Editor’s note: Before we get to dive deep into them, here’s our preview & Gut Reaction Review (Grr…) of the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Green. For our detailed hands-on reviews, please head to our dedicated reviews section here. This is NOT a sponsored post.
The New 2022 Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Green
After the new 2022 Omega Speedmaster ’57 Calibre 9906 watches and the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep collection just announced, we present the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Green.
If you go the Omega Australia website, currently these watches are marked as ‘Wait list’. So should you?
The cheapest Co-Axial modern day version on rubber strap that I could find at the time of writing on Chrono24 going for 5’465 AUD. Now if you add the stated shipping of 205 AUD and the import costs into Australia of roughly 650 to 750 AUD, the final cost comes to at least 6300 AUD.
The retail of the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Green is 7’775 AUD. The difference between buying a NOS 2019 version or a new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Green financially is about 1’475 AUD.
Ignore the value package that the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight is, and there is no doubt that the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M collection is perhaps one of the best value for money Swiss luxury sports watches out there. Given these aren’t ‘Hulk’ Submariners, these however, do take a slight hit on the secondary market.
So the question now is, is the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Green worth the extra 1’475 AUD (or less)?
The answer, absolutely. This watch joins the echelons of iconic sports dive watches and entry-level Seamaster 300M, a collection that has been a staple in the Omega line-up, with the Diver 300M collection first introduced in 1993 and then revamped in 2018.
For starters, green mania continues into 2022 with the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Green. Omega many be an year late to the green fest, but it surely makes up for it with that deep, dark tone of the colour, with an almost military-esque vibe to it. With the new version, you are getting an in-trend watch.
It doesn’t have the red Seamster text or the red second’s hand tip as found in the white or blue dialled versions. I appreciate the coherency here.
There is that tapering bracelet we all like as well. The watch comes on a polished-brushed Omega patented screw-and-pin bracelet with new integration to the case that goes from 20mm to 18mm.
Just like the green coloured TAG Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 5 Professional 300 from last year, the timing is also right on this one; now that the Rolex Hulk is officially discontinued, there is this gap for an all green diver from luxury brands that this fills.
The new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Green also reminds me of the recent Aqua Terra 150 ref. 188.8.131.52.10.001 again issued with a similar toned green dial. The popularity of that somewhat certifies the relevance of this release as well.
Next, is the legibility on this version. Purely based on initial press images, it’s far superior than the grey dialled version ref. 184.108.40.206.06.001, mostly because in-person, the wavy dial of that catch really takes the focus away from the time-telling apparatus. Then there is that white dialled version ref. 220.127.116.11.04.001, where again the white of the dial and waves merges with that of the appliqué white indices. True there are more contrasting black, grey and blue dialled versions but those are pretty generic colours in watchmaking.
Then there’s the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Green. The green polished ceramic [ZrO2] dial brings superb contrast when paired with Grand-Feu white enamel diving scale and the appliqué hour-markers filled with white Super-LumiNova (blue emission).
I also can’t wait to go hands-on with it and do the lume shots. While the blue emission of the hour and seconds hands (in line with indexes) will be nice to see against green backdrop, the green emission of the minutes hand (in line with the dot on diving bezel) definitely makes for another reason why the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Green is worth every penny.
Next up, bring a watch from a boutique is an experience on its own. Chrono24 can’t replicate that.
And then are the all the elements that make the Diver 300M great across the board: international 5-year warranty, Master Chronometer and METAS certification, new conical helium escape valve (patented), the calibre 8800 with Co-Axial escapement, resistant to magnetic fields reaching up-to 15,000 gauss and being highly shock absorbent leading it to be used not just for daily wear but also for sports such as golf and sailing, and the 300m water-resistance.
My first reaction to these was that Omega is also jumping on the green dial bandwagon. Next was that this is Omega’s answer to the Rolex Hulk. And then once it sank in, I reckon this could be a massive hit for the brand. And deservedly so. It ticks all the right boxes.
So yes, it’s a good offering. But should you waitlist for it? No. There are far too many other nice divers are there, especially from brands like Blancpain, GO and Tudor. But as far as Omega goes, it’s in my opinion one of the best modern Seamaster 300m yet.
The 5W1H Of The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Green
The new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Green features a 300m water-resistant 42mm diameter and 13.56mm thick stainless steel case with ceramic [ZrO2] bezel ring. It sits on the larger side with a lug-to-lug spacing of 50mm but thankfully features a 20mm lug inter-horn spacing.
I like how the watches come with bracelet’s complementary length adjustment totalling 33.3mm. A release clasp is featured with press on “push” and slide inner clasp that is adjustable to 6 positions over 9.60 mm. There is also an extra diver extension (2 x 11.7mm).
It’s for those who wanted the Seamaster Diver but felt that it lacked more colour or variety. I can only hope that the brand releases more colour segue in the future, or at least are finally able to give us a 40mm version with around 47/ 48mm lug-to-lug.
Best Foot Forward
The most striking feature about the new 2022 Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Green is that contrast on the dial (followed by the rich, almost dark green to black dial). I also like that the shade of green doesn’t appear to be cheap or tacky. It exudes class, fun and refined watchmaking confidence.
Basic Specifications Of The New Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Green
Inside all the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M ticks the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 which is an automatic-winding mechanical movement developed and manufactured in-house. The movement comprises 35 jewels, and beats at the frequency of 3.5Hz. It has magnetic resistance to 15,000 gauss, features a Silicon “Si14” balance spring and decent 55-hour power reserve, and Nivachoc shock absorbers.
The movement is decorated with rhodium-plated bridge, Geneva waves in arabesque, and blackened screws, barrels and balance wheel. All this can be viewed through an exhibition case-back.
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