Since it was first launched way back in 1993, the Seamaster 300m has been Omega’s flagship diver. Sure it’s not as extreme as the Planet Ocean or Ploprof, but with its signature wavy dial and faceted look, it’s become one of the most popular underwater assets around. Being ‘the’ Bond watch probably helps, too.
Not to rest on their laurels though, last year Omega revamped and refitted their flagship with a few contemporary design changes and their latest calibre. It’s not too much of a surprise then to see that they’ve done it again at Swatch Group’s inaugural solo-group show with the Seamaster 300m Chronograph.
The new chronograph is available in six different colourways, nicely divided into groups. The first couple is a two-tone partnership between a 44mm stainless steel case and a yellow/Sedna gold and ceramic diving bezel, with a few additional gold accents throughout. The Sedna comes with a black dial for a glamorous contrast, or blue for a more nautical vibe, a little brighter but just as lovely aesthetically.
Next up is a more traditionally-nautical steel. It’s a much more casual look and one that most divers would be a little more inclined to risk in the water as a tool watch as much as an accessory. That’s the same whether you go for the blue, black or blue with grey dial versions.
Finally, is one that you probably would want to keep to the deck of your yacht with. A full Sedna gold case is paired with a laser-ablated black ceramic bezel, upping the ante with contrasting gold rings around the black subdials.
Aside from the stylistic flourishes, all six watches are the same. They each share the same movement, an Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 9900 (or the 9901 in the full gold as it includes a gold rotor), which has been through hell in back thanks to Omega’s stringent testing.
Secondly of course is the new chronograph function which has been integrated very nicely into the 2018 faceted case. Finally is that famous wavy dial, which made a triumphant return last year and is really what makes the Seamaster 300 what it is. It’s a small touch, but a necessary one.
The Seamaster 300m collection doesn’t need much help to stay relevant; it’s an iconic watch after all. Even so, the new chronograph pieces make a fine addition to the collection, whether you want practical, extravagant or somewhere in-between.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph
Ref: 126.96.36.199.03.001 (blue/steel on steel strap), 188.8.131.52.01.001 (black/steel on steel strap), 184.108.40.206.03.001, 220.127.116.11.06.001 (blue/grey/steel on steel strap), 18.104.22.168.01.001 (black/steel on rubber strap), 22.214.171.124.01.001 (black/ steel/gold with rubber strap), 126.96.36.199.03.001 (blue/steel/yellow gold on rubber strap), 188.8.131.52.03.001 (blue/steel/yellow gold on steel/yellow gold strap), 184.108.40.206.01.001 (black/steel/Sedna gold on steel/Sedna gold strap), 220.127.116.11.01.001 (black/Sedna gold with rubber strap)
Case/Dial: 44mm diameter, steel, two-tone steel and Sedna gold, 18k Sedna Gold, unidirectional ceramic bezel with 60-minute scale
Movement: In-house Cal. 9900 and 9901 (solid gold version)
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Power Reserve: 60h
Water Resistance: 300m (30 bars)
Strap: Steel bracelet or rubber
Price: £5,710 – £19,860, available in stores from August 2019
More information at www.omegawatches.com