With a helium escape valve and a Co-Axial gauge, the Diver 300M offers 300m of tightness and is the first choice of professional and recreational divers. The limited editions attract the attention of collectors.
A modern diver with helium valve
The Seamaster Diver 300M celebrated its premiere in 1993. Omega first launched the diver in a chronograph version and, shortly afterwards, joined the three-needle clock. Like the sister model, the Seamaster 300, the Diver 300M also offers 300 m (30 bar) of water resistance. However, it is distinguished by including a at the height of 10 o’clock; An essential element for the practice of that allows divers to stay long periods at the bottom of the sea breathing a mixture of oxygen and helium. If during the decompression process, the watch does not have an exhaust valve, the helium penetrates the piece causing irreparable damage.
In addition to its modern style, the Diver 300M also distinguishes itself by including a window for the date. In particular, the corrugated bezel gives it a special touch. Omega offers this watch in sizes from 28 to 42 mm, and most boxes are manufactured in stainless steel. However, the limited editions are distinguished by presenting titanium boxes or tantalum, a material of rare use.
At first, this professional diving watch was available with a quartz or automatic movement. Currently, they house mechanical gauges that not only offer a chronometer certificate, since 2006 they also include the Omega Co-Axial exhaust. At the Baselworld 2018 watch hall, the house announced that it would begin to include an anti-magnetic Master Chronometer up to 15,000 gauss in its watches.
How much does a Diver 300M with chronograph function cost?
The Seamaster 300M with chronograph function also offers a wide selection of models. It allows you to choose between a box of 41 or 44 mm and offers the option of obtaining a model that includes an additional GMT function. These clocks have a central arrow shaped needle that indicates a second time zone on a scale of 24 hours and its price is around 4,200 euros. The price of the standard version of the chronograph is about 3,500 euros.
Like the three-needle models, the first editions of date-dated chronographs are more affordable. They are distinguished by the arrangement of the sub-spheres, which are at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock with the date positioned at 3. The current models place the totalizes at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, and the window for the Date is integrated into the hours counter at 6 o’clock.
The bicolor model of the mid-90s, which combines titanium and gold, costs around 2,500 euros. However, a stainless steel model in good condition early 2000 easily reached the price range of 3,300 euros.
Limited edition models
In the year 1995, the Diver 300M conquered the big screen when accompanying James Bond in the movie “Goldeneye”. Since then, Omega has launched several limited editions in honor of the famous British agent.
The most recent example is called Commander’s Watch. With only 7,007 copies on the market, this Diver 300M differs from its sister models by the presence of a white dial, a blue and red ceramic bezel and a red second hand with the 007 logo. In addition, the rotor, which can contemplated through the sapphire crystal, it offers a design inspired by the shape of a 9mm cartridge and includes the secret agent’s logo. The watch is equipped with a NATO strap in the colors blue, white and red, the color range of the Royal Navy. The price of this steel watch with a 41 mm case is 4,100 euros.
Omega also offers the Commander’s Watch in an 18-carat yellow gold version that, in addition to the NATO strap, includes a bracelet made of the same material as the case. Only 007 copies were produced for what is presented in the market as a real jewel of collection. The price of this exclusive watch is 26,000 euros.
The series also offers special models a little more affordable as the Diver 300M Casino Royale. The dial includes the legendary fluted soul of the James Bond weapon. The price of the watch in good condition is 3,400 euros. The Diver 300M James Bond 50th Anniversary is another edition a bit more expensive and costs about 500 euros more. The dial engraves small 007 logos and records the red number 50 on the black ceramic dial.
As with the James Bond saga, Omega also shares a close relationship with the Emirates Team New Zealand sailors. The 44 mm watch features a titanium case with a brushed finish, a titanium dial and a black bezel with a black ceramic insert. The minute counter at 3 o’clock is also equipped with a 5 minute race timer, and the black and red rubber strap keeps the watch on the wrist. The price of this sports chronograph is close to 4,600 euros.