Went over this question for a friend of mine just this weekend. Just estimating off of guesses as to costs.
Housing, maybe twice as much for an 800 vs 7000 ??
Will have to buy that Nikon super wide angle zoom. 2000$ ??
Will need a 9 or 10" dome to get corner sharpness. 2000$ ??
So I think to house a D800 properly would cost 4000$ more than a D7000 at the minimum.
Do you need full frame that bad? Also the housing will be bigger and heavier. Remember to figure in the cost of transportation to remote diving locations. Might not be able to carry it on, so it might not get there, no matter how much you are will to pay for it.
So I looked on several sites to add up actual cost differences.
Housing, Ikelite: 100$ difference, Aquatica and Subal seem to be the same price for D7000 vs D800
Camera, 1300$ vs 3000$
Wide angle lens, 12-24 1100$, 14-24 FX, 2000$
Dome port, 8" vs 10" 1000$ more for the 10" port. Ikelite has only the 8" dome
So to rig an FX camera rig to shoot wide angle would cost 2000$ more than to rig a DX camera rig.
Macro would be the same. Clearly an advantage to the D800.
This is assuming you don't have either housing or homeports now. Most shooters who are thinking about the D800 probably already have the DX gear. For them your looking at 4500$ to get the 10" dome and 14-24 lens.
I ignore continuing to shoot your wide angle in the DX crop mode. Are the people who are thinking of getting the D800 with the cost of it's housing really going to keep shooting their 10-17? Also the 10-17 is a fisheye lens. I use it a lot myself, but it is not the right lens and port for all wide angle situations.
You are going to want to rig your D800 for regular wide angle, and that's what it's going to cost. You won't be able to get that rig in your 15 lb. carry on either.
D800 looks great. I wouldn't mind having one. This is a realistic look at the costs to shoot it UW.
Final question is, even if you get all this gear. Are the images at the widest angle as sharp or sharper than those you can get with a DX system?