The Seamaster Diver 300M is quite possibly the most cherished watches of Omega fans, and perhaps the success of the company. Some portion 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 regularly essentially alluded to as “the James Bond watch”. After a classy facelift done a year ago on the time-and-date adaptation, 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. 188.8.131.52.01.001).
While working on this watch to just the “007 watch” may hurt the watchmaking pride of the company, it most likely 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 popular waves on the dial and coordinating the Master Chronometer types. The new form was completely reviewed by Brice here, with live pics . And, in the event that you need to plunge further into its set of experiences, you have this video as well. During the current year, the primary expansion to the assortment is this variant, 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 incredible on the wrist.
DIVER IN BLACK TIE
In my assessment, this will be quite possibly the most pursued models of the assortment as a result of its stupendous presence. And albeit this may appear to be unusual, it is fabulous unequivocally in light of the fact that it is the most careful model diminished to a monochrome (play on words proposed) range of simply white, dark and dim. Regardless of having developed from 42mm to 43.5mm in distance across – with no noticeable modification in tallness – the dull shadings cause the watch to appear to be more modest. Because of the titanium components (bezel, crown, helium valve and caseback), with its exchanging glossy silk brushed and cleaned surfaces, the case feels like a feather on the wrist.
I often hear that the Seamaster Diver 300M would be better without the helium valve, yet since that is, together 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 accentuate the instrument part of the watch, making evident that it is a watch for professional 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, for what it’s worth in the entire assortment, made of ceramic. This way strength and scratch-obstruction are ensured. The additions are produced using white finish (indeed, shockingly for a device watch as lacquer ordinarily alludes to top of the line, exquisite watches) in view of a similar goal, and they are marginally retreated to be more protected.
A QUESTION OF BALANCE
But it is on the dial where the enormous change happens: there is no date. This, as usual, will produce 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 completely adjusted. The 2018 Seamaster 300M looked obviously superior to the past rendition on the grounds that the date window had been moved to the 6 o’clock position. In any case, 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 clear 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 additionally understand the favorable to date position: if the watch is an instrument, I need it to be pretty much as valuable as could be expected, and the date is something we check more often than we think.
Same likewise with the bicoloured rendition, 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 files have been unobtrusively brushed. And, of course, 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 ensured, which implies the development and the case experience the most tough accreditation measure (that we know about) available. To learn more on what this accreditation really implies, I recommend you watch the second video of the Seamaster Chronicles .
The base of the type is a co-hub escapement that beats at 25,200 vibrations each hour during the 55 hours the force save keeps going. The beautification of the rotor and extensions is an exquisite Côtes de Genève design in Arabesque. The caseback likewise incorporates a Naiad Lock, which keeps all the compositions on the back entirely adjusted (something that I truly appreciate).
I referenced toward the start of this hands-on that this adaptation of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Ceramic and Titanium looks terrific and feels surprisingly better on the wrist. It really feels plush on the wrist, and you don’t notice its greater measurements on account of the delicacy of the titanium and the dim shading plan. The surface of the elastic tie is likewise truly pleasant and it sits entirely on the wrist. It additionally feels great knowing it is covered by a five-year guarantee.
The cost of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Ceramic and Titanium (ref. 184.108.40.206.01.001) is EUR 7,600 and it is now at retailers. More data at omegawatches.com .