Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition

25 November 2020 | Omega , Diving Watches , Watch Reviews

In 2018 the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M collection underwent an extensive redesign; the current generation has premiered new materials (i.e., ceramic and tantalum) and a new powertrain, the Master Chronometer self-winding movements. The Seamaster Diver 300M first edition goes back as far as 1993; since then, the original diving watch has proved to be an iconic Omega watch, much appreciated off the diving suit as underwater, becoming a cult watch when worn by Ian Fleming's main character too.

omega-seamaster-diver-300m-nekton-2Twenty-seven years in the making, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M has grown generation after generation to become a multi-purpose, all-around sports watch, with the Planet Ocean somehow replacing the 300M as a quintessentially professional product. In the last couple of years, Omega has unstoppably introduced new variants with the latest in a row, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition, playing as the brand's hero in a joint project aimed at preserving our marine ecosystem.

omega-seamaster-diver-300m-nekton-8Nekton is an international non-profit foundation whose mission is to safeguard our oceans; as far as preserving the seas concerns, there are countless foundations out there, and they keep growing; it is proof positive that taking care of the environment is paramount and cannot be postponed any longer. Kudos to Omega watches for being such an active player in a project this relevant. As long as the Nekton edition concerns, it reminds a similar project carried out by Sir Peter Blake, a never-forgotten Omega's ambassador, and explorer.

omega-seamaster-diver-300m-nekton-6Case, bracelet, and bezel; the Nekton Edition comes as a full metal diving watch: where case body and bracelet are in steel, the bezel's inlay is, surprisingly, in grade 5 titanium instead (please bear in mind that Grade 5 is harder than Grade 2 titanium, which makes it far more difficult to machine and polish). The ring features embossed and mirror-polished numerals and indexes atop a sandblasted base. Remove the date window, and Omega has built the ultimate "old school" diver's watch, a feast for the eyes of any true classic diving enthusiast. Nonetheless, the Nekton Edition is as classic looking, with its two-tone style, as it is contemporary.

omega-seamaster-diver-300m-nekton-3When picked in steel on steel, it sports a 007 Pierce Brosnan feel to it. I can't forget when James Bond used to wear a Seamaster Diver 300M under his bespoke suite while on a mission to save the world. Thumbs up to the smooth rubber strap on pin buckle; build quality is pretty good, and it tapers around your wrist seamlessly. By contrast, the way it joins the case is odd-looking, as it takes an unusual shape from the lugs to the wrist, highlighted by two lines in relief, running all the way down to the tang buckle. I love the dial's wave pattern, achieved by the laser ablation process applied to a ceramic disc.

omega-seamaster-diver-300m-nekton-4The Nekton's distinctively classic attitude is also in the solid case back, a must-have to any diving watch, if you ask me. Omega's designers engraved the case back with a Seamaster 2, the submarine Nekton operates when exploring the marine depths. The NAIAD Lock device, an Omega patent, ensures that all the engravings and marks of the screw-in case back remain in the right position once the case back is closed.

omega-seamaster-diver-300m-nekton-9Powered by Master Chronometer certified Omega caliber 8806, it is unrivaled in accuracy and is not affected by any existing magnetic field. Therefore, I see the maximum 55-hour power reserve as an area of technical improvement or the only weak point in such a compelling scenario.

omega-seamaster-diver-300m-nekton-7The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition measures 42mm, across, but its acceptable thickness, in the benchmark, is among the top-rated Seamaster Diver 300M's winning factors; a rare combination of reasonable size and a professional diver's pedigree made the Seamaster Diver 300M such a longstanding success. With this all-metal stripped-down design, it looks more like a 40mm diving watch. If you are going to ask me which option would I pick myself, I'll go for the steel on steel, no doubt. At a 300 Euros premium price (6,200 Euros Vs. 5,900 Euros), the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition reference is a great one-piece-collection timepiece, a bit too heavy if you ask me unless you remove as many links as possible to make it perfectly wrap around your wrist. I would also appreciate Omega testing a mesh bracelet on the Seamaster 007 Edition's likes and see how it works out.

(Photo credit: Marco Antinori for Horbiter®)

Gaetano C @Horbiter®

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  1. user WATCHED scrive:

    L’ho guardato giusto poco tempo fa sul sito ufficiale di Omega, semplicemente stupendo! La scelta di togliere il datario la apprezzo molto, visto che in origine i diver non avevano la data. Complimenti per le fotografie!

    • Horbiter® scrive:

      La data andrebbe eliminata praticamente da tutti i diver. Sì, è decisamente uno dei più interessanti tra i nuovi Seamaster 300M. Grazie per il commento, Gaetano.

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