From left to right: Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300; Omega Seamaster Professional GMT 300; Omega Seamaster 300; Jaeger le-Coultre Reverso 976
First of all, I’m not a professional in watchmaking or collecting, I’m just an enthusiast about simple-classic and timeless watches. I have several watches in my collection from different brands, JLC, Omega, Tag Heuer, Tissot, Breitling, and Rolex. Some of them have complication like GMT or chronograph which could be useful for traveling and sport activities, but actually I like simple, classic watch the most. In this post I will share my user perspective about Omega Seamaster 300 (if you want technical review, there’s a lot already in the internet), but first I want to tell you a little about my watch collecting journey to give a background about myself. I got my Tag Heuer Aquaracer (pictured left) when I was in high school and I was in love with it. I used to stare at the seconds hand and watch how smooth it moves around the dial. On several occasion I use the diver bezel to count how long I’m running, cycling, or meditating.
From left to right: Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300; Omega Seamaster Professional GMT 300; Omega Seamaster 300
Then two years ago I bought Omega Seamaster Professional 300, my second dive watch (but also have blue dial, which is unique in the world full of black and white dial). It is my travel watch due to its GMT complication, the weight is perfect on my rather small wrist and the transparent case back is gorgeous to admire.
Despite my love for my Tag and Omega, the true classic in my collection is JLC Reverso I bought last year. It doesn’t have date function (which make it less versatile for daily work), the seconds hand is small and it comes with leather strap (as a dress watch should be).
Last year in Baselworld 2014 Omega announce a reissue edition of its original Seamaster line in 1957, arguably the best dive watch in the era (along with Rolex Submariner). As a classic, it doesn’t have date function or any complication at all which I think is perfect design for a homage edition. It’s supposed to look like a watch divers use in the ’60. Many watch enthusiast didn’t like the faux patina on the hour mark, but I personally love it! Before Omega use this kind of lume, JLC use it in their Memovox line and Panerai too. It makes the watch looks older than it actually is, but it does not match the polished centre link bracelet.
The dial is sandblasted and the bezel is made from ceramic, which will make the watch aged nicely. It won’t need bezel replacement until you die, and like any quality watch, you can expect it to run in the next 57 years with maintenance (if the 1957 Seamaster is still ticking now, it is about 58 years old today). That’ll make the watch function perfectly at 2072 (I don’t think I will be alive at that time).
The bezel is smooth to turn and has 120 ticks. I have a very small wrist, so the watch does look big, but perfect to my liking. The centre link and clasp are easily scratched, although the Omega use Liquidmetal, their in house steel for the bracelet and case of this watch.
Notice that the crown is not guarded like modern dive watch, it does resemble the vintage version of Seamaster and Submariner. Omega does a great job in redesigning the watch despite the polished centre link.
Omega put their best and recent movement in this classic, an in-house 8400 which is resistant to magnetic field due to the usage of silicon spring. Speaking of movement, this is the best and most accurate movement in the watch industry today (yes, that includes Rolex).
Seamaster 300 is quite thick! It goes well for anything but long sleeves, but again we don’t buy Seamaster to wear long sleeves shirt, do we?
The easily-scratched clasp, but it could be brushed using simple cleaning tools.
The movement could be seen from the transparent case back. Instead of the usual 28.800 bph, Omega use 25.600 bph to prolong the need for maintenance of this beautiful Seamaster 300. There are several members of watchuseek who swears on their Seamaster ticking for 10 years without maintenance at all and keeps accurate time, and I wonder how long could this new Seamaster last.