Twenty-five years prior, in 1993, Omega dispatched a model that would become an exemplary among works of art, a springboard into the universe of extravagance watches and artistic notoriety subsequent to being worn by Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye (1995) : the Seamaster Professional 300M. In the event that the appearance of the new model dispatched at Baselworld 2018 feels rather traditionalist, the development is basically great and concerns each and every piece of the watch. Also, trust me, the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Master Chronometer gives you a ton of blast for your buck.
At first, the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Master Chronometer may seem like simply one more SMP300. Nothing truly new, nothing to work up a warmed discussion. It is as yet the straightforward, top notch plunge watch that we as a whole know. Nonetheless, on the off chance that you look top to bottom, you rapidly comprehend that everything – totally everything – is extraordinary or better. Materials, extents, development, colours… Omega has worked really hard to regard the soul of the SMP300 while revamping it totally. Moderate in its plan, creative in its execution. Omega’s passage level plunge watch is back in the game, at a somewhat greater cost however with monstrous added-esteem for the consumer.
The Omega SMP300 story
In 1993, Omega presented the Seamaster Professional 300M, a shiny new watch accessible with a quartz development or a programmed type 1109 (in light of the omnipresent ETA 2892, before long changed for type 1120). The watch highlighted a vigorous case with lyre carries, an hour long bezel with 12 huge indents, a five-interface steel wristband that would become a sign of the model, a helium get away from valve at 10 o’clock and a blue dial with a wave design. The fate of this watch would change always after it was worn by Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye (despite the fact that 007 was wearing a quartz model in those days) to become the “Bond Watch”.
Multiple advancements have been applied to this watch. In the first place, in the last part of the 1990s, the basic ETA-based development was overhauled with the recently presented co-pivotal escapement, becoming type 2500. Then, following the earthenware pattern, the watch got a cleaned artistic bezel, which was combined with a plain, polished lacquered dark or blue dial – which flagged the vanishing of the wave design. This was, in our books, a tragic choice in light of the fact that the wave dial was unmistakably important for the “Bond Watch” DNA. Also, learn to expect the unexpected. It’s back!
The new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M
At Baselworld 2018 we were excited to see the arrival of the wave design on the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M – modernized, with an alternate plan, yet back to remain. In the event that we thought this was the principle noticeable update on this 2018 form of the SMP, we weren’t right, and there’s considerably more than meets the eye. The look hasn’t changed considerably, however Omega has gone far with the specialized update delivering an all around thought, first rate, very much valued new product.
To start with, the case has been refreshed with new measurements. The new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Master Chronometer estimates one additional millimeter. Given a 42mm distance across instead of the 41mm estimation that has won since the 1993 model, the decision is disputable, despite the fact that 42mm remaining parts a rather standard breadth for instrument watches. The remainder of the plan hasn’t changed a lot: with lyre carries, a cleaned incline running from one drag to another, brushed case groups and bezel, 12 scores on the bezel and an all around ensured crown. The helium valve is as yet positioned at 10 o’clock yet has been updated to be tapered. The case estimates 13.5mm in tallness, again a slight increment compared to the past model – yet then once more, rather standard extents for a 300m water-safe plunge watch.
The new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Master Chronometer is presented as a whole assortment, with different dial/tie/wristband/material alternatives. Close by the exemplary dark dial/bezel and blue dial/bezel choices, Omega presents a somewhat extraordinary and appealing dim dial/blue bezel choice, just as two-tone forms (steel and gold). An incorporated elastic tie, with amazing brushed accents, is offered just as an upgraded steel arm band, still with five connections and four differentiating cleaned lines. Compared to the past models, it is has a compliment surface, a marginally thicker profile and chiefly, an extraordinary execution.
Moving to the essence of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Master Chronometer, we can see that the bezel embed has been refreshed as well. Still made of cleaned artistic, the graduations are marginally unique (basically for the initial 15 minutes) and the numerals are not engraved any longer yet loaded up with white veneer (or Ceragold for the two-tone models), bringing about a level surface. This decision was guided by the need to give a more drawn out enduring whiteness and expanded durability.
The principle visual update is, obviously, to be seen on the dial. Once more, we’re not alluding to a plan upset on the grounds that the 2018 Seamaster Diver 300M feels exceptionally recognizable at the same time, truth be told, the entire dial is unique. As a matter of first importance, it is currently made of earthenware (see the Zr02 engraving underneath the focal pivot). The wave design is currently engraved on the dial on account of a laser interaction bringing about an itemized and incredibly exact version. The date window has likewise been moved from 3 o’clock to 6 o’clock for a more adjusted showcase. The mark skeletonised hands, just as the applied files, have been updated, without provoking a sensational change in style – they are currently bolder and offer more iridescent material.
Depending on the shading picked, the dial will be cleaned (blue or dark) or brushed (dim). Hands and files can be cleaned steel (on the blue or dark steel models), cleaned gold-plated (on two-tone form) or blue on the new dim dial variant.
Overall, as far as style, the new Seamaster Diver 300M feels in accordance with the past versions be that as it may, with this new dial and the various materials, it additionally feels less device ish than it was before. It has a marginally more lavish allure. On one side, the apparent quality takes a colossal leap, yet the energetic idea of the watch is somewhat (truly, just slightly) left aside. Then again, nobody can keep that the quality from getting the materials, the accuracy of the changes and the way the case, the dial and the bezel are made is just great considering the value level. Everything is strong, smooth and impeccably aligned.
Last yet not least, the 2018 Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Master Chronometer is likewise the initial rendition to include a transparent sapphire case back. What’s more, not exclusively is the development noticeable, however we have a fresh out of the box new development as well, the cutting edge, inventive, impeccably designed programmed type 8800 Master Chronometer. Compared to the past Caliber 2500, which was as yet dependent on an ETA design, the new type is a gigantic update. Hostile to attractive, solid, exact, with a comfortable force save and ideal to take a gander at, this development and its innovation are unquestionably among the best available in this value range (and in a lot higher reaches too…)
The new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Master Chronometer isn’t awesome. We, at MONOCHROME, would have prefered a somewhat more slender case, a less “glossy” dial and bezel, a more “tool-ish” feeling. Omega has decided to go somewhat on the lavish side with this new form all things considered. Nonetheless, as far as quality/value proportion, we can’t reject that Omega offers a totally organized item and the purchaser will profit by the brand’s most recent developments as far as chronometry and materials at a sensible price.
The new SMP 300 will be accessible as of August 2018 and estimated at EUR 4,400 in steel with an elastic lash, EUR 4,500 in steel with a steel arm band, EUR 6,100 in steel-and-gold with a rubber tie and EUR 9,200 in steel-and-gold with a steel-and-gold wristband. More subtleties on omegawatches.com .