My neighbor has an older mid-90s Seamaster Diver 300 with the hard-to-turn scalloped bezel and, to me, unattractive overly complicated bracelet. In 2019, the same model has a much more modernized look, with a better ceramic bezel a textured dial that instantly upgrades the overall look.
We’ve been tempted to pick this one one (blue or black) and can even embrace the skeleton hands as this design choice helps separate it from other divers in this price range. Divers, in general, can begin to all look like derivatives of the Submariner, which even the circular indices on this model gives it a bit of the Sub vibe.
With its Co-Axial 8800 caliber movement, the newer 42mm Omega Seamaster Diver 300 makes a compelling case for itself in the just-under $5,000 range. I might put a Pelagos or Black Bay in the mix for consideration, and will admit that for the money, it’s hard to beat the titanium Pelagos with its snowflake handset matched to the rectangular markers, giving it a distinct old-school flavor.
But when you though the new Seamaster on a rubber strap, it starts to shine.
Remove the unsightly bracelet from the equation and you can really focus on the ceramic wavy dial and the case shape comes out more. The protruding helium escape valve will still bother some watch guys, but we’ll give it a pass a design element that helps distinguish the watch.
So if you are an Omega fan and already have a manual-wind Moonwatch in your collection, the new version of the Seamaster 300 could be your water watch. It’s more streamlined (at 12mm thick) than the Planet Ocean series, and it has a very high end look nowadays with the ceramic dial and bezel insert.