OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M Guide (2023)

The perfect combination of performance and value, with plenty of variety to choose from.

Originally published by Logan Baker forCLOCKJune 9, 2020

The OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M has somehow held a prominent position in the OMEGA range since 1993 and has built a strong following in just over 25 years. Two years ago, the Swiss brand significantly updated the collection, adding in-house Master Chronometer-certified movements and bringing back key design elements from the model's past, such as the laser-engraved wave motif on the dial, the Skeleton Handset, the serrated bezel and the Lollipop second hand.

The Seamaster name has a long and proud tradition at OMEGA, but in our opinion it has never had a better combination of specification, design and value for money than in its current form, the contemporary Seamaster Diver 300M.

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Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42mm white dial on strap

As the summer heat began to set in in the northern hemisphere, we felt it was time to spice up our existing Seamaster Diver 300M collection a bit, and today we are doing just that by adding six new variations to the HODINKEE store. That's right: we're adding more options to our curated OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M collection than ever before.

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Most of these watches follow the same format that the model has been identified with since its redesign in 2018. It starts with a very handy case profile with a diameter of 42 mm and a height of 13.5 mm. You also get rhodium-plated skeleton hands with different luminescent colors (blue for the hour hand and green for the minute hand), so there are no issues with underwater readability. The straps, of course, have Seamaster's recognizable round facets, and the watch strap has the same immersion elongation that has been with the watch since the early 1990s. The longtime Seamaster 300M will appreciate it.

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Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42mm Black Dial Rubber Strap

The Seamaster Diver 300M retails for $5,000 including change (less than that on some variants), and is a professional dive watch tested to 300 meters and equipped with a true master chronometer certified internal movement. It's beautiful too, with laser-engraved dials featuring the model's signature waves and ceramic bezel inserts (meaning the color won't fade and the chance of the bezel scratching or damaging is near zero). Oh, and while we're not big on celebrity or pop culture partnerships, we'd be negligent not to mention that this is the latest evolution of a watch that's been a James Bond favorite since 1995.

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Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42mm blue dial on strap

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A notable detail of the redesigned Seamaster Diver 300M was the new cone-shaped helium escape valve, which is configured to make the watch resistant to water damage up to 50 meters if accidentally left open. The overall finish of the case is excellent and meets OMEGA standards, with alternating brushed and polished surfaces on the case and bezel edges. The presence of the OMEGA 8800 caliber marks the first use of a fully internal caliber in the Seamaster 300M family (previous Seamaster 300M models had a modified ETA 2892 with OMEGA coaxial escapement) and is certified by METAS as a Master Chronometer, Startup. This means more than just a guarantee of accuracy - it also means that the watch has been tested for increased shock protection and can withstand magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss, a number unprecedented in the history of watchmaking.

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Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42mm white dial on strap

Five of the Seamaster Diver 300Ms added to the HODINKEE store today continue to adhere to these specific aesthetic principles. The strap features a white dial with a black ceramic bezel, a black dial with a matching black rubber strap, and a blue dial on the strap. All three were previously available from the HODINKEE store in various configurations and you know you have more options to choose from than ever before.

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Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42mm Black Dial Rubber Strap

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Today, a new variant hit the HODINKEE store for the first time, a variant with a gray dial with a blue bezel and available with either a bracelet or a blue rubber strap. The gray dial adds a sunny finish to the laser etched wave which adds a bit of extra texture to the overall look. The dial is made of ceramic like the other Seamaster 300M models, but the sunburst effect adds a different kind of character as the other ceramic dial versions look a bit more flashy. You can see a good mix of high and low in this gray dial. Blue accents on the dial, hour markers, a date window and a ceramic bezel insert enhance the readability of the dial. It is the perfect complement to the entire Seamaster Diver 300M range.

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Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42mm Gray dial on rubber strap

Finally, the latest Seamaster Diver 300M update for the HODINKEE store deviates from the standard variant today. While the overall design of the 300M remains the same, the execution of the material is completely different. Instead of stainless steel, this Seamaster Diver 300M has a case - as well as the dial, buckle and bezel insert - made entirely of black ceramic, while the caseback, bezel, crown, hands, hour markers and safety valve are now made of Grade 5 titanium. But the differences don't stop at the material used, OMEGA has also increased the case profile to 43.5mm (from 42mm) and the laser engraved wave motif on the dial is convex rather than concave like on the standard Seamaster 300M. The overall look is as bold and luxurious as it is understated.

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Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 43.5mm Black Ceramic on NATO Strap

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Part of what makes this watch so great is the tonal design - all black with a hint of gray - that creates a sleek, monochrome look unlike almost every other Seamaster in the current lineup. This is an interesting exercise in dark tones and looks fantastic on the wrist. OMEGA uses the Master Chronometer caliber 8806, which, as you may have noticed from the watch face, is undated. Extensive use of high-quality materials has raised the price of this Seamaster Diver 300M from an initial collection price of around $5,000 to $8,100. Although this watch is also available inblack rubber bracelet, the eye-catching black and gray NATO strap with the OMEGA logo seen here also looks really cool.

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Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 43.5mm Black Ceramic on NATO Strap

The sheer variety of Seamaster Diver 300M options available at any time is one of the most attractive features of this collection. OMEGA has renewed its ever-popular Seamaster Diver 300M series with an almost unbeatable combination of design, technical specifications and premium materials to create a truly remarkable and versatile collection of watches that will easily carry you through the summer season.

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Is Omega Seamaster Diver 300 a good investment? ›

When investing in an Omega wristwatch, achieving an increase in value over time is the main goal, but also importantly, so is enjoyment for the wearer. Two of Omega's most sought after models are the Seamaster and the Speedmaster, which historically prove to be the safest investments.

Can you overwind an Omega Seamaster 300M? ›

Manual wind watches are actually quite simple to operate. The Omega Seamaster is designed so it cannot be overwound – there are no hidden catches.

How accurate is the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M? ›

What is the accuracy of Seamaster watches? The Seamaster automatic models have received a Chronometer certificate from COSC. This certifies that the movement measured within -4 to +6 seconds of variation per day. Like most fine watch makers, OMEGA does not bother to certify their quartz models.

Is Omega Seamaster Diver 300M good? ›

The perfect all-arounder. Even at the new (higher) retail price of €6,100 (or €5,700 if you can live without the bracelet,) the Seamaster Diver 300M is one of the best watches in its league.

Is Seamaster 300 better than the Submariner? ›

While both watches offer 300 meters (about 984 ft.) of water resistance, there is quite a difference in testing. The Seamaster 300M is truly sent to an actual depth of 300 meters for its ranking whereas the Submariner is tested through the simulation of pressure at 300 meters below the waves.

Is Omega as prestigious as Rolex? ›

Rolex VS Omega: Conclusion

At the end of the day, whether you choose Rolex or Omega is up to you. Both brands have their benefits and downsides but are both two prestigious, reputable, and respected Swiss watchmakers. Overall, Omega is slightly cheaper than Rolex, and the availability of them is better.

How long does Omega Seamaster 300 last? ›

OMEGA watches are designed to last a lifetime if they receive the best care. We recommend that you have the water-resistance checked every year and a full service performed every 5 to 8 years.

Does Omega recommend a watch winder? ›

A watch winder is an important purchase for any Omega watch owner. Not only does it keep your timepiece ticking, but a quality winder will also protect it from unnecessary wear and tear.

Can you swim with an Omega Seamaster 300? ›

As the Rolex Submariner's toughest competitor, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M (Ref. 210.30. 42.20. 03.001) is not only an outstanding diver's watch that is waterproof up to 300 metres, but a true statement as well.

Can you actually dive with a Seamaster? ›

While these watches were sturdy, waterproof and more aesthetically suited to civilian life than their military predecessors, it wasn't until 9 years later, in 1957, that Omega released its first proper, civilian dive watch, complete with timing bezel and 200 metres of water resistance: the Seamaster 300.

Do Omega Seamasters gain value? ›

Generally speaking, the most popular Omega watches such as the Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional and Seamaster steel tend to lose between 20-30% from the retail price.

Can you dive with a 300M watch? ›

Some manufacturers say that their watches with a water-resistance rating of 300 meters or more are suitable for recreational scuba diving. Others say the watch need have a rating of just 200 meters; still others say it can be 200 meters as long as it is specifically labeled as a dive watch.

What is so good about Omega Seamaster? ›

Inside the No Time To Die Seamaster is Omega's Calibre 8806. This 35-jewel automatic movement has a 55-hour power reserve and is resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. It's also a METAS-certified Master Chronometer, so it will be accurate between 0/+5 seconds a day.

Does Omega Seamaster 300 have a battery? ›

The OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M is powered by OMEGA's calibre 1538, a quartz precision movement with an end of battery life indicator.

Is Seamaster 300 worth it? ›

A breezy-looking watch that packs plenty of power. Pulling from the Omega archives, the Seamaster 300 offers loads of vintage appeal while keeping up with any modern diver. The bracelet, bezel, and mid-century design all evoke the scuba-diving boom of the 1950s, even though it is a modern release from 2021.

Is an Omega Seamaster as good as a Rolex Submariner? ›

This is where comparing the two gets complicated because it really depends on which Seamaster you're looking at. In general, Rolex offers slightly more accuracy in automatics, but contemporary Seamasters still run on COSC-certified movements, with more than enough precision for everyday timekeeping.

Which is more expensive Omega or TAG Heuer? ›

Omega watches tend to be more expensive than TAG Heuer because they are a more luxurious brand. In addition to being a more dominant brand in the luxury timepiece industry, , OMEGA watches are highly popular and come with a respected history.

What type of watch does James Bond wear? ›

Since 1995, James Bond has worn OMEGA Seamasters in every film. Over the years, we have also created some very special limited edition timepieces whose special features honour 007 and his legacy of more than half a century of genre-defining movies.

Why did NASA choose Omega over Rolex? ›

After a very aggressive qualification tests including many destructive tests such as vibration, humidity, low and high temperature etc, Omega Speedmaster received the official qualification. It passed from all qualification tests. The other two brands Longines and Rolex failed.

Do Omegas hold their value? ›

Because of their careful engineering, strong brand stature, and historic roots, Omega watches can hold and even increase in value for years to come.

How often should you service an Omega Seamaster? ›

How often should I service my Omega watch? We recommend that you should service your Omega watch every four to five years in order to ensure the movement oils are lubricated while the seals and gaskets are replaced to ensure the water resistance is retained where applicable.

Is Omega Seamaster an everyday watch? ›

Some favorite everyday watch picks include the OMEGA Speedmaster, Tudor Black Bay, Rolex Submariner, OMEGA Seasmaster, the Tag Heuer Carrera, Breitling Colt, Rolex DateJust, and a Panerai Luminor. These are just a few of the many everyday luxury watches that will take you from the coffee to the corner office.

Should you wind an automatic watch everyday? ›

While the spinning rotor on your automatic watch will buy you a little time between wear, for best results, wind your automatic watch a little bit each morning or when you have a break throughout your day. Believe it or not, many horology fans and watch collectors enjoy winding their automatic watches each day.

Is Omega watch better than Seiko? ›

In conclusion, both the Omega and Grand Seiko brands are of very high quality. Omega has a distinct edge because of its long history and the reputation it has built during that time.

What is the toughest Omega watch? ›

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra >15,000 Gauss became the world's most magnetism-resistant watch, exceeding the level of magnetic field resistance of other pioneering antimagnetic watches such as the Rolex Milgauss, when it was introduced in 2013.

What are the negatives of a watch winder? ›

If the gears, pivots and springs are constantly winding, they will eventually wear out. All parts of the delicate movement of a watch are subjected to wear and tear through extensive use. In the case of watch winders, those of lower quality would not rotate the watches at precisely timed intervals.

How deep can Omega Seamaster go in water? ›

After reaching the deepest place on Earth in 2019, the ground-breaking Ultra Deep watch has been repurposed into a new 45.5 mm collection available to the public. Tested in real ocean conditions, this incredible divers' range is water-resistant to 6,000 metres (20,000 ft.)

How deep can a Seamaster go? ›

Interestingly, that watch is actually rated down to a depth of 15,000 meters, which was achieved using a considerably thicker case and crystal, compared to the eventual production version, which is officially marked with an impressive 6,000 meters on the dial (the watch is METAS certified so water resistance is tested ...

Is it OK to shower with a dive watch? ›

Even non-ISO certified watch can handle a bath in the sea or even a dive without a problem. But not a shower. Because swimming and diving are simply not the same things as showering. Getting your watch wet is not the actual problem here.

Can a dive watch be an everyday watch? ›

I'll keep this simple, your dive watch can easily also be your everyday watch. Think of the Rolex Submariner, Omega Seamaster, or about a thousand different Seiko dive watch references – all of which can be worn every day while also handling just about any dive you may have in mind.

How deep can a diver go without gear? ›

For most swimmers, a depth of 20 feet (6.09 meters) is the most they will free dive. Experienced divers can safely dive to a depth of 40 feet (12.19 meters) when exploring underwater reefs. When free diving the body goes through several changes to help with acclimatization.

What does Omega watch say about you? ›

You throw yourself into all your passions and love broadening your horizons with real hands-on learning. As far as your style goes, Omega wearers are not so bogged down with fashion—they're too much on the go—but that doesn't mean you'll throw on dirty t-shirt and jeans with holes and call it a day.

Is Omega a high end watch? ›

From Richemont there's Van Cleef & Arpels, Chloé, and Vacheron Constantin. As part of the Swatch Group Omega is joined by Glashutte Original and Tissot. Omega is considered a luxury watch brand.

Why are seamasters so expensive? ›

Swiss-made watches represent pure exclusivity in Omega. Also, the wonderful luxury Omega watches, have unique materials, movements, designs, and other factors that make them expensive.

How many times should I wind my Omega Seamaster? ›

Omega watches typically require between 650 and 800 TPD(turns per day), and most can be wound clockwise or in both directions.

Why does Omega Seamaster have two crowns? ›

The second crown (at 10 o'clock) is a Helium release valve to allow helium out of the watch after wearing the watch in a diving bell with an atmosphere rich in helium.

Can you overwind an automatic watch? ›

Can you Overwind Automatic Watches? Automatic watches cannot be overwound; they have an infinitely-slipping mainspring. The barrel walls are lined with a special “braking grease” and the mainspring uses a sliding bridle to push against the walls, yet still be able to slip.

How deep can you go with a 300m watch? ›

So a 300m watch has been subjected to 375m (or, more accurately, 3.75ATM of pressure) in testing. In direct contrast to watches marked 10m, 30m or 50m, a dive watch marked with 100m of water-resistance or more is absolutely capable of being submerged in the stated depth of water.

Can divers dive to 800 feet? ›

While the recommended maximum depth for conventional scuba diving is 130 feet, technical divers may work in the range of 170 feet to 350 feet, sometimes even deeper.

Is 50 meters a deep dive? ›

In Recreational diving, the maximum depth limit is 40 meters (130 feet). In technical diving, a dive deeper than 60 meters (200 feet) is described as a deep dive. However, as defined by most recreational diving agencies, a deep dive allows you to descend to 18 meters and beyond.

Is the Omega Seamaster a dress watch? ›

The Seamaster name was used by Omega for a huge range of watches including dive and dress pieces. This is a large size 36mm dress watch in steel with a lovely silver sunburst dial.

Is Omega a respected brand? ›

Omega and Rolex are the two most well-known Swiss watch brands in the world, both enjoying massive recognition, status, and respect.

Can you overwind an Omega Seamaster 300? ›

Manual wind watches are actually quite simple to operate. The Omega Seamaster is designed so it cannot be overwound – there are no hidden catches.

How much is a new Omega Seamaster 300? ›

The average price of an Omega watch is between $5,200 to $7,150 MSRP. This range includes stainless steel references for the Seamaster 300m, Planet Ocean, Aqua Terra, and Speedmaster Professional.

How much does the Omega Seamaster 300 increase in value? ›

This is an increase of about 15% in less than two years. The relative increase is impressive, but compared to other luxury watches, the price of the watch is (still) manageable. Of course, there are watches that promise a greater increase in value, but ultimately the Omega Seamaster is not a classic "investment watch".

Will an Omega Seamaster go up in value? ›

The general rule for Omega watches is that they depreciate in value when bought for full retail price. There are some exceptions to this with certain limited editions, however. Generally speaking, an Omega watch loses between 20-40% in value in the first year.

Do Omega watches hold their money? ›

The answer is a resounding yes. They hold their initial value well—and many hold the potential for even more. The promise of Omega watches is two-fold. First, they're constructed with quality materials and comprehensive time.

Can you get discount on Omega? ›

Omega is also one of the few watchmakers that offer a discount on their products. Omega discounts can be found on our website, so make sure to keep an eye out for those!

What watch did James Bond wear? ›

Since 1995, James Bond has worn OMEGA Seamasters in every film. Over the years, we have also created some very special limited edition timepieces whose special features honour 007 and his legacy of more than half a century of genre-defining movies.

Which is more expensive Speedmaster or Seamaster? ›

These watches go for similar amounts, but it seems that the Seamaster is just a bit more expensive. This is especially true of Planet Oceans, which are a bit more robust than the standard options.

Why are Seamaster so expensive? ›

Swiss Made​

If you're still wondering why are Omega watches so expensive, we should emphasize again, the fact that their timepieces are made in Switzerland. True watch lovers know, that Swiss watches are craved by every watch enthusiast. In fact, people are willing to pay extraordinary prices for Swiss watches.


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