GOOD ENOUGH FOR JAMES BOND

Omega Sea­mas­ter Pro­fes­sional Diver 300M

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Launched in 1993 as a part of the hugely suc­cess­ful Sea­mas­ter range of div­ing watches, the Omega Sea­mas­ter Pro­fes­sional Diver 300M was an in­stant suc­cess glob­ally. Rec­og­nized for its de­sign and tech­ni­cal pro­fi­ciency, the watch found its way onto the wrists of divers, ath­letes and re­searchers, re­ly­ing on it in the most de­mand­ing of en­vi­ron­ments.

A year later, the Sea­mas­ter Diver 300M Chrono­graph was awarded ‘Watch of the Year’ by read­ers of Ger­man mag­a­zine

Arm­ban­duhren, sig­nal­ing a promis­ing fu­ture for Omega’s new­est col­lec­tion. It did not take long for this prom­ise to come to fruition with the world’s most fa­mous spy, 007 James Bond him­self, strap­ping a Sea­mas­ter Diver 300M on his wrist for Gold­enEye in 1995. Omega and Bond have be­come in­sep­a­ra­ble ever since, a main­stay in ev­ery James Bond movie that has fol­lowed.

For 2018, Omega has un­veiled a com­plete facelift of this fa­mous watch, with 14 unique mod­els, in­clud­ing 6 in stain­less steel and 8 in a mix of stain­less steel and 18ct gold.

Sized larger to 42mm, each new Sea­mas­ter Diver 300M has been given a Mas­ter Chronome­ter Cal­i­bre 8800 move­ment, in­stantly el­e­vat­ing the en­tire col­lec­tion’s pre­ci­sion, per­for­mance and mag­netic re­sis­tance. Mag­netic forces in elec­tronic de­vices used on land, on deck and even un­der the sea can throw a time­piece out of synch. Of sig­nif­i­cant note, div­ing equip­ment of­ten in­clude mag­netic de­vices and are op­er­ated in close prox­im­ity. To counter this, the move­ment is built with non­fer­rous ma­te­ri­als that can re­sist these ef­fects that mag­netism causes.

In ad­di­tion, the move­ment and watch have passed the 8 strin­gent Mas­ter Chronome­ter tests set by METAS (Fed­eral In­sti­tute of Metrol­ogy) that in­clude ex­am­i­na­tions un­der strong mag­netic fields of 15,000 gauss. These in­ten­sive tests by METAS go be­yond the in­dus­try norm COSC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, and mark a new stan­dard of qual­ity. The METAS tests range from the afore­men­tioned mag­netic ex­po­sure tests, to daily chrono­met­ric pre­ci­sion tests, to power re­serve tests and tests of wa­ter re­sis­tance.

For divers, keep­ing track of time spent un­der­wa­ter is cru­cial, and the new Sea­mas­ter Diver 300M has given the all-im­por­tant ro­tat­ing bezel a fresh de­sign twist. Not only is the iconic div­ing bezel now made from ce­ramic with the div­ing scale in Cer­agold™ or white enamel, Omega has also in­cluded a lu­mi­nes­cent dot at 12 o’clock. Com­pletely stylish, util­i­tar­ian and vin­tage ap­proved at the same time.

Pro­fes­sional divers face unique chal­lenges in the course of their work, he­lium mol­e­cules ex­pand dur­ing de­com­pres­sion and can pop the crys­tal face and case-back off reg­u­lar wrist­watches.

One of the Sea­mas­ter Diver 300M’s most im­por­tant de­tails has al­ways been its he­lium valve, im­ple­mented to al­low he­lium to es­cape the watch case safely. For the new mod­els, the valve has been given a con­i­cal shape and has been patented with an in­ge­nious new fea­ture. Should the He­lium Es­cape Valve be ac­ci­den­tally opened un­der­wa­ter, the watch is guar­an­teed to still re­main wa­ter-re­sis­tant up to 5 bar.

The di­als of the new watches are also made from pol­ished ce­ramic and are avail­able in black, blue or a sun-brushed PVD chrome color. Omega has also re­sponded to pop­u­lar de­mand by rein­tro­duc­ing a wave pat­tern on the dial, now laser en­graved on the new mod­els. All in­dexes have been raised and filled with Su­per-Lu­miNova and, for sym­met­ri­cal bal­ance, the date win­dow has been moved to 6 o’clock. Even the skele­ton hands, in ei­ther rhodium-plated, 18ct gold, or blued, have been sub­tly re­shaped.

On the back of the watch, a wave pat­tern on the edge mir­rors the waves on the dial. A sap­phire crys­tal is also in­cluded, through which one can ad­mire the world class METAS-ap­proved Mas­ter Chronome­ter Cal­i­bre 8800 move­ment. Lightly dec­o­rated,

the move­ment is mag­nif­i­cent to be­hold and a mas­ter­stroke in pre­ci­sion man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Each model is pre­sented on a tra­di­tional iconic metal bracelet or an in­te­grated black or blue rub­ber strap. The metal bracelets fea­ture a new er­gonomic de­sign and have been closely in­te­grated to the case for supreme com­fort, as well as a sleek con­toured look that en­ables the watch to be at home in suit, be it wet, or Sav­ille-Row.

Omega am­bas­sador Daniel Craig, set to play 007 for the fifth time, char­ac­ter­izes this best. Ev­ery inch the gen­tle­man, Daniel Craig first wore an Omega on screen in Ca­sio

Royale in 2006, but he has been an avid watch fan long be­fore he took on the iconic role. Though Bond is stoic, tough and even ruth­less when re­quired to be, Daniel Craig is any­thing but.

A grounded English gent with an ap­proach­able style and com­mit­ment to so­cial causes, he is not just a friend to Omega, but also the face of the new Sea­mas­ter Diver 300M. Truly the per­fect choice, the lat­est ad­ver­tis­ing im­ages fea­ture his steely gaze and pierc­ing blue eyes per­fectly matched with the Omega Sea­mas­ter Pro­fes­sional Diver 300M on his wrist, all while sub­merged in a tuxedo.

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