Earlier this year, at the Swatch Group’s free Time to Move occasion, Omega presented a chronograph adaptation of its effective Seamaster Diver 300M . Outfitted with all the plan redesigns gave on the standard three-hand model in 2018, the presentation of James Bond’s watch was scored up with a chronograph complication. Albeit the development – Caliber 9900 – isn’t spic and span, it includes all the treats that the Master Chronometer testament requests. Exploiting the way that this watch is currently in stores, we thought we’d look again at this dim and attractive model.
IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME
No brand can measure up to Omega’s striking history. From purveyor of watches to British military in WWII to accompanying space travelers to the outside of the Moon in 1969, from the afflictions and renown of Olympic planning to the most profound plunge at any point recorded, Omega has coordinated a considerable lot of the main human accomplishments of the 20th and 21st hundreds of years. It likewise has an elegant cast of brand ministers, from prominent athletes and pioneers to true to life legends like James Bond.
It’s protected to say that nothing at Omega is done into equal parts measures. At the point when the Seamaster Professional Chrono Diver 300M was dispatched in 1993 it set up a record as the world’s first chronograph (chronometer-guaranteed) with pushers that stayed operational and utilitarian to a profundity of 300 meters. Denoting Omega’s re-visitation of the field of professional divers’ watches, the two cycles of the SMP 300 – chronograph and standard three-hand – were fitted with a screwed helium valve at 10 o’clock.
Other particular highlights of this 1993 watch, the reference 2599.80, were the engineering 41.5mm steel case with unmistakable curved “lyre” hauls, a naval force blue dial finished with wave designs, applied tritium hour markers, iridescent skeletonised hands with plongeur-style, screwed-down crown with O-ring and compression gaskets, unidirectional pivoting bezel, screwed caseback, incorporated and flexible 5-connect arm band, programmed type 1164 (Valjoux 7750) and a tri-counter format (in addition to date) – to put it plainly, the entire bundle and that’s only the tip of the iceberg! One of the primary models of the Chronograph was additionally a feature of front line materials with a gaudy combination of titanium and gold delegated with a tantalum bezel (ref. 2296.80 with red gold, ref. 2297.80 with yellow gold).
A CHRONOGRAPH JOINS THE SEAMASTER DIVER 300M IN 2019
Earlier this year, though overshadowed by the 50th commemoration of the Moon Landing and Omega’s choice to leave Baselworld and stage its own special reasonable, Time to Move, the Seamaster Diver 300M family was expanded to accommodate a chronograph adaptation. Albeit the 2018 makeover and motor update concerned the three-hand model, it wouldn’t have been long until a chronograph adaptation showed up on the scene. Adequately sure, in 2019 Omega disclosed its Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph complete with all the updates of the standard adaptation and fitted with a (presently obvious) Master Chronometer in-house movement.
However, this was not the principal Seamaster with chronograph usefulness. As a relative of the longest-running product offering at Omega with endless sub-families (you can find out about its intriguing exciting bends in the road since 1948 in our three-section video ), the Seamaster has showed up in chronograph design incorporating this model with three counters from 1957, the exact year as the epic set of three of Master watches (Speedmaster, Seamaster 300 and Railmaster) was delivered. Clearly, the water-obstruction was to some degree compromised in this 1957 model and ensured to only 30 meters, rather than the 200m of the Seamaster 300 without chronograph.
In 1972, Omega began the creation of the primary genuine programmed diver’s chronograph, the Seamaster 120 Automatic Chronograph reference 176.004 , a watch nicknamed “Big Blue”. This watch was the main really water-safe and practical jumping chronograph, even at the guaranteed 120m water-opposition. This professional monster – actually a major lump of steel – highlighted a unidirectional bezel and the exemplary blue dial with huge markers and hands, all being references to its actual vocation.
This isn’t a watch that will leave you uninterested. Emotional, oppressive and dull, the Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph is manly to the core. With a breadth of 44mm and a case thickness of 17mm, this isn’t a watch for timid or shy people. Right now, nine unique chronographs are accessible in the assortment with plain steel models and two-tone steel and gold. I need to concede that this dark dial, dark bezel and dark elastic tie rendition takes the cake. Like its sibling, the three-hand model, the case and dial are abounding with subtleties and visual treats.
The dynamic steel case, with its particular lyre carries and helium get away from valve, is composed of articulated points and shapes, featured with differentiating brushed and cleaned surfaces. The 12-sided bezel with its scalloped or knurled edges – for additional grasp while working submerged – has a brushed completion and its inside is loaded up with inky dark artistic. The lustrous clay unidirectional bezel includes a white polish hour long plunging scale and the immeasurably significant triangle at 12 o’clock with an iridescent speck. Artistic is the conclusive superstar here and notwithstanding its application on the bezel is likewise utilized on the dial and the gleaming dark pushers for the chronograph. The excellence of fired is its flexibility and scratch-obstruction combined with its luxurious touch.
The helium valve at 10 o’clock, the particular element of the Seamaster Diver 300M family, is tapered fit as a fiddle making it simpler to control unmistakably setting up its character as a professional diver, equipped for comprehending profundities of 300 meters. During decompression, helium atoms grow and can pop the gem face and caseback. To stay away from this, helium atoms should be delivered and the helium get away from valve is there for this reason. Overhauled and protected with new innovation, regardless of whether the conelike Helium Escape Valve is inadvertently opened submerged, the watch is ensured to remain water-impervious to 50m.
The dark ceramic dial is cleaned and afterward laser-engraved with wave designs that add profundity and development to the dial. The hour markers, composed of eight enormous raised specks and twofold bars at 12 o’clock and a shortened one at 6 o’clock, are liberally loaded up with Super-LumiNova just like the skeletonised hour and moment hands and the tip of the focal chrono seconds hand. Set against the dark foundation, the white hour markers and hands (all rhodium-plated) truly stick out and discharge a dependable sparkle in the dark.
Since this model offers a similar development as the Planet Ocean 600 Chronograph , the format of the counters is indistinguishable. Using the space prudently, the bi-compax counter game plan includes a little seconds counter at 9 o’clock and a shrewd combo of hour long and 12-hour counter at 3 o’clock with two hands – the more modest one for the hours and the bigger radiant one for the minutes. The two counters have snailed insides making an intriguing optical difference with the wavy example out of sight. Furthermore, similar to the three-hand form, the date window shows up in a rectangular gap at 6 o’clock with a dark foundation. It may appear as though there is a ton of activity going on, yet the chronograph capacities are very simple to actuate and read.
… AND ALL BRAINS
As referenced, the type driving this combo diver/chronograph is the notable, attempted and-tried type 9900. It was, indeed, the first of Omega’s chronograph developments to get the METAS–affirmed Master Chronometer accreditation , installed a Seamaster Planet Ocean model in 2016.
Calibre 9900 is an in-house self-winding incorporated chronograph development with a segment wheel system, vertical grip and Co-Axial escapement – Omega’s best innovations for a chronograph. Notwithstanding its vigorous 60-hour power save given by two barrels, the utilization of non-ferrous silicon yet to be determined spring guarantees the watch can oppose attractive fields of 15,000 Gauss. A sapphire precious stone caseback uncovers the enormous wavering weight and extensions designed with Geneva waves that fan out from the centre.
A professional diver and a durable chronograph, the attractive dark earthenware suit lessens a portion of the mass however don’t anticipate that this watch should slip coyly under your cuff. It is an incredible watch with a great deal of essence, for sure, yet compared to the more splendid two-tone steel and yellow gold case variants with blue or dim dials and blue bezels and pushers, this dark model on a dark elastic tie is less flamboyant.
I’m apprehensive idealists must acknowledge the way that sports watches are stylish and creeping their way into a wide range of conditions. Regardless of whether they are not generally utilized for what they are planned, they positively let you dream about your next Bond experience when your Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph will come in handy.
The Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph is a strong bundle, no doubt, with a sticker price that appears to be adequately defended given the usefulness, the high-grade completes and the Master Chronometer movement.
Availability & price
The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph is currently accessible in stores (as of November 2019). This specific model in steel with a dark dial and elastic lash on steel pin clasp (reference 220.127.116.11.01.001) retails for EUR 6,700. Visit Omega’s site for additional subtleties – omegawatches.com .