By The Nation
A favourite of professional divers since it debuted in 1993, and the perfect watch for world’s most beloved spy, James Bond, 14 unique models were launched at the event, six in stainless steel and eight in a mix of stainless steel and 18K gold.
The party was attended by many celebrities such as Pita Limjaroenrat, Preeyanuch Bulakul, Karatphet Issara, Chulalux Piyasombatkul, Ingfah Damrongchaitham, Yumi Kiangsiri, Navadee Mokkhavesa, Vasu Virajsilp, Barom Bhicharnchitr, Jarujit – Pimlert Baiyoke, ML.Korkrita Kritakara, Yanin Viravaidya, Jittima Wattanasin, Supachai Kanjanasakchai, and many more.
Tipanat Lenbury, country manager of The Swatch Group Trading (Thailand), explained that the exhibition “How the Seamaster Diver 300M Became a Legend” aimed to take guests back through the timepiece’s fascinating history.
In 1993, Frenchman Roland Specker achieved a world recordbreaking freshwater free dive to a depth of 80m in Lake Neuchatel. On his wrist, he wore the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M, successfully testing it in a true deepwater environment.
In 1995, The Diver 300M became part of sailing history, when it was worn by several sailors of Team New Zealand, who achieved an unforgettable victory at the America’s Cup. One of Omega’s most exciting and enduring partnerships began when James Bond strapped on a Seamaster Diver 300M for the first time in “Golden Eye”. The spy and his watch became synonymous and sales of the timepiece soared.
In 1997, The Seamaster Diver 300M proved that is was not just a watch for diving, when it was advertised as the preferred choice of international sports stars including the swimmer Alexander Popov and tennis champion Martina Hingis.
2006 brought a new James Bond, but the same iconic watch, with Daniel Craig wearing the Seamaster Diver 300M when he burst onto screens in “Casino Royale”. The trusty timepiece was now in its 5th 007 film.
Omega unveiled a complete facelift of this famous watch in 2018. Now sized at a larger 42 mm, each new Diver 300M has been given a Master Chronometer Calibre 8800, the Metasapproved movement instantly taking the collection into a higher realm of precision, performance and magnetic resistance. Every detail of the outward design has also been rethought, including the iconic diving bezel, which is now made from ceramic with the diving scale in Ceragold or white enamel (for longerlasting whiteness and durability).
The dials are also made from polished ceramic and are available in black, blue or sunbrushed PVD chrome colour. Most notably, Omega has reintroduced the wavy pattern (now laserengraved) that was a popular feature of the original design.
Finally, each model is presented on a traditional iconic metal bracelet or an integrated black or blue rubber strap. The metal bracelets feature a new ergonomic design and have been closely integrated to the case.