Omega has introduced a new take on their Seamaster Diver 300M that celebrates the brand’s partnership with the not-for-profit organization Nekton, a research foundation committed to protecting the planet’s oceans. The watch itself receives a unique bezel, dial accents, and caseback that differentiate it from other Seamaster models. Omega supports the Nekton ‘First Descent’ missions that began in 2019 to survey and protect the Indian ocean with the help of a research vessel dubbed Seamaster 2, which is also depicted on the caseback of this special Seamaster.
The Nekton edition of the Seamaster 300M will be non limited in production, and immediately sets itself apart by ditching the ceramic bezel in favor of a full titanium unit with laser ablated diving scale in positive relief. This execution yields a monotone appearance leaving the rough texture within the relief to create contrast to the Arabic numerals and minute markers. A black ceramic [ZrO2] dial remains with the familiar wave pattern that’s also been laser ablated. A newly red emblazoned seconds hand accents the dial as a nod to the red submersible used by Nekton. The overall effect of these revisions creates a markedly different looking Seamaster 300M that suit the watch particularly well.
The large helium escape valve remains a fixture at 10 o’clock on the case (still our biggest gripe with the watch), and within the case we find the METAS chronometer Omega build caliber 8806 beating away. The view of said movement is sacrificed in favor of an engraved caseback depicting the Seamaster 2 being used by the Nekton ‘First Descent’ expedition. The engraving necessitates a NAIAD LOCK caseback guaranteeing correct orientation of the depiction.
The Seamaster 2 vessel is so named in honor of the late Sir Peter Blake, an explorer and skipper of a boat by the same name, Blake advocated for ocean preservation alongside Omega prior to his death in 2001. The team at Nekton carries on in his mission to protect the oceans, with a goal of 30% protection by 2030. This Seamaster and Omega are helping to raise awareness of their goal, along with providing assistance to their expedition as a sponsor.
The watch will be offered on a rubber strap for the price of £4,700 as well as a steel bracelet, which is priced at £4,960. Learn more about the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition right here.