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The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. To mark the auspicious occasion, the iconic diver’s watch has received a full overhaul from the inside out. A classic of cinematic proportions, this wristwatch of choice for Daniel Craig – among many others – needs little introduction.
Omega has been careful to retain the spirit that brought it to stardom but innovative in implementing a total makeover to create a truly modern model. New proportions, new materials, new colours, new patented technology. Not least of all, a movement upgrade to the superior Master Chronometer Calibre 8800. Packed with advancements and updates, while still remaining competitively priced, the 2018 Seamaster Diver 300M is more appealing than ever to its global legion of fans.
The Wave Dial
The Seamaster Professional Diver 300M first debuted in 1993, bringing with it a style that has since become renowned. The distinct blue dial with wave pattern and skeleton hands. The 12-notch-grip, unidirectional rotating bezel, in matching colour. The robust case with lyre lugs, protected crown, and helium escape valve at 10 o’clock. And the sculpted five-link steel bracelet that has become a hallmark of the model.
An (entry-level) luxury tool watch, the Seamaster Diver 300M is the go-to timepiece for completing an outfit for casual, formal and action settings. Just ask Prince William, who wears his religiously. It’s not surprising then that it consistently ranks high on the wish list of first purchases for budding luxury watch collectors. To commemorate this success, key traits from the 1990s models are incorporated in the delivery of the modernised version.
Every detail rethought for the 25thth Anniversary
The new case now measures slightly larger, at 42mm (with a thickness of 13.5mm). It features a luxurious dial made from ceramic. (Available in polished blue or black, or brushed PVD chrome). The popular wave pattern from earlier models has been reintroduced. Now laser engraved, it’s depicted in a fresh interpretation that will distinguish the latest version.
The lustre of the new dial is unmistakable and makes the collection really pop. The familiar applied indexes have been raised and filled with Super-LumiNova. Adding symmetry to the arrangement, the date window has been moved to 6 o’clock. The skeleton hands have been subtly reshaped. Even the minute track has been redesigned – delineating five-minute intervals.
Modernised diving details
Perhaps the most noticeable aesthetic difference (from the original versions) is the new, polished ceramic bezel. No longer engraved, the 60-minute graduations are filled with white enamel (or CeragoldTM, depending on which version you choose). The ultra-smooth surface offers greater durability (wear-resistance) and longer-lasting whiteness. The slope of the bezel makes the Seamaster Diver 300M easy for tight shirt cuffs to slide over.
You may also notice that the traditionally conspicuous 15-minute graduations are missing. Though typically shown on diver’s bezels, such markings are quite antiquated. They were for use in conjunction with now obsolete US Navy dive tables. Based on planned dive profiles, divers would set their bezels ahead by the allowed ‘bottom time’. Once the minute hand reached the main-marker, they knew to begin their ascent. The 15-minute graduations would then assist with timing the ascent and any necessary stops. (These days their presence is purely nostalgic.)
One of the most important details of the Seamaster Diver 300M has always been its helium escape valve at 10 o’clock. There to protect the watch by allowing gas to escape during decompression from saturation diving at great depths. For the anniversary model, the valve has been given a new conical shape. Patented by Omega, it features ingenious technology that allows it to be operated under water. You may never need it but it’s nice to know it’s there. (Water resistance is of course 300m/ 30 bar/ 1000ft.)
A higher realm of precision – Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer
The new Seamaster Diver 300M receives a boost in precision, performance and magnetic resistance. Calibre 8800 is an all-Omega design, self-winding movement with Co-Axial escapement. The certified Master Chronometer (approved by METAS) is resistant to magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss and provides a power reserve of 55 hours. It features a free-sprung balance with silicon balance spring, and automatic winding in both directions.
The rhodium-plated movement is finished with Geneva waves in arabesque and features blackened screws, barrel and balance wheel. For the first time in the series, the movement is visible through a sapphire crystal. The view is surrounded by a wave-pattern edge on the case back.
Practical, highly accurate, premium feel
Aside from its dress-sense and all-round appeal, the Seamaster Diver 300M has always been a practical wristwatch. A legible dial with quick-set date and hacking seconds (so, you can synchronise precisely to a dive timer or quartz clock). With a true Omega calibre featuring 55 hours of reserve power and chronometer-certification. The new 2018 model offers a lot for its price point. Especially considering the premium feel of the new materials. You’ll feel ready for action the moment it’s on your wrist.
The 2018 Seamaster Diver 300M collection is presented in an array of finishes. These include six in stainless steel and eight in a mix of stainless steel and gold. Steel versions feature rhodium-plated indexes and hands. While two-tone versions portray these in their respective 18k SednaTM or yellow gold. Each version is presented on an integrated blue or black rubber strap. Or traditional five-link metal bracelet (with new ergonomic design and patented extendable folder rack-and-pusher with diver extension). To enquire about available colours, please contact our Norwich boutique.
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