4 Omega Dive Watches That Never Made It Into Production

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4 Omega Dive Watches That Never Made It Into Production

Postby koimaster » October 18th 2016, 3:36pm

Written by Roger Ruegger, October 13, 2016


When it comes to museums operated by watch brands, the Omega museum in Bienne is definitely one worth a visit (and if you’re not planning a trip to Switzerland, there’s a website as well: www.omegamuseum.com). It is located just across from Omega HQ, admission is free, it’s open on Saturdays as well as during the week, and — best of all — you get to see hundreds of watches, clocks, movements, and instruments displaying more than a century of the brand’s fascinating history.

Of course, among all these exhibits are quite a few dive watches, given the Omega watch brand’s rich history in manufacturing watches for underwater use.

Along with a comprehensive lineup of past and current Omega Seamaster watches, we discovered four prototype watches on display at the museum that we felt were worthy of attention. Here they are, along with photos:

• A “Super Compressor” case prototype from 1969 with a 52-mm diameter and a flexible caseback intended to be used in helium-saturated environments. Probably because the Omega Seamaster 600 from that time was put “through our helium test […] This test showed that the 600 is one hundred times as air- and water-tight as the Apollo spacecraft.” Omega did not pursue the concept of a helium release valve further until the 1990s.

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Re: 4 Omega Dive Watches That Never Made It Into Production

Postby foghorn » October 18th 2016, 4:17pm

And the ploof plop should have been # 5.
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Re: 4 Omega Dive Watches That Never Made It Into Production

Postby conjurer » October 18th 2016, 7:56pm

foghorn wrote:And the ploof plop should have been # 5.


Yup.

A lot of this makes me recall the infamous Antiquorum "Omegamania" auction, which was filled with Omega shill bidders--supposedly to buy interesting and rare watches for the Omega museum. Others have less charitably said that it was to gin up the prices of pre-owned watches, which would have allowed Omega and Swatch to increase prices for new stock.
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