By TLex The Seamaster DIVER 300M has been one of OMEGA’s most popular dive watches watches since it was first launched in 1957. Some 55 years on and this iconic diver been updated, upgraded and brought into the 21st Century, where it should gain as much of a following as it has in the past.
Four updated Seamaster 300M models are now available; all of them are equipped with OMEGA’s latest generation of revolutionary Co-Axial caliber 2500 mechanical movements. There are two 41mm versions of the Seamaster Diver 300m, and two with smaller 36.25mm stainless steel cases. Each of them are available with a choice of either blue or a black ceramic bezel inserts that have been designed to perfectly match their new glossy lacquered dials. An orange version wouldn’t have gone amiss, though. Their screwdown casebacks have been stamped with a large ‘Seamaster’ seahorse emblem.
The Seamaster Diver 300M is equipped with a number of professional divers’ features, such as; a manual-release helium escape valve, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel and tough scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Polished, facetted skeleton rhodium-plated hour and minute hands have been applied with SuperLumiNova as has the central second hand. The SuperLumiNova on the hour and second hands now fashionably emits a blue light as do the indexes. While the minute hand and 12 o’clock bezel marker have been applied with green SuperLumiNova for maximum efficiency when keeping track of dive-time.
Each of the new models are presented on a brushed and polished OMEGA patented screw-and-pin stainless steel bracelet with a divers' deployment clasp. And as its name suggests, the OMEGA Seamaster Diver Co-Axial 300m has a water-resistance to a depth of 30 bar / 300 meters / 1000 feet.
The OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M was the first dive watch that I considered almost 15yrs ago, when looking to buy my first really decent diver. It had been used by the British special forces, specifically the SBS and had been worn by Bond, and that was good enough for me. In the end, though I actually opted for a BREITLING to pacify my then obsession with extreme water-resistance. However my point is, as little as I knew about dive watches in those days, which wasn’t much at all, I did know that if I wanted a truly great Swiss diver other than a Submariner that there was only one other watch really worth considering, and that was the Seamaster 300M.
I applaud the new updates, who doesn’t like a ceramic bezel or blue lume, which are pretty much de rigueur for the modern divers watch anyway. And what's not to like about the new Cal. 2500?! The Seamaster 300M can now sit proudly alongside the new Planet Ocean collection, and as long as the price-tag hasn’t been ‘upgraded’ too much, these new version should continue the great Seamaster Diver 300M legacy . . .