The historic America’s Cup yacht race will be held in the waters of Auckland, New Zealand, from March 6 to March 21, 2021, for the 36th time. The race has been the pinnacle of the sport since 1851, with competitors from all over the world competing for years for a chance to qualify. While the America’s Cup is one of the longest continually held international athletic events, Omega has a long relationship with the event, having created limited edition Seamaster and Speedmaster models for both competing teams and the tournament since 1995. As the 36th America’s Cup approaches, the brand has released a unique variation of its Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph to mark the occasion (albeit this is the brand’s second model to do so). The special edition Omega Seamaster Diver 300M America’s Cup Chronograph does more than just commemorate the prestigious race; it also brings numerous new elements to the Seamaster line that could pave the way for the series’ future.
With its signature twisted lyre lugs, 10 o’clock conical manual helium escape valve, and scalloped dive bezel with ceramic insert, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M America’s Cup Chronograph has a 44mm stainless steel case. However, around 8 p.m., the firm unveils its new Chrono Lock system. Wearers can lock the chronograph pushers in position by sliding this curving rectangular toggle, preventing accidental activation during a hot race. Similarly, the chronograph pushers have been reworked for yacht racing, with a soft rubberized coating to improve grip in wet situations. These pushers also lend a burst of colour to the mix, with red and blue being the America’s Cup characteristic colours. This mismatched pair may be a matter of contention for some collectors, but the two-tone approach immediately distinguishes it from other models in the range. A commemorative “36th America’s Cup Auckland 2021” engraving filled with blue lacquer is engraved around the back of the sapphire display caseback. This case, like the rest of the Seamaster Diver 300M range, is water resistant to 300 metres. Message in Advertising Message At The End Of Advertising
While the essential principles of a Seamaster chronograph are there, the dial of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M America’s Cup Chronograph modifies the formula significantly. The dial is nearly entirely new, aside from the regular laser etched blue ceramic wave pattern dial and signature skeleton sword handset. With an intricate counterweight in the style of the America’s Cup trophy, the central chronograph seconds hand is fashioned in deep red anodized metal. The subdial hands have also been modified, with an exceptionally wide dauphine shape inspired by sailboat hulls, according to Omega. The stacked chronograph hours and minutes register at 3 o’clock is perhaps the most extensively modified part. The hours display has been moved to a wheel with a cutout window to cater for the bigger minutes hand, while the red anodized outer ring shows a regatta timer countdown scale. Although the makeover provides a clear and simple readout with a distinctive new style, it is a drastic aesthetic shift for a movement shared with a watch as dissimilar as the Omega Speedmaster Racing.
Omega’s in-house Calibre 9900 automatic chronograph movement powers the Seamaster Diver 300M America’s Cup Chronograph, as it does previous Seamaster Diver 300M chronograph models. The Calibre 9900, which has the brand’s characteristic co-axial escapement and twisting Côtes de Genève finishing, meets the brand’s high in-house Master Chronometer accuracy standards. At a 28,800 bph beat rate, the power reserve is a respectable 60 hours.
The Seamaster Diver 300M was Omega’s most recent significant debut. The revolutionary Quick Change strap swapping technology for the America’s Cup Chronograph. The watch comes with two straps: a five-link Seamaster bracelet and a royal blue striped rubber strap, both having a little button on the underside near the lugs. The spring bars are removed with a single press, and the strap may be replaced out almost rapidly without the use of tools. This new Quick Change concept is likely to make its way throughout Omega’s collection soon, as quick release straps and bracelets become more widespread in the industry.