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As some of you know, I am an avid tennis player, pickle ball player, and participant of outdoor activities. I have been on the search for the perfect watch to wear every single day, I needed a watch I would not be afraid of scratching, but the nature of my business, I would prefer a shallower depreciation. Yes, watches depreciate, and I prefer buying preowned watches, yet buying a brand-new watch comes with its own set of benefits. I will tell you why I think this Seamaster Professional is the best Omega you can get under $5,000 from any Omega dealer or boutique, and what the Pros and Cons are of getting this particular watch.
Before I start talking more about what I think about the watch, let’s talk about the Seamaster Professional Diver 300m. This watch line started in 1993 and it has been one of my favorites. These watches started life well-built and continue the tradition today. The new movements, which are Master Chronometer Certified, have made this lineup better.
The Master Chronometer certification is a boost to brand value. Requiring high standards allows Omega to offer a five-year comprehensive warranty. This is in line with the more prestigious brands, and many of them need you to extend a standard two-year warranty. The Master Chronometer certificate is not wholly a gimmick. The Master Chronometer certified movements contain other benefits as well.
Twice as Precise as Any Officially Certified Chronometer: Omega watches are tested twice. They need to meet the chronometer requirements of Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, the Official Swiss Chronometer test with the precision criteria of -4/+6 seconds per day. Once this step is passed, it moves into the second set of certification testing. The Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology performs an extra eight tests on each timepiece. Once the accuracy is within 0/+5 seconds per day, Omega will apply the Master Chronometer seal to the movement.
Proprietary Anti-Magnetic Materials: The movement is anti magnetic. This property allows work near strong electronics. You do not have to fear the movement being affected by certain fields. I am outdoors the majority of my life, so I am not in need of this help, but it’s there.
Extended Service Intervals: Each Master Chronometer is equipped with a Co-Axial escapement. Helping the movement be more efficient and reducing the mechanical constraints, the watch does not have to be serviced as often. The extended service intervals will save money over the life of the watch.
.Shock-resistance: My greatest benefit comes from the 5000G tests the watch is subjected to. The constant impacts from tennis or pickle ball will have little impact on the movement. The mountain hikes will be an easy task. Active lifestyles are welcomed by the Seamaster.
Water-Resistance: Omega pressure tests, and submerges all watches in the water. Proper water resistance is guaranteed. I live on an island. The beach is walking distance from my home. If I decide to swim, I have no fear of damage to the intricate pieces inside the case.
I purchased a new watch. I am going to have the satisfaction of being the first to register the watch on the Omega website.
How to Register Your Omega
- Go to the Omega website
- Fill out the watch information including reference number and serial number
- Fill out the access code on the certificate card
Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42mm
Cons: Initial 25% Depreciation
Pros: Quality, Versatility, price
Without a doubt, this watch is well-built, and the price of $4,900 makes this a favorable deal. I am planning to keep this for a while, and I am fine with losing around $1,000 on this watch due to the depreciation. If you qualify, Omega has the Omega Priviledge Card which will allow you to buy this watch and finance for 18 months sin interest. You have a chance to pay a couple a hundred dollars to wear this fine piece for a year. If you choose to keep it longer, you have the choice to pay it off and recover the majority.
Calculating depreciation for me is simple. I look at the market to get an idea of what people are paying for this watch in used condition. You can tell that this particular model will demand a premium compared to other used brands. Now, the white version I purchased sells for $3900. Some are listed higher, but this is reasonable if I decide to sell it.
Why I Chose the Boutique Over the Secondary Market
The answer to this question is simple. Relationships are everything with the dealer game. The special Omega releases are available solely in boutiques. The recent Silver Snoopy Award is one such piece. Since this is not the first watch I purchased, I have a good reputation with the boutique. I made my deposit and will get my Silver Snoopy.
Experience buying from a boutique once. I recommend it. They take care of my family and me when we come in for a sale. I don’t have to wait years to buy a watch I actually want. I am able to stop in, and have a good chance the watch I want is ready for me to pickup.
The Pros of the Seamaster Co-Axial
The quality and detail of the watch is sublime. The Master Chronometer certificate tests are stringent. Each watch must pass the eight step test before receiving the seal of approval. Then the watch is allowed for sale. The weight is clear when you hold it. When worn on the wrist, it’s comfortable. The 42mm size is versatile. The white dial is engraved by lasers in the Seamaster wave pattern. The two-color lume is well executed with a green minute hand and bezel marker on blue lume indices.
Delivered with a durable strap, joint with the quality of the build, gives me confidence it will handle my outdoor lifestyle. For a more dressy look, the bracelet is available from Omega for $700. The watch doesn’t need the bracelet. Wearing the black strap with the black bezel looks splendid. I have no reason to change the appearance. Doing so would change the spirit.
I love the watch. This particular watch fits my lifestyle well. The white dial is clean and easy to read. The watch has the correct amount of heft while being comfortable on the rubber strap. Watches under $5000 are common, but are not as well-thought-out as this model. Recommending the 42mm Seamaster Diver 300m Co-Axial is easy for me. This watch will fit a large swath of the population. If you are still not convinced, visit the nearest Omega Boutique. They will be happy to allow you to handle this piece yourself. It will be an experience well worth it.
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