Vintage watch fans, rejoice. Omega has just announced a new collection of Seamaster 300 watches that pair the old school aesthetics of the 1957 original with modern timekeeping precision. It’s a beautiful collection, with over 20 variants all ready to pry a whole lot of money off your hands. Much as we want to geek out on the entire catalog, however, we just can’t because we’re busy fawning over the Omega Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold that got announced along with them.
That’s right, the new collection includes this special version whose case is built with a unique, patent-pending bronze alloy. Not only does it use bronze for the case, by the way, it employs the same material for the case back, making it quite unique among wristwatches, where bronze is typically avoided for parts of the timepiece that come in contact with the skin.
The Omega Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold has a case cut in an alloy made up of 50 percent copper, 37.5 percent gold, and a smattering of palladium, gallium, and silver. Unlike previous bronze alloys that tend to discolor both the watch and the skin when they come in contact for extended periods, this one doesn’t, as it’s able to resist corrosion and even fend off verdigris oxidation. To the unfamiliar, that’s the mold-like blue-green crust that can develop on bronze materials (it’s not uncommon with vintage bronze watch cases) and any skin that comes in contact with them. It does, however, patina, so you will eventually get that worn, distressed look without looking it’s been drawn on with crayons by your four-year old son.
The result is a case that looks very distinguishable from the outfit’s other gold alloys, like Sedna and Moonshine. Specifically, this gold alloy has a soft rose-like hue that, we have to say, is quite a sight to behold. Yeah, it’s one beautiful watch.
The Omega Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold has a sandwich-type dial, similar to those on steel versions of the timepiece, with a deep brown bronze material on top and German silver at the lower layer. It has triangular indices for the hours, Arabic-style fonts for the quarter hour numerals, and “vintage” Super-Luminova with a blue emission, although it doesn’t have the lollipop seconds hand that’s been a signature element for the model. Outside, it gets a brown ceramic bezel that’s thinner than those on other models, which, the outfit claims, creates a slimmer appearance. The 41mm case, by the way, is water resistant to 1,000 feet, while being paired with a brown leather strap that measures 21mm at the widest point and 16mm at the narrowest section.
It uses Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8912 movement, so it’s very much a modern timepiece. Equipped with a free-sprung balance, silicon balance spring, co-axial escapement, and 38 jewels, it boasts automatic winding in both directions and 60 hours of power reserve. And yes, it totally deserves that “master chronometer” in the name, as it’s chronometer-certified by METAS.
The Omega Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold is priced at $11,200.