Last year when Omega introduced it’s master co-axial movement in Aqua Terra I was thrilled by its ability to resist magnetic fields <15.000 gauss, it is by far the most resistant watch available for people interested in such technical specification. Before the announcement there was limited option for watches with magnetic resistance, one of the most popular was Rolex Milgauss which could resist only 1000 gauss. In our daily activities, magnetic fields are everywhere, in a clutch, bags, refrigerator, etc. Most of those magnetic fields won’t magnetise our watch and make it stop working, but it could.
To me it becomes more important as I enter my residency in hospital surrounded by perhaps the strongest magnetic equipment encountered daily by men, the MRI machine. MRI machine use magnetic force ranging from 5.000 to 30.000 gauss. Of course doctors are not allowed to wear anything magnetic when performing the scan, but what about when we are passing in front of the room when scanning is performed? The magnetic force won’t be as powerful as inside the room, but it might be powerful enough to magnetise our watch. That was the time I know I had to have watch with greater magnetic resistance.
The reason I didn’t bought Aqua Terra was due to the yellow second-hand and the design just didn’t caught my eyes. Then Omega introduced a reborn of their classic watch, Seamaster 300 with Master Co-axial movement. This time Omega had my attention, the design, technical specification, movement, and everything else is near perfection. I was hooked. At December last year I was also eyeing on Rolex Submariner no-date, a timeless classic that would be nice to join my collection. After a rigorous assessment, I concluded Omega is technically superior than Rolex Submariner, although the history, brand and resale value of Rolex is currently better than Omega. But again, I didn’t buy a watch only to sell it later.
I physically saw and tried Omega Seamaster 300 master co-axial earlier this year when my plane was delayed in Abu Dhabi. I went to Marina Mall and got inside Omega store, after some clear thinking, assessing whether my next watch would be Rolex Submariner or the new Omega Seamaster, I decided to take the bite. I went back home with Seamaster 300 master co-axial on my wrist, previously I was wearing Omega Seamaster 300 GMT bond.
Despite many commentaries about the vintage-lume on SM300mc, I really like it. JLC used it before, so does Panerai but few people actually talk about it. But Omega use it now and BAM…. everybody loses their mind. The case resembles the original Seamaster in 1957, with slight modification and it is a good thing. But the movement is perhaps the best movement available today, an in-house calibre 8400, chronometer certified, 60 hours power reserve. For a WIS who rotate between watches daily, 60 hours power reserve is more than enough to use it without having to set the time for 2 days. Old dog, new tricks.
For WIS looking to add a classic to their collection, this is it. Rolex may hold the ground for the next few years, but with the invention Omega is doing in the recent years, Omega is certainly on the rise. Common people may value Submariner more than Seamaster 300mc, but a WIS know what I’m talking about.
Conclusion SM300mc: movement is arguably better than Rolex Submariner, design depends on individual’s taste, transparent case back makes the movement admirable, vintage-lume for people who like it. Omega also has 60 hours power reserve compared to Rolex 48 hours. Both watches have ceramic bezel. However Rolex has a better resale value, brand recognition, and of course fake watches available.