Thursday, August 06, 2009

OMEGA Seamaster 300 M Chronometer

This is not a review of the watch, but it is a watch that I am currently on the hunt for. I like this watch and was told that it is no longer in production. The Omega website however states that this watch is 'sold out'. I am talking about the Omega Seamaster 300 M Chronometer, model number 2254.50. Of late there seems to be some interest in this watch. I believe that it is due to the history of this model and that it is currently the closest in terms of look to the original Omega Seamaster 300 M issued in the 60s and 70s.

The Omega Seamaster 300 M have a military history. It was issued to the British RN. Other companies that had their watches issued to the RN includes Rolex, CYMA, CWC and Precista.

Photograph: World Military Watch Magazine

I just love the sword hands and large lumed hour index of the original. As such, the closest I can find to the watches above is the 2254.50. Actually the 2254 looks closer to the Seamaster 300 M with the large hour index, whilst the Planet Ocean (replacement model to the 2254) is closer to the other Seamaster 300 M (second picture).

Photograph: Omega

The new Planet Ocean version, but at almost double the price..... OK it has the much improved Co-Axial Movement, but I am not really into the Broad Arrow hands, and I want the large hour index.

Photograph: Omega

Of course it does not help the hunt when there seems to be some news coming out that the 2254.50 was also issued to the British SBS and has the coat of arms on the case back. Well on with the hunt......

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