The Omega Seamaster is iconic, but that word doesn’t do it justice. The watch has graced the wrists of James Bond and royalty around the world, and it’s now available in such a wide variety of colors and configurations that it could almost be its own brand.
Omega offers the Seamaster in a staggering number of metals, colors, and with several interesting complications. The “basic” diver comes in black, white, blue, green, and special editions with other dial colors. It offers a 55-hour power reserve, 300 meters of water resistance (1,000 feet), and can be had on a bracelet or rubber strap. Omega moved to transparent case backs a few years back, which shows off the intricate 8800 movement underneath.
The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra line brings more upscale appeal and is equally broad with its product offering. It’s available with 12 dial colors, several strap options, and four metal choices. Case sizes range from 28mm to 43mm, and the larger watches bring interesting features like world timers, annual calendars, day-date functions, time zones, and chronographs.
Finally, the Seamaster Planet Ocean is a more modern take on the classic diver formula. Newer models sport ceramic bezels and unique dial designs, though they retain the model’s recognizable arrow hands. The watch is also offered in a wide range of configurations, but the simple three-hand design with a date complication is the cleanest and least over-the-top.
If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to the Rolex Submariner and other divers, it’s hard to go wrong with the Omega Seamaster. The level of design sophistication, quality, and technology easily establishes Omega as a top-tier brand, and the Seamaster’s pricing is truly impressive on the used market.
Additionally, the Seamaster’s flexibility makes it wearable in most situations, so it could be the only watch for some people. It looks sporty on a bracelet and can be dressed down further with a rubber strap. Some models, such as the Aqua Terra, look great on leather, making them ideal for the office and a night on the town after.