Omega's emblematic dive watch gets a vintage-chic treatment with a new patent-pending alloy
There may be metals more precious than bronze but the latter has a pull on me like no other. For one, bronze is a living material—the longer you wear a bronze watch, the more it takes on an imprint that is uniquely yours through oxidation. How cool is it to have a watch that naturally develops for you your own 'signature'? For another, I like the classic look of bronze, neither ostentatious nor ordinary.
And when it appears on another classic like the Omega Seamaster 300 dive watch, you couldn't have asked for a better combination. The inspiration is quite simple: historically, bronze was used to make nautical tools. Omega took it further by stating in its press release the material's link to corinthian bronze favoured by ancient Greeks—the name Omega, after all, is Greek-inspired.
True to its fastidious nature, Omega decided to develop its own bronze. The alloy, which is used to make the case and the buckle, contains 37.5 per cent gold as well as palladium and silver for a colour that straddles between the watchmaker's proprietary 18k Moonshine gold and 18k Sedna gold. The watch has a glossier appearance than typical bronze, with a hint of pink gold.
The 41mm watch is complemented with a dial that is made of common bronze alloy (CuSn8) that had undergone an ageing process to achieve a special dark brown colour. Powered by the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8912, it is water-resistant up to 300m and comes with five-year warranty.