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a close look at the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph 44mm

by amitdevhanda

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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# 212.32.44.50.01.001

Features

technical data

  • CrystalDomed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
  • CaseSteel
  • DialBlack
  • Water resistance300 m (1000 feet)
  • SizeCase Diameter: 44 mm
  • Retail $6,600

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The Omega Speedmaster 42 mm Moon Watch is the best valued chronograph under five grand

by amitdevhanda

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Buying a decent watch today that has brand recognition and is well made for under five thousand dollars is a bit of a challenge. The average price of a good timepiece has definitely sky rocketed in the last five years. Every major luxury watch brand today is competing to own the ten thousand dollar price point.

Especially the sports watch market. Once you have features more than time and date, then the prices go out of control. I am happy to report my pic for best chronograph watch for under five thousand dollars is the Legendary Omega  Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch 42 mm.

This watch is available in a few different variations, but the ones  I like most are the historic black dial with contrasting white hands and subdials and the very cool and more sporty racing version with a black dial with contrasting white hands and subdials with an additional outer red and white checkered chapter ring.

I recently had the chance to play with the 42 mm Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch in stainless steel with red and white checkered chapter ring, and let me tell you, this is a lot of watch for the money. This watch screams sports watch with the pop and red and white color, capturing ones interests for a life time.

Usually, when a watch company messes with a classic, it can cheapen the image and identity of the watch completely. In this case, this subtle but bold nuance totally enhances the look of this true classic. I am not going to lie, 42 mm is to small for me, but for someone just getting into the watch buying market who has no idea of scale, this is an incredible watch to start a collection with. I also love the weight of this watch, you definitely know that its there, yet its not so heavy that it becomes cumbersome and painful to wear. As much as the daily wearing consumer normally would never use the chronograph feature, this this registered chronograph is very clean and legible and utilizes the functions of second hand, hours and minutes of the stop watch with ease. The stainless steel Omega Speedmaster bracelet is by far one of the most comfortable and well made watch  bracelets on the market today, while the legendary 1861 manual wind movement engages the customer with the watch to achieve that personal connection between man and machine.

Technical Featuresof the Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch ref#311.30.42.30.01.004

technical data

  • CrystalHesalite crystal
  • CaseSteel
  • DialBlack
  • Water resistance50 m (167 feet)
  • SizeCase Diameter: 42 mm
  • Retail Price $4,650

movement

Caliber: Omega 1861 Famous manual-winding chronograph movement

 worn on the Moon. Rhodium-plated finish.

Power reserve: 48 hours

The Omega “Moon Watch” takes a walk on the Dark Side of the moon for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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The Omega “Dark side of the Moon” watch

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The see through sapphire crystal case back and Omega Co-Axial 9300 movement

The Omega “Moon Watch” is in my top five favorite watches of all time. To be honest, if you told me I could have a stainless steel Rolex  Daytona or an Omega “Moon Watch” with the Lemania movement with open back, I would take the Omega Moon Watch in a heart beat.

The Omega “Moon Watch” tells an amazing story that will live on forever. This Basel 2013, Omega have taken their iconic Speedmaster further enhancing it by introducing  the “Dark Side Of The Moon” watch. What does this mean? Well. they have changed the aesthetic by going from stainless steel on a bracelet  to now making this watch available in black ceramic on a black utilitarian strap  The stainless steel version is a staple in their collection and will always be available, but this is a new novelty for Basel 2013.

Having the entire watch with the exception of the hour markers, hands and sub dials available in the new ceramic black finish makes the dial appear bolder, more legible, and gives it a much more masculine and rugged feel than the stainless steel version. As the watch is ceramic, it’s also much more durable and can resist the day to day hard knocks.

The hands and indices on the dial are polished white gold for the contrasting black dial, while the movement is the in house calibre 9300 reliable and well made co-axial escapement. The silicon balance spring is an added measure of stability to the movement, so much so that Omega offers a 4 year warranty on the movement when the industry standard is two years.

The new Omega Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” watch is a sure fire winner and is already being well received from enthusiasts and watch collectors alike. This also gives Omega the opportunity to expand this collection into something far greater than it already is.

Technical Specs for the Omega “Dark Side Of  The Moon” Watch

The case, in black zirconium oxide ceramic, measures 44.25mm. It has a matt chromium nitride tachymeter scale as a bezel and an AR-coated sapphire crystal.

The hands and applied indeces are 18kt white gold. It is water resistant to 50 meters. The sapphire caseback features the inscription “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON”.

Movement is the Swiss automatic Omega in-house Co-Axial caliber 9300.

It is equipped with a Si14 silicon balance spring for added stability, allowing Omega to offer a 4 year warranty on the movement.

The strap is black Cordura fabric with black ceramic buckle

Omega releases the Planet Ocean GMT for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Omega Planet Ocean GMT on stainless steel bracelet

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Omega Co-Axial escapement 8605 movement

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Planet Ocean GMT also available on blue rubber strap

As the Basel Fair 2013 is less than two weeks away, we are starting to slowly see some of the novelties they will be featuring at the fair. From my experience at the Basel Fair, The Swatch Group has an enormous presence with all of their brands, especially Omega.

I have always had respect for Omega, especially the Moon Watch. As of the last 5 years they have been stepping up their game with in house movements, design and other technical innovations enough for me to write about. To be honest, besides the new Moon Watch with co-axial escapement movement which was introduced two years ago, there is not really a watch from their collection I would wear, till now.

The new Omega  Sea Master Planet Ocean GMT was introduced yesterday as a sneak peak of what we can expect from Basel 2013. I got to tell you I am really digging this watch. It has all the right design elements of clean, understated simple yet interesting and timeless. From a design and movement perspective it’s fun yet functional and very well finished. The functions of the watch are time, date, second time zone function with rotating bezel.  The size of the watch is good enough at almost 44 mm and I am sure just by trying on Omega Planet Ocean watches in the past, its got a great weight to it.  I love how the blue and orange  colors play off of each other, its got a great nautical theme without being over the top.

GMT watches can be either really boring or really outlandish but I think Omega has answered the prayers of mine and many others by releasing something that will captivate your interest for years to come.

Technical Features for the Omega Sea Master Planet Ocean GMT

The case, in stainless steel, measures 43.5mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back, and it is water resistant to 600 meters. It features a helium-release valve.

The movement is the Swiss automatic Omega in-house caliber 8605 with 38 jewels, 25,200 vph and a power reserve of 60 hours.

The Co-Axial equipped movement features a Silicon balance-spring and two barrels mounted in series with bi-directional winding. Rhodium-plated balance bridge and rotor, luxury finish with exclusive Geneva waves in Arabesque. It is a certified chronometer.

It is available on a steel bracelet or a rubber strap with deployant clasp.