Auctions: A Military Seamaster 300 That Served Its Country (And Survived)
The Omega Seamaster 300
The unique Seamaster 300, presented in 1957.
Omega presented the Seamaster 300 of every 1957, four years after the presentation of the principal proficient plunging wristwatch – the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms – and the Rolex Submariner. The Seamaster 300 wasn’t Omega’s first Seamaster, yet it was the principal genuine expert jump watch, getting an authority water obstruction rating of 200 meters, the most extreme profundity to which the company could test its watches back then.
Together with the Speedmaster and the Railmaster, the Seamaster 300 was essential for another set of three of expert evaluation wristwatches that utilized a similar case and handset, the Seamaster 300 being focused on expert jumpers. For viable reasons, Omega chose to produce every one of the three pieces utilizing similar base components, including similar cases and hands, yet each piece would develop to all the more explicitly address the requirements of the end client.
The original Seamaster 300, the ref. CK 2913-1, estimated 39mm, and had straight drags, a slender hour long bezel isolated in 10-minute stretches, and expansive bolt hands. The subsequent age, presented seven years after the first, was 42mm, had chunkier wound drags, and furthermore included a more extensive bezel with hashes for consistently. Omega presented two forms, the no-date ref. 165.024 and the ref. 166.024 with a date at three o’clock. The British military gave the previous model the nod.
J.B. Fisher’s Seamaster 300
The British Ministry of Defense took conveyance of military Seamster 300s somewhere in the range of 1967 and 1971. Both the British Royal Navy and the Army got watches, the solitary qualification between the two groups being the markings used to distinguish the military branch for which they were implied. The first were engraved with number “0552,” while the second were engraved with “W10.”
Being military watches, they contrast from the first Seamaster 300 ref. ST 165.024 in a couple of outstanding ways. Other than the military issue markings at the back, they likewise highlight fixed bars between the drags, an encompassed “T” on the dial to demonstrate the utilization of tritium, mil-spec hands, and a screw-down crown.
What Exactly Is Mil-Spec?
A “mil-spec” is a watch made by military particulars laid out by a public government. Many watch companies conveyed military gave looks after the course of the twentieth century. The larger part depended on non military personnel models, and were for the most part more strong, holding just the most helpful highlights. The most notable military plunging wristwatches are the Omega Seamaster 300, and the Rolex Military Submariner, otherwise called the MilSub, which embraced a portion of the qualities of the Seamaster 300 and in the long run supplanted it as the Royal Navy’s picked jumper. Panerai likewise made military plunging watches, yet these were simply accessible to the public a lot later.
Fisher’s Seamaster was conveyed to the British Royal Navy in 1968, and for a couple of years it served him well. Fisher kept fastidious records of his missions in his own log, which gives a captivating record of the existence of Royal Navy jumper. While the watch isn’t referenced (for what reason would it be?), we realize he needed to have been wearing it, both on the grounds that it was essential for his authority jumping gear and in light of the fact that it was a vital some portion of his plunging gear. What isn’t clear is the means by which Fisher figured out how to clutch the watch. The most plausible clarification is that he detailed it lost, maybe after the Ministry of Defense’s choice in 1971 to supplant the Seamaster 300 with the MilSub. Or then again perhaps even previously? There is a section for the “search of a lost watch” on December 15, 1969.
Fisher’s Seamaster 300 was found by a private gatherer following what was depicted to me as a “wild hunt”and it was sold just a single time to second private authority. The watch presently comes to Phillips through the most recent proprietor and this is the first occasion when it is being offered freely by means of sale. Consequently it ought to pull in heaps of interest, and it will be extremely fascinating to perceive what gatherers accept is a reasonable cost for a genuinely field-tried mil-spec plunge watch.
The military branch code, issue number, and year of issue are engraved on the back in a specific order.
This watch was clearly hard-worn, however it’s still in moderately phenomenal condition.
Collectors are attracted to military looks for nostalgic reasons, without a doubt. These watches served their separate nations and are observers to significant parts of history. In any case, what makes these watches really significant is the shortage of models still in great unique condition. Regardless of whether they were worn by the infantry, by pilots, or by jumpers, not very many endured generally sound. The lion’s share either convey new parts, were harmed unrecoverable, were kept by militaries and potentially annihilated, or were just lost.
Lot 103 in this present end of the week’s Phillips deal in Geneva is perhaps the best illustration of a military Seamaster 300 in unique condition, of which there are as of now not many. And keeping in mind that we can just envision where the vast majority of these watches have been, we have an awesome thought of where this one went, when it was utilized, how profoundly it went submerged, and for how long. The extraordinariness, condition, and provenance of this watch, along with the distinctive images that Fisher caught in his log, hoist the situation with this little survivor into vessel domain.
On the wrist, this mil-spec Seamaster 300 looks each piece the part.
Fisher’s Seamaster 300 is an extraordinary illustration of a watch that may not appear to be unique until you investigate what’s truly before you and notice the fixed drags, the tritium dial, and the military markings at the back, little highlights that don’t show up in identical regular citizen models and make this a particularly uncommon piece.
In certainty, a decent Seamaster 300 Mil-Spec is a lot more extraordinary find than a decent Rolex MilSub, and dependent on accessibility alone, you would figure authorities would be prepared to pay similarly as much for the Royal Navy’s underlying decision as they are for the more acclaimed MilSub. Regardless of whether they ought to involves assessment, obviously, and the legendary status of the MilSub is undeniable now, however this specific Seamaster 300 may truth be told have the cheek of beating its long-term competitor a few times over this end of the week, when it goes facing many (non-military) Submariners.
Add the first proprietor’s very own plunge log and you have yourself quite possibly the most fascinating jumping watches of the 1960s, and surely perhaps the most all around saved Seamasters available. Along these lines, Phillips has set a gauge of $59,500 and $119,000 on the watch, and we’ll refresh this story once a the mallet has fallen and a last cost has been reached.
The Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: Five will occur on May 13-14 in Geneva. The hardened steel Omega Seamaster 300 “Mil-Spec” is parcel number 103 . You can peruse more about this parcel and see the remainder of the watches in the auction by visiting Phillips Watches on the web .