Omega flooded us yesterday with a set of new watches, through an online presentation and although on the one hand we can be comfortable at home watching the news and being aware of the technical characteristics, it is nonetheless impersonal, after all having the watch in your hands, feel and touch it, talk to people and see how their reactions are, it is not possible to do online and that is why we hope that soon everything can get back to normal.
But let’s start by talking about the one that stood out the most in my eyes and that I think I was not the only one, the Omega Seamaster 300 in Bronze Gold. I don’t know if it’s the brown dial that is allusive to the much sought after vintage watches with tropical dials if it’s the “bronze” case if it’s even the combination of the two, what I do know is that I really like it. I was never a big fan of gold watches, but I also confess that I was less than I am today and this combination of a brown dial with the accents in tons of gold combined with the bronze case looks amazing.
This novelty in the Seamaster 300 collection, is not just another variant in the collection, it brings some interesting news. Starting with the case, it undergoes a slight reduction in thickness, which is compensated by the sapphire glass that now features a boxy shape. Regarding the diameter it remains the same 41 mm, it is in terms of the material that this new Seamaster is also different on the outside because it comes with anti-allergic properties conferred by the combination of used materials that includes copper, 9k gold, silver, gallium and palladium. The bezel now appears more elegant due to its 1mm weight loss and this is the reason why the dial now appears larger to compensate for this difference but maintaining the previous proportions. Still referring to the bezel, it receives a brown ceramic insert that comes with the same diver scale as its early 1957 Seamaster 300.
As far as the dial is concerned, it starts off a sandwich dial, construction through different layers, in this case, two, the first bronze plate is filled with luminescence material that gives it a vintage look (some call it Faustina) and then the second plate is placed in brown tones with clippings from the hour and number indexes. There are no changes to the central hour and minute hands that continue to show the arrow shape, however, there is a change to the central second hand that unlike the other new models in the collection and also the 1959 Seamaster 300 does not come with its point in a lollipop shape presenting now a small arrow, all hands are filled with luminescence material in the same tone as the rest of the accents on the dial. On the dial also the inscription of the logo followed by “Omega” at 12 o’clock and below the indication of the model “Seamaster 300” at 6 o’clock.
Another novelty of this new Seamaster 300 is a new movement, the In-house Caliber 8912, which offers up to 60 hours of power reserve, has an accuracy between 0 / + 5 seconds per day, resistance to magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss and that comes with Master Chronometer certification by Metas.
Seamaster 300 Co-Axial Master Chronometer
Just a brief reference to the other four new models of the Seamaster 300 collection in stainless steel, they come in two variants at the level of the dial, in black and blue, as already mentioned above come with the central second hand in a lollipop shape and unlike the Bronze Gold version, they do not feature a bezel with ceramic insert. They are available with a steel bracelet or a leather strap, in dark brown for the black variant as happen with the Bronze Gold variant and in light brown for the blue variant. The remaining features are exactly the same as the Bronze Gold variant.
Model: Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold, Seamaster 300 Co-Axial Master Chronometer
Reference: 220.127.116.11.10.001 (bronze gold), 18.104.22.168.01.001 (steel black on steel), 22.214.171.124.03.001 (steel blue on steel), 126.96.36.199.01.001 (steel black on strap), 188.8.131.52.03.001 (steel blue on strap)
Dial: Bronze, black, blue
Case Material: Bronze Gold and ceramic bezel, stainless steel
Case Dimensions: 41 mm Diameter
Crystal: Sapphire Glass
Case Back: Sapphire Glass
Water Resistance: 300 Meters
Strap: Brown leather strap, stainless steel bracelet
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, dive bezel
Frequency: 25,200 Vph
Power Reserve: 60 Hours
Price: € 10,840 (bronze gold), € 6,500 (steel on steel), € 6,100 (steel on strap)
Availability: June 2021 (bronze gold), April 2021 (steel)