Welcome to the latest installation in our Price of Entry series, in which we locate the most economical entry level pieces from some of the leading luxury watch brands. We looked at Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual watch, the Panerai Luminor PAM000 Base Logo see , and also the Hublot Classic Fusion Titanium as each brand’s respective entry-level version. No under a giant in the watch world, and with more than a few fans in the aBlogtoWatch neighborhood, our series will be incomplete without Omega Watches and, to perform within the rules of our Price of Entry series, check out the brand’s most affordable automatic timepiece available today: the Omega symbol replica watches Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronometer watch. Oh, and we’re going to also check out the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M, a quartz version coming in as the brand’s cheapest priced men’s watch.
In recent years, Omega has been upping their game build quality, moves, layout, and yes, for that reason, occasionally in pricing. This season saw a revamped Seamaster Planet Ocean line featuring many versions that boast the new”Master Chronometer” moves, which suggests passing extensive METAS at-home testing in Omega . The METAS certification was debuted with the reintroduction of this Globemaster at 2015, a revived version of a classic Constellation watch that, for most onlookers, was the gauntlet being thrown at another dressy, fluted-bezel watch with a date window which people won’t single out.
Omega plans to finally apply the certification to most all of its in-house movements. That is just part of what’s been fresh at Omega, and though we can not even enter the near-mythic Speedmaster Moonwatch with this guide, I will mention that the one-of-a-kind cool-factor that comes with the Seamaster being the”007 watch.” Fans of this Omega Seamaster can rejoice that the line represents the cheapest Omega watches, both mechanical and quartz.
Fans of the brand will find that Omega’s most basic watches offer a whole lot of what they like — if not what some possibly want, of course. We should not be surprised or disappointed that luxury whistles or bells cost more, and that entry bits don’t have a number of the superior features that make horology lovers excited. In Omega’s case, however, these aren’t stripped down, compromised, or at all lacking in the technologies, quality, style, or history the brand is well known for, and we wish to look at precisely what they provide.
Somebody who wants an Omega definition physics imitation on their wrist for greater than just the luxury name likely appreciates the history that comes with it. At least for many lovers, the Seamaster and Speedmaster lines would be the most representative of Omega. The venerable Seamaster line is where our focus is now because that’s where we find both the Diver 300M and the Aqua Terra. The Seamaster is the oldest of Omega’s present lines, introduced in 1948 — if the brand was 100 years old. The Aqua Terra stands apart in the Seamaster line that today is differently Omega during its sportiest and is mostly inhabited by serious dive watches.
Pictured above, this particular Aqua Terra 150M version is easily the most economical men’s watch from Omega. With Omega as Official Olympic Timekeeper of the recently concluded 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, the newest also gifted these particular models to the U.S. Olympic team athletes (who, in addition to their brand new watches, took home 46 gold medals) — so we believed this article is timely in a few ways. Having a choice of grey or white dial at a 38.5mm steel case, this Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M runs on the Omega 4564 Swiss quartz precision movement — from Swatch sister company ETA — with a battery life of 25 months.
The full selection of Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra watches provide a number of variations and sizes, together with the materials, completing, and structure you should expect from Omega. All these are 150 meters squared, promising a great level of durability, especially considering what could be viewed as a more classic/dressy styling. They can, of course, claim to split the history of the Seamaster line and Omega total. So the cheapest Omega men’s watch provides all that — in other words, more or less all you should need in an Omega watch except for a biggie: a mechanical movement.
So, since quartz won’t cut it for several watch fans, they’ll be searching to the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial since the very affordable mechanical Omega watch for men. At this price point, the easy three-hand Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial watches are available in 41mm and 36.25mm instances, each with lacquered dials and ceramic bezels in black or blue. The photographs here are of the 41mm-wide, 13mm-thick variant (and also for reference, my wrist is 6.5″, or about 17cm).
Clearly water resistant to 300 meters, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial qualifies as a”professional dive watch” and contains a helium escape valve at 10 o’clock. While the helium escape valve will largely find function for a conversation piece, maybe not all of dive watches include them — so it lends to the idea that even Omega’s least expensive mechanical watch is not at all a bare-bones item.
Further supporting that notion is the ceramic bezel. Even though using ceramic is becoming more common as well as coming”standard” in dip watch bezels nowadays, the Omega seamaster 300 black replica watch Seamaster Diver 300M has showcased it because 2012. The ceramic bezel adds noteworthy price, and in combination with the sapphire crystal, it means that the full front of the watch is essentially scratch-proof forever. Notice, also, that the lume extends not just to the hour mark, bezel pip, and hints of the palms, but thin strips on the skeletonized bottoms of the palms also glow in the dark — making sure your Omega watch will probably be readable and familiar in most light conditions.
While the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial is modern concerning looks and in the circumstance of Omega’s history, the brand’s diving pedigree goes back into the 1932 Omega Marine (since David Bredan discusses in our History Of Dive Watches article here). As an answer to this Rolex Submariner, the Omega Seamaster Professional line began in 1957 with the Seamaster 300 that began to resemble what we now think of as a dive watch. Last, the first Omega Seamaster Diver 300M was introduced in 1994 at a form very similar to today’s.
Now, I have to mention James Bond… because ever since he has been with Omega, more or less this particular watch was a favored. Starting in 1995 with the movie GoldenEye, models very near the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial seen here have found their way on to the wrists both of Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig’s renditions of this fictitious gentleman super-spy and style icon that was apparent. For me, it seems on the sportier and more’90s-avant-garde side of a perfectly versatile dive watch, largely thanks to the scalloped bezel, skeletonized hands, and five-link bracelet that largely give it its distinctiveness — but 007 is fashion you can not really argue with, I suppose.
Another thing one should need from Omega deep black clone is the technology that the brand is well known for. Omega’s 2500 automatic motion in the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial watch is based upon the ETA (fellow Swatch Group company) 2892-A2. Regarded as a 20th century landmark in horology, the Co-Axial escapement uses two escape wheels and more jewels to decrease friction and thereby wear. Back in 1993, Omega bought the Co-Axial patent out of its mythical inventor George Daniels, and functioning with Daniels, it then took six decades of development and testing to alter the base motion to adapt the Co-Axial’s bigger escapement. While not quite as premium since Omega’s present in-house movements using all the”Master Chronometer” designation, watchnerds ought to love this COSC chronometer-certified movement.
Also not as fairly as Omega’s newer in-house motions, you will not be visiting the caliber 2500 anyhow, as it’s covered up with a good caseback, deeply etched using all the Omega Seamaster seahorse motif. The Omega 2500’s frequency is really slowed from the ETA 2892’s 4Hz to 3.5Hz (25,200bph) using a power reserve of about two days. Despite this lower frequency, bear in mind it is still fulfilling chronometer standards of -4 to +6 seconds per day, and generally speaking, you likely won’t observe the moments hand’s sweep as any less eloquent.
For more money you can get, for instance, larger case sizes, deeper depth ratings, more complications, fancier moves, in addition to some other features and choices from Omega. But the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial watch not only provides many qualities that Omega replica watches is famous for, but is itself highly recognizable. If you say”Seamaster,” many folks will likely picture something very much like this.
In our Cost of Entry series, we love to consider not just how the particular entry-level piece fits inside the brand, but also then the broader world of timepieces. We do this by indicating some choices that people may also be attracted to if they are drawn to the piece in question. For your Aqua Terra’s $2,750 price tag, Grand Seiko produces some bits in a similar visual style and with a quartz movement that’s actually arguably interesting. Obviously, the mechanical and Spring Drive-powered Grand Seiko watches can be deemed as more pricey alternatives too.
The three-hand TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 is all about the exact same cost as the quartz Omega, also signifies a similar style from a historic Swiss brand, however, is still an automatic. The Japanese mechanical Orient Star Standard Date I reviewed here also reminded me a lot of the Aqua Terra in terms of its proportions, layout, and wrist presence, and is now a much more affordable option at US$880 (obviously, with a notable difference in build quality). The majority of these options, but lack the Aqua Terra’s hint of aggressiveness, sportiness, and actual water resistance.
It always turns into a somewhat subjective exercise to inquire what comparable choices might be to some particular watch. That is because watches have so many facets to consider that folks can see exactly the same watch in different ways and appreciate unique things about it. An alternative in terms of style? Cost? And for something like the Seamaster 300M Co-Axial… well, there are plenty of dive watches out there. With that noted, here are some suggestions that share some of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial’s appealing attributes. For reference, and to help in comparing it to its own alternatives, we’ll notice here that the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial retails for $4,400.
First, I find it notable that Omega’s entry-level mechanical watch is within $100 of all Panerai’s one-piece piece that we linked to above. To me, that places the brands really much side by side in some sense. Panerai’s”Base Logo” watch includes 300 meters of water resistance, a high quality structure, a hand-wound ETA 6497 motion, and the cool personality and history that’s Panerai to get US$4,500. While the Omega dark side of the moon replica seems like a bit better value having a more interesting set of features and technology, choosing between the two would probably come down to a psychological decision anyhow — that’s exactly what Panerai is banking , at least.
This happened to me in precisely the exact same company because it is a similarly robust, 300M dive watch with a historic and respected title on its own dial, available at a similar size in 42mm, an uncompromisingly modern design, and an ETA movement for US$6,750 on steel bracelet ($5,750 on a rubberized strap) — however that bold pricing makes the Aquatimer’s similar bracelet version over 50 percent more costly than the Seamaster 300M.
It might be claimed that a brand is just as good as its most basic offering. While this price of Entry series may also be practical for aspirational consumers mainly considering the prestige of a title, I believe that a lot of insight about a watch brand can be obtained by scrutinizing its most basic or reasonably priced product. This exercise really concretely establishes a numeric baseline for your brand’s price range and just what you buy for that price — and how I view it, that sets a context for the entire brand. Any brand’s entry-level piece ought to at least reflect the brand’s values and quality standards, or even also its representative design DNA. In Omega’s instance, their entry-level offerings score very high in all those respects.