Omega Seamaster Pro 300M - Ceramic Bezel and Lacquered Dial

, Mar 7, 2014

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shandy

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What a truly memorable day my friend, for so many reasons, one of which will be revealed by me tomorrow, suffice to say Carl is one of those friends that if your very very lucky come along once in a lifetime and prove to be such a blessing in ones life, thank you Carl.

The watch, well. If you have not seen this watch in person you really should go check it out. I am happy with the photo's but they simply do not do this watch the justice it deserves. I was blown away with the attention to detail and superior quality. Omega has looked to it's past when it's watches were the envy of the watch world for quality and reliability.

This watch in my opinion can stand head and shoulders with the likes of Blancpain and IWC in terms of fit,finish and attention to detail.
At 36mm as you can see the proportions are spot on. The way the ceramic bezel shines and you can see in some light a seal grey colour to it and in other light inky black.

There is not one thing that I feel is out of place, from the depth and detail of the dial to the four ceramic balls on the divers extension to the way that the waves on the case back look like one of those Zen sand sculptures created with a mini rake.

So good to see you today Carl. You completely deserve a watch of this quality and attention to detail. Can't wait for next weeks visit to the Omega boutique!

Mar 7, 2014
Baco Noir

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Carl - I totally agree that the Omega logo as applied to the dial has a fantastic 3D effect. I noticed that on some previous photos you posted as well as here. The dial is truly superb! I'm going to have to find a local AD and see this one in person. :thumbsup:

Mar 7, 2014
pawnshopkiller

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Oh no. maybe I need one of those.

Mar 7, 2014
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That is such a superb looking watch, Carl! :worship: :worship:

Love that pic of you, too! :yourock:

Mar 7, 2014
Carl

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Lume shot

Could not get a lume shot yesterday, but I found a good one off an AD website:[​IMG]

Some more info, quoted from the Omega website, News section, 19 October 2011:

"The watch is equipped with professional dive features including a helium escape valve and a unidirectional rotating bezel. The polished, facetted skeleton rhodium-plated hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova as is the central seconds hand. The Super-LumiNova on the hour and seconds hand emits a blue light. The indexes also emit blue light while the minute Super-LumiNova on the minute hand and the dot on the diving bezel cast a green light making it easy for divers to keep track of the elapsed time underwater or in limited light situations."You really can't see the green light on the dot on the bezel, nor the green on the minute hand, in this photo. I have to say, it is pretty difficult to distinguish it in real life as well. However, I have seen it, and it is present, although not making much of a contrast. Maybe under water?...

Overall, though, very acceptable lume. Not really a big thing for me, but at least if a watch is going to have it, it should be done right. And it has been. I also find that, although it's not as bright as when you hold it first under a bright light, the lume is readable at night after lights out, just from having the watch in daylight all day.

Cheers :cheers:
Carl

Mar 7, 2014
Baco Noir

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I agree. It is hard to see much of a difference between the blue and green lume. That said, those extra thin lume outlines on the minute and hour hands make a huge difference in the readability of the dial for night time. I think without those thin lines, I would be disappointed in the lume.

Mar 7, 2014
Vincent65

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nice hat as well!

Mar 7, 2014
Carl

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nice hat as well!
That's almost as prized as my Rolex Explorer I! Got that at a shop in Waterford, Ireland in 2006, while visiting a friend who lives near there. So well made, I hope it never wears out!
Cheers :cheers:
Carl

Mar 7, 2014
Kiwi

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Great post, Carl:goodpost:

I really like the story about Your Omega and the pictures are superb:thumbsup:

Thanks for sharing Your GTG with Ian:yourock:

Mar 7, 2014
daveathall

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That really is a beautiful watch, beautifully photographed, many, many congratulations Carl, wear your new watch in the very best of health.

Mar 7, 2014
randomguy

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Ian, really superb Omega..

Mar 7, 2014
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I too love this watch but the thing that put me off was the co-axial reduced BPM to 25,200. The smooth sweep of the second hand has gone from the omega range.

Mar 7, 2014
Carl

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I too love this watch but the thing that put me off was the co-axial reduced BPM to 25,200. The smooth sweep of the second hand has gone from the omega range.
Interesting observation! I think you mean VPH, vibrations per hour?
After I read your post, I took out my SMP and compared it with my Rolex Explorer II, side-by-side. You can barely see the difference - the Explorer movement being 28,000 vph - because both the dials are 36mm. I think it might be more noticeable on the larger 41mm dial.
I found a bit more info on a Watchuseek thread:
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f20/cal-2500-25200-vph-grrr-606122.html

I think it works out to 7 and 8 beats per second, so you can definitely tell a difference if you really look. Another interesting bit of info is that the 2500 movement was 28,800 vph at first, but they slowed it down to improve the reliability. Also, the inventor of the movement, George Daniels, said that the optimal beat of the movment was even less!

Anyway, none of this would be a deal breaker for me, albeit very interesting. I imagine that when I get my Speedmaster Pro in a few weeks, with the manual wind at about 21,000 vph, I really will notice a difference.

Now, the new SMP also has an updated version of the 2500, the 2500D, but I haven't heard enough about it to know if it makes a difference in the vph.

The only time I really noticed a difference in a watches smoothness, was when I saw a Grand Seiko in motion a few times. I think the vph on that one is over 32,000. That was a treat to look at.

Anyway, like I say, not a big deal for me at all. I have only worn the SMP a couple of days in the past two weeks since I got it. So it is in it's box most of the time. It is well within COSC standard for accuracy, less than 5 sec/day fast. I imagine wearing it more will improve that.

Cheers :cheers:
Carl

Mar 7, 2014
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Hi Carl. My bad. Although I think it's Beats Per Hour. BPH. Actually the longer the second hand the more noticeable are the beats, so you'd be right in that at 36mm there's probably no visible difference. I just love the smoothness of 28,800 BPH especially in a 42mm size with the long sweep hand. The co-axial runs at 7 beats per sec instead of 8. The 2500A and B versions both ran at 8, but slowed down in C and beyond. There's plenty of controversy over why they had to slow it down too.

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Carl

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Hi Carl. My bad. Although I think it's Beats Per Hour. BPH. Actually the longer the second hand the more noticeable are the beats, so you'd be right in that at 36mm there's probably no visible difference. I just love the smoothness of 28,800 BPH especially in a 42mm size with the long sweep hand. The co-axial runs at 7 beats per sec instead of 8. The 2500A and B versions both ran at 8, but slowed down in C and beyond. There's plenty of controversy over why they had to slow it down too.
Yeah, it's really hard to get any substantial info on the updates for the 2500. Of course, I am really interested in the 2500D. I am going to ask at the Boutique where I got it. The Sales Associate there is very knowledgeable. We started discussing it the other day, then we got sidetracked.
Like I said, the speed of the hand doesn't bother me. The only thing that does bug me, is on a quartz movement, when the second hand doesn't hit on the marker. That is one of the reasons I don't have a quartz watch. I had a Raymond Weil a few years ago, quartz, but it didn't have a second hand. Kind of an iconic looking model, shape of a Cartier Tank. I really like the simplicity of no second hand.

Cheers,
Carl

Mar 7, 2014
daveathall

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I keep coming back to enjoy the photos and the enthusiasm in this thread, has a real "feel good factor" about it. :thumbsup:

Mar 7, 2014
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I agree, the photo's are amazing, especially the B&W ones and the watch is perfect. I love the black non wavy face version (does that make sense). And the strap? Well you cannot improve on that strap IMHO. Beautiful watch. I'm jealous.

Mar 7, 2014
Carl

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I keep coming back to enjoy the photos and the enthusiasm in this thread, has a real "feel good factor" about it. :thumbsup:
:goodpost: Thanks, Dave. The thread does indeed have a "feel good factor" because of wonderful people like you who visit and comment in it. Your comment meant so much to me today. I was having a particularly unpleasant and difficult moment at work, when something compelled me to check my email. There was the notification about your post on this thread.
Your post and comment cheered me up no end. You have no idea how much, at that moment, I wished that I was in North Yorkshire in some quiet pub having a pint with you!
It is always a pleasure to read and respond to your posts on this forum.

Cheers :cheers:
Carl

Mar 7, 2014
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Amazing watch...

Mar 7, 2014
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Great watch. I've owned three of those. One old and two Co-Axial. I think the beats from 8 to 7 in a second dont mean that much to the 'sweep'. What I CAN say is, that the Calibre 2500 is very accurate, and the basis ETA 2893-A2 is a marvelous movement. My latest Black SMP was +4 second a week.

It is a common watchspotting object . . . but with a good reason. Value for money.

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sgondesi

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Thanks for the post... Was nice reading the whole story and of course those stunning pictures... Cheers

Mar 7, 2014
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excellent pictures there - thanks from a guy who's just bought the same watch ( 41mm version ) 2 days ago and is loving it :)

Mar 7, 2014