Dating an omega seamaster wrist watch
The Seamaster, however, used a rubber gasket of the type that had proven its abilities in submarines during the Second World War.
In fact the Seamaster was independently tested by the Swiss Laboratory for Watch Research which subjected 50 cases to tests at a simulated depth of 60 meters.
It marked a decisive turning point for the line which has been associated with robust divers' watches ever since.
The Seamaster 300 has been the choice of many of the world’s most famous explorers and divers over the years.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s team used the Seamaster 300 during its “Precontinent II” experiments in the Red Sea in the summer of 1963 to prove that divers could live in a submerged saturated gas environment for long periods without adverse effects.
The Seamaster 300 would also go on to be the watch of choice of military divers around the world, including the British Special Boat Service among others.
The following year saw the introduction of the “Professional” range of Seamaster watches with the launch of the Seamaster 300.
The engineers at OMEGA were so sure of the Seamaster that one flew the Polar Route over the North Atlantic attached to the outside of a Douglas DC6 aircraft in 1956.The first watches were equipped with self-winding movements in both standard and chronometer versions, the latter being universally appreciated for their robustness, accuracy and reliability.The Seamaster's first diving-record was achieved in 1955, when diver Gordon Mc Lean reached a depth of 62.5 metres in Australia. At this time, water-resistant watches generally used lead or shellac gaskets which were susceptible to temperature changes.Launched in 1948 to coincide with the brand's 100th anniversary, the OMEGA Seamaster line is the oldest in the current collection.
Loosely based on the waterproof wristwatches made for the British military at the end of World War II, the Seamaster was first intended as a robust yet elegant watch for active individuals who wanted a watch for “town, sea and country”.The ever-increasing depths at which divers were working led to the creation of the famous “Ploprof” ( or "professional diver" in English) Seamaster 600, launched to the public in 1970 after four years of intensive research and testing.