September 20, 2009
by Ariel Adams
This is potentially the newest version of the RGM 300 Professional Diver’s watch. The 300 watch important as being American RGM’s first diving watch, and most agree that it was well done. It is a sober looking tool watch with cohesive lines, and a thick parts the communicate strength and quality. The original 300 Diver had lots of merit, including different dial options and a cool Blancpain Fifty Fathoms like canvas strap, or a metal bracelet as seen in the images. The watch has an ETA 2892 automatic movement that sits inside of the massively thick stainless steel case that is water resistant to 2,500 feet (750 meters) and is 42.3mm wide. Everything on the watch looks easy to operate including the large crown and easy to grip rotating bezel.
So what is new for the RGM 300 watch? The mother of pearl dials of course. Two will be available including a standard white toned mother of pearl dial, and a black Tahitian mother of pearl dial. Both are impossible to photograph with any real appreciation for the colors, but this will no doubt be a good look. This isn’t the first time mother of pearl has been applied to a diver’s watch. The Hawaiian watch brand Bathys is well-known for doing this. I think that the RGM 300 with this dial is certainly interesting because as a functionally inspired timepiece it utilizes mother of pearl as a tasteful decorative element.
Price is on the higher side in my opinion, though it is competitive in comparable European diving watch. These custom models with the mother of pearl dials may carry a slight premium, but the standard models are about $3,500 for the watch with the strap, and about $4,200 for the 300 Pro Diver with the metal bracelet.[Update: July 8, 2014 – While we value the quality of their product, in light of recent events, aBlogtoWatch will no longer cover RGM products and cannot endorse RGM as a company. – Ed. ] What’s This? See RGM watches on Amazon here. [phpbay]rgm | fifty fathoms | aqualung, num, “14324”, “”[/phpbay]