In 2018, Swiss Omega released the fully updated Seamaster 300M Diver Watch Collection (click here for aBlogtoWatch hands-on). The updated Seamaster 300M brings the technology and materials of the product to the 21st century while retaining the core look and feel of the popular Omega Divers watch. This is the first Seamaster 300M watch collection, including our own “Master Chronometer” certified in-house omega movement. For me, this is a big part of maintaining the “professional” nature of this sport watch. In addition, Omega is not missing the Diversity Master 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42mm (official name of the watch) version. This version includes a black dial model and more exotic models in gold and ceramic. At the time of writing this watch review, there are 15 Seamaster 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometers on the Omega website.
In my opinion it represents the original core look of the Seamaster 300M, so I decided to review this reference 126.96.36.199.01.001 “steel-on-steel” model with a black ceramic dial and bezel. Originally released in 1993 when Jean-Claude Biver was at Omega, the Seamaster 300M was aimed at a competitive alternative to Rolex Submariner, but it didn’t immediately look like Rolex Submariner . About 25 years from now, I think many people agree that the characteristic handset along with the time markers will continue to help the Seamaster 300M stand out from the competition. In addition, the price will be displayed on the watch if judged together with the Rolex Submariner. This particular steel Seamaster 300M retails for less than $ 5,000 and is about $ 3,500 lower than the Rolex Submariner. Nonetheless, competition in the high-end dive watch space is very intense, and consumers currently spending more than $ 4,000 on sport dive cheap copy watches demand status and fame, as opposed to utility and style. .
In the 1990s, much of OMEGA’s popularity for the Seamaster 300M was unrelated to the highly accessible pricing of the collection. By today’s standards, the Seamaster 300M feels expensive. Even if OMEGA has really improved its value proposition in terms of materials and excellent in-house caliber 8800 automatic movement. Starting with the Co-Axial Escapement, the caliber 8800 is (substantially) unaffected by environmental magnetism, has a reliable silicon balance spring, and boasts Omega’s impressive METAS certification seal (including COSC chronometer certification). It is. The automatic movement running at 4Hz has a 55 hour power reserve and includes time with the complexity of the date window. The result is a mechanical movement that is accurate, reliable and extremely elastic. This is exactly what you need for diver-style replica watches.
The latest generation of Seamaster 300M watches are 42mm wide and 41mm wide, slightly larger than the outgoing generation. Water resistance of 300 meters, case thickness is about 12mm, distance between lugs is about 50mm. Although it is comfortable to wear, it is a heavy and thick watch, especially when combined with a metal bracelet. A subtle update of the case, but the most interesting is the tapering of the helium release valve crown at the 10 o’clock position of the case. This slight design tweak is a visual and easy way to separate the new and old Seamaster 300M models.
The dive watch’s manual helium release valve is an old school technology and is only necessary in fairly rare situations. If you are not a commercial diver, you probably won’t need to use a helium release valve. The automatic helium release valve is a little more convenient, but here the valve itself is only useful in the vacuum chamber. So why does Omega insist on leaving no trace of what will become a modern high-end sports watch? The visual distinction is the answer. Not everyone likes the appearance of this 10 o’clock crown, but it helps to visually distinguish the Omega Seamaster 300M from other dive sophisticated imitation omega watch . This is therefore intended to be a legitimate “professional diver’s watch”, but there is also a “branding trap” that deprives products that are purely focused on streamlined practicality.
The overall beauty of the Seaoop 300M case – including its steep lag and unique bezel design – continues to support the collection’s style appeal as well as a nostalgic appeal to today’s high-end watch consumers. In addition, the Seamaster 300M represents the brand’s entry-level tool watch side, compared to other omega diver luxury omega watch (such as the later introduced Seamaster Planet Ocean Collection). It was a brand genuine professional divers watch with only the smallest elements of luxury fluff that helped to justify a classy persona. This has always been meaningful to the Divewatch Speedmaster. In other words, the design focuses more on function and practicality than pure form and style.