Bronze is an alloy that has made a significant contribution to human civilization. Before ancient humans learned how to work iron and steel, they had bronze to manipulate and this led to all the succeeding technological advancements in history.
Fast forward to the present, bronze is being used in almost every metalwork imaginable. These include watches where its anti-magnetic property is an advantage. It also has nautical applications, owing to its resistance to corrosion and seawater, and is regarded to be harder and more durable than stainless steel and iron combined.
However, what arguably makes bronze a more interesting watch material is that it usually ages with a greenish patina. As a result of oxidation, this taint is the alloy’s way to keep itself from corrosion and stall rusting. It means the more it’s subjected to wear and tear, the stronger it becomes.
One of the latest and by far one of the most eye-catching releases from Omega this year is the new Omega Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold. The 41mm model is part of the 2021 new Seamaster 300 collection, and it’s the very first Omega to use the brand’s patent-pending alloy.
This spin on the famed Seamaster 300 features a special bronze gold alloy that is used for the 41mm case and buckle. It is composed of noble elements including gold, palladium, and silver, creating a distinct color with a soft pink hue that sits somewhere between the brand’s trademarked 18K Moonshine Gold and 18K Sedna Gold. The exclusive Bronze Gold is designed to offer unmatched corrosion resistance while delaying oxidation. It should age slowly and retain its natural patina for longer periods.
Complementing the Bronze Gold case is a brown ceramic bezel ring with a diving scale in vintage green Super-Luminova. Meanwhile, the dial is manufactured using a common bronze alloy with a dark brown color and patina that was achieved through a special aging process. It provides a contrasting background to the luminous blue hour markers, green minute hand, and blue seconds hand. These features are secured in place with a transparent case back that offers water-resistance of up to 300m.
Housed inside the case is the Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8912, a METAS and COSC-certified self-winding movement that boasts approximately 60 hours of power reserve. It is equipped with the latest anti-magnetic technology, resisting magnetic fields of more than 15,000 gausses.
Instead of the traditional Faraday cage used to protect the movement, the anti-magnetic watch uses non-ferromagnetic materials to manufacture certain parts of Calibre 8912. While it’s the case, the results are the same: both protect the movements from magnetic forces.
The new Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold is shipped in two strap options: a matching bracelet and a leather strap. It has the looks of a full gold watch but at a relatively more accessible price of $16,550.
The use of a more corrosion-resistant alloy makes more sense for a dive watch as compared to 18K gold, among other options. Overall, the reference has an interesting mix of tones and colors, elevating the look of a watch that would otherwise appear simple and dull. It manages a casual presence and offers the warm tone of bronze without the usual aesthetics of a dive watch.
With that said, you might also be interested in other dive watches from the Omega Seamaster lineup. The following recommendations are as functional as any sports watch could be while maintaining an elegant look that allows them to pass as dress watches.
The black dial that provides contrast to the white-tipped green seconds hand. White hour markers, and matching white hour and minute hands guarantees the legibility of this reference. It has a 41.5mm stainless steel case and an automatic movement that delivers up to 60 hours of power reserve. All these are presented in a brown leather strap with white stitching.
This Seamaster Aqua Terra model looks elegant with its silver dial and luminous hands that are encased in a 43mm 18K rose gold case and a transparent case back. Inside is the Calibre 8939 movement that offers a generous 60 hours of power reserve. The watch is finished with a crocodile leather strap and is equipped with 150m of water resistance.
A vintage-looking watch meant to accompany you on your weekend activities. This Seamaster Aqua Terra reference sports a brown dial in a 41mm Sedna gold case. The Omega 8901 Calibre movement keeps time, offering up to 60 hours of power reserve when fully wound. Overall, it looks as functional as it’s appealing.
If you have an eye for an attractive watch with a case that’s nearly indestructible. Then a bronze watch is right up your alley. Pair it with a premium-looking dial, and you’re getting the best of both worlds. What are your thoughts about the new Omega Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold?
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