02/09/2017
 3 minutes

Watch Pairs: Omega Seamaster Diver 300M & NOMOS Tangente

By Bert Buijsrogge
Nomos Tangente and Omega Seamaster
Nomos Tangente and Omega Seamaster

For this pairing, we chose the Nomos Tangente as the elegant watch and the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M for a more sporty look. The Tangente is the more affordable watch, while the Omega begins at the far end of the Nomos price range. Nomos still creates very affordable mechanical watches which make great starting points for the beginning watch enthusiast. However, should you be interested in acquiring an Omega Seamaster, you’ll have to spend a bit more. Yet, no matter what type of person you are and what kind of work you do, both of these watches make great companions for many occasions.

Nomos Tangente

The Tangente line by Nomos is a typical Bauhaus inspired design and comes in several variations and sizes, though, they are all quite similar in design and overall look. Depending on your preference, the Tangente is available with an in-house produced automatic or manual winding movement. Some are visible through a glass sapphire case back. For the dial, there isn’t a big difference in layout. Only light colours are used and all models have a small second at the 6 o’clock position. Most watches have a fine, clean symmetrical look and the case diameter ranges from 33 to 38 mm.

These watches are always manufactured in steel with sapphire glass on top. Only the watches that feature a power reserve indicator have the Nomos logo positioned on the left side of the dial, whereas the power scale is just below and in-between the 12 and 1 o’clock positions. The date window is located at the bottom of the dial below the minute subdial at 6 o’clock. Horween genuine Shell Cordovan, a durable and comfortable type of leather, is predominately used for the straps. Prices range from 1,280 to 2,660 euros; quite the value for money considering you get a watch that is almost entirely produced in-house.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

You can’t get much sportier than the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M when choosing a typical diving watch. The perfect sporty counterpart to the Nomos Tangente line, this watch comes in a variety of available sizes. We’ll leave the the 28-mm quartz model out, but starting at just over 36 mm, the size goes all the way up to 44 mm. Most models come in steel with either a blue or black color scheme. This is the base look for the Seamaster line, however, limited editions and the titanium version have a slightly different look and differently colored details. The standard Seamaster is a three-hand watch displaying hours, minutes, and seconds that also comes with a date window at 3 o’clock.

On the chronograph you will find the following registers: 30-minute subdial at 3 o’clock, 12-hour subdial at 6 o’clock, and a small seconds at 9 o’clock. All models feature an unidirectional bezel with ceramic insert and have a helium valve at 10 o’clock. Inside the smaller models you will find the Omega caliber 2500, which is an upgraded caliber 1120. The larger models are fitted with a chronograph movement such as the caliber 3330 or caliber 3603 with a GMT function. These calibers are based on reliable ETA movements and have been modified to fit a co-axial escapement, a small alteration to the standard escapement that is known to have a longer service interval. This technique was invented in the 70s and patented in 1980. Omega commercialized the use of this escapement in 1999. All of the calibers used in the Seamaster are chronometer movements, meaning their accuracy is certified within -4/+6 sec per day. Prices of the Seamaster range from 3,600 euros for the smallest co-axial Seamaster, to 6,400 euros for the ETNZ Chonograph version in Titanium.

As previously mentioned, depending on your taste and lifestyle, one of these watches would make a great daily companion. Alternatively, you could acquire both to suit different moments and occasions. With a classic and a sporty watch at your disposal, you will never go out in the wrong style.


About the Author

Bert Buijsrogge

I worked in real estate for 15 years. Over the last few years, I've turned my passion for watches and photography into a career. My interest in watches dates back …

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