Omega Seamaster Professional Apnea

Introduced in 2003, the Omega Seamaster Apnea watch is a tribute to Jacques Mayol (1 April 1927 – 22 December 2001), a French diver and the holder of many world records in free diving. He was the first free diver to descend to 100 meters (330 ft).

This timepiece was actually developed in collaboration with Jacques Mayol, who was also known as Dolphin Man. Water resistant to 300 meters, this unusual diving chronograph offers a distinctly styled Apnea counter, a useful indication for free divers who dive into the depths without any equipment.

Apnea is actually a medical term used to denote temporary cessation of breathing, especially during sleep. Free divers do not carry any breathing apparatus during the diving. They rely on the capacity of their lungs and try to hold their breath underwater for as long as possible. The Apnea counter can be used monitor the lung capacity of the diver.

This timepiece features an Apnea counter with a free-diving timing display with seven apertures for a 14 minutes dive. It can be activated by the pusher located at 2 o’ clock.

Each slot indicates one minute. During normal operation, these slots feature the same color of the dial (black or white). Soon after activating the push-button, the color of slots gradually changes to red as the count-down rotating disc positioned behind them began moving. When all the seven slots turn red color, it indicates the completion of seven minutes. For calculating the duration above seven minutes, it uses reverse process (from red to normal color). The maximum measurement is 14 minutes.

The Omega Seamaster Professional Apnea is equipped with the Omega 3601 self-winding chronograph movement. Specially developed for this timepiece, this caliber is based on the ETA 2892-A2 movement. It has a power reserve of 40 hours.

Available in black or white dial, the Seamaster Apnea features a 41.5mm diameter stainless steel case fitted on a bracelet or rubber strap. The hour and minute hands are uniquely shaped to provide the clear view of the Apnea counter. The hands and hour-markers are embedded with luminescent material.

The automatic Omega Seamaster Apnea chronograph features a solid stainless steel screwed-in case back. The engraving of a diver and a dolphin on the centre part evokes Jacques Mayol’s love for the most-admired aquatic mammal. His name is also engraved on the caseback.

The watch is equipped with a stainless steel, unidirectional diving bezel and a screwed-down crown. The bezel features a triangle marker with a luminescent dot. The first 14 minute markers on the bezel are in red and the remaining are in black.

The bracelet features polished stainless steel links and fold over clasp with double push button safety mechanism.

Technical details

Model: Seamaster Diver 300M Automatic 41.5mm Apnea

Movement
Caliber: Omega 3601
39 jewels
Self-winding chronograph with Freediving timing display for a 14 minutes dive
Hour, minute hand, central chronograph hand
Rhodium-plated finish with Geneva waves circular graining and gold plated engraving
Power Reserve: 40 hours

Case
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 41.5mm
Thickness: 16mm
Lug width: 20mm
Domed anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 300 meters (1000 feet)

Dial
Black or white dial
Hour and minute hands with Super-Luminova
Red color central chronograph seconds hand
Apnea timing

References
Reference: 2595.50.00: Stainless steel case and bracelet, black dial
Reference: 2895.50.91: Stainless steel case, black dial, black rubber strap
Reference: 2595.30.00: Stainless steel case and bracelet, white dial
Reference: 2895.30.91: Stainless steel case, white dial, black rubber strap