The new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition helps fund vital research into sea conservation.
There’s the distinct possibility that we take the seas that surround us for granted. Given that water covers 71 percent of the earth’s surface, as well as the importance of water in the lives of virtually everything that calls Earth home, you’d think that we’d covet the oceans a little more, and not use them as a universal dumping ground, taking consistently and restoring rarely. Sadly, more and more research is showing the effect humans are having on our aquatic environments, from overfishing and industrial pollution to great garbage patches of plastics, the profound effect of which we’re only just starting to grasp.
In an effort to do its part, watch brand Omega as teamed up with non-profit research foundation Nekton to help study and protect our seas. Part of that collaboration is the release of the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition, a dive watch on a mission to save the seas. Advocating for greater ocean protection through the establishment of marine researches (only 8 percent is currently protected and Nekton is aiming for 30 percent), Nekton’s First Descent mission, which is supported by both Omega and EYOS Expeditions, studies the ‘Midnight Zone’ – depths from 1,000 to 4,000 metres – in the Indian Ocean.
Omega’s Diver 300M Nekton Edition is an appropriate watch to represent the partnership. Nekton named their research submersible Seamaster 2, in tribute to the vessel of late Sir. Peter Blake, a round-the-world yachtsman, passionate ocean conservation advocate, and friend of the watch brand.
The Nekton Edition features a laser-ablated black ceramic dial, matt finished with polished waves in positive relief, and unidirectional rotating bezel in grade five titanium with laser-ablated diving scale in positive relief. As a tribute to the hard-working foundation, the oriented caseback features an embossed Nekton submarine medallion and is engraved with NAIADLOCK, DIVER 300M, and the watch’s water resistance.
Driving the Nekton Edition is the Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 with a special luxury finish – Geneva waves in arabesque and rhodium-plated rotor and bridges. Certified by METAS it can resist magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss.
Two models are available, one with an integrated black rubber strap with polished-brushed buckle to complement the black ceramic dial., and another with a stainless steel bracelet to give the Diver a dressier look.
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