The Seamaster 300
Back in the year 1957 there was a trio of master watches that Omega came out with called the Speedmaster, Railmaster and the Seamaster 300. Evidently unlike its forerunners, the design of the Seamaster 300 was created to be utilized underwater. Paradoxically, the Seamaster 300 could only dive to depths of 200 meters which Omega claims the limitations of equipment was a factor and not the watch’s limitations.
A well known oceanographer Jacques Cousteau’s team, in continuation of the tradition of Omega being the go-to watch for divers, wore the Seamaster 300 watches during their 1963 Conshelf II experiments in the Red Sea. Moreover over the course of three long dives increasingly, Cousteau mission was to prove that man could live and work on the sea floor.
The Name Is Bond, James Bond
Midway in the 90’s , the Omega Seamaster’s popularity had decreased slightly, making way to the Omega Seamaster Professional. However the watch regained it’s popularity due to it’s selection as the James Bond watch. Although the author of the James Bond novel Ian Flemming, who wore a Rolex included a Rolex watch in his novel, Rolex made it’s way out Omega because the costume designer mentioned that the Omega was more historically current to the British Royal Navy.
As a result, actor Pierce Brosnan, who played James Bond wore an Omega Quartz Seamaster Professional 300 in the film Golden Eye in 1995. Over the course of three Bond films, Brosnan wore the Omega Seamaster 300 Automatic Chronometer in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is Not Enough(1999) and Die Another Day (2002).
In the 2006’s Casino Royale, actor Daniel Craig wore an Omega Seamaster 300 and Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean with a rubber strap for the action scenes. Daniel Craig sported a Seamaster Planet Ocean again for Quantum of Solace and Skyfall .
In celebration of the 24th Bond film, Spectre(2015), and a 20 year-long partnership with the Bond franchise, Omega released the special edition Seamaster 300 Spectre which harkened back to the original Bond Seamaster.
Omega Seamaster’s History
The history of the watch dates back to 1948 when it made it’s appearance in the celebration of Omega’s 100th anniversary. This model became instantaneously popular and became a best seller. Evidently this watch holds the title as the oldest model in Omega’s current collection.
Back in 1932, Omega put out it’s Marine watch on the market in which Yves Le Prieur the “father of modern diving”, a French navy officer and inventor of the modern scuba mask and tank wore this time piece. Moreover in was in 1936, that Charles William Beebe the explorer is credited to wearing this watch while riding in a bathysphere (this is a unpowered sea submersible that was in the ocean and was lowered by way of a cable) reaching depths of 14 meter off the coast of Bermuda. Furthermore in 1948 the Omega was a revered brand well noted for being a diver’s watch and further introducing the Omega Seamaster based upon its reputation.
Past Omega Designs
During World War II, the model of the first Omega Seamaster was patterned after the waterproof wristwatches that was worn by the British military. The thing that sets the Seamaster from earlier models was its O-ring gasket in which there was improvements in the area of it being water-resistance. Moreover in prior times these water-resistant watches depend upon on lead or shellac gaskets that was affected easily by changes in the temperature like what a diver in the different depths of the sea would experience.
Nevertheless in the duration of World War II, for inspiration, the Omega turned to the submarines and the rubber gasket known for it’s resilience was born out of the final design of the Seamaster. In the depths of the sea this case remained faultless at 60 meters and had temperatures ranging from -40 degrees to 50 degrees Celsius. The engineers of Omega had confidence in the reliability of the Seamaster, in so much that there was an attachment on the outside of an aircraft that flew over the North Pole in 1956.
Is The Omega Men’s Seamaster Watch Worth It?
Omega excels in watch development and design. The Omega Seamaster is a quality timepiece that continues the tradition of perfection in personal timepieces; perfection is synonymous with the watchmaker’s name. The Seamaster is a great travel companion especially on international trips. As my friend said, It’s a man’s watch that compliments the personality of its owner. It’s a value as well as a luxury and it gets better with age.