Trilogy Seamasters are great, but this is something else entirely. The Seamaster 300 story began in 1957 with the CK2913. In that first Seamaster 300, Omega had created a reliable water resistance with handsome lines that recalled naval pieces of WWII, decades earlier. It was a monumental success, one which Omega built upon in this iconic, oft-overlooked second generation 14.755.
Never one to rest on laurels, Omega built upon the CK2913 with this 14.755 beginning mid-1961. In a move straight from Omega’s current handbook, they slimmed down the 38mm case’s thickness. This gives a ‘down-wrist’ profile that is outright modern. Omega also introduced a minute narrow-arrow hand, the exact reverse of the handset designed for the 2913 with its broad-hour hand. This was intended to make minutes more easily readable at a glance whilst submerged, to be viewed in tandem with a beautiful bakelite bezel. This generation goes by many monikers, among them ‘thin bezel’ and ‘transitional’ (though the latter mostly reserved for latter dial variants).
In addition, the watch now featured Omega’s 24-jewel (seven more than other comparable movements) automatic calibre 550/552. Some view this as one of Omega’s last 500 series movements, executed before a cost-reduction effort to mass produce automatic calibres. The evolution and beauty ran more than skin deep.
As examples go, this one is a winner. The dial and handset are standouts, with correct recessed radium plots matched in an even pumpkin tone. All applications are still whole. The dial tone is a mildly-faded black with intact bakelite bezel. The case has lugs in true original proportion, though it may have seen some light polish at its extremities. The case back engraving is still highly defined. No mention is made of service history or extract. It comes from a well-regarded retailer.
Find this 14755 SM300 here from Brevet Watches for 12500 EUR.