The Omega that many people refer to as the Bond watch is the Omega Seamaster Professional, also known as the Seamaster Diver 300M. And it’s back! Not that it was gone or anything, but things had gone a little quiet. The watch that was once lovingly referred to as the Bond watch or the SMP (Seamaster Professional) has been revamped as Omega launches fourteen new models.
Last year, Omega introduced the Seamaster Diver 300M Commander’s Watch, reminding us of the James Bond connection. That story started in 1995, with Pierce Brosnan wearing the Omega Seamaster in the movie GoldenEye. This specific Seamaster was introduced in 1993, with either a quartz movement or an automatic movement – calibre 1109 upon introduction, but soon changed to calibre 1120, both based on the ETA 2892 – featuring the well-known blue dial with a wave pattern. The automatic model was called the Seamaster Professional (short SMP) and has been in the collection ever since, although in various executions, and on the wrist of James Bond in five movies.
The most recent versions featured a ceramic bezel insert and dial, but the dial didn’t feature the recognisable wave pattern anymore. With last year’s introduction of the Commander’s Watch, Omega shifted the focus back to the Seamaster 300M and to James Bond. At the time we wondered if this was a hint of what was to come, and whether it was intended as a revitalisation of this collection.
Today, we can share the good news that the Bond watch is back. Just a little bit different from before, a tad more modern, slightly bigger (at 42mm, so 1mm extra), and with the wave pattern reincorporated on the dial that is more reminiscent of the iconic Bond watch. For Baselworld 2018, Omega is introducing no fewer than fourteen new Seamaster Diver 300M watches.
The new watches are equipped with the Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 movement, of course, anti-magnetic to 15,000 Gauss and tested in the Omega METAS labs. Plus, this will be the first Seamaster Diver 300M with a see-through case back!
The new ceramic dials are polished and come with a laser-engraved wave pattern. They are available in black, blue or a PVD chrome colour. All the applied indexes have been raised and filled with Super-LumiNova and the date window has been moved from the 3 o’clock position to 6 o’clock. The hands also have been reshaped, but they still look a lot like the ones on the original Seamaster Professional. The rotating diving bezel is now made from ceramic with the diving scale in Ceragold or white enamel (both will provide a longer-lasting whiteness and durability).
Of course, the Seamaster Diver 300M is still equipped with the helium escape valve (at the 10 o’clock position), but with a more conical shape. While the older SMP came only on a metal bracelet, now you will have a choice of a metal bracelet or an integrated black or blue rubber strap. The new 2018 Omega Seamaster Diver 300M will still be reasonably priced, and starts at CHF 4,400 – price depending on the chosen reference.
More details on www.omegawatches.com.