Since 1994, Omega has been a proud sponsor of the Americas Cup Racing Challenge. In support and sponsor of Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) for the 2013, Omega have released a very special watch known as the Seamaster 300M Co-Axial Chronograph ETZN Limited Edition
I recently had the privilege to play with this watch and I was blown away. Generally speaking, I like really clean and simple watches without a lot of complication, but this watch proved to be a rare exception. From the impressive stainless steel 44mm case, to the grey/black ceramic bezel, to the countdown timer and chronograph functions on the dial, this watch boasts quality, durability and heart all at the same time. The colors of red and black are used throughout the watch dominantly to reinforce Omegas brand identity as well as tie in the colors of ETZN Team Boats.
What makes this watch so easy to read is that the chronograph sub-dials are recessed, which makes the bold and classic Omega white hands and matte black dial pop, while the accents of red are a nice contrast bringing the entire theme of the watch together completely organically. The 44 mm stainless steel case is nice and thick, making it look much more substantial and sporty, while the integrated black rubber strap is comfortable and wearable in any situation. I even like the way Omega is written on the strap in red.
Even though the movement is not completely in-house, it has a very reliable and well made 3330 movement, which is ETA based combined with a column wheel chronograph and co-axial escapement with silicon parts. The watch is also C.O.S.C. certified for accuracy.
On the underside of the watch, there is an engraving of the ETNZ team logo and a mark that the watch is to help celebrate the 34th anniversary of the games. This watch is limited to 2013 pieces for the world which is also engraved on the case back. Finally, I am very impressed because you would think a watch like this would easily be in the $10,000 price range, but it’s very well priced at $6,600 for a limited edition sports watch. To complete the story, Omega has included an addition stainless steel bracelet for versatility which comes packaged in the specialty box.
Technical Specs for the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph 44mm ref# 188.8.131.52.01.001