Something about early generation Seamaster 300s is just a cut above its period competition. I don’t mean this in any objective way; most customers in period probably would’ve preferred a Sub on wrist for the recognition. I mean this in terms of simple, unfussy, vintage dive charm. There is not as much nuance in the 165.024 as in a 5513. But there is a deep attraction nonetheless. With its honey tritium, asymmetric case, and sword hands, this Seamaster 300 says only good things about those who choose to collect it.
After many recent discussions on fixed spring bar tritium military-issued SM300s, it’s actually quite refreshing to find a stock piece in honest condition. The preceeding 2913s are almost all original, however many of 165.024s and their generation are not. An Omega authorized, Australian service center WatchCo found a surplus of original Omega Seamaster 300 parts in the early 2000s. An enterprising service center, they began assembling these surplus parts into full watches and retailing these ‘NOS’ Seamasters. I would like to say for the record I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but they should be represented as what they are: not original Omegas by Omega. It makes this market a little more complex that your average vintage diver.
This example is very much not a WatchCo. Every component seems quite original with a matched patina from what I can tell. The dial and handset are particularly lovely, with an even yellowed tritium across all the applications. Its case is proudly beveled and never polished. It comes on an original 1039 bracelet with correct endlinks. The watch was recently serviced by LA Watchworks. It comes with no other accessories from a small, well-regarded retailer.
Find this Seamaster 300 here from Chronoholic for 10995 USD.