Hands On – The Omega Seamaster 300M GMT1:36 pm
Not many people know this but a decade ago, the Seamaster 300M was one of the most popular watches in the market, considered to be a versatile timepiece that came in a range of sizes, styles, and with both mechanical and quartz movement offerings, but for many years, the original collection has been living in the shadow of more successful collections like the Aqua Terra and Planet Ocean. The original Seamaster’s claim to fame was when it was spotted on James bond’s wrist nearly twenty years ago, but we’ll put the past aside and review the latest offering from the Seamaster collection.
The Chronograph GMT Co-Axial ticks off several boxes in your “must have list” with a revised dial and GMT hand addition. Apart from being a professional diver’s watch, Omega has included chronograph and GMT functionalities to keep a track of multiple time zones. Why add these to a Seamaster? If you ask us, a feature like a chronograph and GMT combines two of the most useful complications in a single watch.
Chronograph GMT watches are useful for traveling and Omega has included this feature with an obvious purpose with a bid to make it your daily wear. Omega also claims that the chronograph mechanism can be used underwater. This is a rare feature because many diving watches refrain you from using the functionality in the depths of water. In the case of this watch, the chronograph pushers are fully operational and safe to use underwater, adding to the tool-watch appeal which many other watches can’t boast about.
Reviews around the world are doing rounds by calling the dial a bit ‘cluttered’ but we believe its clutter done right.
The Red GMT hand and numbers are extremely legible and easy to read. The dial is housed in a 44mm wide steel case with a matte dark grey ceramic bezel. It is a slightly heavy and thick watch, housing a certified, self-winding Calibre 3603 chronometer.
There’s a manual helium release valve at 10 o’clock and the watch is water resistant up to 300 meters. All in all, a good tool/divers/GMT/chronograph iconic watch to have, which performs as well as it looks, though yes, it could have been lighter but it feels great on the wrist. There’s order present here amidst the ‘chaos’ and Omega has given the dated-iconic design a brand new life with this fabulous timepiece.