The Omega Seamaster 300

June 11 [Mon], 2012, 12:31
This watch really needs no introduction. The Omega Seamaster 300 is one of the most desirable vintage dive watches. It also happens to be one of the most affordable... for the time being. But we're seeing fewer authentic ones on the market these days. There are many fake versions that pop up on eBay and sales forums and we think maybe owners of the real thing are realizing what they have and arent selling. Well, today we've found you one of the originals at a good price.

The Seamaster 300 debuted in 1957 in slightly different form than the one you see here. It was this second iteration from the mid-'60s that really cemented the watch as a classic. Featuring an elegant case with gorgeous lyre-shaped lugs, a distinctive dial and a sturdy Omega caliber 552 beating inside, the Seamaster 300 was a capable enough watch to be chosen by the British Ministry of Defense as standard equipment for its Royal Navy divers. Find an issued MOD version and you'll pay dearly, though not as much as a Rolex MilSub.

These early Seamaster 300s had a unique crown, called the Naiad, which did not screw down for watertightness. Rather, it sealed itself via water pressure. The deeper the watch was submerged, the greater the water pressure and the tighter the crown sealed. Or so the theory went. The trouble with the Naiad crown was at shallower depths, when pressure was not as great, and water did sometimes seep past the seals and flood the watch. Refurbished Seamaster 300s often get a replacement screw-down crown for better reliability.

We think Omega had a real classic on their hands in the '60s, a watch that rivaled the Rolex Submariner. They made it until about 1970, after which Omega went off in a new direction with their divers. Judging from the number of watches that copy the styling of the Seamaster 300, including cues Omega is using in their divers even today, we think Omega could have kept selling them, unchanged, to the present day. The timeless styling and versatile and modern size (42mm) play as well today as they did 40 years ago. But we'll have to content ourselves with the original and we predict that prices on these will only go up. So grab one while you can. Click here for details on this 1968 version.
Comment4 Comments | AuthorJason Heaton
in CategoryOmega, CategoryOmega Seamaster Big Blue, CategorySeamaster, CategoryVintage
The Jean Dunand Grand Complication: 12 Complications For Sale (VIDEO)

We've shown you the entire Jean Dunand collection in video...except one. Check out the Shabaka and tourbillon orbital here, and the Palace here. The most complicated watch from JD, however, is the Grand Complication. The thing costs over $800,000 new, and each piece is unique. Antiquorum, however, has one for sale coming up in a few weeks, and the only one cased in platinum, no less. Pretty impressive, eh?

We think so, so check out Antiquorum expert Julien Schaerer explain this 12-complication masterpiece in the flesh.

Estimate is $200,000 to $300,000. Click here for details on this one of a kind Jean Dunand Grand Complication.

Comment5 Comments | AuthorHODINKEE
in CategoryJean Dunand, CategoryJean Dunand Palace, CategoryJean Dunand Shabaka, CategoryJean Dunand Tourbillon Orbital
A Turquoise dialed DOXA? Blame it on Clive Cussler

Though DOXA has a long history with some impressive milestones (Bugatti dash clocks, 8-day movements included), they are best known for their SUB series of dive watches that debuted in the late 1960s.

The DOXA SUB was distinctive for its cushion case, beads-of-rice bracelet and a rotating elapsed time bezel that had the U.S. Navy's "No Decompression Limits" engraved on it for quick reference. The most iconic version of the DOXA SUB is the "Professional" model which has a distinctive orange dial, but they also have made yellow (Divingstar), silver (Searambler) and black (Sharkhunter) versions. Well, now add turquoise to the color palette. Behold, the SUB 1200T "NUMA edition."

NUMA is the National Underwater and Marine Agency, an organization founded by swashbuckling author, Clive Cussler. Cussler, an avid diver and shipwreck hunter founded NUMA to search the world's oceans for lost shipwrecks - they had some successes, such as the Confederate ship, Hunley, in 1995. Cussler was a big DOXA fan and his fictional hero, Dirk Pitt, wore a DOXA in countless adventure novels. DOXA makes no secret about its gratitude to Cussler, who helped preserve DOXA's appeal into the dark years of the '70s for the Swiss watch industry. They even created a special Dirk Pitt edition to coincide with the film version of Cussler's "Sahara" novel.

The forthcoming NUMA pays further tribute to Cussler by putting the NUMA logo on the turquoise dial. Why turquoise? Rumor has it that Cussler himself proclaimed turquoise the color that provides the most contrast against hands at depth. Underwater optics aside, the color is definitely a love or hate conversation starter. There will only be 50 of the NUMA edition SUB 1200T made, so if you're in the "love it" camp, stay tuned to DOXA's official Web forum for pre-order information.

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