The luxury watchmaking industry has seen numerous two-tone timepieces throughout time. It is as if the industry is now used to such watches. This trend was broken in the year 1993 when Omega introduced its Tantalum based watch, a device that featured a tri-tone design. Needless to say, the watch was a hit. Ever since then, Tantalum has retained its position in the brand catalogue. In 2020, Omega has once again released a timepiece that features this seldom seen material.
The All-New Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph Gold Titanium Tantalum
Omega has launched its brand new tri-tone Seamaster Diver 300M, a Gold Titanium Tantalum timepiece. The new release will definitely be a numbered release but it will not be a limited edition much like the Omega Speedmaster: First Omega in space reference that was launched in the year 2012.
The Swiss watchmaker’s patented Sedna gold is utilized in this new release in the bezel ring. The entire thing is fascinating look at, really. The bezel ring displays a laser ablated diving scale, whilst the polished blue zirconium dioxide (ceramic) dial flaunts a laser engraved wave pattern. The sub-dials, on the other hand, feature a hint of 18 carat Sedna gold. At the back of the case lies an 18 carat Sedna gold plate that has the unique number of the watch engraved on it.
Getting Into The Details
Amidst the textured bezel, the wave pattern dial, and the sub-dials, it is common to doubt the legibility of the dial and what good is a watch if it lacks proper legibility, right? But that is not an issue in the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph Gold Titanium Tantalum. The thing with this watch is that it needs you to pay attention. A closer look would tell you that the white luminous markers play the role of beacons in the daytime as well as in the night time.
Coming to the details, the minute and seconds track around the dial is complemented by a lollipop seconds’ hand for a rapid and precise reading. As far as the date window is concerned, it is marvelously integrated at the 6 o’clock marker and it is color matched as well.
The movement of the new Omega Seamaster is a whole other story altogether. Ever since the brand has introduced its barrage of display case backs and in-house movements, the once revered regal seahorse has been missing. It has been a contentious issue among old time Omega enthusiasts. But the new release has brought it back. It is done in a way that it does not sacrificing the attractive view of the Calibre 9900.
The new chronograph mechanism from Omega is a sheer spectacle. It requires the Diver 300M’s case to be expanded to a 44mm case in order to comfortably accommodate it. However, it is completely worth it at the end as the features make up for it. Features such as a vertical clutch, a column wheel, and dual mainspring barrels managing a sweet 60-hour power reserve already put this calibre amongst the greats.
The 9900 also facilitates for independent adjustment of the main hours hand for the GMT functionality. That is indeed interesting. Besides that, the bi-compax sub-dial configuration, with a combined minutes and hours dial on the right and a running seconds dial on the left, the movement is already winning hearts.