This morning we have a nice 2010 #TAGHeuer #GrandCarrera, available with box and papers for £1,850. Watchfinder.co.uk
The life of the #Zenith #ElPrimero
It took the fight to Rolex’s Sea-Dweller, swum with Jacques Cousteau and dodged bullets on the wrist of James Bond. If there’s one watch to take to the briny deep (and back again), it’s the Omega Seamaster.
The Seamaster’s history is filled with twists and turns, all starting with the 1932 Omega Marine. This strange, twin-cased watch was the first to be patented for use by commercial divers, and kick-started a race to produce the most robust watch possible. Omega’s first Seamaster followed in 1947, and was primarily intended for use as an everyday watch that could be worn without fear of damage from dust and water. Then, in the early 1950s, following the growth of scuba diving as a sport, a glut of dedicated dive watches began to appear. First was Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms, which was launched mere months before the Rolex Submariner; the Seamaster 300 followed in 1957.
The Seamaster 300 was a radical departure from the original. The slender case became chunky, the elegant dial bold and clear, the depth rating swollen to a colossal 300 metres. But that wasn’t the end for the older model: while the 300 inherited the role as flagship of the Seamaster range, the traditional piece was re-named ‘De-Ville’ and sold as an entry-level watch. It became more popular than Omega expected, and so the De Ville became its own collection. The baton of the original Seamaster’s design was passed down to the Seamaster Aqua-Terra, which continues to maintain the essence of that founding watch.
The 1957 Seamaster 300, however, found its own niche among the seaweed and silt of the deep. But deep wasn’t deep enough; Omega needed to go deeper. With the help of Jacques Cousteau, Omega developed the Seamaster 600, nicknamed the ‘PloProf’. Launched in 1971, it battled against Rolex’s Sea-Dweller to become king of the sea. Both watches brought innovation to the table, but it was the Sea-Dweller that ultimately secured the all-important contract with diving agency COMEX.
After a lull following the devastating quartz era, which decimated many of the world’s best watchmakers, Omega’s fortunes turned around with the release of the 1993 Seamaster Professional. A clever placement on the wrist of James Bond re-ignited a former passion for Omega watches, which hasn’t abated since.
Andrew Morgan is the editor of Watchfinder & Co.’s digital publication The Watch Magazine. Visit thewatchmagazine.com for more on watches, and watchfinder.co.uk to browse a selection of fine pre-owned watches.
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Go team! #AudemarsPiguet #Allinghi
Rocking a blue dialled #DateJust today
Not just any old cog in the machine #MauriceLaCroix #RoueCarree
A couple of #DateJusts for you today. Which makers do you prefer? left or right?
Beauty in its simplest form #BlancPain #Villeret
Because it’s ladies night…. #Cartier #Patek #Killerheels