Omega is continuing its pledge to protect our oceans with a new dive watch in partnership with U.K.-based Nekton, a non-profit research foundation committed to preserving the Indian Ocean. The new model, the perfect replica Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Nekton Edition, features a polished-and-brushed stainless steel case fitted with a unidirectional rotating divers’ bezel in grade 5 titanium.
In 2019, Omega and Nekton began a series of missions, called “First Descent,” to explore and conserve the Indian Ocean, which will resume next year. Omega’s famous Seamaster divers’ watches and their heritage have played a key role in Nekton’s mission: the foundation even named its research submarine “Seamaster 2” in tribute to the late, legendary yachtsman Sir. Peter Blake, a passionate advocate of the ocean and a close friend to Omega.
“Our friends at Nekton are protecting the ocean with the global goal of 30 percent protection by 2030,” states Omega president and CEO Raynald Aeschlimann. “As a pioneering brand with a long history of pushing at the boundaries of what is possible, we have the utmost respect for this bold, confident vision and, we are thrilled to help make the goal a reality.”
The best copy Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Nekton Edition features a laser-ablated, black ceramic dial, matte-finished with a polished wave motif in positive relief. The unidirectional rotating divers’ bezel comes in grade 5 titanium, replacing the LiquidMetal typically found on Omega’s Seamaster 300 models. Its laser-ablated 60-minute diving scale sports silver-colored Arabic numerals in positive relief, along with the traditional triangle-shaped marker at 12 o’clock.
The watch’s caseback features an engraved embossed Nekton submarine medallion, “NAIAD LOCK, DIVER 300 M,” lettering, and the watch’s water-resistance, as a tribute to the partnership.
Beating inside the 42-mm-diameter case is Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8806. The self-winding movement features a free sprung-balance with a silicon balance spring, holds a power reserve of 55 hours, and meets both the COSC chronometer certification standards as well as the METAS standards of magnetic resistance to 15,000 gauss. The movement’s rhodium-plated rotor and bridges feature Geneva waves in arabesque, a familiar decorative finish for Omega calibers.
The new Seamaster is available in two models, one with an integrated black rubber strap with a polished-and-brushed buckle, or a stainless steel bracelet. The watch (Ref. 126.96.36.199.01.002) retails for $8,850 and is available in October.