We aren’t past the first half of the year, but Omega has already launched a flurry of new releases that kept watch fans on their toes. Among them is a 2021 update of its Seamaster line which retains its vintage charm, looking more similar to the brand’s first dive watch released in the 1950s.
The new version of the Omega Seamaster 300 borrows features liberally from the original model introduced in 1957—from the hands and indices to numerals and bezels. But, despite its vintage roots, the new model houses some of the most advanced technological features including the METAS chronometer certification and the latest co-axial escapement.
Omega Seamaster 300: What’s Old and What’s New
The Omega Seamaster 300 was released at a time when recreational diving was gaining popularity. More than six decades later, it continues to be as iconic as it was in its infancy and most of its elements remain stylish today.
The latest edition recovers some of its vintage styles including the Arabic numerals, with the 6 and 9 written in an open type style—a tribute to the early 1960s Seamasters. In signature Omega fashion, the markers, numerals, hour, and seconds hand glow blue while the minute hand and bezel pip glow green. The lollipop-style seconds hand also makes a resurgence in the stainless steel version of the new Seamaster. This first appeared in the Seamaster 300 CK2913 from 1959.
Overall, the new Seamaster keeps the vintage spirit of the original in looks. But, it’s quite a different story in terms of materials and a few subtle changes. For example, the dial has increased slightly from 29.5mm to 30.4mm. The case retains the original 41mm diameter, but that means the bezel is slightly thinner.
Speaking of the bezel. Its looks are identical to the outgoing model, except it is made from oxalic anodized aluminum—the same material used in the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition, a departure from the stainless steel bezel used in the rest of the Seamaster 300 line.
Omega has also tweaked the bracelet design a little. Instead of the usually polished center-links, they are bushed and complemented with polished outer links. Other features include a domed sapphire crystal and an exhibition sapphire caseback, from where the METAS-certified Omega Master Co-Axial Caliber 8912 with a 60-hour power reserve is visible.
The new Omega Seamaster 300 is available in three versions: the black dial in steel (on a strap), the blue dial in steel (on a bracelet), and the new Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold. The bronze version is made of 50% copper, +37.5 9K gold, and other materials including silver, gallium, and palladium. It is prized for its resistance to saltwater corrosion and while it’s currently only available on a strap, the Swiss luxury brand says it may produce it in a bronze-gold bracelet in the future.
These watches are available in Omega retailers worldwide and retail for $6,150, $6,500, and $11,200, respectively.
Other Omega Seamaster Watches to Check Out
The new Seamaster 300 is a true homage in many ways. It foregoes some of the modern updates that graced its predecessor in exchange for staying true to the 1957 original model. But, if anything, it looks older than the first Seamaster in many ways. If you love the look of this updated model, you’ll surely love these other watches from the same Seamaster line.
Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph 44mm Automatic Blue Dial
It’s not hard to see why the Seamaster 300 remains in demand these days. It boasts excellent heritage, classic design, and robust performance—the very features this automatic blue dial Seamaster 300 carries. It features a 44mm stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal glass and transparent case back which displays the in-house Omega Calibre 9900 movement. It is presented in a stainless steel bracelet and packs in a 60-hour power reserve and 300m water resistance.
Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronograph 42mm Automatic Black Dial
Black dials are the perfect example of practicality. Because they often come with white or luminous hands, it’s easier to tell time even in low light conditions. The same is true with this 300M Co-Axial Master Chronograph. This legibility is further emphasized by its 42mm stainless steel case that is presented in a coordinating stainless steel bracelet. It runs on an automatic Omega Calibre 8800 movement with a 55-hour power reserve.
Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial 41mm Automatic Black Dial
This 41mm Seamaster bears the signs of prestige and elegance, with a look that is appropriate for formal gatherings. But, with its stainless steel bracelet, you can also wear it on casual occasions. This reference sports a rotating stainless steel bezel with a ceramic top ring. What completes its bold appearance is the silver-tone hands and index hour markers. It is powered by the Calibre 8400 movement with a 60-hour power reserve.
Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial 41mm Automatic Black Dial
Leather is often the way to go when looking for a watch for more formal occasions and this Seamaster Co-Axial is probably the one thing you’ll need. It features a black dial presented in a 41mm stainless steel case and brown leather straps. It just has an unusual color pairing designed to attract attention and leave a lasting impression.
Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42mm Automatic Blue Dial Gold
Blue dials work with almost every color on the wheel and Omega took a bold choice by pairing it with gold accents. The result? A watch that you can wear on almost any occasion, without looking out of place. It features a 42mm case in stainless steel and Sedna gold combination, presented in coordinating blue rubber straps. It sports the Master Co-Axial Caliber 8800 with a 55-hour power reserve.
An Omega Seamaster 300 Watch Just For You
The Seamaster 300 is a direct competitor to other diving watches like the Rolex Submariner. Since its release in 1957, it has become the blueprint for all the succeeding Seamaster watches. Today, you can enjoy its timeless beauty and functionality with a range of Seamaster 300 available in Omega retailers worldwide.
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