Dive watches are the stars of Omega’s 2021 releases, starting with the stalwart Seamaster 300. When it made its debut in 1957, joining the Speedmaster and the Railmaster to form the brand’s “Professional Trilogy” of tool watches, it was already packed with innovative features. These included an ingenious high-pressure water-resistance system and the first Omega dive bezel with a security lock to prevent accidental rotation. The new Seamaster stays remarkably true to the spirit of the original, with a slightly larger dial opening on the 41mm steel case that is balanced by the thinner bezel. The lollipop centre seconds hand returns with a lume-filled tip. The most noticeable change, however, is the sandwich dial construction. The bottom plate is coated with Super-LumiNova that shows through the cut-out indexes and numerals in the top plate. Arabic numerals are a nod to Seamaster models from the 1960s.
Mounted on an integrated steel bracelet or a leather strap, the new Seamaster 300 also comes in a patented bronze-gold alloy. Bronze, a metal traditionally associated with diving and the sea, develops verdigris on its surface: a protective green patina that forms as a result of the copper content. Omega avoids this by including 37.5% gold in its alloy, together with palladium and silver to obtain a soft pink shade as well as enhanced resistance to corrosion and oxidation. The bezel is in brown ceramic while the dial uses a common bronze alloy, chosen for its dark brown colour. The movement is the same as for the steel versions: the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8912 that has been certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).
Still in underwater mode, Omega is taking its Seamaster over to the dark side with a captivating Seamaster Diver 300M Black Black. Taking advantage of ceramic’s versatility, the brand has created a watch in contrasting shades of the same colour without compromising legibility, including in the dark. In practical terms, this means a 43.5mm case in polished and satin-brushed black ceramic on a black rubber integrated strap that fastens with a black ceramic buckle. Both the crown and the helium escape valve have been given the dark treatment. The same stealth mode extends to the anthracite Super-LumiNova coating on the diving scale, indexes and skeleton hands. In low visibility, these essential indications appear as different shades. Black ceramic is also used for the dial which is laser-etched in positive relief to accentuate contrasts. An identical technique applies to the diving scale on the bezel. On the reverse side, the “Naiad Lock” ensures that the sapphire back is securely screwed-down while keeping engravings aligned. Beneath it sits the METAS-certified Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8806.
Omega is also introducing new styles to two classic collections, starting with the Constellation. Introduced in 1952, in 1982 it acquired its distinctive “griffes” or claws that extend across the bezel as well as the half-moon facets on the case. This year’s models, in a new 34mm size, look to the fifth generation of Constellation that launched in 2018. Featuring a small seconds subdial and a date window at 6 o’clock, they come in steel, in Sedna™ gold or a combination of both, with or without diamonds on the bezel and dial. For men, the De Ville Trésor collection has also been given a refresh, with a new subdial display and a large choice of colours and metals. All indicate small seconds at 6 o’clock; some models add a power reserve at 12 o’clock. Movements are the manual-winding Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8927 (small seconds) and Calibre 8935 (small seconds and power reserve). Both are certified by METAS.
Adding sparkle to 2021 is a Seamaster Aqua Terra 34mm featuring diamond or ruby hour markers on the wave-embossed dial in addition to diamonds on the bezel. Cases are in stainless steel or Sedna™ gold on a leather strap or bimetal bracelet.