The fake Omega’s updated Seamaster Diver 300M is one of the strongest new high-end wristwatch product offerings for 2018. Initially released during the Jean-Claude Biver-era of Omega in 1993, the Seamaster is today a truly iconic model for Omega. At the time in the early 1900s it was meant to reassert Omega’s relevance but also distinctive design ethos. As a matter of fact, the Seamaster 300M should not look like the Rolex Submariner – which at the time dozens and dozens of fake watches did indeed look like. The replica Omega intends to be more than just like Rolex, it wanted to be something totally different and outstanding in its approach to a late 20th century luxury timepiece.
It is crucial to talk about the original Seamaster 300M design because the new for 2018 updated models celebrate those core values and aesthetics that made the original so popular. 2018 isn’t the same as 1993 for the watch industry, but 25 years later, I have to say one can agree that modern watch tastes haven’t actually changed that much. I would debate that the modern era of luxury watches clearly began in the 1990s.
One of the most iconic design elements of the Omega Seamaster 300M is the manual helium release valve located at 10 o’clock on the case. I can’t say why the fake Omega chose for a manual versus automatic helium release valve at a time when automatic valves were easy to design.
However, I am not sure but I believe that Omega has been continually producing at least some form of the Seamaster 300M for the last 25 years. Don’t forget that Omega even added a few dive watch lines to the Seamaster collection over the years including the dressier Seamaster Planet Ocean, and the vintage-style Seamaster 300.
As far as I am concerned, the Seamaster 300M dial with its distinctive hands and hour markers is a design that has aged well. I do admit that when I first learned about the design long ago it didn’t do much for me. It took years of looking at other sport watch dials to appreciate that Omega made something with the enduring power of a Submariner – but with a more contemporary and active feel to it.
Everything about the Seamaster 300M is new for 2018 and for the target of this article I am going to focus on the steel (or mostly steel models). The replica Omega did however produce a fair number of two-tone steel and 18k Sedna (rose) or yellow gold models. Those two-tone Seamaster 300M models are truly lovely, but they include a rather steep price increase that takes a lot out of the really high value-proposition fun of the entirely steel Seamaster 300M models.
To ensure the correction of all the details of the 2018 Seamaster 300M watches, let’s start by looking at the movement. It goes without saying that Omega has included the Seamaster 300M into its family of Master Chronometer watches, which means it includes an in-house made METAS certified “Co-Axial Master Chronometer” movement. Besides, Omega also shows us that new rules saying that replica watches should have luminous points at all 12 hour markers.