Taking a Dip With The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Collection
Watch & Bullion21 November 2018 | 5 min read
If you’ve had the opportunity to check out our most popular luxury watch round up, you’ll know that Omega is one of the most popular watch brands across the globe. Since its inception in 1903, Omega have been pushing the boundaries of high class watch making creating some iconic pieces along the way that have drawn the attention of celebrities and royalty alike.
Omega also lead the way in technological advance, creating some of the most accurate and complicated movements that have guaranteed precision timekeeping for over a century. They also have some pretty bold claims to fame, being the watch of choice for 007 himself, helping records get smashed at a number of olympic games as well as the legendary status of being the first watch on the moon, to name just a few!
But for today’s roundup, we’re coming down from the highest of heights and diving to the deepest depths, as Omega are arguably most favourite for their illustrious range of sports diving watches. Anyone worth their salt in the watchmaking world will no doubt be familiar with the Omega Seamaster range – it’s known as one of the go-to watches for anyone serious about keeping time under water.
Whilst the range has seen many variants, today we’re going to focus on one of the latest, the Planet Ocean 600M. We’re going to take our pick of the different variant models on the market to help you find the Seamaster that’s right for you! Hold your breath – let’s go!
Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer 43.5 mm – Ref: 22.214.171.124.01.001
We’re going to start off with one of the cheapest in the Planet Ocean 600m Range, the 43.5mm ‘Steel on Rubber’ Black and Orange variant. As you can see from the image below, it combines the classic stylings we’ve come to expect from the Omega range, with the large dial, bezel and luminous markings perfect for underwater timekeeping.
Under the hood, you’ll find an Omega 8900, self winding movement providing the most accurate measures down to the range’s 600m water resistant standard with a 60 hour power reserve. The unidirectional bezel benefits from a 12-3, accurate 15 minute tracker with luminous markings all the way round to track your entire dive time.
Even though at the bottom end of the scale, this variant will still set you back around £4,500 brand new but with specs and build quality that high, it’s of no real surprise!
Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph 45.5 mm – Ref: 126.96.36.199.01.001
Jumping up the range a little further, we come to the 45.5mm, ‘Steel on Steel’ chronograph piece, which takes the foundations of the previous watch and amplifies the functionality! With this model, we move back to the classic steel and black colour combination utilised so heavily throughout the watch market, combining smart functions such as a date window alongside dedicated 60 minute and 12 hour counter windows. This one’s the Swiss army knife of the diving watch world!
Again the unidirectional bezel remains for accurate submersion tracking, but upgrades to the movement (Omega 9900) alongside a steel bracelet give this model a sturdier and solid feel to an already mighty piece. As you’d expect, the price of this variant starts to increase with lucky buyers getting their hands on one of these for around £6,000.
Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer GMT 45.5 mm – Ref: 188.8.131.52.01.001
Having looked at rubber and steel bracelet pieces, it wouldn’t be right to not take a look at a Seamaster with a leather strap, namely the ‘Black Ceramic on Leather Strap’ piece. Whilst on the surface the appearance mirrors that of the first piece we saw, this one has a deeper and darker feel making it a fantastic watch for on land adventures too!
The black ceramix face is coupled perfectly with the 18ct Sedna™ gold accents on the bezel, dial and hands to give this Seamaster a truly striking look. Incorporating a GMT ring, 8906 movement and a 60 hour power reserve, this model packs the punch underneath that rivals the looks of its exterior.
With the addition of 18ct Sedna™ gold, again this piece takes us slightly further up the Omega ladder this time weighing in at around £11,000. If the budget does indeed stretch that far, this is a really great piece that matches the classic Seamaster stylings with a dark, mysterious twist that will without doubt all those who see it!
18 CT Rose Gold Co-Axial Master Chronometer – Ref: 184.108.40.206.13.001
For the last piece in the Planet Ocean 600m roundup, we’re going to take a look at one of the most glamorous of them all, the ‘Sedna™ Gold on Leather Strap’ model. Building upon the luxuries of our last piece, this rose gold model truly is an eye-catcher, taking the beautiful Seamaster style and wrapping it into a beautiful, high-end finish.
Underneath the glossy exterior, this model utilises the Omega 8801 movement, packing a more than reasonable 55 hour power reserve into a self winding mechanism. Whilst this isn’t a piece you’re likely to take to the ocean with, unidirectional bezel functionality is still included alongside a handy date windows and of course, that sturdy 600m water resistant case.
This model really is the jewel in the Seamaster crown and as such, is one of the most expensive – so expect to shell out just short of £15,000 for your very own rose gold beauty!
The Hidden Treasure!
Omega really are a colossal brand across the globe and their popularity is only set to grow as they improve and extend their classic ranges. The Seamaster in particular is a range that is steeped in history and has not only withstood, but smashed the test of time to retain its magnitude in the market today.
Remember, we’ve only scratched the surface of the Seamaster range – Omega currently have over 40 different watches in the 600m Planet Ocean range with many other Seamaster ranges young and old meaning there are literally 100’s to choose from! So, take your time, do your research and we’re sure there will be a Seamaster out there that’s perfect for you!