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WOTW: OMEGA Nekton Edition Watch

Since 2018 the latest line of dive watches from the Omega Seamaster collection – the Seamaster Diver 300M – has been appealing to those collectors in the market for a stylish and functional luxury dive watch. The Seamaster 300M is capable of performing underwater, has an appealing price tag, is solidly built and mechanically sophisticated. For those, however, looking for something that breaks away from the classic models of the collection, Omega has released a special edition watch in collaboration with Nekton – a non-profit foundation based in the UK that commits to protecting the world’s oceans. The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition watch boasts new materials but reflects Omega’s genuine interest in environmental conservation. The watch features a design faithful to the archetypal Omega diver’s watch and comes with a chronometer verified movement protected from magnetic fields, a legible dial and a robust stainless steel case. Read on to learn a little more about the key features of the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition.

There are some prominent features of the 42mm Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition watch that not only make it ideal for deep-sea exploration but also a rugged and resilient tool watch for wearing every day of the week. Of course, the message behind the design of this collaborative timepiece with Nekton is prominent, but what’s important to note about its design is that this is not a wristwatch intended to be taken off the wrist the minute the diver leaves the water. Its sleek and youthful aesthetic fits well with an office suit, a dinner jacket and sportswear too. This is partly thanks to the addition of a supple rubber strap that sits close enough to the skin for leisure and exploration but also slips underneath the cuff of smart attire perfectly.

Let’s look at those key features in a little more detail…

Qualities of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton watch for day-to-day wear:

Chronometer-certified

Having passed rigorous precision tests, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition watch is COSC-certified. This body, responsible for certifying the accuracy and precision of a high-performance watch, is a quality that only 3% of Swiss watches can lay claim to.

Legibility

The hands and indexes on the dial of the Seamaster 300M Nekton edition watch have been coated with luminous material that not only assists with timekeeping under dark depths of water but also during the night and in light-compromised situations on dry land too.

Master chronometer certified

Set by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS), if a watch is METAS-certified it has been passed for superior precision and magnetic-resistance having been subject to a line of 8 stringent tests over a period of 10 days. This, understandably, is the Swiss industry’s highest standard.

Qualities of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton watch for use underwater:

Anti-magnetic

Although exposed to many electronic devices every day that can affect the performance of a mechanical watch, Omega’s 15,000  gauss-resistant technology, which protects the movement from remarkably high magnetic fields is perfectly equipped for designs like the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton watch.

Helium escape valve

The helium escape valve on the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition watch is located at 10 o’clock and acts as a decompression system to release helium from inside the watch when worn long-term underwater or for things like pressure chambers.

Screw-in crown

Many of Omega’s diving watches feature a self-screwed crown which is screwed into the tube of the case. This method helps to prevent water from seeping into the internal area of the watch, thus helping it retain its 300-meter water resistance.

Unidirectional rotating bezel

The key thing to remember about the unidirectional rotating bezel is that it is designed with diver safety in mind. While it promises a legible way to keep track of elapsed time underwater, it also can’t be accidentally knocked backwards to extend diving time. The fact that it can only ever shorten diving time ensures the diver won’t ever overstay his welcome underwater.

Let’s take a look at some more design features of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition watch…

Closely related to the James Bond watch, the Nekton Edition shares multiple credentials with the original Seamaster aesthetic. The 42mm case, for example, with polished and brushed finishes upon its stainless steel framework and the familiar twisted lugs. It’s also robust and well assembled. Differing from any predecessor from the Seamaster collection,  it features a grade 5 titanium bezel which replaces the glossy blue or black ceramic. It has been finished with minute markers in positive relief for a three-dimensional effect. A special engraving to celebrate the relationship Omega nurtures with Nekton, and the watch is completed on the caseback which features the Nekton submarine medallion, depicting the “Seamaster 2” submarine named by Nekton in tribute to the boat skippered by the late Sir Peter Blake.  Etched into the surface of an innovative Naiad Lock caseback, the caseback will always remain upright.

The iconic wave-effect dial prevails again. In this model, its black colour in positive relief is achieved by black ceramic [ZrO2]. The white indexes are remarkably easy to reference in the day, whilst at night a Super-LumiNova coating will assist with timekeeping in the dark. The no-date Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton watch is powered by the Omega Calibre 8806. This Calibre is built entirely in-house at Omega and offers a 55-hour power reserve whilst performing at a rate of 25, 200 vibrations per hour.

To learn more about the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition watch, you can view the watch and order here.