Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-axial
Those with something of a barely repressed need to express how in their alternative life they wrestle sharks and do battle with orcas – when their greatest danger is probably getting caught on the heel by a trolley in the supermarket queue – will have noted the plethora of gently retro, often re-issued diving watches released of late. Among them is Omega’s Seamaster 300, originally launched in 1957 (Omega could have waited just three years and made a fuss of the anniversary, but chose to throw caution to the wind), which is back for more action down the frozen food aisle. Certainly it is a welcome return. The original was created, as the company has it, “specifically for divers and professionals who worked underwater”. A distinction which raises the question of how one gets to be a professional underwater without having dived, unless one is in a submarine, in which case a diving watch is moot. The upgrade is every bit as utilitarian in style as the original, but represents a sea-change in materials technology: the bezel and dial, for example, are now in ceramic, while the trendy patina-effect indices get a gentle curve thanks to being mounted on an enamel under-layer. A nice touch: the SuperLuminova emits a blue light except on the minute hand, which glows in green. And the movement is now a Master Co-Axial – the Co-Axial plus anti-magnetic tech – ideal for when defusing those tricky mines, naturally. It might not see water much, but all the same this watch is capital S sexy.