First introduced in 1993, the Seamaster Professional Diver 300M has enjoyed a legendary following. Loved for its design and ocean technology, the original timepiece signalled OMEGA’s return to the world of diving watches and also ignited the brand’s long-standing partnership with James Bond. Now, 25 years later, a bold new collection has arrived.
For Baselworld 2018, the OMEGA Seamaster Professional Diver 300M has undergone a complete facelift, with 14 unique models, including 6 in stainless steel and 8 in a blend of stainless steel and gold.
Sized at a larger and contemporary 42 mm diameter, each new Diver 300M has been given a Master Chronometer Calibre 8800, taking the collection into a higher realm of precision, performance and magnetic resistance.
Every detail of the outward design has also been rethought, including the iconic diving bezel, which is now made from ceramic with the diving scale in Ceragold™ or white enamel (for longer-lasting whiteness and durability).
The dials are also made from polished ceramic and are available in black, blue or PVD chrome colour. Most notably, OMEGA has reintroduced the wavy pattern (now laserengraved) that was a popular feature of the original design.
All indexes have been raised and filled with Super-LumiNova and, to keep track of the days, the date window has been moved to 6 o’clock. Even the skeleton hands (rhodiumplated, 18K gold, or blued) have been subtly reshaped.
One of the Diver 300M’s most important details is its helium escape valve. For the new models, its redesigned conical-shaped valve has been patented by OMEGA with an ingenious technology that allows it to be operated underwater.
Turning the watch over reveals a wave-patterned edge on the caseback, as well as sapphire crystal, through its METAS-approved movement is visible.
Finally, each model is presented on a traditional iconic metal bracelet or an integrated black or blue rubber strap. The metal bracelets feature a new ergonomic design and have been closely integrated to the case. They also include OMEGA’s patented extendable foldover rack-and-pusher with a helpful diver extension.
Seamaster Diver 300M Titanium Tantalum Limited Edition
When the Seamaster Diver 300M was released 25 years ago, it was available in a very unique metal known as tantalum.
For Baselworld 2018, OMEGA is paying tribute to that 1993 release by introducing a special model with tantalum, limited to 2,500 pieces. The usage of this metal gives the watch a unique touch and offers a collectable addition to the new Diver 300M selection.
Sized at 42 mm, this Limited Edition model follows the same facelift principles as the new Seamaster Diver 300M collection.
However, in this version, tantalum has been used for the base of the bezel, as well as in the middle links of the bracelet. The metal’s blue-grey tones offer a subtle contrast to the grade 2 titanium used for the brushed case and bracelet.
This Limited Edition model also includes touches of 18K Sedna™ gold, which can be seen on the crown, bezel ring, helium escape valve, bracelet links and hands.