Now that the Swatch Group has let its brands go wild with their new releases, we turn our attention to Omega, undoubtedly their most prominent cash collector, which has introduced a further complication to its fantastic new Seamaster Diver 300 range. Last year Omega updated their classic sports watch and re-introduced the wavy pattern on the dial, a part missing from the previous generation. I’ve only seen the press photos so far, but I think it looks fantastic, just like last year’s reboot did.
The chronograph is not a new complication to the Diver 300 collection, but this is the first time we see it in the now familiar Bicompax chronograph layout. The previous chronograph model had the tri-subdial design that usually screams chrono, but here the indications for the chronograph have been layered on top of one another in one subdial. This means you can technically use it as a dual timer, by setting the chronograph running at midday local time you can know the time in minutes and hours without needing to set the hands.
Inside every watch is the in-house made Omega calibre 9900, except for the ‘bitching’ solid gold Seamaster which features the calibre 9901, virtually the same but with a gold bridge and rotor, it’s very attractive too. This movement, visible through the open caseback, features Omega’s Co-Axial escapement and a column wheel as well. I can’t find any information on whether there is a vertical clutch present, so be mindful of running the chronograph for extended periods when you don’t need it, it should still be safe for holiday timing, though.
The new watches come in a slew of options to reflect those available in the time-only Seamaster Diver 300.
The most accessible model is the stainless steel on rubber strap ref., which costs $7150.
Upgrading to one of the three steel on steel references (126.96.36.199.01.001, 188.8.131.52.03.001 and 184.108.40.206.06.001) adds on $300 to make $7450.
The two-tone Sedna gold and steel on rubber references 220.127.116.11.01.001 and 18.104.22.168.03.001 pushes the price up to $9300.
Two-tone Sedna gold and steel bracelet watches with the references 22.214.171.124.03.001 and 126.96.36.199.01.001 cost $12,400 each.