One of the most popular and most loved Omega watches is the mighty Seamaster 300 — made especially famous by James Bond. Baselworld 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the design, and to mark the occasion, Omega have completely upgraded and revamped the line, offering a total of 14 new Seamaster Diver 300 models, in both steel and two-tone cases.
Every detail of the new Seamaster Diver 300 has been assessed and rethought, from a new, more ergonomic bracelet, to a conical helium escape valve. But it’s the big changes that will capture the eye. The size has been boosted to 42mm, and that famous scalloped bezel is now in ceramic with Ceragold or white enamel diving scale. The dials are also polished ceramic, in blue, black and chrome (thanks to a PVD treatment), and the ever-popular wave design is now laser engraved. You’ll note that the date is a touch more subtle at the six o’clock position, and the hands design, while still recognisable, has been tweaked.
Things are different on the inside too, as each of these new watches is powered by the Master Chronometer certified 8800, with all that entails for accuracy and performance.
The Seamaster 300 has long been a beloved workhorse in the Omega lineup over the years. Case in point — on the way over to Basel I sat next to a man with a collection of very nice watches. I asked him what watch he wore the most and his unhesitating answer was, “My co-Axial Seamaster.” He wears it because he can do anything in it, and it will always look good. I suspect he, and the many avid Seamaster Professional fans out there, will be very happy with this sensible, but significant, upgrade.