Nowadays, the value of the Seamaster dive watch is based on the fact that they are attractive watches to non-collectors. However, the fact that some models are chronometers and/or kinetic makes these particular Omegas interesting to all collectors of chronometers. But then, during this era, much like today, Omega was a true manufacture, making their movements in-house. But let’s not forget the short ETA based movements interregnum, which were still good of course but lacked the caché of in-house.
So, obviously the Seamaster Omegamatics - Produced from 1997 to 2000 - are definitely not your regular seamasters, since the cal. 1400 version is much more rare than the (exact same!) other model editions. Even if Omega (extensively) modified the caliber ETA 250.111 autoquartz.
In this Seamaster range some variation is apparent. Hands and markers are most noticeable of course, and the fact that they are lumed or not. The second hands for instance is either red or orange, the other hands usually sword style.
This relatively understated Seamaster, measuring 37x43x10mm, is often overlooked - as most dressy watches can be. For that matter though the 18K gold Omega medaillon embedded in the clasp is a nice touch. In my opinion Omega expertly used this to capitalize on the flashier models. But when value is considered other considerations come into play. These for instance were great watches for everyday use, but because of their high purchase value, on par with a normal Seamaster, they were usually treated with great care. Seamaster kinetic chronometers then are extra special, these are simply the best dressy dive model watches in the Seamaster range.