The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M7:45 pm
When it comes to high precision chronograph timepieces that can stand the test of time, Omega has always proved its mettle. It is needless to say that one of the world’s best luxury watch brand has in it the passion to create something new and spectacular every time.
One of the most popular collections from Omega is the Seamaster Collection representing the brand’s passion for professional diving watches. The stainless steel models from this collection are known to complement any wardrobe, or wetsuit.
Omega has evolved over the last decade, proving its strength in producing refined precision watches with a lifestyle twist. While we look at other diver watches like Rolex Submariner or Panerai Luminor we understand that they are decidedly more classic and traditional whereas the Seamaster gives the traditional nautical timepiece a modern touch . Why we say this is to give you a clear idea of which category the watch falls under. Considering there are other luxury brands who cater to the same subject, this Omega Seamster sets itself apart thanks to its flamboyant personality. It is in no way a classic. Everything about the watch speaks of modernity and the deep blue ocean.
Talking about the specific features, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M chronograph is a rugged piece of timekeeping. The first thing that I noticed was the lacquered blue dial with the red highlights. While the blue is a classic nautical colour, the red hands give it a sporty modern twist.
Many people have been curious about what exactly is a lacquered finish. To understand it better let’s dive deep into the history first. The word lacquer originates from the Sanskrit word laksha meaning “wax”, which was produced in the early days by both the Lac insect and the scarlet resinous secretion it produces and that was used as wood finish in ancient India and neighbouring areas. A modified more chemical version of this is the “lacquered paint” which typically is a paint that dries to a more than usually hard and smooth surface. It is used a lot for watch dial to give it a smooth, even, glossy finish.
The dial has some very interesting features. Its skeletonised hour and minute hands and a red central chronograph hand give a modern feel to the watch again. The red hands on the 30-minute recorder at 3 o’clock and 12-hour recorder at 6 o’clock also stand out strongly in the entire design. The date display window is located at 6 o’clock.
The watch supports of a unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel that is a must have feature in a diving watches. The smooth scalloped edge that envelopes the unidirectional rotating bezel is an exciting design element that is unique to the brand and creates a beautiful ripple effect on the case, a reminder of the mesmerising face of the ocean.
The chronograph functions can be controlled by the buttons at 2 and 4 o’clock which sandwiches the screw down crown at 3 o’clock. The blue highlights are striking and the buttons seem very effective for use.
In my opinion, the dial size is perfect. It feels light and sturdy on the wrist which is a pleasant change from the bulky sporty watches that have become so popular. The watch has a curved sapphire crystal and reflective elements on the dial that adding a hint of subtle bling, enhancing the sporty feel of the watch. The caseback is engraved with the Seamaster logo(a seahorse), an underwater icon that effectively protects the watch functions.
It is needless to say that this professional diving watch is remarkable underwater. With a water resistance of 300m, it is one of the best diving watches for it price range. You will never need to worry about the functionality getting harmed. The watch is fitted with a helium escape valve that makes this watch a great investment even for professional deep sea divers who spend long durations of time underwater. The helium escape valve is at located at 10 o’clock.
The stainless steel case size is 41.5mm, and is fitted with a calibre 3330 Omega self-winding chronograph with column-wheel mechanism and Co-Axial Escapement for greater precision. It is an official chronometer certified by COSC and has a power backup of 52hrs.
The watch is moulded in a stainless steel bracelet with a sporty polished pattern and a divers clasp. It is a unique design meant specifically for the Seamaster series. The brilliant tone change in the bracelet is visible from far away.
A mark of a luxury watch is the simplicity with which it helps read time. On the slightest change of lighting, the Super- luminova coat on the indexes of this watch glow immediately, giving a bright luminescent radiance to the watch.
The conceptualisation of the Seamaster series happened in 1957. Years after its first watch was launched by the brand, the collection is still a favourite and will clearly retain its fan following over the years to come. Celebrities have been a fan of the series because of the way it fuses glamour and functionality. We can see a lot of the Seamaster collection in the famous Bond movies as well. As a hardcore James Bond fan I am compelled to tell you that Seamaster has been a constant in movies like Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royal and so on. You can read more about the watches featured in these movies in another blog here.
Those looking for an authentic Omega diver watch with a sturdy case and improved functionality can definitely look at buying this watch. It is a gear which is prepared to equip a new generation of adventurers on land and in the oceans.
Features Writer, The Watch Guide
He is a watch aficionado with an obsessive compulsion for writing. He spends his days exploring the intricacies of modern watchmaking and his evenings reading literary classics.