The new Omega novelties for 2021 have just dropped this week and of course, the first one we have to talk about is their brand-new Omega Seamaster 300. This collection needs no introduction, but if you are new to the watch world, the Seamaster 300 has been around since 1957 when Omega decided to create their “Professional Trilogy”. These were watches designed to be the ultimate tool watch in their respective fields – Speedmaster for motor racing, Railmaster for use on trains and the Seamaster dive watch.
At a glance, one may mistake the new Seamaster 300 as the same watch just with an updated bezel. However, there are many subtle differences to this new watch that only becomes apparent when you take a closer look.
The first and most important change is visible the moment you look at the dial. Omega has decided to forgo the printed indicators found on the previous iteration and instead gone with an all-new sandwich dial construction. The dial is made of two layers, one of Super-LumiNova and a second plate on top with the indices cut out to reveal the layer underneath. The new dial design also includes 3, 6 and 9 Arabic numerals as a nod to the Seamaster models of the 1960s. Additionally, the lollipop central seconds hand has made a comeback but do take note that this only appears on the stainless steel models.
The more subtle changes can be found on the larger dial opening of the Seamaster 300. Now, 30.4 mm as compared to the previous 29.5 mm the watch also comes with a slimmer built thanks to the new domed sapphire crystal. The bezel is now thinner and is made from oxalic, anodized-treated aluminium for increased hardness. Last but not least the steel bracelet has also been ergonomically adjusted with streamlined fittings and a thinner clasp.
With Omega’s direction of going all-in with the Master Chronometer certification, the Seamaster 300 has been fitted with the Chronometer Calibre 8912 that is certified by METAS.
The Seamaster 300 also gets a new more dressy, elegant variant with a version sporting a case made of bronze-gold—there’s a combination you don’t see every day. This unique alloy was inspired by a historic material called Corinthian Bronze. Ancient Greek texts reveal the composition of this metal to be bronze mixed in with gold and silver. This alloy combination gives further stability to the material letting the wearer have it in direct contact with skin. One thing to note though is that because of its stability, the material will also oxidise a lot slower meaning the patina will take a longer time to develop.