Omega has been releasing teasers via social media over the past several days alluding to a new arrival at BaselWorld 2014. The first ad, which featured a barely visible dive watch in darkness labeled “DIVING SOON!,” wasn’t cloaked enough for us watch fanatics, however. Omega plans on reissuing the iconic Seamaster 300 at this year’s BaselWorld.
Omega followed up with another social media push on Saturday, March 15, releasing another teaser showing an underwater scene, complete with a wrist watch that you can’t quite identify. Accompanying the divers are the words, “Our diving heritage meets the future of watchmaking.” To me and a lot of other collectors, it just doesn’t seem like it could be any clearer than they’re gearing up to re-launch the iconic Seamaster 300.
So, we know it’s an Omega Seamaster 300 most likely powered by Omega’s co-axial chronometer, but the real question is to which model is Omega paying homage? Are we going to see arrow hands, straight baton or the large triangle? We’ll have to wait and see.
Well, it looks like Omega now has reissues for two classics: the Speedmaster MKII and now the Seamaster 300. I’m typically a fan of these re-releases. While I appreciate vintage watches for their charm and the amazing fact that these tiny machines can keep ticking for half a century or more, I don’t own many of them because of the maintenance inevitabilities. These vintage-inspired timepieces are a great alternative so long as the brand sticks to the script. Longines, for example, did a wonderful job with its Legend Diver and I hope to be equally as pleased with the new Seamaster 300.