Omega Baselworld 2018
A stirring showcase of many exciting new timepieces
This year, the iconic Seamaster Diver 300M celebrates 25 years with a range of updated models. But there are plenty of other anniversaries and new collections from Omega to explore, from the new Trésor to a space-inspired Speedmaster.
THE SEAMASTER DIVER 300M COLLECTION
Now sized at 42mm, every design detail has been rethought, including a new ceramic bezel with the diving scale in Ceragold or white enamel. Inside, the watches include the Master Chronometer Calibre 8800, instantly taking the collection into a higher realm of precision, performance and magnetic resistance. The sleek dials are made from ceramic and are available in black, blue or PVD chrome colour. The popular wave pattern has been reintroduced (now laserengraved) and the indexes have been raised and filled with Super-luminova. Even the skeleton hands have been subtly reshaped.
One of the Diver 300M's most important details has always been its helium escape valve. For the new models, the valve has been given a conical shape and has been patented by Omega with an ingenious technology that allows it to be operated underwater. Turning the watch over reveals a wave-patterned edge on the caseback, as well as sapphire crystal, through which you can see the Metas-approved Master Chronometer Calibre 8800. In total, there are 14 new Diver 300M models, including 6 in stainless steel and 8 in a mix of stainless steel and gold. Each model is presented on an integrated black or blue rubber strap, or a traditional metal bracelet (with a new ergonomic design and a patented extendable foldover rack-and-pusher with diver extension).
THE SPEEDMASTER "DARK SIDE OF THE MOON" APOLLO 8
As well as having a skeletonised dial, this collectable watch is remarkable for its specially decorated version of the famous Moonwatch calibre 1861. Presented on a perforated black leather strap with yellow rubber through the middle, this Speedmaster's unique design remains true to Apollo 8's pioneering spirit. The entire watch is produced in sleek black ceramic and the dial has been expertly skeletonised to reveal a blackened movement inside. Most impressively, the movement has been laser-ablated to produce realistic imagery of the lunar surface.