An extract from OMEGA Lifetime - The Ocean Edition
TREASURES FROM THE VAULT
Delving into the hallowed vaults of the official Omega Museum, we uncover how the legendary Seamaster 200 gained its enigmatic “SHOM” moniker.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Omega fathered some of the greatest ever underwater watches. The title “Seamaster Professional” has adorned many legendary divers’ watches, and famous nicknames have always been part of the brand’s legacy, starting with the Seamaster 300, the Seamaster 600 PloProf (PLOngeur PROFessionel), the Seamaster 1000 (also called “the Grand” due to its shape and its depth rating of 1,000m/330ft) all the way up to the Seamaster Automatic 120m Chronograph, a.k.a. “Big Blue”. While most of these models shared Omega’s signature ‘pilots’ line’ oval case design, one of the last great members of the lineage featured a surprisingly strong angular case: the Seamaster 200, also called the “SHOM” by avid collectors. Referenced as 166.0177 and powered by Omega’s reliable calibre 1012, the model debuted at Baselworld 1973 and – other than its case made of single pieces of Swedish steel by Piquerez – featured a black dial with high-visibility indexes, sword hands and a depth rating of 200m/660ft printed on the dial.