Seamasters have been part of Omega’s collection for decades, and it was 2005 when Omega first added the Planet Ocean watches to the Seamaster roster. Planet Ocean timepieces are designed to be true divers watches and now, just three months after Baselworld, Omega has announced four all new Planet Ocean timepieces.
The four new watches, officially called the Planet Ocean 600M Omega Co-axial Master Chronometer GMT 45.5mm Deep Black, offer time, date and GMT complications, and feature 45.5mm ceramic cases. Yes, you read that right, the Speedmaster is no longer the only ceramic option in Omega’s arsenal – for the first time ever you can now have ceramic Planet Ocean models that also use cases crafted from a single block of ceramic. Omega, as you may know, first introduced the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon back in 2013, and developed several processes to create a watch that offered a ceramic monobloc case, dial, bezel, pushers, crown and even a pin/buckle.
Since 2013 Omega has released several other ceramic Speedmasters, and has now used its ceramic expertise to build divers watches that are able to withstand pressure at a depth of 600-meters. All of the new models, black, Sedna black, red black and blue black, are powered by the in-house developed Omega Master Chronometer calibre 8906. This is a METAS certified COSC movement but, crucially, the calibre can withstand magnetic fields up to 15,000 Gauss. This means magnets and magnetic fields originating from household items such as speakers, televisions, computers etc. won’t wreak havoc on this movement.
Before we discuss each piece, we want to get into one common detail shared by all four references. Omega designed a new, patented, locking system for the screw-down caseback, which ensures that all the engravings/stampings on the underside remain in the correct orientation. Omega calls this the ceramic Naiad Lock, and considering that these watches feature a screw-down caseback, it will mean that all the engraved text on the back of the watch will sit perfectly orientated.
Marking another first for Omega, the brand has actually blended rubber with ceramic to create the unique bezel that you see on the red black and blue black references. This has enabled Omega to have the first 15 minutes of the bezel in a color that matches the rest of the colorful accents seen on the red/blue pieces. The GMT scale can also be observed around the circumference of the dial, just above the applied hour indexes.
On the black and 18K Sedna-gold references, the case and dial have been polished to give a glossy effect, whereas the blue and red watches offer brushed finishes. Omega says its choice of finish helps with visibility underwater.
The black, red black and blue black models are presented with rubber straps that are designed to look like fabric straps. Each features contrast stitching and an antibacterial coating. On the Sedna-gold model, the strap is crafted from water resistant leather, which features the same anti-bacterial rubber on the underside. That said, we don’t think there are many individuals who will want to dive with their Sedna-gold Deep Black watches – we reckon this is more a watch to have on your wrist, when you’re above the waves.
All four references features foldover clasps, and each is made from ceramised titanium, while the clasp cover is said to have been produced from ceramic with two types of finishing.
Regional pricing and availability have yet to be announced but, globally, these new references are expected to hit boutiques by October of this year. International pricing for the 18K Sedna-gold reference is set at approximately $14,500, while the black, red black and blue black will all cost about $10,800. Each piece will be covered by a four-year warranty.
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