Updated Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean watches are officially released. The best features from previous editions are preserved and combined with a new design, higher readability and a revolutionary in-house Co-Axial Calibre 8500 movement. These new men’s Omega watches come with a four-year warranty which indicates their extraordinary durability. Read the review of the latest ladies’ collection. The review of the new Planet Ocean Chronograph coming soon.
It was a very difficult task to find a single thing that should be changed on a previous Seamaster Planet Ocean, because it has already looked perfect (read my review here). Featuring unidirectional rotating bezel, a screw-in crown, helium escape valve and water resistance up to 600 meters (2000 feet), this exceptional diving watch set highest standards for entire watchmaking industry.
These features are also integrated in new Planet Oceans which come in slightly changed design. The biggest change is made inside a case. A Co-Axial Calibre 2500, which is based upon the ETA 2892-2 is replaced by the latest generation of the in-house Co-Axial Calibre 8500 which is equipped with a silicon balance spring and a Co-Axial Escapement that provide extraordinary stability, durability and accuracy. This self-winding movement, with automatic winding in both directions has 2 barrels mounted in series, providing 60 hours of power-reserve.
Better readability in extreme conditions is achieved with a white Super-LumiNova coating that emits a blue light from applied indexes and polished, rhodium-plated hands. A minute hand and a dot on a bezel emit a green light.
Choice between 45.5mm and 42mm Cases
The new edition of these amazing dive watches come in two sizes. With a case made of stainless steel, a robust, 45.5 mm version looks striking on a men’s hand. This size is something that professional divers could take as an improvement that facilitates a handling under water.
The new Omega Planet Ocean timepieces feature three variations of unidirectional rotating bezels. A luxury version incorporates a stainless steel bezel, paved with 42 diamonds totaling 2.69 carats! In my opinion, models with orange aluminium and matt black ceramic bezel are more appropriate for a divers’ timepiece.
New Planet Oceans are available with a rubber (black or orange) strap or a black leather integrated strap. Also, there is a choice of a patented screw-and-pin stainless steel bracelet. This watch is covered with anti-reflective sapphire crystal on both sides, which means that it has a transparent caseback.
For those who prefer a little bit smaller case size, Omega also crafted 42 mm models, including a matt orange aluminium bezel or a ceramic bezel, either in black or white.