People have breathed a sigh of relief. After all the photo and video teasing, Omega fans seem to have what they want – a new Omega Seamaster 300 that is an homage to the original.
Debuting in 1957 and since then, becoming one of Omega’s enduring lines and favourites, not to mention desirable amongst collectors, the new modern version is close enough to the original CK2913 to keep the purists happy, and modern enough to make it different.
One of the major points of difference between the old and the new is, of course, the movement. The new Seamaster 300 uses the new automatic OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibre 8400 which has a time zone function, three-level escapement wheel and has a 15,000 gauss anti-magnetic resistance.
The new Seamaster 300 is 41mm and comes in six different versions : stainless steel, Grade 5 titanium, Sedna™ gold (a combination of gold, palladium and copper), 950 platinum (limited to 357 pieces), and bi-metal (stainless steel/ Sedna™ gold and titanium/ gold). It features a polished black ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel with a Liquidmetal® or OMEGA Ceragold™ diving scale depemding on the model, and there is a SuperLuminova dot at 12 o’clock.
So what about the dial? The black dial in these pictures is sand-blasted black ceramic, the hour markers lasered and then filled with SuperLumiNova which has been treated to try and evoke an aged patina, and the broad arrow hands are also filled with SuperLumiNova. The standard black bezel is ceramic with a LiquidMetal® diving scale but also sand-blasted finish to give it a less shiny appearance and sync in with aesthetics of the hour markers. The gold models contain the Omega Ceragold technology for the bezel and the titanium model has a blue dial and blue bezel.
All models have a bracelet with polished centre links and a resizable clasp with 6 different positions – you open the clasp and depress ‘push’ to make any adjustments.
The caseback is engraved with “Si14”, “ANTI-MAGNETIC > 15’000 GAUSS” and, depending on what alloy the diving scale is made of, “Liquidmetal®” or “Omega Ceragold™”. A domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal reveals the movement – in the case of the bi-metal, SS and Grade 5 titanium models this is the Calibre 8400, and in the case of the 18k Sedna ™ gold and 950 platinum models, it’s the Co-Axial Calibre 8401. Both have a power reserve of 60 hours.
So far, the online response has been overwhelmingly positive. For those who now have it on their ‘want’ list, it will be available in stores in November 2014. Australian RRP starts at AUD7,750 for the stainless steel. model. For those of you in the rest of the world, the starting price is 5,500 CHF.