One of the great things about being a fully independent watch website: we don’t have to worry about OMEGA “punishing us” for revealing their first-ever bronze watch. And there it is: the new-for-2021 bronze-cased 41mm OMEGA Seamaster 300 Heritage, reference number and all. It’s a limited edition version of the forthcoming OMEGA Seamaster 300 re-do, with one crucial difference – aside from the bronze case . . .
The video above gives you the inside dope on the new 300 Seamaster Heritage. Playing spot the difference between old (2014) and new (2021)? Clock the crown changing from barrel-shaped to conical. Big whoop, right? The controversy to come: the sandwich dial that “swoopifies” the numerals and the lollipop second hand. It appears the limited edition bronze 300 will dodge the second hand bullet, sticking with the old arrow-shaped second hand.
Otherwise . . . the new 300’s domed crystal is more domed and the bezel switches from ceramic to more scratch resistant oxalic anodized aluminum. The new watch replaces the 8400 Master Co-Axial movement (no-date 8500) with the 8912 METAS certified Master Chronometer engine (no date 8900). The new bracelet reverses its predecessor’s brushed outer and polished inner links. The dial simply says OMEGA at the top and Seamaster 300 at the bottom.
And there you have it. I agree with The Surrey Watch Guy: the 2014 Seamaster 300 Heritage’s dial (above) is better. Cleaner. Bolder. The new dial is way too Panerai. But . . . bronze! In case you didn’t know it (so to speak), bronze watches develop a variable patina that [eventually] makes each piece unique. Better yet, it makes the heritage-minded watch look old.
The success of the $4150 Tudor Black Bay Bronze (200m water resistance) tells us the six grand-ish OMEGA (300m water resistance) will be a hit. Then again, OMEGA is late to the horological bronze age. One thing’s for sure: I won’t be getting a review watch from OMEGA before it drops. The things we do for love.