Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Review
Whether you’re a collector of luxury timepieces or simply a Swiss watch connoisseur, it’s likely the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m is no stranger to you. For almost three decades, the renowned timepiece has been the go-to choice for both professional and amateur divers, as well as everyday watch wearers who seek performance, power and precision.
In this in-depth review, we’ll discuss the key features, highlights and shortcomings of the coveted timepiece, all in the hopes of making your next watch purchase a little easier.
A little about Omega
But before we begin, let’s delve a little deeper into the brand itself. Omega is a household name in the world of luxury timekeeping. Since its incorporation in 1848, Omega has perfected its skills in crafting some of the most technically advanced and stylish timepieces.
Many of its watches are geared towards particular sporting events. From diving and other water sports to tools designed to go astronomical lengths, Omega’s pioneering spirit and passion for innovation is nothing short of extraordinary, and all can be experienced in its current watch collection.
As a Swiss brand competing with the likes of Rolex, TAG Heuer, Longines and more, Omega holds its own with its forward thinking and performance-driven models. Included in this is its long-standing line of watches - Omega Seamaster.
About Omega Seamaster
The first Omega Seamaster was launched in 1948, with models remaining in production to this day. However, over the years, the Seamaster line has undergone significant development, with new and improved models regularly adding to what has become an iconic collection.
1993 saw the release of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m, a professional grade diving tool watch that enjoys strong connections to the Royal Navy. While these early inspirations can still be found rooted in the fundamental design, function and purpose of the coveted timepiece, today’s models have moved on leaps and bounds. The current collection offers the modern day professional or amateur diver and everyday wearer a reliable, precise and performance enhanced timepiece that is suitable for almost any and every occasion.
Special agent status
Although the iconic Omega Seamaster Diver 300m is well-known for many reasons, none are as significant as its special agent status. That’s right. The coveted timepiece earned its reputation thanks to a little known character called James Bond.
In 1995, Pierce Brosnan’s 007 was the first to sport an Omega Diver 300m in the famous blockbuster film, Goldeneye. Up until then, Rolex and TAG Heuer were the watch brands of choice for the special agent, but since Omega’s feature, this hasn't turned back.
So, with a rich history and strong big screen associations under its belt, the question to ask is how well does an Omega Seamaster Diver 300m really stack up for a modern day wearer? Well, here’s what we think…
Today’s collection of Omega Seamaster Diver 300m watches feature a design that is distinctive to the one you might be more familiar with seeing on the wrist of James Bond. That’s because the Swiss brand is known for its constant improvement and innovation, which has given current models a look and feel that is more aligned to today’s luxury market.
Current models feel more polished and premium quality with features such as applied hour markers as opposed to printed ones. However, many design features are unchanged, such as the wave dial pattern and skeleton hands, and remain key identifiers of the renowned line of watches.
Most Omega Seamaster Diver 300m models showcase a premium steel case, with the exception of a few titanium and Sedna™ gold models. These cases are designed to withstand tough underwater conditions, but perform just as well on land too. Essentially, this watch can become your new everyday companion, without the worry of scratching or water damage.
This is thanks to the case’s water resistance of up to 300m - something that many would not have thought possible with such a compact and aesthetically appealing watch. But Omega have pushed boundaries once again to not only achieve the impossible, but to then produce a whole collection of perfectected timepieces.
Another thing to note when discussing the case of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m is the helium escape valve, which has been a noticeable feature of the watch since its original design. Today’s models feature a manual winding helium escape valve in a volcano-like shape. For professional divers, this is a slight setback, particularly when many other models on the market feature automatic operating valves that leave little room for error.
However, the helium escape valve is a feature that goes unused by most of the Seamaster’s target market. For many, it is merely a visual design feature, rather than a function they will find themselves needing, as the chances of them ever being in a decompression chamber are low. Therefore, the feature’s shortcomings are rarely an issue.
The Omega Seamaster Diver 300m is available in a number of bracelet options, including classic steel straps, fabric bracelets and rubber designs. All are equally as aesthetically pleasing, functional and high quality.
Steel bracelets are perhaps the most common, featuring secure metal clasps for extra peace of mind. Rubber bracelets are also present throughout the collection, with buckle fastenings for comfort and protection. While these softer bracelets add an additional sporty appeal to the dive watch, the steel bracelet offers a more classic and sophisticated look, which makes the Seamaster a versatile wrist accessory that is suitable for a number of occasions.
The dial of a Seamaster Diver 300m is one of its most distinctive features. From a laser-etched wave pattern, applied indices, date window, skeleton hands and Omega branding, the dial is where the coveted model of watch truly showcases its premium quality and design.
While many of these features are simply visual, others, such as the date window and Super Lumi-Nova fillings are performance enhancements, adding extra functionality and reliability. Whether you find yourself diving to the deepest depths, or simply in an unlit everyday environment, this watch will not let you down.
When discussing the dial of a Seamaster Diver 300m, one cannot finish without mentioning the iconic blue colour, which is just as present in today’s extensive collection as it was in original designs. So much so that the deep blue shade of the sea has almost become synonymous with this model of watch.
Last but not least, we must talk about movement - the technology that makes this iconic wrist watch tick. Omega has come a long way since piecing together off the shelf elements to create Swiss-grade luxury timepieces. Its production of the OMEGA, and consequently its own in-house movement, in the late 19th century saw a new page turn for the brand. The success of the innovation even led to the brand taking on the name of what began as just a single model of watch.
As a long standing watch collection, the Seamaster Diver 300m range has benefited from a number of improvements to its movement over the years. Each new calibre welcomes advancements in precision and performance, ensuring watches in the collection remain at the forefront of the luxury timepiece market.
The Seamaster Diver 300m range features models that possess independently certified master chronometer status, offering the very best in precision, as well as co-axial movements with superior quality and performance under their belt - and all can be admired through transparent casebacks.
Prices for Seamaster Diver 300m models range from entry level luxury rates to the higher end of the market, meaning you can find a watch in the line within your budget. Starting prices begin at around £4,000, fetching up to £44,000 at the higher end.
While those priced at the lower end possess all the standard features and functionalities you would expect from the model of watch, those at the higher end tend to be limited or special edition models, perfect for any watch collector.
When it comes to a multi-purpose everyday luxury timepiece, few would look further than the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m. And we understand why. With appeal, function, performance and character, the watch proves you really can have it all.
Now, that’s not to say the Seamaster model is not without its pitfalls, some of which may be difficult for professional divers in particular to overlook. For commercial use then, the Diver 300m might not be the right choice, but we don’t believe Omega are too phased with this idea. After all, there are record breaking Planet Ocean models for that.
The Seamaster Diver 300m is an advanced piece of equipment for amateurs and everyday wearers who value quality and robust design. There are models that have everything you need, plus a few additional features that help justify the price and ensure you, and all those around you, know that there is a Swiss grade luxury timepiece on your wrist.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300m are some of the best selling watches here at Wallace Allan, proving just how popular these timepieces continue to be. To find a model that is right for you, browse our full collection online and in-store today.