With this version of the Omega Seamaster 300M, Omega brings the advantages of a METAS (Swiss Institute Of Metrology) certified movement to the Seamaster 300M family. As James Stacey reported earlier this week, there have been a number of design and movement upgrades and updates and the result is a watch with a very strong visual identity, as well as a movement that arguably represents some of the most interesting horological engineering being done anywhere in Switzerland (or the world, for that matter).
The new Seamaster 300M now includes a new version of the ceramic bezel as well as a ceramic dial, which is laser-engraved with the well-known wave motif; on this particular model, which is the basic steel version with a rubber strap, the numerals on the bezel are filled with white enamel. From a technical perspective, there are of course significant advantages to ceramic as a material for the bezel of a diver’s watch – the material won’t fade and it’s for all intents and purposes scratch-proof. Obviously none of us worry about scratching our watch dials (if you do happen to do that you probably have other, bigger problems from a case-integrity standpoint) but the colorfastness of ceramic is certainly a plus for that application as well.