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I have a real soft spot for the now-classic designs of the diver's watches from the 1960's and 70's. Were it not for several evil looks from my wife (she may be small, but she's wiley), I'd probably have a house full of them. And while there were so many fantastic pieces during this period (from Zodiac, Doxa, Rolex, Blancpain, Jenny, Bulova, Jaeger LeCoultre, Seiko, and dozens more), not surprisingly, Omega is tops for me.

Here on the Omega Forum, the focus, in the diver realm at least, tends to center on modern pieces, with the occasional Seamaster 300 thrown in. But there are so many interesting pieces in between that should see the light of day every once in a while. So, as a tribute of sorts to Omega's long-standing diving history, I endeavored to compile "the list" of Omega's divers from the past 50 years - - all of them.

I used two basic criteria to determine what I would qualify as a "diver": water resistant to at least 100m and rotating "0-60" bezel. You may have a different definition, but this is my thread, afterall. ;-) This had the surprising consequence of omitting quite a few Seamaster and Geneve models which did have rotating bezels, but were only rated to 60 meters (I'm looking at you, Seamaster Cosmics). My list may be imperfect, so by all means, if you know of a model I've missed or if I've gotten any details wrong, please call it out. Additionally, I've tried to capture each general model style, but not necessarily every possible dial, hand, and/or bracelet combination, as that would have been an excersize in futility (knowing Omega). Each entry is listed by model number, name, year introduced, and depth rating.

Wherever possible, I've used pictures of watches owned by WUS members (with permission). For the rest, I've used images from Omega themselves (some of which are not exactly fantastic). If anyone reading this owns (or owned) one of the models I'm using stock photos for, I'd love to use one of your shots instead. I don't know if anyone else will find this interesting, but I had fun putting this post together.

So, without further ado, I present to you the Omega Diver Generations:


CK 2913 - Seamaster 300 - 1958 - 200m

Image courtesy of Per K
(The very first Seamaster "diver". Some familiar design cues here, eh?)


CK 14755 - Seamaster 300 - 1960 - 200m

Image courtesy of mamas


ST 164.014 - Seamaster 300 - 1962 - 200m

Image courtesy of gmhutton


ST 165.024 - Seamaster 300 - 1964 - 200m

Image courtesy of mamas


And here is a variation of the 165.0024 as issued to the Royal Navy (UK)

Image courtesy of Nalu


ST 166.024 - Seamaster 300 - 1966 - 200m

Image courtesy of mamas


ST 165.027 - Seamaster 120 - 1966 - 120m

Image borrowed from the Omega Museum

ST 145.008 - Seamaster Chronostop - 1967 - 120m

Image courtesy of Colin_T

Image courtesy of Colin_T
(Note that the caseback states that the piece is rated to 120m (and has also been confirmed by other owners), despite the Vintage Database listing it as 60m. I'm not sure if this is just a discrepancy or if there was a change in the rating at some point)


ST 166.0088 - Seamaster 120 - 1969 - 120m

Image courtesy of Joe K.


ST 166.068 - Seamaster - 1969 - 200m

Image courtesy of 2premo


ST 145.0019 - Seamaster - 1969 - 120m

Image courtesy of IAMsterdam


ST 166.0077 - Seamaster 600 "PloProf" - 1970 - 600m

Image courtesy of Toshi
(Developed specifically for professional divers, it was design and tested with the assistance of Jacques Cousteau)

Let's observe the beast in his natural habitat . . .

Image courtesy of ToddVNO


ST 166.0073 - Seamaster 120 - 1970 - 120m

Image courtesy of Neil(UK)


ST 398.0806 - Seamaster Electronic - 1971 - 120m

Image courtesy of Toshi

ST 198.0016 - Seamaster Electronic - 1971 - 120m

Image courtesy of keitht


ST 166.0091 - Seamaster 200 - 1971 - 200m

Image courtesy of keitht


ST 166.0093 - Seamaster 1000 (aka "The Grand") - 1972 - 1000m

Image courtesy of ToddVNO
(Omega's deepest diver ever)


ST 176.0004 - Seamaster 120 (aka "Big Blue") - 1972 - 120m

Image courtesy of Nalu

And another one, just because this watch is the bees knees.

Image courtesy of Nalu


ST 145.0036 - Flightmaster - 1973 - 120m

Image courtesy of Wytnucls
(Yes, the Flightmaster is very much a pilot's watch, so why mention it here? Well, this particular model featured double the water resistance of previous models, so it ticks all the right boxes)


ST 166.0177 - Seamaster 200 (aka SHOM Seamaster) - 1974 - 200m

Image courtesy of Toshi
(SHOM stands for Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine. The story goes that this model was ordered by the French for SHOM use. That's the story anyway - - it seems that this association was possibly exagerated. No one really knows how many were purchased by SHOM and how many went straight to retail.)


ST 166.0250 - Seamaster 120 (aka Baby PloProf) - 1978 - 120m

Image courtesy of ToddVNO
(It's a little known fact that the PloProf was stationed overseas for a few months and became romantically involved with a local girl. Unfortunately, he had to ship out and never learned that he had a son, Baby PloProf.)


ST 366.0858 - Seamaster - 1979 - 120m

Image borrowed from the Omega Museum


ST 396.0900 - Seamaster 120 "Plongeur De Luxe" - 1980 - 120m

Image courtesy of keitht
(This model was on Jacques Mayol's wrist when he set the world freediving (unassisted) record at 101m in 1981. Not exactly a "0-60" bezel, but marked sufficiently for dive timing.)


SR 396.0929 - Seamaster 120 "Calypso" - 1981 - 120m

Image borrowed from the Omega Museum
(Black chromium-plated stainless steel case. Also offered in standard stainless steel case.)


ST 396.0932 - Seamaster 120 "Calypso II" - 1982 - 120m

Image borrowed from the Omega Museum
(Stainless steel case. Also offered in black chromium-plated case.)


SR 396.0975 - Seamaster 120 "Calypso III" - 1983 - 120m

Image borrowed from the Omega Museum
(Black chromium-plated stainless steel case. Also offered in standard stainless steel case.)


2810 - Seamaster 200 (aka Pre-Bond) - 1988 - 200m

Image courtesy of WIS_Chronomaster


2531.80 - Seamaster 300 "The Bond" - 1993 - 300m

Image courtesy of Fergie


Image courtesy of Zidane


TB 378.0504 - Seamaster 300 Chrono Diver - 1993 - 300m

Image courtesy of Hewybaby
(This particular model features titanium, gold, and tantalum. Was also available in all titanium or stainless steel)


2514.50 - Seamaster 200 - 1997 - 200m

Image courtesy of keitht
(Features Omega's "Omegamatic" auto-quartz movement)


2054.50 - Seamaster 300 - 2000 - 300m

Image courtesy of John Wilson


2269.50 - Seamaster Racing Chronometer "America's Cup" - 2003 - 300m

Image courtesy of WatchObsession
(Features a 10 minute regatta timer complication)


2895.30.91 - Seamaster 300m Apnea - 2003 - 300m

Image borrowed from the Omega Museum
(The Apnea was designed in conjunction with Jacques Mayol, but wasn't released until 2 years after his death. The piece features a 14 minute timer complication)


2535.80 - Seamaster 300 M GMT - 2004 - 300m

Image courtesy of NMGE17


2594.52 - Seamaster Professional Chronograph - 2005 - 300m

Image courtesy of spogehead


2201.50 - Seamaster Planet Ocean - 2005 - 600m

Image courtesy of AAP


2218.50 - Seamaster Planet Ocean Chrono - 2006 - 600m

Image courtesy of WatchObsession


224.30.55.21.01.001 - Seamaster PloProf 1200 M - 2009 - 1200m

Image courtesy of Hary


Well, that's all I have. Not a lot of info, but lots of pretty pictures. :-!

Again, if anyone has any comments/corrections, let's hear them.

Thanks for looking.
 

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Problematic post Alex.... you made me realize how much longer my family's suffering will continue, until I have all the examples I need to complete my collection....

But really - an awesome collection of divers (and a pilot's watch). !!
 

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One of the more surprising things I realized while doing this was how much I liked a lot of the designs Omega churned out during the early 1980's. I guess I had assumed that this was a bit of a "dead" period. Not the case at all.
 

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That's a work of art Al, not seen a better watch thread on the internet to date, and just highlights to me what a fantastically versatile brand Omega is. |>


ps. still very flattered you used one of my pics :thanks
 

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A beautiful collection, Alex.

Question: I had always associated all Seamasters to be 'dive capable' but I guess that's not the case perhaps with the chronos? I just picked up a vintage 176.007 Cal. 1040 Seamaster so I'd like to know where you guys stand on this point.
 

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A beautiful collection, Alex.

Question: I had always associated all Seamasters to be 'dive capable' but I guess that's not the case perhaps with the chronos? I just picked up a vintage 176.007 Cal. 1040 Seamaster so I'd like to know where you guys stand on this point.
120m originally, as were most, if not all of the SM chrono's of the period..including the 145.007 Chronostop.

Regards Keith
 

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great thread, with an excellent overview of one omega's top lines!

did the seamaster line originate in the 50's, without actually being water-resistant?
 

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A beautiful collection, Alex.

Question: I had always associated all Seamasters to be 'dive capable' but I guess that's not the case perhaps with the chronos? I just picked up a vintage 176.007 Cal. 1040 Seamaster so I'd like to know where you guys stand on this point.
Unfortunately for me (but fortunately for my marriage) only one of these pieces belongs to me. The rest were just compiled for the sake of this post.

According to the Omega Vintage Database, the 176.001/176.007 Seamasters was only rated to 60m (as was the 145.007 Chronostop KeithT mentioned). Even if they had a sufficient depth rating, they still would not have made this list, however, due to the lack of a rotating "0-60" bezel. I know, I'm a cruel taskmaster. b-)
 

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Great work, Alex! One minor clarification though: my understanding is that not *all* the SM200's were necessarily SHOM. SHOM only ordered some of the uncommon but unrestricted regular production model. I think some sellers and owners over the years have muddied the waters a little bit to try and make their own watches seem more valuable/notable, or else there were problems of language/understanding that led to this misconception.
 

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1947 or 48, depending on who you ask.


Hey, not to pick nits but where's the 2254.50? This is a great thread!
Hey, I got close with the 2054.50, which I believe was offered before the 2254.50 here in the USA. :-!

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I couldn't capture every reference, so I usually picked one to represent each style. As an example, within the Seamaster 300 M family there have been two basic styles - - the skeleton hand line (including The Bond, a white dialed, and most recently a black dialed version, and accompanying Chronos) and the sword hand line (2254, Electric Blue, etc, and accompanying Chronos).
 

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Great work, Alex! One minor clarification though: my understanding is that not *all* the SM200's were necessarily SHOM. SHOM only ordered some of the uncommon but unrestricted regular production model. I think some sellers and owners over the years have muddied the waters a little bit to try and make their own watches seem more valuable/notable, or else there were problems of language/understanding that led to this misconception.
Excellent point, Ryan. You know, I went back and forth on that one for about a week. I knew that they were not all destined for SHOM, and was really waffling on how to address the nickname without perpetuating a myth. So, I tried to word it carefully by starting with "the story goes" and mentioning that the model was ordered for SHOM use, but not going so far to attach any exclusivety to production. I really don't care for that sentence and am open to suggestions for posterity's sake.
 

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very nice post
except the 166.0024 should be a date model, like my 166.0324

I don't know what you're talking about. The one I posted is a date model - - it's the 3rd. :-d

You are absolutely correct. I pooched the pics when I posted and accidentally left one of "mamas" 300's out. Thanks for pointing that out. |>
 

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Wow! Great post. Thanks for the time and effort you put in. You made me miss my SHOM though! Why did I ever sell that great watch?!?!?! And thanks for using the phrase "bees knees" - that is always appreciated.
 
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