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Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Quartz 2221.80.00
on September 7, 2011
Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Quartz Watch 2221.80.00
My wife bought this watch for me as a gift after I had researched and decided on this one. I received it September 3, 2011. I chose the Seamaster quartz model because of the accurate time keeping. Quartz watches simply keep time better than mechanical watches. I can check it when daylight savings time changes and not have to worry about its accuracy otherwise. The stainless steel bracelet and case will not show wear over time like gold plating will and is much less expensive and more scratch resistant than 18 karat gold. Other models are available in a Titanium case to save weight but be aware that Titanium is softer and scratches more easily than stainless steel. The stainless steel bracelet and case with a blue dial and bezel really gives this watch an understated classic look. It has a look of quiet elegance without being flashy.
Experts say Omega compares favorably with Rolex on all meaningful points, at a fraction of the price. Because Rolex is the most recognized watch name in the world, the style is the most copied. This makes it difficult for Rolex to have a unique style because so many other watches are copies. Omega stands a better chance of having a unique style because it is less known and therefore, less copied. As a result, Omega can give you a unique style, quality comparable to a Rolex and a price that is far less than Rolex. This is why reviewers say Omega provides a very good combination of luxury, quality, style and value. The Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Quartz is a luxury watch that is tough enough for everyday use.
The bracelet on the Omega Seamaster 300M Quartz is heavy and masculine, with a double pushbutton release on the clasp. The synthetic Sapphire crystal is very scratch resistant. It is rated a 9 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness with a cubic zirconia being an 8, a diamond is 10, hardened steel is 7.5 to 8 and tungsten carbide is 9 to 9.5. The wave pattern on the dial and the scallop design on the outer edge of the bezel add to the unique look of the Seamaster along with red accents on the second hand and the Seamaster name on the dial. The luminous markings on the watch face glow brightly after exposure to light. In very low light, when the glow begins to fade, the skeletonized hands are not quite as easy to read as sword hands would be. However, the skeletonized hands do allow you to read the date even as the minute hand is passing over the date window. The diving extension folds out to give the bracelet an extra 1 3/16 inch to fit over a wetsuit. There is no fine user adjustment on this watchband. If you need it adjusted you will have to have a jeweler add or remove links to fit your wrist or purchase the jeweler tools needed to do it yourself. This watch complements almost any attire from a suit to blue jeans or at the beach or poolside. If you have never worn a diver watch, be aware that they are big and heavy. You may find a slight interference with extreme wrist movement. It may take some getting used to.
The crown has three positions. Screwed down it is water resistant. Unscrewed and pulled out to the first stop, the second hand continues to keep time but by rotating the crown you will cause the hour hand to jump forward or back in one hour increments. This allows you to adjust for daylight saving time or time zone changes quickly without having to stop the second hand and lose accurate time. You can also rotate the hour hand through 24 hours to change the date at the end of a short month. The third position, unscrewed and pulled to the second stop, stops the second hand and allows you to rotate the minute and hour hands. The serial number is in very small numbers on the back of the lug at the 7 O'clock position. The folding clasp is solid, secure and is released by squeezing the buttons on either side of the clasp. The single direction rotating bezel allows you to time minutes elapsed.
The Helium escape valve at the 10 O'clock position is used mainly by saturation divers who spend days at depth, in chambers, breathing special helium/oxygen mixtures under pressure. Helium diffuses through the seals and allows the pressurized gas to enter the watch case. The valve is unscrewed as they decompress so pressure inside the case can escape without damaging the seals inside the watch or popping out the crystal. The watch is designed to keep out water under pressure, not to hold in gas under pressure. Hence, the escape valve for decompression. Check the escape valve regularly to make sure it is screwed down along with the crown. The watch is not fully water resistant if either is unscrewed.
I was fortunate enough to find an excellent authorized dealer in Bayside, New York who sized the bracelet, engraved the watch to personalize it and shipped it overnight all for no additional charge. Alicia's jewelers has been in business almost 30 years and gives excellent service. Tell Kathy Rota you were referred by Dave Easley in Colorado. As a referral from an existing client, she will be more than happy to help you get exactly what you want. Because they are an authorized Omega dealer you get the international warranty.
Almost any cheap quartz watch will keep accurate time but if you would be satisfied with a cheap watch you probably would not have read this far. Make no mistake; you are not buying just a watch for timekeeping, you are buying, and paying for, quality, branded men's jewelry with fine Swiss watch works inside. The Seamaster has been described as a piece of art, a thing of beauty. It exudes quality, craftsmanship, attention to detail with excellent build quality and fit and finish. Omega promises to have parts available for 20 years after a model is discontinued so this watch may last a lifetime and may be fought over by your heirs.
You may encounter those who will say you should buy a mechanical watch (also called self winding or automatic). The arguments of mechanical vs. quartz would fill a book, perhaps a library. Watch connoisseurs love to watch the second hand sweep around the dial rather than make 60 stops. Each mechanical watch has its own sound when held to the ear; it hums, sings and talks to you as the gears, springs and mechanisms whirl inside. Some fine watches have see-through backs so you can view the parts at work. Prior to the twentieth century the finest, most delicate and most advanced machines made by mankind were watches. Even in the twenty-first century they are nothing less than marvels of engineering and design, still being improved upon by master watchmakers who have devoted their entire lives to their craft. A rare few mechanical watch owners may be able to maintain and regulate their watches to within a minute a year. The much more usual drift is between 30 seconds and two minutes a month. Fine quartz watches are often within a few seconds a year. People do not buy mechanical watches for their accurate timekeeping. They buy them because of their appreciation of the craft of watch making, its history and romance, much as those who appreciate art or other fine crafts.
Some snobbish mechanical watch devotees look down their noses at the owners of quartz watches, because quartz watches are more electronic than mechanical. However, mechanical watches are more expensive to buy, more easily damaged by shock or rough handling, require more frequent and more expensive maintenance and are more expensive to repair than quartz watches. If you don't wear a mechanical watch for a couple of days it will stop, unless it is placed on an automatic watch winder. It has been said that the owner of a quartz watch knows what time it is, while the owner of a mechanical watch is never sure. You should buy which ever watch suits your lifestyle, personality and function. If you prefer mechanical, you will have a large club of associates. If you prefer quartz, do not let anyone belittle you for your choice. Quartz watches are rugged and allow you to set it and forget it, for 3 to 5 years, until the battery needs changing. Quartz technology is the culmination of a centuries long quest to create the most accurate watch and Omega has one of the best quartz movements out there.
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September 17, 2011 update: In the two weeks I have had my Seamaster it has gained less than one second when measured against navigational time signals.
October 3, 2011 update: I have had my watch one month and it has gained one second when measured against navigational time signals. September was a short month so I pulled out the crown to the first stop then turned the crown to jump the hour hand 24 times. That changed the date to October first. All this happened while the second hand kept running, keeping perfect time.
November 3, 2011 update: My Omega Seamaster is now two months old and has gained two seconds. When daylight savings time changed on November fifth, I unscrewed the crown and pulled it out to the first stop, then turned it to jump the hour hand back one hour while the second hand kept ticking. It couldn't be much easier.
January 3, 2012 update: My Omega Seamaster is now four months old and has gained five seconds.
February 3, 2012 update: My Omega Seamaster is now five months old and has gained eight seconds.
March 3, 2012 update: My Omega Seamaster is now six months old and has gained nine seconds.
April 3, 2012 update: My Omega Seamaster is now seven months old and has gained eleven seconds.
May 3, 2012 update: My Omega Seamaster is now eight months old and has gained fourteen seconds since September 3, 2011.
June 3, 2012 update: My Omega Seamaster is now nine months old and has gained sixteen seconds.
July 3, 2012 update: My Omega Seamaster is now ten months old and has gained almost ninteen seconds.
August 3, 2012 update: My Omega Seamaster is now eleven months old and has gained a total of 21 seconds.
September 3, 2012 update: My Omega Seamaster is now twelve months old and has gained a total of 23 seconds.