I t has been 25 years since Omega first introduced us to the Seamaster Diver 300m. In those 25 years we have seen a lot of development including new colorways and new technology. This year at Baselworld 2018 Omega is reintroducing us to the Seamaster Professional with the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Titanium Tantalum Limited Edition. A version of this watch that will feature Tantalum as the base metal of the bezel and middle links of the bracelet as well as grade 2 titanium for the case and contrasting links in the bracelet. This watch will also feature details of Omega’s proprietary 18k Sedna Gold on the crown, bezel ring, helium escape valve, and the hands of the watch. All of this is mechanically backed up by the newest iteration of Omega’s Master Coaxial movement, the Master Chronometer 8806 that will be METAS-certified.
Model: Seamaster Diver 300m Titanium Tantalum Limited Edition
Case Material: Titanium with a Tantalum base on the bezel and bracelet center links
Movement: Omega In-House Master Chronometer 8806
Strap/Bracelet: Titanium bracelet with Tantalum and 18k Sedna Gold center links
My very first impression when I saw this Titanium/Tantalum version of the Seamaster Professional was that it came across as strikingly feminine and that it wasn’t something that I would normally consider. It wasn’t until I started to dive into some of the technology behind the use of Sedna Gold and Tantalum that my interests were piqued. Tantalum is an inert lustrous material similar to Titanium that does not corrode and looks silvery blue when polished. It’s impressive when it can be incorporated into something like a watch due to its extreme hardness and difficulty to work with. That mixed with Sedna gold, a proprietary alloy of gold, copper, and palladium that Omega uses to ensure its luster over a long period of time makes this watch very impressive to me. While it’s still not a watch that would fit my personal aesthetic, I do think that it shows Omega’s abilities when it comes to watch manufacturing.
The Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Titanium Tantalum Limited Edition might seem like, “just another,” version of an otherwise established and less-exciting series from Omega. It’s not until you really dig into what this watch is made of and what that represents before you start to see its appeal. Tantalum was introduced, in part, to the watch-scene by Omega with the debut of the original Seamaster Diver 300m 25 years ago, and their use of it today as a reference to their own history is an important detail to catch. We’ll share pricing when we confirm with Omega and be sure to stay tuned for more Baselworld 2018 coverage.