Omega Sea­mas­ter 300 Master Co-ax­ial

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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.

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