Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph Two-Tone: A Lesson In Sporty Chic?
A professional watch should, above all, be an effective tool, but an elegant finish can only further enhance the impact. Here's a Seamaster ready for the 21st century, reloaded and decoded.
In 2018, Omega unveiled the new version of the soon-to-be-legendary Seamaster 300M. Launched in 1993 and gracing the wrist of James Bond since 1995, this famous watch with a unique wave patterned dial rapidly became an icon. I remember looking at the piece, and the luxury world it represented, through the covetous eyes of a 17-year-old. No doubt, many will have the same reaction upon discovering this year's No Time to Die Seamaster Diver 300M 007 edition.
With the latest models in the Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph series, Omega's makeover of the range is complete. Of the nine versions available, we elected to test-drive the two-tone model, crafted from stainless steel and 18K Sedna™ gold. Clearly, this model boasts the most elaborate habillage, but it nonetheless remains a thoroughly professional watch.
Truly a Seamaster
First launched in 1947, the Seamaster collection is Omega’s oldest line of watches. As the wristwatch supplier to the Allied forces, the Bienne-based brand is famed for designing the first professional watches of the modern era. The first (and all subsequent) specifications required by the British Ministry of Defence laid the current foundations for modern tool watches. And upon its release, the Seamaster was already considerably ahead of its time (watch our very own videos of the Omega Seamaster saga here).
In the Omega Seamaster 300M Chronograph, the legacy of the past is plain for all to see. And with its robust, imposing design and increased legibility, the emphasis is placed on more than just functionality.
Elegance in a sports watch
Back in the early ‘50s, Omega expanded the Seamaster collection with a number of additional case variants and bracelet options in 18K gold. Thus, naval officers and other distinguished men of action could then combine efficiency and style.
The new two-tone Seamaster Diver 300M Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph 44 MM is created in the same image. With its bezel, hands, helium valve, and crown crafted in 18K Sedna™ gold, this watch is a gem of sophistication. But behind this refined material, lies a genuine technological achievement. The 18K Sedna™ gold is a specially patented alloy of gold, copper, and palladium that provides exceptional durability.
Aside from the Sedna™ gold and the steel of the case, the other material prominently featured is ceramic. This is seen, for example, in the iconic dial and its laser-engraved wave pattern. The pushers, somewhat vulnerable to damage due to their protruding design, are also crafted in this supremely durable material. Finally, the bezel sports a ceramic insert with a 60-minute diving scale crafted in Ceragold™. Another Omega-patented technology, Ceragold™ combines the brilliance of gold with the robustness of ceramic.
Optimal wrist presence
Boasting a 44mm diameter case, the new Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph is not exactly for evening wear. However, the subtle combination of materials lends it a certain chic elegance.
Being a slight-wristed gent, I was a little apprehensive the case diameter might not suit me. But when a watch brand gets it right, it's right. Due to the rubber strap blending seamlessly with the lugs and evenly distributing the weight on the forearm, I soon forgot I was wearing the piece. That, for me, is the first sign of perfect ergonomics.
For the more masculine wrist, I can only speculate the verdict is the same. And indeed, @pngm, who was kind enough to wear the new Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph for an entire day, agrees, "I was surprised at how comfortable it was. It's by no means a small watch, but you can't feel it. In any case, you could be channeling sporty chic, or just wearing plain old swimming trunks, it still looks good," he added laughingly.
On this last point, @pngm and I tend to agree – one of this piece’s greatest strengths is its unclassifiable style. It possesses an uncanny ability to morph readily from casual to dressy, making it suitable for all sorts of occasions, diving included. And at the end of the day, it remains a truly professional watch.
However you make use of it, one thing's certain, you'll be on time. The Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph houses the Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 9900 and boasts all the innovations that were painstakingly acquired and implemented into the brand’s movements over the past 20 years. Including co-axial escapement, silicone spiral Si14, anti-magnetism, and much more. In truth, it’s a veritable war machine.
Priced at $9,300 – for the above two-tone model (ref. 188.8.131.52.01.001) – the new Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph is the perfect companion in all circumstances, even on your dressiest Bond adventures.
(Photography by Pierre Vogel)