The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean family gets a new member, and it is nothing like the watch industry has never seen.
Let's be honest – dive watches aren't the best-looking in the market. More often than not, they pack in so many functions, it results in a timepiece with an overly mechanical appearance.
In 2005, Omega launched the Seamaster Planet Ocean range to give diving enthusiasts exactly what they needed at depths of up to 600 metres: an easily deciphered dial sporting Superluminova-coated indices (these emit blue light for legibility in darker conditions); a smooth, rotating bezel embedded with a glowing dot (for divers to easily monitor their elapsed times); and a helium-release valve (to equalise the pressure built up in the watch). Nothing more. Over time, this line has also picked up style points. Starting with predominantly black-coloured models, the collection began including less-serious hues such as white, bright orange and red gold (there were even unexpected diamond-set versions). The Seamaster Planet Ocean eventually became one of the Swiss watchmaker's most celebrated timepieces as well as a must-have in the global diving circle. As part of a remarkable “world premiere” this year, Omega introduces a new GMT – a model which displays a second time zone – to the popular Seamaster Planet Ocean family. The 43.5mm timepiece is equipped with a polished bi-ceramic bezel which has never been seen before in watchmaking. One half, in white, tells the time during the day while the other half, in black, indicates the time at night. Powering the watch is also a new calibre, the Master Chronometer GMT 8906, which is certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology, or METAS, to be very accurate and resistant to strong magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss (just for comparison, the holiday memento magnet on one's fridge has an average magnetic field of only 100 gauss).
True to Omega's high watchmaking standards, just as much thought has been given to the watch's ultra-sleek alligator bracelet, which is cleverly lined with rubber to prolong its life in humid weather and on sweaty wrists.
Omega’s new Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT has a “world premiere” bezel that’s made by fusing two ceramic halves – one in white, which tells the time during the day, and another in black, which indicates the time at night. Stainless steel with ceramic and alligator strap.