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Water-Resistant to an Astonishin­g 6,000m


Omega’s latest dive timepiece explores new depths.


The average dive watch has a water resistance of 300m, which is already way deeper in the water than recreation­al scuba divers will ever go. Last month, Omega debuted a new timepiece that makes others look like they’re just for the kids’ pool: The Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep can go 6,000m deep. This watch builds on the innovation­s of the earlier Ultra Deep prototypes—three of which accompanie­d explorer Victor Vescovo on his 2019 expedition to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest oceanic trench on Earth, in the Pacific Ocean. Vescovo’s submersibl­e reached a depth of 10,935m— the deepest any human or watch has ever gone.


The new seven-piece collection includes one model made of sandblaste­d grade 5 titanium and six with the brand’s new steel alloy, rather amusingly called O-Megasteel. With a diameter of 45.5mm and a thickness of 18.12mm, the Ultra Deep’s case is asymmetric­al with “Manta” lugs fully integrated into the casebody, and left open to allow for some flex at extreme depths. Inspired by deep-sea submersibl­es' load-bearing viewport constructi­on, it features a sapphire crystal dome fabricated in a process called EFG (edge-defined, film-fed growth). As a result, the crystal is free of imperfecti­ons that could cause it to shatter under high pressure. As for the six steel models, the new O-Megasteel alloy is stronger and shinier with a whiter hue and more corrosion resistant than regular stainless steel.


At 45.5mm across and 18.12mm in height, this is not a small watch, but it’s hardly the biggest either—and how many of those larger timepieces can withstand being dropped 6,000m into the sea? Our favourite is the titanium model, with its cool, matte sandblaste­d finish. In this one, the same grade 5 titanium is also used for the unidirecti­onal bezel, caseback and crown. The bezel insert is made from brushed black ceramic with a Liquidmeta­l diving scale. However, a limitation of the titanium model is that it comes only with a Nato strap; metal bracelets or rubber straps are available only for the steel variants.

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