One of my favourite watches recently arrived in our collection here at Fixalink. The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean is a watch that I feel many casual wearers and shoppers overlook. It’s not their fault, of course. There’s such a focus on certain brands and their models, that other models sometimes don’t get the attention they deserve.
Maybe that’s down to the hype or marketing around their competitors. However, hold or wear a Planet Ocean and then make a case for another diving watch.
This is an energetic timepiece. From it’s aesthetic, to the mechanisms driving it. I’ll start with the Stainless Steel bracelet; its rounded, softer end links and balanced central links tying together to create a sturdy steel bracelet, makes it look comfortable to wear. If you would like a comparison in style, it’s like a smoother approach to the Rolex Oyster bracelet.
Moving onto the black bezel which pleasantly hugs the glass of this Omega. Its numbers and markings clear and defined. It’s black tone a powerful and stark contrast to the bright steel of the bracelet and case. It begins the dive into the black, luminous dial.
The case of this watch is measured at 42mm. Forceful. Obviously, as Omega is renowned for, this timepiece is built for the depths of the ocean. It’s built to dive, and to be able to time your dive along with recording the depths your reaching.
Admittedly, many who buy watches like these will not be frequenting the depths of the ocean. Nonetheless, it’s case size won’t dominate in an intrusive manner for when you’re wearing it to the pub or out for dinner with friends.
If you are wearing it casually to the pub, you won’t struggle to tell the time no matter how many hours you may end up spending there. With a 42mm case comes a larger dial. And therefore an ability to place larger batons on the timepiece along with these now-iconic orange numbers; 12, 9 and 6. Where 3 may have also been unmissable in orange, it’s replaced with a date-function. Handy if you really do lose all track of time in the pub, I imagine.
The Seamaster Planet Ocean was first launched by Omega in 2005. It was a nod to the history of Omega, and it’s maritime links. The Dial has an eye-catching point of difference to other luminous watches. The indexes of the watch are applied with a coating of white Super-LumiNova that emits blue light, while the minute hand and dot on the diving bezel glow green when in the dark.
It’s that small detailing that makes it such a phenomenal watch for diving. To effortlessly track your time, and to have a purpose-built tool to do that little bit of work for you.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. The case is a perfect size. The bracelet is stylish, along with the touches of orange on the dial and the contrast in colours. But has it passed 8 rigorous tests by The Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology in order to achieve Master Chronometer status?
Yes. Yes, it has.
If that’s not enough for you, this particular Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean comes with its original box and papers. If you’d like to find out more about it, click here!