Omega has introduced four new Planet Ocean models in a new collection called Deepblack. They are all 600 meters waterproof watches, housing in a 45.5 mm black ceramic case, with an automatic manufacture Caliber three hands-date and GMT.
It’s for the first time in the Planet Ocean collection that the watches have been formed from a single ceramic block. The unidirectional glasses, dials and the new Arabic numerals are also made from the same material. The black and Sedna gold versions have polished ceramic cases while the blue and red versions are brushed to give them a matt finish. The dial is now fitted with a discreet 24 hour scale and the diving ring has indications in liquid metal or Ceragold depending on the model. The Blue and red version have the first 15 minutes of the bezel in matching colors..
The hands and indexes are made, depending on the version, in Sedna gold or white gold. Both are coated with white Superluminova that emits a green or blue halo. Naturally, when the night falls in, the black ceramic dial extremely pure figures and indexes appear blue luminescence. The point at 24:00 brings an extra touch of brightness (green) . At night, the hour hand, GMT hand and the second hand light up blue while the minute hand is green. These new divers contain the Omega build 8906 caliber movement Master Chronometer, resistant to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss. Recall that this movement can change the time zone extremely simple, since the hour hand disengages from the minutes hand.
These watches have the usual COSC certification plus an additional of eight tests defined by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). Finally, the black rubber bracelets offer a textile look with a more beautiful effect. It features Contrast stitching, an antibacterial coating and a wave motif appearing on the back which also allows water to escape more rapidly The clasp is made of titanium and is available in two types of ceramics with different finishes.
Al things considered I think that this is an exquisite example of a beautiful innovative Omega watch, placing it high on the “I got to own this” list
Some unique features of the Planet Ocean Deep Black models:
|WATER RESISTANT||For a divers’ watch to remain water resistant at depth, it must survive crushing pressures.
At OMEGA, we test our divers’ watches in water at a minimum depth of 30 bar (300 m/
1000 ft) depending on the model. However, the Planet Ocean is water resistant up to 60 bar
(600 m/2000 ft).
|HELIUM ESCAPE VALVE||When working at great depths, professional divers stay in a diving bell and breathe a
mixture of gases containing a high proportion of Helium (He). The escape valve prevents
helium molecules, which expand during decompression, from popping the crystal face and
caseback of the watch. On the Planet Ocean, the He escape valve, located at 10 o’clock,
is operated manually.
|The Planet Ocean’s unidirectional 60min diving bezel makes it easy for a diver to measure
elapsed time, while preventing them from accidentally rotating it the wrong way and
miscalculating their dive time.
INDEXES AND DOT
|Underwater, it can go from daylight to dark in an instant, so the different hands on the
watch must be clearly distinguishable and the display uncomplicated and easy-to-read.
With its green luminescent dot on the bezel and matching minute hand, the Planet Ocean
allows the diver to check the time at a glance. To make the reading even clearer, all other
hands and indexes are in contrasting luminescent blue.
|SHOCK & SCRATCH RESISTANT||Diving is filled with unforeseen hazards, especially when exploring caves, shipwrecks
and reefs. OMEGA’s ‘NIVACHOC’ system protects the watch’s regulatory organ, so that
it remains functional even if knocked against hard surfaces. Protecting the dial is the
scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. On Planet Ocean diving watches, bezels are now made
of robust ceramic.
|EXTENDABLE METAL BRACELET||A divers’ watch must fit tightly around the wrist, so it’s crucial that the bracelet extends to
make extra room for the thickness of the diving suit. On the Planet Ocean this flexibility is
made possible by the patented rack-and-pusher with extra diver extension.
|ANTIMAGNETIC||Magnetic forces in electronic devices used on land, on deck and even under the sea,
can throw a divers’ timepiece out of synch. What’s more, diving equipment often includes
magnetic devices. So it is a force that must be resisted. The Planet Ocean is resistant to
forces of 15.000 gauss, substantially greater than the industry minimum, which is 60 gauss.
|PUSHERS THAT WORK PERFECTLY
|A pusher needs to work perfectly at depth, without letting water into the watch.
This technological challenge has been met head-on by OMEGA.
All pushers on our divers’ chronographs are completely functional underwater.