resistance. $12,300; omega watches.com
The new anniversary offerings—all in a cobalt palette that Omega is calling ‘Summer Blue’—feature a stainless steel caseback with an etching of the ancient Greek god (and de facto company brand ambassador) Poseidon, with his trident and faithful seahorses.
Known for its standout diving scale skeleton hands, bold raised indices, and helium escape valve, the 42 mm Diver 300, released in 1993, is the quintessential Omega diving watch. It is powered by Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer. From $9,850; omega watches.com
Originally released with an orange bezel and a distinctive helium escape valve, the 39.5 mm Planet Ocean is now available in a light-blue ceramic dial, diving scale and bezel. It still boasts a silicon balance spring for superior anti-magnetism. $12,300; omegawatches.com
Catnip for underwater adventurers since it was launched in the ’70s, the Ploprof now comes in 55 x 45 mm. The monobloc casing (one piece versus screw-in casebacks) has been restored, as has the original steel, with titanium versions being discontinued. $23,640; omega watches.com
This bad boy, now in a 45.5 mm size, holds a special place in the Omega legend due to its ties to a world-record-setting dive in 2019, to the deepest part of the ocean. It has a hidden Easter egg that reveals “Omega Was Here” on the dial when held up to a UV light. $21,750; omega watches.com
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