intrepid explorers Partnerships that matter. Watches that are classic, functional, and have fascinating design flourishes. These were the key values that first drew me to Omega as a company many years ago, so I’ll be the first to confess that seeing the new Seamaster Diver 300m Nekton Edition adopt a similar nostalgic mentality, although being extremely modern and dripping with all the newest Omega technologies, is really cool. It’s a return to form for the Biel company, one that’s practical, charitable, and admittedly less showy than last summer’s record-breaking Planet Ocean Ultra Deep, though no less significant, as the Nekton organization’s purpose is to safeguard at least 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030. To put things in perspective, only 8% of the ocean is protected, so this is a bold vision, but one that benefits directly from Omega’s involvement in the project, which provides funding through sales of these Seamaster watches and raises general awareness through its own platform — a noble cause, indeed.
This new Seamaster looks a lot like various relief-bezel versions from Omega’s catalogue in the mid-90s and early-aughts, most notably the original Seamaster 300 ref. 2533.50 “America’s Cup” with its textured white-gold relief bezel. The fact that it was created in 1995 for famed yachtsman and explorer Peter Blake, a two-time America’s Cup champion, a fervent supporter of ocean conservation, and a lifelong friend of Omega, made it particularly noteworthy. But there are two ways in which this new reference pays homage to Blake’s exploratory heritage (the skipper unfortunately died in 2001 while on an environmental investigation voyage in Brazil). Message in Advertising Message At The End Of Advertising
Peter Blake, skipper of the Seamaster, on the deck of his research vessel.
The new Nekton Edition joins the current 8800-series Seamaster Diver 300m stablemates, which have been a huge hit since their Baselworld debut in 2018. This new stainless steel variant features the Seamaster 300’s “maxi-sized” hour markers, skeletonized sword hands, a conical helium release valve at 10 o’clock, and a laser-engraved ceramic dial, just like those references. The unidirectional rotating bezel, which is now rendered in grade 5 titanium and completed with a laser-ablated diving scale, is a smart high-tech spin on the conventional engraved dive bezel that we’ve seen before from Rolex, Blancpain, Chopard, and more lately, Oris, is unique to this model.
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Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition model
42mm in diameter
300 metres of water resistance
In this instance, Stainless Steel is the preferred material.
Omega Calibre 8806 (Co-Axial automatic, time-only / no-date) is the movement.
25,200 VpH is the frequency.
55 hours of power reserve
Strap/Bracelet: stainless steel bracelet or rubber strap with integrated buckle
Price and Availability: $5,850 USD for the strap and $6,150 USD for the bracelet
Aside from the partnership tale, dive watch lovers will adore this Seamaster for three reasons: It’s not only a pared-down no-date reference (powered by Omega’s Co-Axial 8806 movement), but it’s also built around a 42mm case, a modern combination that had previously only been seen in two much more expensive references: 2018’s Sedna-titanium-tantalum Limited Edition (a veritable menage trois of exotic metals), and this year’s No Time to Die Seamaster (a watch built for the latest incarnation Finally, and perhaps most importantly for classic Seamaster purists, this new reference has a closed caseback with a richly detailed engraving of the Seamaster 2 submersible (whose uniform orientation is preserved by the caseback’s Naiad lock), a detail that feels in-line with all Seamasters from the 1990s and early 2000s, which usually bore the Seamaster’s now-iconic hippocampus engraving. Message in Advertising Message At The End Of Advertising
On the caseback, though, it’s not just any submarine: The Seamaster 2 (named after the late Peter Blake’s research vessel, also known as the Seamaster) is a nimble, two-person research submersible built by Triton Submarines, the same company that built Victor Vescovo’s world-record-breaking Limiting Factor for last year’s historic walk along the Marianas Trench. The Seamaster 2 submersible, like the Seamaster Diver watch that bears its engraving, has a maximum working depth of 300 metres and is distinguished by a big front claw and an acrylic cockpit dome that gives its occupants an outstanding field of view when underwater. The submersible’s array of high-definition cameras and sensors, which enable the team to take photos, collect soil and water samples, and even livestream their expeditions straight from the ocean floor thanks to a state-of-the-art wireless underwater optical communications system, are less obvious from the engraving on the caseback. What a wonderful moment to be alive.
We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about our own oceans. You’ve undoubtedly heard this before, but it’s worth repeating. In fact, more than 80% of the world’s oceans remain uncharted and unexplored, but groundbreaking new submersible designs from companies like Triton are assisting in ushering in a new era of undersea exploration and, as a result, conservation. Nekton’s objective is unique in that it works on behalf of oceanic states to launch “first-descent” expeditions (the present expedition nation is India and the surrounding Indian Ocean) with the goal of improving the prosperity and long-term governance of these oceanic zones. Each Nekton mission will be designed in partnership with the respective host nations throughout 2019 and 2020, with the goal of owning, vesting, and sharing any findings. The more we learn about our own seas and share that knowledge with other countries, the better our chances of protecting our planet’s most valuable resource become. “No blue, no green,” after all. “Without water, there is no life.”
Dive watch aficionados and ocean explorers alike won’t have to wait long for this new Seamaster Diver 300m Nekton Edition to arrive in-store and online, with delivery set for the fall of this year. The rubber strap version starts at $5,850 and goes up to $6,150 for the bracelet. Visit omegawatches.com to learn more about all of Omega’s current Seamaster products.