The Seamaster Diver 300M is perhaps the most darling watches of Omega fans, and probably the success of the company. A piece of this achievement is because of the connection with James Bond , to the point that in spite of the long “Omega Seamaster 300M Professional” name, the watch is all the time just alluded to as “the James Bond watch”. After a classy facelift done a year ago on the time-and-date form, we have this year an extra model wearing dark ceramic and titanium – see here – that has something other than various materials to bring to the table. Here’s our initial hands-on with the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Ceramic and Titanium (ref. 22.214.171.124.01.001).
While improving on this watch to just the “007 watch” may hurt the watchmaking pride of the company, it definitely satisfies the advertising and deals side incredibly. A year ago Omega relaunched the Seamaster 300M with a restyling of the watch, utilizing ceramics for both the bezel and the dial, bringing back the celebrated waves on the dial and coordinating the Master Chronometer types. The new form was altogether reviewed by Brice here, with live pics . And, in the event that you need to jump further into its set of experiences, you have this video as well. During the current year, the primary expansion to the assortment is this rendition, presented here and that we had the option to have a hands-on two or three days prior. And I can guarantee you it feels extraordinary on the wrist.
DIVER IN BLACK TIE
In my assessment, this will be perhaps the most pursued models of the assortment due to its marvelous presence. And albeit this may appear to be bizarre, it is breathtaking absolutely in light of the fact that it is the most circumspect model diminished to a monochrome (quip planned) range of simply white, dark and dim. In spite of having developed from 42mm to 43.5mm in breadth – with no noticeable adjustment in stature – the dull tones cause the watch to appear to be more modest. Because of the titanium components (bezel, crown, helium valve and caseback), with its exchanging silk brushed and cleaned surfaces, the case feels like a quill on the wrist.
I regularly hear that the Seamaster Diver 300M would be better without the helium valve, however since that is, along with the hands and the wave design, part of the character of the watch, I understand Omega isn’t willing to dispose of it. Other than the brand needs to underline the device part of the watch, clarifying that it is a watch for proficient divers – as it name plainly states. And the individuals who get it like to know that they can go into profound waters with it. Regardless of whether their most dangerous plunge is the one they do when they are attempting to locate an old record in their company archive.
The bezel of this new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Ceramic and Titanium is, all things considered in the entire assortment, made of ceramic. This way toughness and scratch-obstruction are ensured. The additions are produced using white veneer (indeed, shockingly for an instrument watch as polish for the most part alludes to top of the line, rich watches) in light of a similar target, and they are somewhat subsided to be more protected.
A QUESTION OF BALANCE
But it is on the dial where the large change happens: there is no date. This, as usual, will create banter. Some will say the watch is incomplete on the grounds that it doesn’t have it. Others – me included – will say that it looks better this way since now the dial is entirely adjusted. The 2018 Seamaster 300M looked far superior to the past form in light of the fact that the date window had been moved to the 6 o’clock position. Yet, the issue was that it cut off piece of the file and interfered with the waves on the dial. And in the dim rendition it wasn’t too readable either.
Now that the date has been eliminated of this Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Ceramic and Titanium, all the components recuperate their honesty, which quickly makes the dial look cleaner and more pleasant. In any case, I should say I likewise understand the favorable to date position: if the watch is an apparatus, I need it to be pretty much as helpful as could be expected, and the date is something we check more regularly than we think.
Same likewise with the bicoloured form, the waves on this Seamaster Diver 300M Ceramic are not cut by laser. An incredible inverse: they have been executed in “positive relief”, cutting out the matter around them to make them stand out. The hands have the natural shape and the edges of the lists have been inconspicuously brushed. And, not surprisingly, the Super-LumiNova treatment is underdog to none.
An innovative CALIBRE
There are no curve balls at the core of the watch: the 8806 type is METAS affirmed, which implies the development and the case experience the most severe certificate measure (that we know about) available. To learn more on what this certificate really implies, I recommend you watch the second video of the Seamaster Chronicles .
The base of the type is a co-pivotal escapement that beats at 25,200 vibrations each hour during the 55 hours the force hold keeps going. The design of the rotor and scaffolds is a rich Côtes de Genève design in Arabesque. The caseback additionally incorporates a Naiad Lock, which keeps all the works on the back completely adjusted (something that I truly appreciate).
I referenced toward the start of this hands-on that this rendition of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Ceramic and Titanium looks fabulous and feels stunningly better on the wrist. It really feels satiny on the wrist, and you don’t notice its greater measurements on account of the delicacy of the titanium and the dull shading plan. The surface of the elastic lash is likewise truly pleasing and it sits completely on the wrist. It likewise feels great knowing it is covered by a five-year guarantee.
The cost of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Ceramic and Titanium (ref. 126.96.36.199.01.001) is EUR 7,600 and it is as of now at retailers. More data at omegawatches.com .