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Omega Seamaster Professional Chronometer 300M 18.104.22.168.03.001 Men’s Watch
It is not necessary that you have to be an absolute Bond-head to wear the Omega Seamaster Professional Chronometer 300M 22.214.171.124.03.001 Men’s Watch! Heck, you don’t even need to see even a single James Bond movie for that. The Omega Seamaster Professional makes fans with its own merits; it’s not the silver screen that raised it to its current status.
Falling in love with the Omega Seamaster Professional Chronometer is easy. The diver doesn’t sport anymore the wavy dial that prevailed in its earlier model; the 2012 Omega SMP comes with a plain, lacquered dial (which is just one enhancement among quite a few) and a ceramic bezel insert. These definitely made the price tag get heftier but it also made Omega garner more prestige as an astonishing, classic dive watch upgraded to much betterment.
Lovingly called the blue three-hander, Omega produces the blue hue like no one else does. It’s both subtle and deep, starkly opposite to the brighter and distracting blues many of the other big brands come up with. Oftentimes, that brightness doesn’t feel comfortable; with the Seamaster, you never face such an issue.
As you might expect it, the Omega SMP is built like a tank but it does that without curbing its elegance. Pick it up and you’ll be surprised with its heft. The handsome look is the magic of an alternating brushed and polished finishing on the stainless steel case surfaces contrary to some of the highly polished SS cases that often appear to be gaudy. Details like the sign on the crown and its screw-in type bring both aesthetical supremacy and practicality to the watch; one thing that must be mentioned here is the screw-in feature is many more times smoother compared to other watches at this price range.
The other diver feature is the helium escape valve. Now, unless you are into the profession of deep sea diving, this feature is not going to find any use, but as people say: “It’s better to have a gun and not finding a reason to use it rather than you need one and you don’t have any”. It’s also a signed one but the sign is the atomic symbol for Helium. The bezel is unidirectional and the ceramic insert adds the bling to it - although a healthy dose – and that shows who it competes against – yes, the Rolex Submariner. The font on the bezel is that of Omega’s Planet Ocean’s.
It is absurd not to get a sapphire crystal with a watch like this, so it’s there and it’s domed, not flat. As an extra, it comes with an anti-reflective coating, turning it completely invisible and makes you feel as if you are staring straight into the dial.
Under the dial is the Omega Caliber 2500, which is a modified ETA 2892, upgraded to meet the COSC certification. It uses Omega’s co-axial escapement technology and beats at 25,200 bph (or 7 bps), which is readily noticeable with the longer stride-length of the seconds-hand.
Now, to add the finishing touch, turn the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Professional Chronometer watch over and the case-back engraving jumps into view; it’s the Sea-Dragon, an Omega trademark.
So, what’s our conclusion on the Omega Seamaster Professional Chronometer 300M 126.96.36.199.03.001 Men’s Watch? Without belting out a flurry of superlatives, let’s just say it’s a serious, upgraded version of the classic Seamaster that is heralded as any diver’s dive-watch collection.