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OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M: The history behind the legend

The OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M has been the stuff of legends since 1993. Beloved for its timeless design and ocean technology, the original timepiece heralded OMEGA’s triumphant return to the realm of diving watches, and also kickstarted OMEGA’s notable association with James Bond.

Date April 7, 2021
Brand OMEGA
Author Sincere Watch
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OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M Featured

The new OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M collection

Sized at 42mm, the new Diver 300M has been given a Master Chronometer Calibre 8800, catapulting the entire collection into a realm of higher performance, precision and magnetic resistance. Every aspect of the design has been rethought and updated with OMEGA’s signature innovation and design.

The dials are made from polished ceramic, and are available in blue or black. The dials also feature laser-engraved waves, a nod to a popular aspect of the original design. To keep track of the days, the Diver 300M has a date window at 6 o’clock. The iconic diving bezel now comes in ceramic too, with the diving scale in Ceragold™ or white enamel, for long-lasting whiteness and durability.

The timepieces are presented on the iconic metal bracelet or an integrated black rubber strap. A quick glance at the back of the watch reveals sapphire crystal and the wave-patterned edge of the caseback, through which the METAS-approved movement can be seen.

Left to right: 210.30.42.20.01.001, 210.30.42.20.03.001, 210.32.42.20.01.001

A Professional Divers’ Watch

We can’t all be divers, but for those of us who do strap on the tanks, the OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M is well equipped for adventures beneath the waves.

For divers, measuring time spend underwater is a matter of life and death. The iconic diving bezel has been refreshed with a brand new twist. It is now made from ceramic with the diving scale in Ceragold™ or white enamel, complete with a luminescent dot at 12 o’clock. In addition, all 12 indexes and hands have been filled with Super-LumiNova, to ensure that time is always visible, even when in murky conditions.

To ensure that the watch stays put, the metal bracelets feature OMEGA’s patented extendable foldover rack-and-pusher with a practical diver extension, ensuring that there’s allowance for the thickness of a diving suit.
Professional divers know the importance of setting helium molecules free. The alternative is allowing them to expand during decompression, causing the crystal face and caseback to pop. One of the central features of the watch has always been its helium escape valve. The valve now comes in a conical shape and has been updated with a patented new technology. In short, even if the helium escape valve is unintentionally opened underwater, the Diver 300M is guaranteed to remain water-resistant, up to 5 bar.

As for water resistance, that can all be found in the name. That is pretty self-explanatory, seeing as how we’re talking about the OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M.

OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M Daniel Craig James Bond 007

On The Wrists of Legends

The Seamaster Diver 300M was first launched in 1993, to immediate success. Its technical prowess and design accelerated its popularity among athletes, divers, researchers, and most notably, a world famous movie spy.

A brief look at some milestones throughout history:

OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M 1993_AD Specker

1993: Frenchman Roland Specker dove 80m underwater, achieving a world record for fresh water free dive. He wore the then brand new OMEGA Seamaster Professional Diver 300M, effectively putting it through its paces in a deep-water environment.

OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M Armbanduhren Watch Of The Year 1994

1994: Readers of the German magazine Armbanduhren awarded the Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph “Watch of the Year.” This was the first “Watch of the Year” award, heralding a bright and promising future.

1995: The legendary Sir Peter Blake, alongside several sailors of Team New Zealand, wore the Diver 300M as they made sailing history with an unforgettable victory at the America’s Cup.

OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M 1995_AC Blake

1995: James Bond strapped on a Seamaster Diver 300M for the first time in GoldenEye, kickstarting one of OMEGA’s most notable and enduring partnerships. 007 and his watch became synonymous in the eyes of pop culture and society.

OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M 1995 Goldeneye
1996: At an altitude of 3000m, in Lake Theodule at the foot of the Matterhorn, the instructors of Ice Rock Club of Zermatt successfully tested the Seamaster Diver 300M in freezing waters, providing its ability to perform in the toughest of conditions.

1997: It’s not just for divers. The Seamaster Diver 300M is the preferred choice for international athletes and sport stars such as tennis champion Martina Hingis and swimmer Alexander Popov.

OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M 1997_AD Popov

2000: Sir Peter Blake created the notable Blakexpeditions foundation, dedicated to researching ecological and marine issues all around the world. Their boat was called the Seamaster, and it only made sense that the Blakexpeditions wore the Seamaster Diver 300M for their important work and research.

OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M Sir Peter Blake 2000

2006 and beyond: A new James Bond, the same iconic watch. Daniel Craig wore the Seamaster Diver 300M when he charmed the world in Casino Royale. To date, the Seamaster and other OMEGA watches have featured in 9 James Bond movies.

OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M Daniel Craig James Bond 007 Casino Royale

The Seamaster Diver 300M has a rich and vibrant history, with indubitably more years of fame and renown to come. Shop the entire collection here.

About OMEGA

Founded in 1848, OMEGA has been synonymous with excellence, innovation and precision. Faithful to its original pioneering spirit, OMEGA continues to make technical and watchmaking history with innovation in areas as diverse as sports timing, precision technology and design. Shop OMEGA watches here.