This year’s new Seamaster 300 collection will include a 41 mm model crafted from OMEGA’s exclusive Bronze Gold. The watch represents the very first OMEGA to be created in this patent-pending alloy.
Omega Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold
Bronze. The material once associated with wealth and social nobility. Before it went out of fashion, bronze was a mantelpiece of aristocratic furniture, adorning tables, chairs, clocks and timepieces.
Contrary to popular belief, the quality of Bronze lies in the fact that is a very corrosion resistant material. The ‘taint’ or darkening layer that it gains over time is a result of oxidation. This layer actually protects the material, and prevents corrosion. This phenomenon occurs naturally and stalls rusting, unlike steel, which can rust till the entire material block disintegrates.
Omega’s special Bronze Gold alloy
Used for the entire case and buckle, the one-of-a-kind alloy is enriched with noble elements such as 37.5% gold, hallmarked as 9K, as well as palladium and silver, to create a unique colour which sits exactly between the brand’s 18K Moonshine™ gold and 18K Sedna™ gold.
Bronze Gold was specifically developed to produce a pleasing aesthetic and hue, while also offering a bronze alloy that could be worn with direct contact on the skin, thanks to its distinctive composition.
As well as featuring a soft pink hue, during wear it offers incomparable corrosion resistance without verdigris-oxidation, and will therefore age slowly and retain its natural and beautiful patina over a longer period of time.
The Case and Dial
To complement the impressive Bronze Gold, the bezel ring of this timepiece has been created in brown ceramic with a diving scale in vintage Super-LumiNova. Thanks to the fact that the dial is an internal component, OMEGA took the opportunity to use a common bronze alloy (CuSn8) in order to offer a unique dark brown colour with a patina that was created after a special aging process had taken place.
The case measures 41mm in diameter and 14.4mm in thickness. It is water resistant to 300m and comes with a see-through caseback. With regards to luminosity, the bezel uses a green Super-Luminova dot marker, while the dial uses blue hour Super-Luminova hour markers. The hands as well use contrasting colors, with the minute hand in green, while the hour and seconds in blue.
The model comes with a full 5-year warranty and is powered by the OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8912.
The watch is powered by Omega’s Master Co-Axial calibre 8912, a self-winding movement that features a power reserve of approximately 60 hours. It is equipped with the latest anti-magnetic technology, hence its ability to resist magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. Unlike the conventional anti-magnetic watches which use a Faraday cage to protect the movement, Omega uses non-ferromagnetic materials to construct certain parts of the movements instead. The end results are similar; they are able to protect the movements from magnetic forces of up to certain magnitude. The movement is also METAS and COSC certified.
The Omega Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold is priced at S$16,550, and has the looks of a full gold watch with ‘two-tone’ purity and pricing. Possibly to make the product more accessible, it dispenses with a matching bracelet, but comes with a leather strap. Using a more corrosion resistant alloy as compared to traditional 18k gold makes sense for a dive watch, but then again, it would be more delightful if the watch could also have a rubber or matching textile strap option.