Is the Omega Seamaster 300 the best divers watch money can buy?
Last year I was fortunate enough to borrow an Omega Seamaster 300 for the weekend, so what better thing to do than take it in the sea?
This is the first time I had worn an Omega of any sorts so it felt like a privilege to give this one a go. This specific one is from around 2007 I think and has the cheaper Quartz movement inside which I think is absolutely fantastic and keeps excellent time. Much better than an Automatic movement in some other watches for example. I also swapped out the metal bracelet for a cheap dark blue NATO strap as I thought it suited the occasion far better, and I think I was right.
While my experience was only over three days or so, I found it to be a very pleasurable one. I was in the Seychelles at the time and so it would have been rude of me not to test this out in the water, even if it was December. It is pretty safe to say I didn't need to deploy the helium escape valve on the side but it obviously had no issues at less than a metre underwater. After all, it is good up to 300 metres, hence the name.
Brand new these retail for around £4,000 depending on spec but second hand, you can pick one up for under £2,000 which I think is what I would do. Not only do these watches look great but it is the very watch Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan wore in several James Bond films. It is the ultimate 'cool' watch.
However, like most things there is competition and for the Seamaster that is the even more famous Rolex Submariner. Arguably the most famous watch design ever made. But, there are a few reasons as to why I would rather have a Seamaster. One is that they are much cheaper as the bog standard Sub can go for as much as £20,000 if it is really special. Another reason is that fewer people know Omega compared to Rolex. Trust me, you'll be surprised.
Overall, I think the Seamaster is a fantastic bit of kit for the price. Yes, there are cheaper alternatives but I bet they don't have the same boasting rights as these do. I am also well aware of the Seamaster Planet Ocean but I think that's far too big as I will point out in an upcoming review...