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Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Watch In Black Ceramic And Titanium

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Watch In Black Ceramic And Titanium Watch Releases

Sometimes it takes a while for classics to strike a chord with watch-lovers. Just because something is widely lauded as an archetype, or as so historically significant you simply have to care, doesn’t necessarily mean you will. Until it hits you, and then all bets are off. This is what I experienced with the Omega Seamaster 300m. As an Omega apprentice who worked on the old 1120-powered range from the ’90s and ’00s for a couple of frustrating years, I had more opportunity than most to see it up close. Try as I did, I just couldn’t forge a connection to it.

As I’ve said before on aBlogtoWatch, I suffered a similarly uncertain start to my relationship with the Omega Ploprof before falling in love with it. And suddenly, during the summer this year following the recent update debuted at Baselworld 2018, I got it. It hit me bang in the mouth and demanded my attention. Finally, I was converted. So, when I saw the press shots of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m in Black Ceramic and Titanium, a dark and exciting new model (stirringly sans date), I was very, very interested.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Watch In Black Ceramic And Titanium Watch Releases

Let’s start with the good. First, the movement is excellent. I still wake up in cold sweats thinking about wrestling with a stubborn hairspring on an ETA 1120. What Omega has done since I left the company (hopefully, no correlation) is double-down on their status as an in-house manufacturer, and really make use of the technology at their disposal to create movements that are new, beautifully decorated, and a dream to service/assemble.

Omega has gifted its watchmakers with a solid, reliable, and very well-made caliber in the 8806. Customers should be enthused by this level of uniqueness from a brand that was, for a couple of decades, lagging well behind the high standards its history deserves.

The 8806 is approved by METAS, Omega’s in-house chronometer protocol. It beats at 25,200vph (3.5Hz), and is, therefore, able to offer a power reserve of 55 hours. It is resistant to magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss, thanks to the in-house silicon hairspring. The reliability and isochronism of this watch is beyond doubt. I say this with surety, as it is literally impossible to ‘bend’ or manipulate the hairspring in the traditional manner, due to the material it’s made of.

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Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Watch In Black Ceramic And Titanium Watch Releases

Another thing I like very much is the color scheme. Teaming a black case and bezel insert with a titanium bezel and crown makes for a stealthy combo. The absence of the date window at 6 o’clock also cleans up a dial that can look busy because of the wave pattern. On that note, the execution of the modern wave is sublime. The background has been etched away, leaving a raised, gloss wave pattern in the ceramic dial, rather than pad-printing the design in a slightly contrasting hue. The Omega Seamaster 300m Diver in Black Ceramic and Titanium also sticks with the redesigned helium valve that is now conical, as opposed to straight-sided.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Watch In Black Ceramic And Titanium Watch Releases

But here are the things I don’t like so much. The update from Baselworld 2018 did very well to keep the diameter at 41mm. This new iteration is a swollen 43.5mm. For me, a man accustomed to wearing some pretty gargantuan watches without a problem found that the 41mm variant managed to command a good degree of wrist presence, despite its relatively small diameter. The 43.5mm measurement puts this more in the wear category of the Planet Ocean. I have a feeling this may annoy those looking for a more discreet timepiece.

Secondly, one of the stand-out features of the Omega Seamaster 300m was the price. Retailing at under $5,000 made it a ridiculous value proposition. The Omega Seamaster 300m Diver in Black Ceramic and Titanium comes in at a hugely inflated $7,500, on the rubber strap. The rubber strap is beautifully designed. It has a really cool keeper system that prevents that irking floating phenomenon. However, it is not the bracelet, which is one of the nicest things about this range in general.

Certainly, the Omega Seamaster 300m Diver in Black Ceramic and Titanium is a visual feast. Hopefully, it will find an audience that craves the extra size and doesn’t mind paying for it. Visit omegawatches.com for more information.

 

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  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    No date!!! They finally listened!

    • It’s such a clean look, right? And that dial is supremely legible!

    • Ariel Adams

      Yes, that is perhaps the coolest part of this watch. If it does well expect two years worth of no-date watches from Omega. Perhaps one year longer than they should have stuck on the trend.

  • SuperStrapper

    Looks pretty sexy. I was never a big fan of the wave dial but this ceramic iteration is very handsome. I could still never fall for that goofy handset though.
    Shame that an interesting innovation in the strap is mentioned but not shown. I understand these are marketing images and not the blog’s but why do makers of dive watches release a phalanx of pictures for a new watch and never consider a lume shot. Lume shots are the crack that keeps watch nerds coming back.

    • Hey SuperStrapper, thanks for commenting. You’re right about the press images not featuring a close up of the strap system, but basically the second keeper (the one that might escape the tail end of the strap) has a little nipple on its underside, so it can hook on to one of the holes in the strap nearer the end of the tail. It’s not so smooth getting the keeper in position, but the material is really tough and handles rough manipulation well. Once its in place it stays put, so a really welcome modification.

      • SuperStrapper

        Got it. My S2 has the same system. Never wear it though.

    • egznyc

      Couldn’t t agree more about the goofy handset. Nonetheless this iteration beats all the rest (other than size and price).

      Loved your comment about lume shots!

  • In this article the watch in question is only referred to as the Omega Seamaster 300m Diver in Black Ceramic and Titanium. The old Seamaster is only mentioned as a point of comparison. Mostly because the most recent iteration was so good in so many ways that I was willing this model to continue with all the positive traits debuted with the previous release.

  • gw01
    • Joe

      Yes! So much nicer without the HRV.

      The recessed crown is also nice although I don’t mind so much on this type of watch…

  • Joe

    I also wish they would get rid of the HRV.
    Make it 40/41mm, remove the HRV, reduce the price a bit – and I’m interested too.

  • DanW94

    Has Omega altogether abandoned the engraved Seahorse case back on the 300m collection? I actually prefer that to the see through case back.

  • Joe

    That’s not true.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_Resistant_mark
    https://www.watchtime.com/featured/dive-watch-defined/

    …and I doubt that there are many divers (professional or not) that rely on just a dive watch for diving.

    So how about a Seiko? They don’t use HRVs yet can be taken to 1,000m below sea level.
    Does that make it “non-professional”?
    https://monochrome-watches.com/seiko-prospex-marinemaster-1000m-emperor-tuna-sbdx014-review-price/

    …and beyond 1,000m
    http://watchesbysjx.com/2015/06/seiko-marinemaster-tuna-diver-survives-pacific-ocean-plunge-to-depth-of-4299-metres.html

    • Bon Vivant

      Hi Joe, I think we are both half right. Omega uses the term “Professional” to connote their watches that meet mixed gas diving requirements( of which some form of HRV is required or be so air tight that helium can not enter). To drop the HRV would necessitate dropping the Professional moniker like the Seamaster 300 and the Seamaster Aqua Terra.

      As for the Seiko analogy… a mixed gas capable watch has to be resistant to helium entering the watch, the original Seamaster PloProf had no HRV because it had a mono block case that was so tight that helium could not enter in the first place. Once Omega introduced a removable case back the auto HRV became necessary.

      The other points are subjective.

      • Joe

        I think “Professional” in this case must be specific to Omega.

        ISO6425 simply doesn’t require an HRV. It’s a similar myth that a 10atm rated watch isn’t ISO6425 compliant.

        Seiko divers rated for 600m+ don’t require HRV because they don’t allow helium to enter the watch case. I think you’re right that the original Omega PloProf had such designs too.

        https://www.salonqp.com/features-2/seiko-marks-50-years-of-divers-watches/

        It’s fine if you like the look of the HRV but really in most cases it’s simply a liability.
        https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/opinion-too-much-hot-air-about-helium-release-valves

        For most of us (including me) it’s a moot point anyway, since I spend most of my time snorkelling and free-diving only 🙂

      • SPQR

        ISO 6425 does NOT require a professional dive watch to have an HEV. The criteria are published online so you can easily check. The reason for the HEV seems to stem back to the time the Seamaster Diver was designed in 1993. Jean-Claude Biver was part of the project at Omega that designed the watch. One of the main aims was to avoid the watch looking like a Submariner. The HEV, bracelet and handset was a big part of that aim. The “Professional” part of the name is an indication that the watch complies with ISO 6425. Again to differentiate the watch from a Submariner.

  • John Effing Zoidberg

    Fully agree about the price and the strap. I appreciate you saying it out loud (so to speak).

    • Ariel Adams

      I feel that the Seamaster 300 case actually does look better off the bracelet than on it. It is a nice case and its distinctive lugs are almost lost when the awkwardly-shaped bracelet they currently have is paired with it. That said, Omega has made much nicer rubber strap designs in the past. This black rubber strap with its two pointless vertical stripes seems both boring and over-thought at the same time. I think they are trying to mimic the lines on the metal bracelet – which are certainly not this watch collection’s best asset anyway. Omega or a high-quality rubber strap maker should make a replacement strap for this immediately. What about a rubber Nato-Style strap with a texture and whose strap isn’t uselessly too long?

  • Sorry, it should have said $5,000.

    I was referring to this model:

    https://www.ablogtowatch.com/omega-seamaster-diver-300m-steel-watches-2018/

    Amazingly, it’s only £3,520 on the rubber and £3,600 on the bracelet in the UK – such madness must have addled my mind.

    Will update the price accordingly – thanks for you eagle eyed critique.

  • Hi Bon Vivant. The Omega protocol is approved by METAS and is exclusive to them. You could, therefore, call it proprietary but given that it is literally in-house and exclusive right now, I’d argue it’s a fair definition.

    As for the gauss rating, you are right that the equipment maxed at 15,000, which is why they’re not allowed to say 60,000+ even though the surrounding escarpment components are capable of withstanding that.

    And yes, titanium and ceramic manufacturing is tricky and expensive, but the question isn’t necessarily whether it is justifiably priced in an absolute sense (it’s possible that the case was 35% more expensive to manufacture than the steel version), more a question of commercial strategy.

    At two and a half grand over the steel, it feels a little bit isolated in the range. It would be understandable if they decided to crush their margin slightly to incentivize the upsell and encourage a new market to become comfortable with ceramic over the much more popular steel.

    I’d pay a lot of money to be in those board room discussions just to see how they go down at Omega!

    • Bon Vivant

      Hi Rob, thank you for the reply. Again, my understanding is that “Master Chronometer” is a standard that the Swiss government division METAS created(with input from Omega) but is in fact an open standard…Rolex or any other brand can submit watches for Master Chronometer certification…Omega, or any other brand, can not submit a watch for “Superlative” certification. If you have a source that proves that MC is only available to Omega timepieces I’d like to see it for my own education and clarification.

      And as for the $7500 price tag, well a stainless steel Submariner sells for over a $1000 more without ceramic/titanium, without a HRV or ISO 6425 professional dive specs, and with a fraction of the anti-magnetism of the Seamaster. Not sure why Rolex is always let off the hook by the horological media for overpriced and under spec’d timepieces. Thanks!

    • SPQR

      Sorry to correct you but the METAS certification is not “in-house” and to describe it as such is not a fair description. METAS is a Swiss Federal Department like the US State Department. The METAS Officials oversee Omega’s testing by sampling the tests and individual watches to make sure the criteria are fully met. It is similar to an accountant auditing your books. Independent verification that the tests are done properly and the conditions met. The criteria for the Master Chronometer certification is set by Omega and METAS, fully published, as to what is being tested and why. The results of each individual watch can be accessed online. METAS Master Chronometer standards are open to any watch brand to try to pass. Clearly the anti-magnetic portion of the testing process means brands like Rolex or Patek would find an attempt to pass entirely futile. Of course Rolex Superlative Chronometer is a standard set in-house with no independent agency auditing it and so you have no guarantee it means anything at all.

  • Jon Heinz

    I’d have a custom strap made, but yeah, I think I like the looks of what I’m seeing here. If I were shopping at this price point, it would be a contender.

  • 7500? Really! Omega is a bit delusional.

  • T m

    Nice Aquaracer

  • One of the best looking Seamasters IMO, very clean.

  • Scott C

    Omega bracelet in black would be the cherry on top for this piece.

    • BKThoroughbred

      Exactly all these great Black Omegas on Straps?!? They need to go all the way: Matching Black Bracelets PLEASE

  • alex ioancio

    Over expensive