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OMEGA Seamaster DIVER 300M 2018 [14 NEW models]

Omega have given the Seamaster Diver 300M its biggest update since – well, since its last update.

The Diver 300M has enjoyed success for 25 years. I think the 007 movies had quite a lot to do with that. It was Pierce Brosnan’s SM Professional 300M Ref. 2541.80 (yes, I Googled that sh!t ;) that he wore in the epic 1995 James Bond film, GoldenEye that was a pivoting point for the brand.

I was just a half-pint, myself but that’s when Omega as a brand first came onto my radar – particularly as an alternate to a Submariner. BTW JB continued to wear the SM Diver 300M until Daniel Craig took over with his PO.

I dunno’ what your thoughts are on the matter but, I’m kinda’ over the PO – I got one of the earliest PO XLs and still have it – it’s a cracking watch, but I think the SM 300 re-edition kind took over its position as Omega’s vintage-styled diver.

So this brings us back to the Diver 300M update and why I think it’s pretty exciting to see the line overhauled like this. Speaking of which –

now sized at 42mm, every design detail has been rethought, including a new ceramic bezel with its dive-time scale in Ceragold or white enamel.

Inside, the watches house the Master Chronometer Caliber 8800, elevating the collection beyond anything it had previously ever been with better levels of precision, performance and magnetic-resistance.

I’m kind on the fence about the dials (I would have to see them in person), but these are now made from ceramic and are available in black, blue or PVD chrome.

The Diver 300M’s signature wave pattern has been reintroduced and is now laser-engraved with its hour-markers raised and filled with SuperLumiNova. Even the skeleton hands have been subtly re-designed.

One of the Diver 300M's hallmark features has always been its Helium Escape Valve. For the new models, the HEV has been given a new conical-shape and has been patented by OMEGA with some clever tech that allows it to be operated underwater – where else?!

Flip the new Diver 300M over to reveal more wave-patterns etched on the case-back, along with a Sapphire crystal, affording views of the METAS-approved Master Chronometer Caliber 8800.

The full 2018 Diver 300M collection includes a total of 14 new models that include: 6 in Stainless steel and 8 in a mix of Stainless steel and Gold.

Each model is presented on an integrated black or blue rubber diver’s strap, or a traditional steel bracelet with a newly ergonomically designed and a patented extendable fold-over rack-and-pusher with a diver’s extension.

But wait, I lied – there is another very special Diver 300M taking the collection up to 15 new models. The Titanium Tantalum Limited Edition of 2500 pieces more closely follows the original 1993 design by using Tantalum for the base of the bezel, as well as its bracelet.

The Tantalum’s blue-grey tones offer a subtle contrast to the Grade 2 Titanium and 18K Sedna Gold, which are used for the other features of the watch. This has a cool 90s retro vibe that I absolutely love.

What are thoughts on the collection as a whole and the Limited TT Edition? I’m in love – bye bye PO, welcome back Diver 300M ;)


Rolex DEEPSEA D-BLUE Ref. 98220

Rolex have tweaked the DEEPSEA D-BLUE by equipping it with a cutting-edge new caliber as well as a wider bracelet.

This is the NEW Rolex DEEPSEA D-Blue, powered by a Cal. 3235 that incorporates Rolex’s patented Chronergy escapement and offers a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.

It is the first Deepsea to be equipped by this movement.

Not only does this new DS D-Blue get a new Cal. 3235 but its 44mm Oystersteel case boasts redesigned lugs and sides in order to accommodate its new wider Osyter bracelet.

The Deepsea’s Glidelock extension system and the Fliplock extension link have also been adapted accordingly.

I think the burning question, though is - is this upgrade exclusively for the D-Blue version or could we see the regular black DS getting the same changes?

I know that quite a few folks felt the current the bracelet wasn't quite substantial enough and thus not befitting the DS, but I always felt it helped to accentuate its chunky 3900m case?

What do you think? Do you approve, is the DS better for these changes or do you favor the original?

Rolex GMT–MASTER II Cal. 3285

The GMT Master II gets three new looks and a brand new high-performance caliber!

Widely considered as one of the major releases of this year’s Baselworld, does the new Rolex GMT-Master II show sibling brand, Tudor how to do a GMT diver properly?

Of course there’s room for both but in fairness this is in different league anyway. 

We’ve already seen that Rolex were producing high-tech Cerachrom bezel inlays in dual-colors such as on their highly emulated (think Steinhart, Deep Blue, Davosa etc.) GMT Master II Ref. 116710BLNR with its blue and black 24hr scale,

but this year it’s their iconic red and blue AKA Pepsi bezel that is making all the fuss. When I think of a GMT diver,

I kinda’ always picture a Rolex GMT with its classic red and blue bezel – my Dad had a Tissot with a Pepsi bezel when I was a young lad,

so for me it makes total sense that folks are gonna’ get excited over this year’s Ref. 126710BLRO.

But it isn’t just about that emblematic colored bezel which incidentally looks even sexier imo in luxurious 18k Everose Gold with a black and brown Cerachrom inlay AKA Root beer – totally baller,

but more importantly that new heart beating inside, the Rolex caliber 3285 that now equips the GMT Master II.

This movement is characterized by its exceptional performance, particularly in terms of its precision, and delivers a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.

The 2018 Rolex GMT Master II comes in three flavors: Oystersteel with an Oystersteel Jubilee bracelet or two-tone Rolesor Steel and 18K Everose Gold.

Additionally there is a third version made entirely from 18K Everose Gold with an 18K Everose Gold bracelet.

Thoughts? I really like these, but when it comes to expensive watches, I tend to play it safe so I’m not likely to ever buy a Pepsi bezel from Rolex from fear of tiring of it over time, but if I was playa’ I’d definitely get myself the Rolesor two-tone version – so nice!

TUDOR Black Bay FIFTY-EIGHT [smaller 'n' cooler]

TUDOR has just one more Black Bay up its sleeve for Baselworld 2018 – named after the historic year in which the first Black Bay came into existence, the new BB Fifty-Eight might be the best looking Black Bay yet, but how does it measure up?

That’s a good question because the Fifty-Eight is the new baby of the BB family in more ways than one – firstly it has a modestly sized 39mm diameter whereas its bigger brothers come in at 41mm.

Then there’s its movement, because of its smaller case, it houses a smaller (mid-sized) Tudor COSC-certified manufacture MT5402 caliber, and finally of the new BB releases it is also (only just) the cheapest model at 3100CHF on its NATO or 3400 on its steel bracelet.

Speaking of NATO straps, the black one that it can come with the gold pin-stripe running down its center (à la 70s JPS livery) is absolutely killer. Unfortunately even it could be bought separately;

I don’t think it would be able to fit other models such as the S&G which is shame because it would look bloody stunning on any of the BBs that had any gold dial or case elements. :(

BTW if you were looking for a more authentic sized BB this would be the one to own, as its dimensions are closest to the original.

As mentioned, the new Black Bay Fifty-Eight is named after the year in which the first TUDOR divers’ watch, also waterproof to 200 meters was born. The reference 7924, was affectionately known as the Big Crown.

So we know that the BB Fifty-Eight is proportioned to suit a slimmer wrist, the fairer sex or anyone who prefers a more compact wristwatch, but –

it isn’t just about size, finishing touches in gold have been applied to the hour markers, hands and minute track of the black and steel bezel while the winding crown tube is in traditional satin-brushed steel – should’ve been gold imho.

Thoughts? Is his is just another Black Bay as in Tudo's runaway cash cow? Are we getting tired of all these iterations already or do you want Tudor to keep em' coming? I like it (for my missus. How 'bout you?



Quench your thirst for a vintage-style GMT diver with this new Black Bay Pepsi from Tudor!

Equipped with a new caliber MT5652 manufacture movement powering a red snow-flake GMT hand and –

a classic red and blue 24Hr bezel and you have yourself the new Tudor Black Bay GMT, the newest heritage diver on the block. Well this and the new FIFTY-EIGHT – we’ll get to that next. ;)

Distinguished by its deep blue and burgundy timing-bezel the Black Bay has never looked so? Purposeful, it has actually looked better on several occasions. The colors BTW were lifted directly from another BB only with a matte finish.

The BB GMT is available with a choice of three different strap / bracelet options that include an old-school riveted Stainless steel tapered bracelet, an aged leather band and a black NATO with a red pinstripe running down its middle.

The bracelet option will set you back 3700CHF while either of the other strap options cost 3400CHF.

I fully appreciate the aesthetic of these BB divers but, surely it’s about time we put anodized aluminum bezel inlays in the past where they belong. Just my two cents worth.

Thoughts? Actually the Black Bay is growing on me – I had found it a little yawn-worthy but I guess as I’m maturing (there’s a worry), the slightly sober models are becoming more and more appealing.

I do think it was a missed opportunity not putting either red or blue on the crown sleeve. A Pepsi NATA would have been pretty cool too but perhaps too pimped out?

TUDOR Black Bay S&G

TUDOR’s, hugely successful heritage diver’s watch, the Black Bay is now available in a new S&G variant comprised of Yellow Gold and Stainless steel.

Actually we’ve seen it BEFORE as worn by David Beckham himself, but not with its new champagne gold dial.

The Black Bay S&G is powered by Tudor’s in-house, Manufacture Caliber MT5612, and for the first time the Black Bay S&G model also introduces a date function to the Black Bay family.

I didn’t really give this a lot of thought before. Like me, a few of you might feel that the addition of a big white date window kinda’ ruins the look of the watch, but ballers need to know what the correct date is, right?

This special model actually celebrates 60 years of TUDOR dive watches and is available in a couple or more variants that include; a champagne (gold) dial with an S&G bracelet priced 4750CHF and a black dial on a distressed leather band priced 3600CHF.

Unfortunately you can’t get the black NATO with the gold pin-stripe running through its middle (which incidentally looks ridiculously cool) that comes with the new Black Bay FIFTY-EIGHT.

The Black Bay S&G is enhanced with some little bits of bling here and there: a unidirectional diver’s bezel in Yellow Gold with a 60-minute graduated matte black anodized aluminum inlay and a gold dive-time scale.

BTW, why isn't Tudor using ceramic on these models? Is that going to come later or is it exclusive to sibling brand, Rolex?

And a Yellow Gold screw-down winding crown, with the TUDOR rose engraved and lacquered in black, with black anodized aluminum winding crown tube.

And of course the bracelet of the Black Bay S&G which is inspired by the folding riveted bracelets of the TUDOR watches produced in the 1950s and 1960s.

Two further looks are available: a brown aged leather strap and folding clasp or brown fabric strap made using a traditional Jacquard technique.

Thoughts? Is this something you'd wear. Two-tone diver's are really popular at the moment. Omega, Breitling, Rolex and Tudor all have nice offerings in this department, but which one would you get?