Nautica NMX 1000 Solar Quartz Dive Watch

Nautica NMX 1000 Solar Quartz Dive Watch

Nautica NMX 1000 Solar Quartz Dive Watch Watch Releases

Summer may be over for all intents and purposes, but Nautica is looking to extend that season a little bit for you with their latest watch, the cryptically named NMX 1000.  Name aside, this is a watch that will get attention, and looks to be a snap to read (not to mention measuring something via the bezel).

When I first laid eyes on the images of this piece, I couldn't decide if someone shrunk the dial, or made a massive bezel. Given that the case is 48mm, I'm going to go with the massive bezel. Frankly, the smaller dial wouldn't even make sense, even if you ignore the style-related reasons. Why?

Well, that's because the NMX 1000 is actually a solar powered watch (think Citizen Eco-Drive style, though we aren't sure where Nautica sourced its movements), with the solar cells tucked away under the aforementioned dial. I will say, if you've not owned a watch that can charge via sunlight, it's an interesting proposition (we do own some, and enjoy them). You never have to worry about the battery (until the rechargeable cell gives out), and even when the watch has been in the dark for a while, it will pick back up keeping time once it's brought back to the light. You shouldn't have to reset it, as the watch (well, at least mine does) keeps track while in the dark and just stops moving the hands to conserve energy.

Nautica NMX 1000 Solar Quartz Dive Watch Watch Releases

High energy is something I'd associate with two of the three pieces in this lineup. While they all share the same oversized bezel and black dial (the better to hide solar cells), color gets introduced via the resin strap, indices on the rehaut, and the minute hand. You do have the requisite black scheme, as well as a lively yellow, and dive-ready orange. If you opt for one of the bright colors, you'll also end up with slightly different bezels - the yellow features white painted numerals, while the orange strap comes with polished numerals on the bezel.

It appears that the strap sort of wraps around the case, ala a bund-style strap - though I can't tell if it covers the case back or not. Guessing not, as that would trap water - and given the 200m WR rating, and the fact this is from Nautica, you're expected to get this piece wet. All this means is that, visually, you could "shrink" the watch a bit by swapping in, say, a nylon strap.

I've heard it said - and maintain myself, to some degree - that if you're going to have a quartz watch, make sure it's doing something that a mechanical can't do. With the solar cells of the NMX 1000, you've got something not even an automatic can do - gather energy just by sitting in light.

Nautica NMX 1000 Solar Quartz Dive Watch Watch Releases

The styling of the Nautica NMX 1000 is bold, and it won't be for everyone. If it's grabbing your attention (and this is an attention grabber, especially in yellow), then you should definitely give this one a once over, especially if you've not played with a solar powered watch before. Oh, and if you're worried about the quality of the piece, you can relax on that concern a bit - Nautica is actually a brand of the Timex group, so the NMX 1000 should be up to the same standards we've come to expect from Timex. Pricing should be around $200.

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  • mcv1973a

    Not a big fan of the orange or yellow, but the black one seems a nice beater for farting around in the yard and weekend wear. If their solar cells are up to Casio’s and Citizen’s standards, then they will have no problems selling at all.

  • I’m a  fool for diver’s watches and a professional “desk diver”, but that tiny dial bothers me a lot.  No matter how I put it looks to me like wheels of a dumping cart.

  • basnobua

    This is, in a nutshell, what I hate about cheap divers. They want to be as big lug to lug as the cheap pilots, chronos, and dress watches who can increase crystal diameter with relative impunity. Since they can’t increase crystal thickness or step it up to a domed crystal without making it a more expensive watch…we get these monster bezels
    Also….am I wrong in thinking that the way that those hands are skeletonized can serve no actual purpose?

  • Bezel too big. Dial and hands  too small. Other than those deal breakers, I’m OK with it. I think all quartz non-dress watches (are there even dress quartz watches worth having? No probably not) should be solar powered. Or nuclear, that would be interesting.
    At 48 mm and that toy look, it seems like it should be “My First Watch” for giant children. I’m strangely drawn and repulsed by it.

  • Ulysses31

    It’s relatively cheap and cheerful.  Looks colourful and funky.  The dial is amusingly small but eminently legible.  I don’t like the wrap-around plastic on the case, looks like it will break without much effort.  Not a serious diver obviously, i’m sure you could get something more suitable for around the $200 mark, even if that doesn’t sound like much.  Staring at it for a while I actually like the hands and dial combination.  Potentially they could recycle those in a more “professional” case and bracelet and come up with a very decent diver.  Every page i’ve read says this contains a Japan-made solar movement, so I doubt it’s in-house.  Would be a bit pointless to develop their own movement with such a low-priced product.  You can get Eco-Drive based watches for around $100 so I wouldn’t be surprised if it used one of those.

  • wstephens1

    Nice colors . I can afford this watch

  • I actually don’t mind the huge bezel! It’s very similar in proportions to the Ecozilla which has a small but legible dial. I agree that skeletonizing the hands makes little sense but by no means does the dial appear hard to read because of that.
    All in all a fun watch that I could wear on the beach.