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WWLI: Omega Seamster 120

Omega released the first Seamaster in 1948, to commemorate the brand’s centennial. The Seamaster took it’s inspiration from their robust field watches that Omega and many other brands issued to servicemen in World War II. But the Seamaster departed from its military forebears in the use of a technology that would prove innovative in the history of horology.

Omega was no stranger to producing waterproof wristwatches. In 1932 the brand released the Omega Marine, which was worn by the father of the Aqua-Lung, Yves le Prieur, and descended to a depth of 14 meters with underwater explorer William Beebe in 1936. But these watches achieved water-resistance merely through well-sealed cases, and what gaskets they used were made of materials such as lead and shellac that did not resist changes in temperature. In the design of the Seamaster, Omega employed rubber gaskets or O-rings similar to those found in submarines used during the War. To ensure maximum water resistance, Omega submitted the Seamaster to rigorous testing at the Laboratory for Water Resistance in Geneva, where the cases were exposed to rapid changes of temperature at a simulated depth of 60 meters.

This stout Seamaster is a derivative of those original designs, drenched in the decades of design and engineering that has allowed Omega to become a forerunner in the dive watch space. For this week’s WWLI, Analog/Shift Art Director Atom Moore gives us his take on this ’70s stunner…This is Why We Love It!

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