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Omega recommits to protecting oceans with new Nekton watch

Watch brand Omega has released a new timepiece in partnership with charity Nekton, through which it will support Nekton’s mission of protecting the planet’s oceans.

Nekton is a not-for-profit research foundation and a registered charity, established to accelerate the scientific exploration and protection of the ocean.

Omega’s Seamaster Diver 300m, the brand said, was the most appropriate model to use for the new Nekton Edition.

In a statement the brand revealed: “The famous Seamaster has played a key role in Omega’s ocean story. A legacy acknowledged by the team at Nekton, who dubbed their research submersible Seamaster 2, in tribute to the boat skippered by the late Sir. Peter Blake. The legendary round-the-world yachtsman was a passionate advocate of ocean conservation and a close friend of Omega.”

The Nekton Edition features a laser ablated black ceramic dial, matt-finished with polished waves in positive relief, and unidirectional rotating bezel in grade-5 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 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. Another with a stainless steel bracelet to give the Diver a dressier look.

Omega president and CEO, Raynald Aeschlimann, commented: “Our friends at Nekton are protecting the ocean with the global goal of 30% protection by 2030. 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’re thrilled to help make the goal a reality.”

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