Hands-on with the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m
Depending on what you look for in a daily wearer, the Seamaster tends to tick a lot of boxes. Easy enough to wear, comfortable, durable, reliable and easily able to dress up or down. With the presentation of the latest Seamaster Diver 300m, we were introduced to a unique combination of materials, a patterned dial and a missing date window. And we had the opportunity to spend a week with it.
So, how did it go?
All in all, really quite well. From the get-go, I was impressed by the stature and proportions of the Seamaster Diver 300m. A case made of titanium and ceramic measuring 43.50mm across does sound almost brutal, but in actual fact it was a pleasure to wear. It was comfortable, wore really well and I found little to no movement of the watch on my wrist (a pet peeve of mine – especially with larger watches with heavy mechanisms). With thanks to the combined use of ceramic and titanium, the Seamaster Diver 300m was super light, accentuated even more so when on the rubber strap.
Initially (and going off of pictures), I wasn’t entirely convinced by the wavy pattern dial. But in the metal, it was utterly gorgeous. The laser-engraved waves glistened in the light and contrasted well with brushed black ceramic dial. The lume-filled indexes and large skeleton hands ensured legibility would never be an issue (and it wasn’t), and while I would normally advocate for the integration of a date window, its addition would surely have thrown off the flow of the dial.
I particularly like the rugged look of the watch especially with exposed helium escape value at 10 o’clock. This adds to the already fairly masculine look of the watch and, coupled with the overall darkened theme really emphasises the fact that this watch does indeed mean business. Not only as a tried and true diver, but also as something that is durable and that can withstand a beating or two.
The Seamaster Diver 300m is powered by the Omega calibre 8806. This is a Certified Master Chronometer, approved by METAS, has a Co-Axial escapement and has a magnetic field resistance rating of 15,000 gauss. This is a highly contemporary movement with all the bells and whistles that you would want in a modern watch. While it isn’t lavishly finished, it does still have all the trimmings you’d expect from a watch costing 5-figures: a rhodium-plated rotor, Geneva waves on the bridges and a highly organised, clinically precise feel.
From the perspective of the customer, I feel that the Seamaster Diver 300m is a great choice, especially if you’re considering it as a daily wearer you can dress up or down. From the perspective of the enthusiast, the Seamaster Diver 300m is exciting, intriguing, thoroughly enjoyable and overall a great offering from Omega.
The Omega Seamaster Diver 300mm is priced at $11,550AUD.