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    Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Owner's Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by solesman View Post
    Hey Baz,

    I was going to PM you but could you give us all your thoughts on the Spectre? I'm seriously considering getting one next week.

    Cheers,

    Dan
    Hi Dan

    The SM300 grew on me over the last year, I am very much in the PO club (I own 3). I love my 42mm 2500 is my first and only love all others are compared to it.

    That said the SM300 non LE was a nice watch that grew on me (the Speedy had the same issue and once I bought one I was smitten). But I am not a fan of PCLs they will eventually scratch and that spoils the effect for me - I am definitely a brushed metal man because I can fix marks on that myself with no dramas. So I thought about the non LE version and eventually discounted it for this reason and no date window.

    But then they brought out the SM300 SPECTRE edition and I was instantly hooked. As a military man I have grown up with NATOs so I know what they are about plus the bracelet comes with brushed centre links. I have always been a fan of brushed metal work on NATOs (no reflection for obvious tactical reasons). The changes to the face are an improvement to me and the bezel was the only ? (but I am a divers man so I have used a divers bezel to time all sorts of things worst case I can swap it out if I wanted too) but I could forgive that small issue.

    On the wrist the NATO is thicker than standard issue but that's due to the quality of fabric used and no biggy for me. It height is about the same as my PO 2500 or it does not feel as heigh as the 8500 even if it is. Weight, well on a NATO it's nothing at all.

    I have bought the LE because for me it's a wearable investment and I do not see myself loosing any money on it. The Bond link is a nice touch. For me it will be a tool watch I will wear on a NATO most of the time because that's were it looks finest (I have plenty of POs on bracelets). It has the vintage pantina that reminds me of my first service issue watch I got back in the eighties (a SM300 with fixed Spring bars if only I had known then what it was before we swapped to CWC) so there is probably a bit of nostalgia there too.

    If you get one I doubt you will be disappointed as I say for a watch I discounted for my own reasons (non LE) they fixed all the areas for me so it became a no brainer (especially at the price point I got in duty free)

    I hope this helps and Good luck

    Cheers

    PS here a shot on the bracelet



    Here is a comparison shot all 42mms



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    Last edited by Baz44; November 1st, 2015 at 20:22.
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    Re: Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Owner's Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by chris975d View Post
    Here. There is only a 22mm option, but it fits the 21mm lugs of the 300 easily.

    https://www.watchgecko.com/nato-zulu..._material=2731
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    Re: Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Owner's Thread

    My 2 cents unsolicited on the LE vs regular sm300mc:
    I am a fan of the bezel
    Prefer non PCLS but that's easy to fix in US
    Don't care much for the clasp
    Lollipop second hand and regular bout same for me
    The removal of the 12 on the dial makes it a no go for me if remove 12 then also 3 6 9 and put 12 on bezel.

    So the question is how do I get the bezel?
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    Re: Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Owner's Thread

    Hey Baz,

    thanks so much for the write up. I too am not a fan of PCL's. I have to say that the LE looks better on the NATO than the regular 300. The lollipop and bezel really give it a military look which I like. I guess its now an "explorer" style piece for want of a better description? It looks good on bracelet but best on NATO. I'll have 3 divers then. PO on rubber, Sub on bracelet and 300 on NATO.

    It looks a nice size next to the PO's. I gather they're both 42mm?

    I will be heading into London Thursday and will see what I can do. I refuse to pay MSRP so the boutiques are a resounding no sadly. Fingers crossed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Baz44 View Post
    Hi Dan

    The SM300 grew on me over the last year, I am very much in the PO club (I own 3). I love my 42mm 2500 is first first and only love all others are compared to it.

    That said the SM300 non LE was a nice watch that grew on me (the Speedy had the same issue and once I bought one I was smitten). But I am not a fan of PCLs they will eventually scratch and that spoils the effect for me - I am definitely a brushed man because I can fix marks on that myself with no dramas. So I thought about the non LE version and eventually discounted it for this reason and no date window.

    But then they brought out the SM300 SPECTRE edition and I was instantly hooked. As a military man I have grown up with NATOs so I know what they are about plus the bracelet comes with brushed centre links. I have always been a fan of brushed metal work on NATOs (no reflection for obvious tactical reasons). The changes to the face are an improvement to me and the bezel was the only ? (but I am a divers man so I have used a divers bezel to time all sorts of things worst case I can swap it out if I wanted too) but I could forgive that small issue.

    On the wrist the NATO is thicker than standard issue but that's due to the quality of fabric used and no biggy for me. It height is about the same as my PO 2500 or it does not feel as heigh as the 8500 even if it is. Weight, well on a NATO it's nothing at all.

    I have bought the LE because for me it's a wearable investment and I do not see myself loosing any money on it. The Bond link is a nice touch. For me it will be a tool watch I will wear on a NATO most of the time because that's were it looks finest (I have plenty of POs on bracelets). It has the vintage pantina that reminds me of my first service issue watch I got back in the eighties (a SM300 with fixed Spring bars if only I had known then what it was before we swapped to CWC) so there is probably a bit of nostalgia there too.

    If you get one I doubt you will be disappointed as I say for a watch I discounted for my own reasons (non LE) they fixed all the areas for me so it became a no brainer (especially at the price point I got in duty free)

    I hope this helps and Good luck

    Cheers

    PS here a shot on the bracelet



    Here is a comparison shot



    The name is Bond, Basildon Bond I have letters after my name
    Last edited by solesman; November 1st, 2015 at 20:22. Reason: Writing like a tool :-p
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    Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Owner's Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by solesman View Post
    Hey Baz,

    thanks so much for the write up. I too am not a fan of PCL's. have to say that the LE looks better on the NATO than the regular 300. The lollipop and bezel really give it a military look which I like. I guess its now an "explorer" style piece for want of a better description? It looks good on bracelet but best on NATO. I'll 3 divers then. PO on rubber, Sub on bracelet and 300 on NATO.

    It looks a nice size next to the PO's. I gather they're both 42mm?

    I will be heading into London Thursday and will see what I can do. I refuse to pay MSRP so the boutiques are a resounding no sadly. Fingers crossed.
    Dan

    Yes sorry should have said all my watches are 42mm. Sounds like you will have the perfect set and a foot in all camps - which is pretty cool

    Good luck

    Cheers


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    I think the SM300 (either variety) will look good on a black strap compliments the bezel really well. I think the fact that Bond wears it in Black and Grey is a throw back to the old black and white TV's when everyone thought the NATO on his Rolex was the same colours

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    Re: Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Owner's Thread

    Was away for a while guys. Crazy about old watches at the moment. But just picked up a Cosmic 2000 for a premium. Here's what I picked up the last 2 months lol.

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    Re: Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Owner's Thread

    Late to the SM 300 MC party - now I see what all of the fuss is about. The bracelet wears fantastic. Looks and wears good on Omega Barennia too!

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    great watch
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