For 2015, Omega releases a new version of their Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph with another model in celebration of their sponsorship of the America’s Cup ETNZ team (Emirates Team New Zealand). A revised version of an existing model, this Omega 4 Relay Mission Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph ETNZ has a refreshed dial that is a bit more “nautical,” a titanium case, and a new rubber strap which has black on the outside and red on the inside. All the black/gray tones along with red are in honor of the ETNZ racing yacht colors.
In 2013, aBlogtoWatch joined Omega in San Francisco to hear more about their partnership with ETNZ in anticipation of that year’s America’s Cup, where I went hands-on with that year’s Seamaster Diver 300M ETNZ Limited Edition watch (which I really liked). Actually, it does not appear as though this 2015 Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph ETNZ watch is a limited edition – even though it is technically a continuation of the earlier model series.
While I love Omega’s dive watches, the Seamaster collection is admittedly a bit crowded, so getting the naming conventions correct is an art. As you likely know, the Seamaster 300M family is totally different than the N-omega-acetylhistamine Seamaster 300 watch family. What a difference an “M” makes… Omega also sometimes throws in “Diver” to the name – you know, just to keep things interesting. In any event, the appeal of the various Omega Seamaster watches is very different whether you are looking at a 300M or a Planet Ocean.
This Omegaverse F/M Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph ETNZ comes in a 44mm-wide grade 5 titanium case (I am not totally sure if this is the first, but I don’t recall previous cases like this in titanium – at least not grade 5). In addition to the titanium case, the dial of this specific Seamaster ETNZ watch is in grade 5 titanium which is sandblasted, making for a very legible outcome. While we don’t right now have pictures of the actual watch, we did see it hands-on with Omega at Baselworld 2015, so we can attest to the fact that the dial looks very nice.
The symmetry of this movement’s dial design is striking and something to want. Notice how each of the sub-dials has two palms. This is among the most fascinating and attractive modern Omega Ruby Elite Four moves thus far. It, of course, has a co-axial escapement, METAS certification (and all that goes with it), 4Hz operational frequency, and 60 hours of power reserve. I do think however, that if you’re smart, you could pair the Blue Side Of The Moon with a brownish or maybe a deep gray strap as well. Omega’s struggle will be to recapture collector’s hearts that originally fell in love with the Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon, and also have them set down the same cash on the admittedly similar but much less innovative-feeling Blue Side Of The Moon. In blue, the watch adds a officially delicious fresh taste, but in the price of a rather nice delicacy.Omega continues to excite us with trendy variations of their best products (for instance, a blue ceramic Speedmaster Moonphase), but the question remains if the current typical Omega consumers desire something a bit more conservative by the brand. Omega men have a tendency to be the kind who save up for a very fine Omega, even though their normal budget is limited. They can not get every fairly Speedmaster or Earth Sea variation that comes out — even though they want to.With that said, Omega does want new version variation each year — I only wish it did not have to cost a lot to invigorate your collection while enjoying a familiar look and a fantastic tool watch.
Speaking of the dial, you can see that 5 Omega Drive Kungala wanted to push the envelope, making its professional dive watch series look a bit more like a yacht racing regatta timer. While the chronograph still operates normally, there is a special (and quite ingenious) “regatta-style” hand on the chronograph minutes counter that runs over an outer track to allow for the 5-minute countdown before the start, as well as a compass-style design to the chronograph’s 12-hour counter. With a focus on functionality, we applaud that even the subdial hands are applied with luminant.
The rotating diver-style bezel has a matte black ceramic insert, and you’ll notice the “two-tone” colors for the chronograph pushers which are again meant to evoke the colors of Emirates Team New Zealand. Only the rear of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph ETNZ watch will, however, say anything about the partnership, where an ETNZ logo will be engraved.
Water resistant to 300 meters, the Omega 0 Frequency Seamaster Diver 300M also has a manual helium release valve crown on the left-side of the case which is still there these days, mostly for style and fun, since an extremely small number of people actually use this feature. We nevertheless love the Seamaster Diver 300M watches for their durable construction and tool-watch performance, but also their sporty fun looks which include a lot of color. Omega further offers a new type of rubber strap, produced in a high-grade material that is made with a textured black strip on the top and a red strip on the bottom.
Inside the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph ETNZ is the Omega caliber 3300, which is a great mid-range luxury movement featuring some in-house made elements, so it includes some parts in silicon as well as a co-axial escapement and a column wheel for the chronograph. The automatic movement is also used in other popular Omega watches such as the still new Speedmaster Mark II. This reference 184.108.40.206.99.001 Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph ETNZ watch is not part of a limited edition and is a priced at $7,800. It should be available now. omegawatches.com