While much of the attention for Omega this week has been on the newly refreshed Seamaster 300 series, standing just behind that launch was another major dive-watch release, the Seamaster Diver 300M Black Black. As its name indicates, the new professional diver is a trendy, monochromatic take on the original black ceramic Seamaster Diver 300M first launched in 2018.
This double-black timepiece is one of Omega’s trendiest watch releases in recent memory, capitalizing upon a rise in niche demand for monochromatic luxury watches. It comes on the heels of a number of other novel takes on the base Seamaster Diver 300 design, including the 007 Edition, which our Senior Editor Mark Bernardo went hands-on with recently, and a 2022 Winter Olympics edition launched by the brand at the start of this year.
The watch features a 43.5-mm by 14.47-mm black ceramic case in the familiar Seamaster Diver 300 silhouette, complete with slightly twisted lugs, a conical helium escape valve at the 10 o’clock position, and a thick signed screw-down crown flanked by two curved guards at the 3 o’clock position. Over the case is a unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel, which like the rest of the watch is also black; this element is laser ablated with a polished diving scale to present some texture and enhanced readability, with the 12 o’clock dot filled with anthracite-colored Super-LuminNova. The case is embellished with contrasting polished and brushed finishing, and is secured to the wrist via a black rubber strap fastened with a black ceramic buckle.
Underneath the domed, antireflective sapphire crystal, we find the watch’s namesake double-black, monochromatic Seamaster dial, which is, uncommonly, also produced in black ceramic. The matte black look features an outer curved minute ring giving way to an inner textured wave pattern, with applied PVD numerals, filled with more anthracite Super-LuminNova, for each hour. Telling the time at the center of the surface are two partially skeletonized and lume-filled hands, while a lollipop seconds counter is put to use as a complement. All the hands, like the numerals, are manufactured from PVD.
The Seamaster Diver 300 Black Black has a sapphire exhibition caseback, secured via Omega’s proprietary “NAIAD LOCK” system that helps provide the watch with its namesake 300-meter dive rating. Behind this pane we see the Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8806, which as its name indicates features a co-axial escapement and is chronometer-certified. The automatic movement also features a 55-hour power reserve, a frequency of 25,200 vph, and a magnetic resistance to 15,000 gauss. Its finishes include a rhodium-plated rotor and bridges, Geneva waves in arabesque, and blackened screws, barrels, and balance wheel.
The new Seamaster Diver 300m Black Black will be available via Omega and authorized boutiques in July 2021, with pricing set at $8,650.
To learn more, you can visit Omega’s website, here.
The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M is my favorite watch and I look forward to seeing this one in person before I pass judgment. I think the black ceramic on rubber strap would be my preference over this watch, but I would still go for a 42mm with the caliber 8800, that is a tough watch to beat.
The Seamaster Diver 300 Black Black Is a very interesting watch concept. I would be interesting in purchasing this watch if it were 40mm and without the protruding helium release knob at ten o’clock.
Why? Does the lume somehow make it super readable under water? Nothing on that in this description. Or is this just a wrist statement fir people who don’t actually dive or need a readable watch? Would have thought WatchTime would provide some comment or is the article just advertising for a dubious product? I know magazines beholden to grace and good favour have to be, er, diplomatic, but no comment on the obvious?!!!
Sad state. This makes this extremely boring to look at.
A professional dive watch has a high contrast dial and hands for reading under gloomy conditions, a concept which seems to have been jettisoned here.
I’d hunt down a Omega Casamigos before jumping on this bandwagon… YMMV and it’s all IMHO ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Truly awful the person or persons who where responsible for giving this perticular version of the seamaster the green light need to seriously consider their positions at Omega… At looks truly awful…