Omega replica just launched a slew of new watches to kick off 2021 and not a single Speedmaster was in the lineup. Why? CEO Raynauld Aeschlimann told select journalists in a press conference Tuesday that the brand wanted to highlight its big new Snoopy release as a single drop earlier in January. But stay tuned: the Swiss watch company is expected to release more new timepieces later this year.
While it might be putting the brakes on its speediest market crusher, Omega still had a few noteworthy releases that should pique collectors’ interests. The highlights were mostly in the Seamaster collection with an interesting Swiss movement fake Omega Seamaster 300 in a new bronze-gold alloy that was two years in the making, and a sleek all-black Seamaster 300M diver.
The high quality copy Omega Seamaster 300 has been a brand pillar since it was introduced in 1957 during an era when recreational diving was becoming increasingly popular. Fast forward 64 years and many of the original elements are just as stylish today as they were in their infancy. The latest editions tip their hat to the earliest models with vintage-style open Arabic numerals, which first appeared in the ’60s. And a small but charming retro detail is the reintroduction of the lollipop design from 1959 on the central-seconds hand on the stainless-steel editions.
Unlike previous iterations, however, are the new sandwich dials which include a base layer of Super-LumiNova (albeit of the vintage variety) and a second plate over the top with hollowed recesses for the hour markers and numerals.
The new 41 mm Omega fake timepieces are also slimmer than more recent editions at 14.4 mm tall. Using domed sapphire crystal glass—a popular construction of the past that was used as the solution to withstand water pressure at profound depths—made this possible. Despite a slim profile, the dial opening has been enlarged to 30.4 mm from 29.5 mm by decreasing the width of the case body and the bezel ring so that the new lineup of Seamaster 300s look larger on the wrist than the previous generation, despite the fact that the 41 mm diameter remains the same.
The stainless-steel bracelets have also been updated, and now measure 21 mm between the lugs tapering to a thinner 16 mm for the polished and brushed clasp, with new finishes inspired by early models. With leather straps, it will set you back $6,150; on-bracelet versions will go for $6,500.
Highlight: The showpiece, which comes with an arrow-tipped central seconds hand instead of a lollipop, is the new bronze-gold cased version (pictured above left). In a nod to old diving helmets, for which the moveable features were made of bronze due to its resistance to saltwater corrosion, Omega created a new bronze alloy that combines 50 percent copper, more than 37.5 percent 9-karat gold and touches of silver, gallium and palladium. (It’s said to be inspired by ancient Corinthian bronze, which used a similar combination of materials to help prevent discoloration).
The material, which has a patent pending and was over two years in the making, was created so that it could be worn directly on the skin without oxidizing and excreting toxic material. But it’s also claimed to age slower, retaining its natural patina for longer.
While bronze copy watches are typically revered and collected because they develop a patina, Omega is confident collectors will be drawn to this alloy’s slower fade and unique hue that is less matte without the greenish undertones typical to standard uses of the alloy. It retails for $11,200, and while it is only available on a strap for now, Omega says it may produce a bronze-gold bracelet in the future.