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Omega Seamaster 300M GMT and some comparisons with the Rolex GMT

The dial of the watch has a guilloche wave pattern that varies in different shades of light. Omega write chronometer etc., over the wave pattern and the finishing detail of the dial under a loup is amazing. The minute markers are much like the early eighties Rolex GMT, that is longer in length. The 24 hour hand appears a slightly darker red than the Rolex version, with a smaller, more subtle triangle at the end. While the dial is black, compared with Rolexs dials it appears more dark anthracite and is not glossed.

The sword hands and hour markers are oversized allowing for a large coverage of Super-LumiNova. In addition, Omega use color C3, (yellow) as this glows brighter than any other Super-LumiNova color, making this the best low light dial I have experienced. It also makes the markers appear light green in most light because they are glowing so brightly. Whether this bothers you or not is a matter of personal taste. Although you cannot see it in my photos, the hour markers are surrounded by a thick white line that gives them more definition than my pictures show.

The movement is Omegas cal. 1128, a modified ETA 2892-A2 movement. Its the Omega cal.1120 with a GMT function. I am not qualified to comment further on the movement other than to say the cal.1120 is highly regarded as a reliable work horse by Omega enthusiasts.

It uses the Incabloc shock system (Omega rates the 1128 as withstanding up to 5000G), rather than Rolexs improved kif shock system. The hours hands jump forward or backwards just like the Rolex GMT, although they feel much more positive than the Rolex GMT, with no slack. Like the Rolex, you loose the quick set date and the Omega date mechanism does not change on the strike of midnight.

Since I have only owned this watch two months I cannot comment on long term accuracy, but until now my watch has gained 2 seconds a day a minute a month. I wrote to Omega and asked them to send me my watches actual COSC certificate, which they kindly did, which is a nice touch.

The bezel has a somewhat tinny feel to it unlike the more solid feel of the Rolex bezel. The bezel insert cannot be changed; instead you have the change the whole Bezel. It also has smooth edges, which I have not found a problem, but it would be if you have wet hands. I have accidently moved the bezel several times and I would prefer it was harder to turn. Just like the Rolex, there are 120 clicks to one rotation.

The Crown is a little small and too recessed. The former is not a problem but I have no idea why Omega thought they needed to recess the crown so much. On the underside of the watch its not recessed. The best crown I have seen on a watch is Rolex's Triplock.

The bracelet is solid 316L stainless steel and extremely comfortable, so much so that I often dont bother to take it off at night. There is absolutely no rattle to this bracelet. The clasp is prone to scratching but a fiberglass pen or a Scotch-Bite pad fixes this. The only downside to this strap which may bother most people is that it has no user adjustment. Unless you are competent to adjust a pin bracelet its off to the watchmaker if you want adjustments between summer and winter as you wrist size changes.

The case is also stainless 316L. I dont have a caliper or a scale but this watch is definitely heavier than my Rolex Submariner and although about the same depth, is more contoured to the wrist, so appears to sit a little lower. Although it's not printed on the dial, the GMT is rated to 1000 feet.

The price is $2500.00 MSRP but you can find great discounts. Full GMT functionality, excellent timekeeping, impeccable finishing of the dial, case and bracelet, and a great tool watch design for less than half the price of the Rolex. You cant beat that.

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I hope you enjoyed my review. Excuse my lousy photography.

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Great review of a great watch.

X2, Robb. I'm longing for the Seamaster GMT white-dial. They're getting hard to find, and almost non-existent at a discount. Which is lame, because I can't see paying $2500 for the white-dial when you can easily get the black-dial for $1800.

I couldn't see the pics either, so I'll post my own!

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Great review Gary

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Unfortunately I can't see the photos, it it possible to post them in this thread, and I'll try and fix them up in the original review.

I have been waiting for this watch myself for about 1 month now, and I will have it within the next 48 hours, so your review was very timely for me

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A couple of things.

I'm happy to hear that you were able to get the COSC report, I'd love to do that too for my watch, if I can.

Also, I was interested to hear that you can't change the bezel insert but have to replace the whole bezel. So my question is if I want the style of bezel insert that goes on the white dial for my black dial GMT will I be able to do so, or will I have problems? Are Omeaga as strict as Rolex about changing bezel inserts?

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I'll try posting the pictures again. You can sometimes see the white dial come up on timezone. It has an all brushed finish whereas the black version is polished.

Omega will send you the COSC certificate if you email Omega customer service. They will want a copy of your warranty with the watch serial number, but you can scan it in or fax it. You can replace the bezel. Omega won't do it for you (like Rolex they won't switch the bezel), but you can buy the replacement for about $180 dollars from otto frei. If you order it from Omega, be sure to tell them you have the white version. One other thing. The Omega is 41mm, just 1mm larger than the Rolex, but it wears a lot larger and you can immediately see the difference.

Thanks for the kind comments guys.

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Thanks for the information Gary, looking forward to receiving mine tomorrow, got it for only $1,050 so I'm pretty happy about that compared to the $5,950 price tag of the GMTIIC

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You're welcome, Steve. I just added a couple of scratches under a lug while changing my strap - I put on a black DeBeer. Well now it's christened. Let us all know what you think of it when it arrives. I think it's unbeatable for the price and you got an amazing deal. I assume it's not brand new!

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Daaayyyymmn, I got this watch 10 minutes ago and I am very very impressed!

Right off the top the leather box is awesome.

I'm off now to get the bracelet sized and I will let you guys know later.

Phil: No, got it from Japan, those prices quoted are AUD too

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first class service all the way, wish I could read what they wrote to me about (maybe it says 'made in China') (joke).

No kidding I'm really impressed.

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Excellent review, Gary.

Agreed!! For someone who has a limited budget, but still wants one helluva damn good watch, you can NEVER go wrong with the OMEGA GMT ones pictured above.

I've seen both, the black and white dials, in person.....and both are absolutely superb in looks, finish and overall quality.

Excellent discounts too are possible and as far as value for money goes, those two babies beat 'em all!!!

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I have just made a few quick pics before the sun goes down.

The dial is incredible on this watch the hands and lume are as clear as crystal.

The owners instruction manual is a hard bound volume.

The credit card pouch is soft white leather.

The inner box is also soft leather (red) with a steel crest.

I can't believe how good this watch is in terms of it's visual impact and value for money.

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