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King of Denmark's Omega With NATO Strap - The Royal Feel

April 18, 2024 5 min read

King of Denmark's Omega With NATO Strap - The Royal Feel

The photos of Prince Frederik X Of Denmark taking the throne were all over the front pages of newspapers and websites worldwide. That is no surprise since the public interest in royal affairs of all kinds has always been significant. However, this particular occasion had another intriguing dimension to it. The King-to-be wore an Omega Seamaster 300M at his crowning ceremony. Moreover, it wasn't a standard out-of-the-box watch and strap pair, but a match of Omega Seamaster 300M and a khaki NATO strap.

Denmark New King Frederik X omega seamaster pairs with NATO strap

King Frederik X Of Denmark wears an Omega Seamaster 300M with a NATO on his coronation.

What's an Omega Seamaster 300M, and what's the story behind King Frederik X wearing that particular watch? What kind of combo are Omega watches and NATO straps? Let's put a light on these issues. We'll discuss everything in detail, plus feature photos of the most memorable Omega-NATO combos.

Omega Seamaster 300M specs and more

Originating in 1993, the Omega Seamaster 300M has gone through several iterations over the years. It has always been one of the favorites of Omega fans worldwide. There are several reasons for that. One of the biggest is its universally elegant appeal and design, which made it a great addition to various dressing styles, from casual to elegant, even crowning. The latter has undoubtedly skyrocketed the ever-going interest in this exciting watch. Other significant reasons the Omega Seamaster 300M has maintained its popularity over the decades are its build quality and reliability. Here are the specs that back up such claims and fan reasoning.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial 41 mm 21230412003001

Ultimate elegance of Omega Seamaster Diver 300M with a MiLTAT G10 Zulu Navy Blue Water Repellent 3D Nylon Strap

 

Omega Seamaster 300M tech specs:

  • 42mm diameter stainless steel case guarding an Omega 8800 Caliber
  • Polished black ceramic dial shielded by a domed scratch‑resistant sapphire crystal treated by an anti‑reflective treatment on both sides
  • Certified Master Chronometer self-winding movement type with a 55-hour power reserve
  • A choice between 20mm, 21mm, or 24mm lug size
  • 300m water resistance
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel

 

Why did King Frederik X choose the Omega Seamaster 300M of all watches?

People get attached to a particular watch for dozens of reasons, often opting for a single one for every occasion. The major ones are universal design, quality of craftsmanship, reliability, appeal, and various personal reasons. The Omega Seamaster 300M specs vouch for everything, but so do those of many other watches.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer 42MM Ref. 210.30.42.20.01.001

Army style all the way through when Omega Seamaster Diver 300M is matched with a NATO G10 Military Green Nylon Watch Strap

That's especially true when the price does not make a significant difference, as with a Royal family member. That leads us to possible personal reasons why a prince should choose to wear an unusual watch for the occasion of his coronation. The data available in his biography depicts a very strong personal reason. Namely, the Omega Seamaster 300M King Frederik X wore when he was crowned is the exact same unit watch he received after training as a frogman in Denmark's elite special operations forces in 1995. So, just a couple of years after that particular model came to light. And almost three decades after receiving it, King Frederik X wore it on the most important day of his Royal existence. Such a strong homage to their special relationship.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Spectre James Bond Watch 231.10.42.21.03.004

Class and elegance radiate in subtle colors: Omega Seamaster Spectre James Bond Watch complemented by a NATO 20mm G10 Military Yellow Nylon Strap

 

NATO strap on a Omega Seamaster 300M

Omega Seamaster was an unusual choice for a coronation, no doubt about it. That's why the photos from the ceremony raised so much interest among the horology lovers. Furthermore, the choice of a NATO strap was an even bigger surprise. On the other hand, when you know King Frederik's solid military background, pairing the Seamaster with the NATO straps comes naturally. From the perspective of how they match, picking a NATO strap to complement an Omega watch has a proven record of success. Omega and NATO have been perfectly paired many times before. The photos featured here depict some of their most successful and renowned combos.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co‑Axial Chronograph 44 mm 21230445003001

Surprisingly exuberant sporty looks of Omega Seamaster Diver 300M when paired with a rare size 21mm NATO Bullet Tail Black, White, Blue & Red Stripes Strap

 

Why pick a NATO strap for your Omega in the first place?

Looking at the featured photos, the good looks are certainly one of the first things that comes to mind. NATO straps have a chameleon-like quality that blends in with practically any dress style and watch design perfectly. On the other hand, one can argue that it's a matter of taste, and there is nothing to argue about there. That's where the comfort criteria enter the conversation as an argument that cannot be denied.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase 3576.50.00

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase displays a whole new level of supreme masculine elegance when paired with a NATO 20mm G10 Military Grey Nylon Watch Strap

The secret to NATO strap comfort lies in the material used, craftsmanship, and design. The final touch of the overall comfort is the spring bars. Using a slim or slightly curved design allows for more flexibility, which often plays a crucial role in terms of comfort, particularly when wearing a watch for prolonged periods of time.

Top-notch spring bars of various diameters for maximized lug space, increased comfort, and flexibility.

The mentioned chameleon features of NATO straps and their universal comfortable wearability don't mean they should be picked randomly for any Omega model available, although they would probably work in any iteration. Some combos do work better than others. Having that in mind, or if you have any dilemma about which NATO strap to pick, check this video : Don’t Want To Buy A Wrong NATO Strap ? You Gotta Know Your Watch First, before making a final choice.

Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph 43mm 329.30.43.51.02.001

Another great example of casual elegance when the Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope Chronograph is paired with a rare size 21mm MiLTAT G10 Military Navy & Grey Ballistic Nylon Watch Strap

 

In Summary

Watchmaking has always been about innovations and originality. It has its written and unwritten rules, but also those who find a way to break them. All without causing any real damage, resulting solely in something unexpected and fresh instead. Making unusual combinations of watches and straps is one way of crafting a personal style. If a prince could wear such a bold combination to his crowning ceremony, the options are limitless for all those who love to try out new looks for their watches. It certainly feels royal.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 3573.50.00

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, all black, sporty, and elegant at the same time with a NATO 20mm RAF N7 3-D Matte Black Woven Nylon Nato Watch Strap

 

Written by S.K., images by Toni and others as noted

 

 

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