Deep Blue is known for producing a variety of dive watches. Their family has recently been expanded by an another dive watch, Nato Diver 300. I know what you are thinking about after seeing the picture, and you are right.
Deep Blue Nato Diver 300 is a homage to a watch which is already regarded to as an icon of dive watches – Seiko SKX007. Personally, I don’t know a single person who is into watches and doesn’t recognize this timepiece, it’s like a Rolex Submariner of entry level watches. A classic stainless steel case, a highly legible dial and handset, a diver’s rotating bezel, and 200 m water resistance at an affordable price point. All these features made Seiko SXK007 one the most recognizable watches in the industry. In fact, I’m surprised that no other brand tried to copy this design before. But here we have it, Deep Blue made it’s attempt and it looks like it’s a really good one.
Deep Blue Nato Diver 300 is not an exact copy of SKX007, which is a good thing. First of all, the case is slightly bigger at 44 mm in diameter and 51 mm lug to lug and has an increased water resistance of 300 m. This fact alone can easily attract potential customers (myself included) for whom the classic case of SKX007 was rather on the small side with its 42×46 mm case. Furthermore, there are some improvements in comparison to the original. The dial has finally got applied markers, something Seiko fans were asking like for ages. Another improvement is an application of Sapphire crystal with AR coating. This one is huge because Seiko’s Hardlex was a big turn off for many people. I don’t mind it personally but Sapphire is definitely a welcome change! Finally, and this is slightly ironic, Deep Blue decided to use Seiko (!) NH36 movement with hacking and hand-winding features, something that SKX007 is lacking as it uses the older generation 7S26 movement. Deep blue does not state which lume do they use but it’s probably C3 superluminova, which they use on their other dive watches. As a result, the lume should easily match Seiko level here.
Deep Blue Nato Diver 300, as the name suggests, comes on a 22 mm width nato strap but you can get a matching oyster style bracelet or a silicone strap if you wish so. Currently there are 6 different color version to choose from but I would expect there will be more if the watch turns out to be a success. And personally, I think it will be. Nato Diver 300 is like a dream of many Seiko fans who where asking for a refreshed version of SKX007. It’s got a bigger case, applied markers, Sapphire crystal, and a better movement, which also happens to be manufactured by Seiko. Oh, and I didn’t mention the price, which is just slightly higher than your regular SXK007. You can get Deep Blue Nato Diver 300 for just $249 on Deep Blue website! It looks like a steal to me.