Since 1993, Omega’s Seamaster Professional Diver 300m has been at the heart of the brand’s sport watch collection. Known to fans as James Bond’s watch in 1995’s GoldenEye, the Seamaster 300m is one of the brand’s most iconic models. Just in time for Baselworld, Omega have announced an updated Seamaster Diver 300 featuring a ceramic bezel, redesigned ceramic dial, new 42mm case size, and Omega’s Master Chronometer C0-Axial 8800 movement.
Model: Seamaster Diver 300m
Dimensions: 42mm wide
Case Material: Stainless Steel or Stainless Steel and Gold
Movement: Omega Master Chronometer 8800
Power Reserve: 55 hours
Strap/Bracelet: Metal bracelet to match the case or integrated rubber strap in blue or black
Price & Availability: TBD
Like the other DeVille family members powered by automatic motions, the watch comes with a set of Alfa-shaped hands but also adds a lovely “SuperNova” motif to its dialup, probably borrowing it in the Constellation collection.As you may see on the photos, there are only eleven diamonds on the watch’s dial: the one at 3 o’clock is replaced with a “diamond-polished” date window.The idea was fantastic, but its implementation is fair, to say the least. The date window mercilessly destroys symmetry of this dial making it clear that somebody in Omega chose to cut costs of the final product and use a time-proven quality that was designed to power watches around 30 millimeters in diameter.The difficulty is that the Ladymatic is offered in a 34 millimeter case using a proportionately bigger dial and longer hands, while the diameter of the date ring around the Omega Co-Axial calibre 8520/8521 stays exactly the same. Thus the ugly positioning of this date window.They might have solved the problem by making the date display conspicuous and putting and placing the twelfth diamond where it belonged from the very beginning, but… for some reason they didn’t. Otherwise, it is a brilliant-looking watch, both elegant and fashionable. The wave pattern that unites the front and back parts of the case and supplies a superb view in a distinguishing ceramic ring is a really nice touch. The design creates the thickish case look a lot lighter and thinner, and also provides the opinion with much more cheerful and even lively mood. This is particularly true for the model that comes equipped with a snow-set diamond-paved bezel.
Most notably, the new Seamaster Diver 300m collection has been updated in size to 42mm from the former full size model’s 40mm width to keep up with changing tastes regarding watch size. Omega’s election to outfit the new Seamaster series with the 35 jewel METAS-certified Master Chronometer 8800 demonstrates their trend in recent years of upgrading their watches with upscale manufacture calibers across their broad offering.
The triumphant return of the wave pattern on the ceramic dial, which is now laser engraved, will be welcome to many fans of the Seamaster. Available in black, blue, or “PVD chrome,” the new dial is subtly updated, with a date at six and new text to match the watch’s new in house caliber. However different, the dial’s DNA is much the same as it has always been, proving Omega’s dedication to this style’s ability to stand the test of time with only minor design changes.
The Seamaster Diver 300m’s helium release valve at ten o’clock is also subtly different compared to older models, with a more conical profile and the new ability to be operated underwater. As is Omega’s custom, the new Seamaster Diver 300m collection will feature no less than fourteen new models, with six in stainless steel and eight with a stainless steel and gold mix.
However subtle the visual updates on the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300m may be, Omega have provided a new and much more interesting manufacture movement to a tried and true diver’s watch package. Other new features like the six o’clock date position, updated helium release valve, more on trend 42mm case size, and return of the wave patterned dial work together to give fans new reasons to reconsider one of Omega’s core pieces. We’ll share price for the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300m as soon as we learn more. omegawatches.com