Watch

MADE: 1963

MATERIAL: Stainless Steel

MOVEMENT: Automatic

CASE DIAMETER: 36mm

Notes

Made famous for its reliability, the OMEGA Seamaster has worldwide acclaim stemming back to its origins where it serviced armed forces in Britain.
Naturally, the military were looking for wristwatches that were robust and could handle exacting conditions, all while being discreet and easy to read. Its success with servicemen prompted the company to produce a line for the general public in 1947.

OMEGA has not only become horological masters of Space exploration but also the journey to the depths of the ocean, creating the world’s first ever divers wristwatch in 1930. Consequently, the company has gone on to provide lifesaving timekeeping through their exclusive Seamaster divers range to ocean explorers, divers and those who wished to test man’s endurance against the deep sea’s crushing pressures and unimaginable mysteries.

Launched in 1957, the Seamaster 300 was a wristwatch specially designed for divers that could resist buckling up to altitudes of 32,000 meters and was water resistant up to 200 meters. Why was it named the 300? – Well at the time the wristwatch’s performance during testing far outweighed the capacity of the testing devices available which were limited to pressures of 20 kg/cm2. Its first incarnation also had a reverse Arabic scale on the bezel (60-0) however, a divers need to accurately time their dives meant this was later changed to a sequential Arabic scale.
Several variations were subsequently created as technology advanced but its reliability in the field was never impaired.

The Seamaster 300 was worn by among others, the British Royal Navy and Jacques-Yves Cousteau during underwater experiments Precontinent I, II and III in the Red Sea where the team were immersed for extended periods of time in high pressure environments below the sea.

This model has stood the test of time and is still highly regarded by fans, having been recently reissued by OMEGA as a co-axial version to celebrate their lengthy diving history, as well as a model worn by James Bond in Spectre.

World History

- The Beatles record their debut album Please Please Me in a single day at the Abbey Road Studios in London.

- The 35th Academy Awards ceremony is held. Lawrence of Arabia wins Best Picture.

- Vostok 6 takes off carrying Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman into space.

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