Omega unveiled an update to one of its best-selling watches – a James Bond staple – at the world’s biggest watch fair

suppliedThe new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

The Omega Seamaster Professional Diver, commonly known as the SMP, is one of the great modern classic designs.

That it was worn by suave superspy Pierce Brosnan during his turn as James Bond only ensured its place in the hearts and minds of the collective — and if we’re honest, mostly male — consciousness.

And while the off-screen version lacks the lasers and gadgets of Bond’s, it still has charm aplenty, thanks to that instantly recognisable wavy bezel.

So what’s changed in the version that just dropped at Baselworld? Well, let’s start with the obvious.

It’s a fraction larger, now coming in at 42mm (up from 41mm), and there’s a newly designed ceramic bezel and dial (offered in black, blue or grey) — the much loved wave pattern is back.

The bracelet has been subtly redesigned to be a little less chunky. What this all amounts to is a watch with a little more snap and sparkle on the wrist, but still stays true to its tool watch origins. And if steel isn’t your speed, there are two-tone options as well.

There are changes on the inside, too, in the form of the Calibre 8800, a Master Chronometer certified movement that has passed a suite of rigorous tests, ensuring not only accuracy but also resistance to water and magnetic fields.

It’s a movement that’s just as tough as the rest of the watch.

And, in a first for the line, the movement is visible through a clear sapphire caseback.

suppliedThe Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

With just the right combination of rugged charm and rock-solid construction, it’s easy to see why the SMP is such a popular design, and with this latest update, Omega has made it even better.

Omega Seamaster Professional 300M, on steel, $6525.

* This coverage of Baselworld 2018 is brought to you in collaboration with Time+Tide, Australia’s most popular wristwatch publication. You can find more from Time+Tide here, or follow Time+Tide on Facebook or Instagram.

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