Introduced in 2017 to mark a milestone anniversary of the Seamaster 300, the limited-edition Omega Seamaster 300 1957 Trilogy watch is a faithful reproduction of the original CK2913 model from six decades ago. As its name suggests, this 60th Anniversary Seamaster 300 is part of the Omega 1957 Trilogy collection (alongside the 60th Anniversary Speedmaster and Railmaster, watches which also made their debut in 1957).
While the watch only had a limited run of 3,557 pieces worldwide, we happen to have a pre-owned Omega Seamaster 300 ref. 220.127.116.11.01.001 in stock right now. Let’s have a closer look at this must-have timepiece for vintage Omega enthusiasts.
Brief History of the First Omega Seamaster 300
Although the Seamaster model was already part of the brand catalog since the 1940s, those watches were positioned as splash-resistant timepieces rather than the robust diving watch that the Seamaster 300 ref. CK2913 was. It’s important to remember that diving was taking off as a sport in the 1950s and with dive watches already on offer by Rolex, Blancpain, and others, Omega had to jump into the diving watch game too. Though the original Seamaster 300 CK2913 has the number “300” in its name, it was only officially rated to withstand the pressure at 200 meters deep due to testing equipment limitations.
The 1957 Omega Seamaster 300 ref. CK 2913 sported a steel 39mm case, a black acrylic rotating bezel with a reverse minute countdown, a black dial with broad arrow hands, plenty of lume for legibility underwater, and an automatic movement inside.
The reference CK 2913 was in production for about seven years until it was eventually discontinued in the mid-1960s to make way for updated models. From the Seamaster Diver to the Planet Ocean to the Ploprof, Omega has been responsible for making some of the best high-end dive watches over the last 60 years and the original Seamaster 300 from 1957 paved the way for that to happen.
Omega Seamaster 300 1957 Trilogy 18.104.22.168.01.001
When Omega launched the 60th Anniversary Seamaster 300 ref. 22.214.171.124.01.001 in 2017, the commemorative watch was developed to be as close to the original reference CK 2913 as possible. As such, the modern Seamaster 300 1957 Trilogy edition sports a 39mm steel case with a matching steel bracelet paired with a black dial with broad arrow hands and a black timing bezel. There’s even the Naïad embossing (characterized by a three-point star) on the winding crown inside the Omega logo and the famous Seamaster Hippocampus engraving on the caseback.
The dial is a near-perfect match to the original, down to the warm patina hue of the luminous material and tropical-like finish to mimic what a 60-year old diver would likely look like today. However, Omega did of course have to bypass the original radium luminescence for safer modern SuperLuminova. While the bezel of the anniversary Seamaster 300 retains the characteristic reverse countdown scale of the inaugural reference, Omega did opt to swap out acrylic for more durable aluminum.
While this limited edition Seamaster 300 also runs on an automatic movement, it relies on the more modern and METAS certified Caliber 8806 chronometer-rated movement that’s resistant to magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss rather than the original Caliber 501.
A Worthy Vintage Omega Reissue
It’s clear that Omega took great lengths to faithfully replicate the original Seamaster 300 when it made the 60th Anniversary Omega Seamaster 300 1957 Trilogy Edition. The renowned Swiss watchmaker found the perfect balance between staying true to the aesthetics of the vintage ref. CK 2913 while still considering the expectations of modern luxury watch owners.
With only 3,557 pieces released across the globe, owning the Seamaster 300 ref. 126.96.36.199.01.001 is to belong to a small club of watch enthusiasts that appreciate and honor the importance of Omega’s first purpose-built dive watch.