The Omega Seamaster is no slouch in the dive watch category, even though it’s often overshadowed by the Rolex Submariner. That said, it has been the go-to watch for 007 himself (ever since the Pierce Brosnan era of the franchise), and this pop culture fame has given the piece a significant boost in mainstream popularity. The thing about Omega is that they never shy away from offering up a healthy stock of references (new colors, materials, straps, etc.) on any given year, which leaves us with ample offerings to choose from on the secondary market.
Though other Omega Seamaster models have since been adopted by Bond over the years, the ‘icon reference’ (so to speak) is the classic and compact Seamaster Diver 300m 2531.80. This 41mm blue wave dial has evolved into different references over the years, but its basic construction has remained relatively intact. With that in mind, we’re deciding to take a dive into other modern references today. Specifically, those that don’t carry the classic bond hallmarks, but rather stand on their own two feet without attachment to celebrity or fame.
OMEGA SEAMASTER PLANET OCEAN CHRONOGRAPH
The Planet Ocean is effectively a Seamaster on steroids – increased water resistance, chunkier cases, and generally more rugged aesthetics. When picking a Planet Ocean to kick this list off, going with this 45.5mm titanium-cased beast of a chronograph was an easy choice. The combination of a matte light grey dial and orange accents paired with a matching grey and orange rubber strap works exceptionally well.
At a functional level, this piece is also rock-solid, as Omega was able to maintain the standard 600m of water resistance on it even though it is fitted with a chronograph complication. While it is a standard practice on most watches to never operate the chronograph features underwater, newer Omega Seamaster chronograph pushers can actually be operated at depth. Additionally, like many of the other professional dive watches in the Seamaster collection, the case of this Planet Ocean Chronograph is fitted with a helium escape valve at the 10 o’clock location.
OMEGA SEAMASTER 300
We know that a black dialed version of this Seamaster 300m was featured in Spectre, but that reference is a far enough cry from this sleek 2015 release, as it features a 12-hour bezel, a different color profile, and it is crafted from different materials. This particular model is based on one of the early Seamaster releases from 1957, and features a relatively flat case profile with long lugs, making the 41mm piece wear a bit larger than its specs would otherwise indicate.
The Omega Seamaster 300 is offered in a variety of metals, with this blue dial/bezel example being made in titanium and fitted with a ceramic ‘Liquidmetal’ bezel. While the style of font and use of beige-colored lume on the hands and indices give the piece a very vintage-leaning aesthetic, its automatic Caliber 8400 Co-Axial chronometer movement makes it properly modern in terms of accuracy and reliability.
OMEGA SEAMASTER DIVER CHRONOGRAPH – AMERICA’S CUP EDITION
Back to a chronograph for our third spot on this list, the Omega Seamaster Diver Chronograph America’s Cup edition is from the same general line of design as the original ‘Bond’ model. However, it is far from the model worn by Agent 007, as it is fitted with sword hands, a glossy black dial, and of course a chronograph complication to boot.
At 41.5mm across in this casing, this divers chronograph wears quite compactly when compared to the Planet Ocean. Additionally, it also happens to be priced significantly below the Planet Ocean, represents a serious bargain for the amount of watch that you receive. Getting an automatic luxury chronograph with a 300m of water resistance and timing bezel at this price point is an absolute steal, even without the added pedigree of it being an Omega Seamaster in the first place.
OMEGA SEAMASTER PLANET OCEAN GMT 600M
Closing out the category, It was an easy choice to look at a GMT – a classic complication in the dive watch category, though one that is entirely irrelevant for a dive watch when used for its actual intended task. While the Planet Ocean is Omega’s lineup of ultra-capable professional dive watches, a surprising number of different GMT models have been offered within this sub-collection.
Once again, we get a solid but not overbearing blue dial, this time mated with those orange accents that are the unofficial calling card of the modern Planet Ocean lineup. The swap to a 24h rotating bezel does a surprising job of changing the piece’s overall look; however the Liquidmetal bezel retains a luminous marker at the 12 o’clock location, which allows it to retain much of its dive-ready functionality. Using titanium for its case and bracelet also does a good job of lightening the piece, as its steel cased counterpart can be a bit on the hefty side.