Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Review

by Chamath Gamage
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In 2018, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M celebrated its 25th anniversary since the first release back in 1993. To celebrate this momentous occasion for one of the brands popular range, Omega gave the Seamaster Diver 300M a complete changeover while still retaining some of the design cues from the original model. The original 1993 Omega Seamaster 300M was introduced as a replacement for the Seamaster 200M model. Jean-Claude Biver cleverly marketed the original 1993 Omega Seamaster Diver 300M to raise the popularity of the model quite a bit, by having James Bond wear it in the 1995 film ‘Goldeneye’.

Since the first Seamaster Diver 300M, there have been four generations of models including the latest 25th-anniversary release. Almost all generations kept the same design cues with changes coming from different materials and movements. From first glance, the most notable changes throughout the four generations are the case sizing and the bezel design. The bezel seems to get larger numerals in each of the latest generations. 

Design:

The 25th-anniversary edition has a laser-cut wave pattern dial, similar to the 300M model released by Omega in 2006. The latest version, however, has more prominent waves, making them much more easily visible. The wave pattern certainly adds a unique look to the dial while drawing attention to what the watch is really about. 

Even with the wave pattern, however, the dial is still easily legible. This is thanks to the rhodium-plated hour indexes and skeleton hands being a high contrast on the polished blue ceramic dial. Another thing to note is that the hour indexes are quite large, which with the SuperLuminova added, gives off a sizeable green lume. This makes readability in low light conditions and underwater clearer and easier. 

The date window on the dial also appears on the 6 o’clock position, which Omega has changed from previous gen’s of this model where they placed the window in the 3 o’clock position. The 42mm casing on the 25th Anniversary Omega Seamaster Diver 300M is made from stainless-steel and comes with a beautiful blue unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel. To match the blue-white contrast on the dial, Omega has used white enamel for the diving scale on the bezel. 

Like all previous-gen Seamaster Diver 300M watches, Omega has retained the helium escape valve at the 10 o’clock position on the stainless steel case. In case you aren’t sure what it’s used for, the helium escape valve is a feature used by professional divers or deep-sea explorers when they are operating at great depths for an extended time. The Helium escape valve stops the crystal of the watch from popping off due to pressure changes when the diver resurfaces from deep dives. As the name of the watch suggests, the Omega Seamaster Diver is rated to a depth of 300m. Not many people will ever dive to this depth or go diving at all for that matter, but it’s great to know what the watch is capable of doing. 

Movement:

The movement inside the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M comes with features, that allow the watch to function correctly during dives while also retaining a high level of accuracy. Omega has used its in-house calibre 8800 movement, which provides up to approximately 55 hours of power reserve. This Metas certified movement also ensures a high level of magnetic resistance. The watch can withstand magnetic fields of up to 15, 000 Gauss, which ensures the accuracy of the watch under various situations. 

The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M also comes with an open-case back which includes intricate little details to match the design of the dial. Besides being able to see the calibre 8800 movement, the rotor has been beautifully designed with wave-patterns.

How it wears:

The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M comes with a redesigned stainless-steel bracelet, which looks smoother and more refined in appearance when compared to previous-gen designs. The bracelet also offers a divers extension on the deployment clasp along with a micro-adjustment slider to allow for quick adjustments. When used for non-diving purposes, the Seamaster Diver 300M on the stainless steel gives a very classy look, allowing the watch to be worn to many different occasions. From office-wear to formal occasions this timepiece can act as a great dress watch with not so subtle traits! 

The Seamaster Diver 300M can be optioned with a rubber strap, leather strap or a nato-strap providing flexibility with different dress styles to suit the occasion. The rubber and nato offer the watch a more sporty option, making it wearable to outdoor events and more importantly what its good for; swimming! 

Australian Retail Pricing : $7,400.00

Availability : Available now

Local Omega Boutiques :

  • Omega Brisbane – 1/188 Edward Street
  • Omega Melbourne – 179 Collins Street Melbourne, Crown Melbourne and Chadstone Shopping Centre
  • Omega Sydney – 20 Martin Place and Westfield Bondi Junction
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