Omega just released a ton of new models for 2021! Hot off their release of their America’s Cup Diver 300M, Omega shows no sign of slowing down this year, launching new models for Seamaster, Constellation, and De Ville! Let’s start with what will likely be the most popular of these new watches, the overhauled Seamaster 300.
There are actually two all-new versions the Seamaster 300, this model in steel (with either blue or black dial), and a really special new “Bronze Gold” watch that we’ll look at in a moment. Aside from materials and colors, there’s a lot in common between them.
For instance, both feature sandwich dials. Basically, the dial has two layers, a black (or blue) layer on top of another layer with vintage Super-Luminova to give the markers and numerals a recessed look. We also get a good look at the new bezel, made from an “oxalic, anodized-treated aluminum.” which has increased hardness relative to ordinary aluminum bezels. Not being a material science engineer, I’ll have to take their word for it, but more scratch resistance is always welcome.
Unsurprisingly, I prefer the blue dial, and this photo takes us to our next new feature, the lollipop seconds hand, another element which helps expand on the vintage appearance of the watch. It’s also a good time to point out how clean the dial is. It’s very rare for Omega to leave off some variant of Master, Co-Axial, and/or Chronometer on the dial of their watches, so it must have taken enormous restraint for them to do so here. But the resulting clean dial was worth it, especially thanks to the fact that there’s no date.
As Omega often does, the lume has been color-coded. This is good practice in dive watches since, thanks to the fact that the lume is not only different colors but clearly different shapes, it’s almost impossible to get the hands confused at a glance. The bezel pip and minute hand are highlighted here, emphasizing their importance over the other hands and accents.
Something that’s sure to please is this bracelet, or more specifically the clasp, which is adjustable in three positions simply by pushing a button. Omega claims they’ve also improved the rest of the bracelet, making it more ergonomic and improving “fit and finishing,” although without seeing the watch in person, I’m not yet able to comment on that.
Currently, this new model is available in two different colors, both in 41mm stainless steel cases. You do get an option of the bracelet or a leather strap, though, the former priced at $6,500 and the latter $6,150. The straps do look great and bring out the vintage character of the watch, but I’d take the bracelet (and the blue dial) myself. All are expected in April.
Most people’s favorite watch of this release will be, I suspect, this one, the Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold. It’s very similar to the Seamaster 300 we just looked at, but the materials are completely different (and quite interesting).
From making silicon hairsprings mainstream to creating their own unique gold alloys, Omega has emerged as the leader of the watch industry when it comes to material science. Bronze Gold is a new proprietary bronze alloy that contains 37.5% gold in addition to palladium and silver. The result is a bronze that’s highly resistant to corrosion and can even be worn safely against the skin. Most other bronze watches, conversely, have to use a different material for the case back.
The dial is also made from a different material, in this instance a bronze alloy that undergoes a special aging process to give it a very dark brown appearance.
Continuing the theme of changing the material of every single component compared to the steel Seamaster 300, the bezel here is made from a matching dark brown ceramic as opposed to aluminum.
Unfortunately, no bracelet is available for this model, but the buckle is made from the same Bronze Gold as the rest of the watch. This again shows the advantage of the unique alloy here, as normally you wouldn’t want to wear bronze against your skin.
The new Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold will available in June for $11,600, making for an interesting alternative between the relatively common bronze and solid gold divers already available.
Now leaving vintage-themed watches, we find ourselves at the aptly-named Seamaster Diver 300M Black Black. This large, and aggressive, 43.5mm watch takes a B-2 Spirit approach to watch design.
Like the Bronze Gold we just looked at, the Black Black fully embraces its unusual material. In this instance, that’s ceramic, and the case, bezel, dial, crown, and helium escape valve are all made out of it. This, combined with the sapphire on the front and back, should make it one of the most scratch-resistant watches ever made.
It’s not exactly the watch of choice for people who prioritize legibility, but despite this dark photo, it actually does have anthracite Super-LumiNova so it should still be readable in dark areas.
The new Diver 300M Black Black is an interesting outlier in a release of otherwise restrained and fairly conservative pieces. For those in the market for a blacked-out Diver 300M, this one’s priced at $8,650 and will be available in July.
Next we look at two new additions to Omega’s ultra-dressy Trésor collection. For this update, both models feature tasteful seconds subdials at 6:00, giving them a classical appearance, and some of them also feature a matching power reserve subdial at 12:00.
Here we can examine the beautiful finish on each subdial. The placement of the power reserve has forced Omega to relocate its own logo, in this instance to 3:00. The top subdial keeps track of the watch’s impressive 72-hour power reserve.
Of course, not everyone loves power reserve complications, so for a more traditional look, several versions of the new Trésor are available with just the seconds subdial alone. It suits the subtle nature of the watch design very well and makes for arguably the best dress watch Omega makes today.
As usual, the Trésor remains extremely tasteful throughout, including the domed dial. The 40mm case is a little more modern, at least in terms of size, but it still remains very versatile.
The gorgeous hand-wound Master Co-Axial movement should keep the watch thin as well, although I don’t yet know exactly how thin it’ll be. For a brand that’s well-known for thick watches, however, any improvement in this dimension is going to be appreciated. Regardless, now that the rotor is out of the way, you can better appreciate this gorgeous movement.
The new Trésors will be available this September and start at $7,600 for a power reserve model in steel or $17,500 for one with a gold case. The Trésors without power reserve subdials are slightly more affordable at $7,050 in steel or $16,900 in gold.
Omega’s rediscovery of seconds subdials doesn’t end there, as they also adorn the elegant new Constellation Small Seconds. This continues the 5th generation makeover of the Constellation, complete with its iconic “claw” design on the bezel.
Here we get a good look at that seconds subdial, as well as a nicely framed date window. Most new models feature diamond hour markers (right now only two are available that don’t) and the most elaborate versions have diamonds around both the bezel and subdial. Here we see a model with a particularly beautiful mother of pearl dial.
For those wanting more subtlety in their new Constellation, some models skip the gold rings and diamond-filled bezels, but all are in 34mm cases.
The new Constellation Small Seconds models will be available in June and range in price from $6,300 all the way to $35,700, so there’s quite a lot of variety to choose from.
Lastly, we take a look at the new 34mm Aqua Terra “Wave Dial” models. These beautiful new watches have textured dials featuring waves alongside either diamond or ruby hour markers. I like the ruby myself.
At the moment, this new Aqua Terra is available in only 4 versions, divided by two different dial colors. Shown above is the second version, with what I’d call a gold-colored dial and with diamond hour markers. Each dial is available in two slightly different versions.
At first glance, it seems that both are simply available on either a leather strap or two-tone bracelet, but in addition to that change, half the models come with diamond-covered bezels and half with simple gold bezels. As you can imagine, this results in quite a price disparity, with the most affordable new Aqua Terra priced at $9,400 and the most expensive all the way up to $20,500.
So that concludes Omega’s latest release of watches, which ranges from vintage-styled Seamasters to super dressy Trésors, so there’s something for everyone. As always, you can see all the new models, or pre-order them, simply by clicking here.