Omega Seamaster 300
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
It's often been said that if James Bond wore an Omega in the early days, it would have been a Seamaster 300, and it's pretty easy to understand why. With a perfectly proportioned 41mm steel case with twisted lugs, rotating outer timing bezel, waterproof crown, and a jet black dial with luminous markers and plongeur (sword) hands, the SM300 is a no-nonsense - and extremely handsome - dive watch.
Backing up those rugged good looks is the tried and true Calibre 552 automatic winding movement making the SM300 a robust and reliable companion under the cuff of your dinner jacket or strapped to the outside of your wetsuit.
This particular Reference 165.024 has an honest case with very light wear, a gorgeously aged bakelite and tritium bezel - completely devoid of common cracking - and a properly patinated dial and handset with original luminescent material.
Topped off with an extract from Omega confirming production in November of 1966 and delivery to Italy, it's period correct (and rare as hen's teeth box), and Omega 1039 bracelet, this Omega SM300 is one of our favorite alternatives to the ubiquitous Submariner from that *OTHER* swiss brand.
The origin of the Seamaster can be traced from the watches Omega developed for the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, but with the emergence of SCUBA diving as a recreational sport, it metamorphosed into something entirely its own: the Seamaster 300.
Omega released the first Seamaster in 1948 to coincide with the Summer Olympics held in London. In a city ravaged by the Blitz, the Olympics represented a time to look forward while still being respectful of the past. For Omega, whose 40th anniversary was also that year, the manufacture’s role as Official Timekeeper represented the ideal opportunity to launch a new collection.
Advertising material of the time touted the “ruggedness” of the Seamaster, more than the average wearer would ever likely call for in its life… which would prove all the more important with the 1957 launch of the Seamaster 300.
In the mid-1960s Omega would release its second-generation Seamaster 300 with an entirely new twisted lug case design —the Reference 165.024.
The case was larger, 42mm to the first generation's 39mm, and made cosmetic changes that really brought home that this was a new watch. Because the broad arrow hands of the previous versions proved hard to read underwater, Omega switched to sword hands. The timing bezel was enlarged and made with luminescent material layered inside acrylic.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Omega Seamaster 300