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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black Watches In Ceramic

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black Watches In Ceramic Watch Releases

Lovers of dive and ceramic watches will rejoice today as Omega debuts the new Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black models as the references 215.92.46.22.01.001 (black mostly monochromatic), 215.92.46.22.01.002 (blue accents), 215.92.46.22.01.003 (red accents), and the 215.63.46.22.01.001 in gold and ceramic. This is a valuable extension to the already updated for 2016 Seamaster Planet Ocean watch family with a few interesting twists. Of course, the most important is that the “Deep Black” is the Planet Ocean’s take on the Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon (review here) that very successfully translated the appeal of the Speedmaster’s polished steel case into a polished black ceramic piece.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black Watches In Ceramic Watch Releases

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black Watches In Ceramic Watch Releases

I have a feeling that Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black watch models will continue in the future with additional models, but at launch the first models offer a unique combination of elements making for a compelling model aside from the new black ceramic case. It is, however, also worth noting that this is the first 600-meter water-resistant dive watch in ceramic that I know of. I don’t know enough about how ceramic handles high pressure, but it is possible that some clever engineering was required to make the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black model possible.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black Watches In Ceramic Watch Releases

Omega designed the Planet Ocean Deep Black to have a black ceramic case, bezel, as well as dial. The case is one piece of ceramic, and the finishing depends on the model. This isn’t easy to see in the stock pictures, but the 18k Sedna gold and black ceramic models have polished cases, while models like the blue or red accented Deep Black watches have matte-finished cases and dials.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black Watches In Ceramic Watch Releases

Omega further employs their Liquidmetal or Ceragold (same as Liquidmetal but uses gold) technology on the bezels and crowns to apply the markers and Omega logo. The benefit of this technology is best explained in terms of wear resistance. Rather than print on top of the ceramic material, Liquidmetal used melted metal to fill in channels to create the markers – which will not scratch away. This is a good thing for people who like their watches to look better, longer. When it comes to colors such as red or blue (on those models), Omega uses injected vulcanized rubber as they did on other 2016 Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean models that were debuted at Baselworld.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black Watches In Ceramic Watch Releases

Omega has been getting extremely serious about refining and improving their existing watches recently, so what models like the new Planet Ocean watches lack in sheer novelty, they make up for in small, notable details and overall improvements. A good example is “Naiad Lock,” which is a new system created by Omega to ensure that their ceramic casebacks screw onto the case so that the text is perfectly level with the watch. It is a small detail for sure, but will resonate well with a lot of customers looking for efforts to find perfection in luxury watches. Note that, in addition to being a deep-diving ceramic watch, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black also features a sapphire crystal exhibition caseback – which is not common to find on dive watches at all.

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black Watches In Ceramic Watch Releases

An exhibition caseback is a good thing because we get to see a very admirable movement used in the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black watches. Inside is the in-house made Omega caliber 8906 “Master Chronometer” movement. This automatic Co-Axial movement operates at 3.5Hz (25,200bph) with a power reserve of about 60 hours. This is one of the newer METAS certified movements which also means that it is more or less “fully anti-magnetic.”

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black Watches In Ceramic Watch Releases

This is accomplished by use of non-metallic parts in the movement. The caliber 8906 also features a Silicon balance spring and offers the time, date, and second time zone via a 24-hour GMT hand. This alone makes it an upgrade over the existing Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT (aBlogtoWatch review here). All METAS movements are certified in-house by Omega, but also offer COSC Chronometer certification (even though COSC is at this point inferior to Omega’s METAS certification – as it also is to Rolex’s “Superlative Chronometer” certification).

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black Watches In Ceramic Watch Releases

Omega decided to combine the largest Seamaster Planet Ocean case size with a GMT complication – which hasn’t been done until now. The Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT originally debuted a new case size in the Planet Ocean collection that was about 43mm wide. It is still my favorite size for the Planet Ocean. For the Deep Ocean (which for some reason doesn’t yet have GMT in the name as of now), Omega uses a 45.5mm wide (17.18mm thick) Planet Ocean case, which is interesting. Of course, given that it is a Planet Ocean, the watch continues to have a helium release valve at 10 o’clock (mostly for style these days).

You’ll also note some dial differences which are important to talk about. The 43mm-wide Planet Ocean GMT has 24-hour marked rotating bezel, while the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black has a traditional 60-minute diver’s bezel. Omega designed a 24-hour scale into the dial itself – making it a nice hybrid solution for many users. The black ceramic dials are given a new style of Arabic numerals for 2016, and the hands are either 18k white or 18k Sedna gold (with SuperLumiNova luminant material).

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black Watches In Ceramic Watch Releases

Omega doesn’t have any shortage of products to sell, but these new Deep Black versions of the Planet Ocean are really nice despite the Omega product catalog being a bit robust. The 2016 Seamaster Planet Ocean watches are easily the best the brand has produced so far, and the combination of aesthetic enhancements with the METAS movements make for a very desirable product. Expect a lot of older Planet Ocean watches to be on the market as fans make room for some of the new ones, be they Deep Black or steel models.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black Watches In Ceramic Watch Releases

I also like that Omega is very straightforward about the appeal of their 18k Sedna (rose) gold models which combine the attractive look of gold and black ceramic. Even though they understand these are “real” dive watches, Omega says the “gold model is a lifestyle piece for people who enjoy time on deck.” They join this statement by discussing the overall “in-water” performance of the entire Planet Ocean collection – which is remarkably good when needed for actual diving purposes.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black Watches In Ceramic Watch Releases

Of course, what many people want to see in the future are black ceramic bracelets from Omega. Will those ever come? Maybe – it all depends on how strong they can design them. For now, the Planet Ocean Deep Black watches come on incredibly comfortable rubber straps, designed to have the textured look of fabric. The new strap looks fantastic, and the deployant buckle actually uses some ceramic parts (such as the buttons and the cover that would touch a table). The rest of the clasp is in black-colored “ceramitized” titanium. The good news here is that even the strap will enjoy more wear resistance thanks to the mostly ceramic exposed hardware.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black Watches In Ceramic Watch Releases

For me, at least, the black ceramic Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black GMT watches are both technically exciting and visually beautiful. They aren’t cheap, however, and even though Omega is offering a lot these days, consumers will need to pay for the privilege of the brand’s newest and most advanced watches (though they do come with a four-year warranty) The three models of the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black in all ceramic (references 215.92.46.22.01.001, 215.92.46.22.01.002, 215.92.46.22.01.003) will be priced at 10,400 Swiss francs, while the Deep Black reference 215.63.46.22.01.001 in 18k Sedna gold and ceramic will be priced at 13,400 Swiss francs. Look for availability to begin ideally by the end of Summer 2016. omegawatches.com

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  • Bill W

    I hope those chauvinists at Omega make a version for women with “She” on the crown at 10. Release the Shelium!

    • iamcalledryan

      That joke just made my Methane Escape Valve pop.

  • One of my favorite watches in the Omega lineup, not sure I love the ceramic but I can see why you would choose the planet ocean to give the blackout treatment to. Still think the blue titanium version is my favorite, but I’m not mad at this combo (and as ever I love the gmt complication)

    -Amateur horologist

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  • Bruce Wang

    Omega is getting cooler, what a pretty one line….I still have in mind the Seamaster 007 model (the classic one is my favorite, not limited editions) is my favorite watch of all time and wish could have one one day….but then this Deep Black is also awesome pretty….ok….I love all the Seamaster line….

  • TechUser2011

    Omega is working hard to make its watches bigger, and this 45.5mm watch is no exception. Within a few more years, 42mm will be considered women’s size.

  • Lawrence

    mmm,they could have saved the blue and red version. they look ugly. imo

  • Sanal Sekharan

    Nice watch have a look at atomic watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJazFOqBrFE

  • Is it just me or Omega’s are getting as much lines of text as Rolex?

    Hideous. Cluttered. It seems they’re trying to appeal to those who buy Omega and Rolex just because they can, and wish that everyone in the room is crystal clear about what watch they’re wearing.

    • A_watches

      I think they have 2 lines more than a sea dweller / sub, well done omega. I see there is one line left undr zr02 to put planet ocean..missed opportunity!

  • Aditya

    What on Earth was Omega thinking? This looks like a watch for the fashionistas of our time. Rolex is just as bad with boring designs and lack of finishing. In this price range I’m going to go the Grand Seiko. These new Omegas look ridiculous. There seems to be absolutely no Cohesion in their design philosophy. I suppose they are launching whatever they can to cater to the general fashion conscious crowd and not typically WIS community, but why the heck can’t they do that with taste? I own the Seamaster Aquaterra Annual Calendar and unless Omega update their Speedy Pro with the Hesalite Sandwhich again, I doubt I’d buy another Omega. Most of their watches just seem gimmicky to me.

  • word-merchant

    When Omega and Hublot finally converge in a year or so, will the conjoined organism be known as Omelot or Hubega?

    • Chaz

      Ometageblow

    • A_watches

      not surprising this with jean claude biver at the helm..hopefully one day tastes will turn and these hublot-esque monstrosities will go out of fashion

  • Ulysses31

    Omega is one of the giants of the Swiss watch world. Their watches are often bold, masculine, and carry some serious weight and recognition. So when I see something like this, I am torn. I like choices and numerous colour options, up to a point, but the downside is that by turning a range of watches into a packet of Skittles, you somehow undermine that sense of gravitas the original carried. These watches are clearly of the same great quality as always but you just don’t get that impression. Instead I get the feeling they’re trying too hard to please everyone. There are plenty of mid-range fashion watches that take this approach, and I don’t think it is something Omega needs to do.

    I’m not sure ceramic is a good material for a dive watch. It’s strong enough to resist pressure, but one little collision with another object and it could chip or crack, compromising the overall design. You can repair a scratch or even a small ding in a metal watch, but not as far as I know in a ceramic case. Probably irrelevant in this case; these watches are clearly aimed at the fashion-conscious. Hopefully Omega will stop dumbing-down their brand and revert to being an aspirational marque to own some day.

    • egznyc

      Right on so many points. But again, this will likely be for desk diving, no? ;-). I really do admire their experimentation and willingness to try something new. They are almost the anti-Rolex. But sometimes a little less variety is the better part of valor.

  • sportswatch70

    …buy one for the price of two…if you need an GMT for diving from Timezone to Timezone 😉

  • Marius

    WOW! Besides the fact that these are easily the ugliest Omegas I have ever seen, these watches also offer one of the worst value propositions on the market. I`m very sorry, but if you are willing to spend $11,000 on these watches, then you really are a world-class retard. From a horological perspective, these watches are worthless. This Omega is nothing more than a glorified/expensive beater watch.

    So you can`t live without ceramic? No problem, the IWC Pilots Top Gun Chrono costs exactly $11,000 and has a ceramic case. Nevertheless, the IWC also has a high-quality chronograph caliber, fitted with a column wheel/vertical clutch AND a flyback function. Similarly, a JLC Deepsea Chrono in ceramic costs around $10,500 (at most grey market dealers) and also features an excellent chrono movement with an indicator for the use of the chrono.
    Lastly, if you want to show that you have more than two (2) neurons in your brain, just get the new Lange Saxonia. At almost all grey market dealers (Jomashop, Watchmaxx, etc.) the rose gold Saxonia can be had for exactly $11,100. Now tell me what you think of that.

    • I don’t think anyone is going to do much diving with a Saxonia or an IWC Top Gun, though. I mean, you can, but there’s going to be a lot of crying during your surface interval.

      • Marius

        You are absolutely right. However, I wouldn’t be too thrilled about diving with an $11,000 Omega either. I doubt that more than 1% of the buyers of this watch will actually use it as a tool. I mean, even the relatively “affordable” Tudor Black Bay or Pelagos are already way too expensive to submit them to actual hard wear. Very expensive dive watches are mainly used by brands to make a lot of profit. With the exception of the Fifty Fathoms (and that is a $15,000 watch), expensive divers such as the Submariner, Seamaster, etc. offer very little in terms of horology: the use simple and relatively undecorated movements; have not very highly finished cases, and cost as much as a Lange or complicated JLC. I’d rather buy a dive computer and spend the rest of the money on a real watch.

        • iamcalledryan

          Fair point – you can consider that particular helium valve to be possibly the most unused complication in modern horology. Second place goes to the tachymetre.

          However I find your calling a person prepared to buy this a ‘world class retard’ to be a little offensive and unnecessary.

          • Ariel Adams

            I agree, and I advise the community to make a point of out ensuring that patently offensive remarks have no point on this website. That behavior is hostile and removes from people’s ability to contribute to the conversation. We will not tolerate any bullying behavior toward our audience.

        • It’s a shame that Rolex decided that the Submariner should be some sort of flagship showpiece rather than a hard-use instrument. Even with the upgraded movement and ceramic bezel, it should be a $2-3K watch, tops, like a Marine Master. Gotta pay the advertising bills somehow, I guess, but I’ll never buy a brand new Sub. A Pelagos on the other hand….

          • Marius

            You are right, Rolex really increased the prices on the Submariner recently. Intetestingly enough, in the year 2000 I went with my high-school class on a field trip to Rome. I might be wrong, but as far as I remember, a brand new Sub was around the €2,500-€3,000 mark. Today, they cost over €7,000. As you rightly argued, even with all the improved features it’s still grossly overpriced.

          • benjameshodges

            Prices go up over a period of 16 years? Who would’ve thought that?!

          • To be precise Euro came into circulation the 1st of January 2002. I’m amazed that you can remember a price you saw in Lira, convert it to Euros (or first in Dollars and then into Euros) and apply the time/inflation/price-bloating-caused-by-Euro correction to get to the €2,500-€3,000 mark you mention. No wonder you dare to call people retards, you seem to be very bright.

            Also in 1989 a 16610 Submariner costed €1,100 (at least in Spain) which means the increase in price from 1990 to 2000 was pretty dramatic too. Only back then the equivalent to €1,100 was a hell of a lot of money. Far more than €7,000 now.

          • Marius

            “Also in 1989 a 16610 Submariner costed €1,100.” You mean a Submariner COST €1,100. Since my national currency wasn’t the lira, of course I calculated the price in €/$. Similarly, if I travel to Japan and see that a Grand Seiko costs ¥60,000 I won’t know what that means. I will have to convert that to Euros since that is the currency I am being paid in.

            Secondly, where exactly did I state that I performed a “time/inflation/price-bloating-caused-by-Euro correction?” I never argued that I indexed the price; I simply stated that the price of a Submariner was around €2,500 in 2000 and is over €7,000 today. You seem to have a problem with the reading comprehension.

          • Yep, cost, got that wrong. And if you were not indexing the price then you simply did not convert it properly, or you don’t remeber the right price. I said the price of a Submariner in 1989 was the equivalent of €1,100, not 2,500 or 3,000 as you state. I may have a problem with the reading comprehension (only I don’t), but I have an invoice, a calculator and the Peseta-Euro rate.

    • Ariel Adams

      At some point you’ll need to realize that your aesthetic tastes simply do not reflect the entirely of the market. You seem to regularly suggest that because you don’t personally like the design of a particular watch then it is a bad watch – and that’s just a fundamental fallacy.

      You also seem to compare Omega’s retail price to the gray market price of other watches. If you are comparing prices then please compare gray market (street) to gray market, or retail to retail. These aren’t even in the market yet so you can’t predict what the street price will translate into.

      Whatever prejudices you have about Omega are your business. Of course these are expensive, and pretty much all modern sport watches are glorified beater watches if you want to look at them that way. While you profess love for the IWC and JLC watches, you simply don’t offer any facts on why Omega watches fare worse. More so, comparing a dress watch with a traditional movement to a diver’s watch with a more modern movement and suggesting that the former is a good alternative to the latter simply lack sense. It’s like telling people to go to the gym in alligator shoes.

      • Timestandsstill

        The exact same point I was about to make when reading this discussion until I scrolled down to see it had already been made…..you can’t compare retail Omega to discounted other brands …it needs to apples to apples. And I heartily applaud your admonishments in the last paragraph as well. There are many different styles and types of watches for many differing tastes and obviously enough people like watches from most of the top manufactures to support the multitude of offerings they produce. No need to disparage someone else’s choices ….
        People can say what will about Omega but it’s hard to deny they have pushed the envelope a lot more than many in terms of modern movements, materials and manufacturing techniques and they are obviously doing some things right.

      • Marius

        The new IWC Big Pilot`s Chronograph Top Gun in ceramic has a RETAIL PRICE of exactly $10,900 which is around 10,000 Swiss Francs. A Jaeger LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph in ceramic has a RETAIL PRICE of exactly $12,500 which is under 11,000 Swiss Francs.

        You argue that I didn`t explain why the IWC and JLC are better watches. Really? In my comment I clearly stated that both watches have a high-quality chrono caliber fitted with a vertical clutch/column wheel and a flyback function (IWC). I think we can agree that a flyback chrono is much more complex and difficult to manufacture than a gmt movement.

        You argue that it`s a lack of sense comparing a diver with a dress watch and that it`s like “telling people to go to the gym in alligator shoes.” Really? Have you seen a lot of people diving with a $11,000 Omega on? Have you seen a lot of people regularly diving with a $9,000 Submariner on? I don`t think you have. In fact, most buyers don`t actually use these watches as tools anyway because there is a high risk of seriousely damaging the watch. So of course, I`d much rather buy a rose gold Lange Saxonia that whipes the floor with any Omega any day of the week.

        Lastly, let`s talk about ceramic dive watches. Ceramic cases are very scratch-resistant, but they are also brittle. If you chip or shatter the case of this Omega it`s game over. You will have to change the entire case; you won`t be able to simply polish the case as a steel one. Could you please inform the readership about the cost of this procedure. Say I bash this Omega against the oxygen tank, do you know how much the servicing (ie case replacement + full service) would cost? In the case of a Speedmaster DSOM the case replacement costs $7,000. Allow me to repeat: $7,000. So you are right: this ceramic Omega is a well-suited watch for diving

        • iamcalledryan

          People buying this watch are likely not looking for a pilot inspired chronograph, they are not looking for a gold splash proof dress watch. They are looking for a big bold diver, and many of them want it for the AESTHETIC values that the diver carries – for the same reason you do not have to fly a Cessna back from the IWC store. I think revising your pricing was a waste of time, you continue to compare apples to oranges. A chrono is objectively better than a GMT? That’s all on you. I sent you this article and asked you to consult me on better alternatives I would have been disappointed by all but the JLC. To say that this watch offers the worst value proposition on the market is absurd, regardless of what the watch looks like it’s covered in compelling tech and material. Some people prefer spending their money on tech and materials rather than the labor hours of a full day of polish.

          Your apples and oranges comparisons are not a problem, it’s the fact that you use them to dismiss the apple and you always find some way to deride people for appreciating the apple and that you clearly love only a few specfic oranges. Even in your response to Ariel above you manage to call people posers based only on the above press release and with no real appreciation of who they might be and why they might be perfectly entitled to and educated in their choice. Whether you do it to get a reaction out of people or you do it because you genuinely can’t help but project onto an unknown buying public, it’s totally unnecessary.

          You know a decent amount about watches, you seem to like a few of them, if you were a little more respectful in your posts you would stimulate a lot of good discussion here.

          • Kuroji

            Hublot and Omega are not sending us their best watches. They are drug dealers and rapists.

          • speedwing

            Dumbest comment by far!

        • Kuroji

          I would love wear alligator shoes everywhere, but so expensive for me.

        • Rob

          Wow. You really do come off like a condescending, know-it-all douchebag. As if only your opinion matters.

    • Rob

      I think you’re a condescending, know-it-all douchebag.

  • iamcalledryan

    Really like the plain black one, but OMEGA do need to watch out. These sorts of aesthetics should be used sparingly across the range. Like nukes, we know it’s in your arsenal, but you really only need to use it once or twice to assert your position. I love the DSOTM, and the follow-ups are all very nice, but it dilutes and also appears to aggravate the Speedy purists.

  • As far as I know, this is Omega’s first Seamaster in something like 20 years to have both a GMT complication and a true diver’s bezel, and they decide to make it out of ceramic? With no bracelet? For 10 large? You make me sad, Omega. Competing with Rolex for the title of “Best overpriced mass-produced luxury watch” has driven you to the point of madness. How much R&D went into developing a caseback whose text lines up? Rolex doesn’t even have text on their casebacks. When Tudor comes out with a GMT diver with an in-house movement, they’re going to bury you.

    • egznyc

      I don’t really disagree.

      But of course, Rolex puts so much text on its dial that it can well afford to have a clean caseback.

  • WolverBilly

    With it’s incredibly dark markings the bezel should be really tough to see clearly at depth, and when you throw in their ridiculous “manual” helium escape valve and display back with another seal to leak it’s a home run in the poser dive watch category. Why people buy such bloated chunks of timepoop is beyond me, but no doubt this will find a place next to the owner’s collection of Speedmaster special editions and their infantile Bond watches. Swatch rules, man.

    • iamcalledryan

      To be fair, having a HEV ‘always at the ready’ is very much more ridiculous…

      In the next ABTW Ask the Audience: ‘How many times last year did you dive in a Helium saturation environment?’

      • WolverBilly

        The Omega way of adding another crown you have to unscrew to let pressure equalize when depressurizing from saturation depth is ludicrous, and for all the non-sat divers it’s a worthless wart and hole in the case that is more trouble that its worth. The automatic valve is just a simple spring-loaded unit that is completely reliable, completely out of the way and very simple to service when the watch is overhauled. As for the number of SAT divers on this forum, most dive watch owners that participate in forums and such don’t dive it all, which tell you more about them than the watches themselves. Omega caters to this crowd, as does Tudor with their Black Bay offerings. This new PO is a perfect expression of what Omega is as a watchmaker these days. Enjoy!

        • iamcalledryan

          I get what you are saying but it’s far from ludicrous. When you screw down the crown you get solid gasket waterproofing. Unscrewing it makes it “automatic” but the waterproofing is relying on pressure to remain intact. As saturation diving is a niche area of diving, it makes perfect sense to enable the HEV to be ‘turned off’ and have the fullest waterproofing potential. Now it’s no surprise that most people will not even snorkle with the thing and it likely sells units just because the extra crown looks cool. Personally I would prefer it without HEV and for them to use the second crown for the GMT adjustment. But it is not ludicrous.

          • WolverBilly

            Yes, it is ludicrous. Unscrewing it does not make it “automatic,” it makes it no longer able to function as a dive watch if its submerged in water because it will leak if you’re at any kind of depth at all. It only works in a diving bell, and you have to remember to unscrew it during decompression, and then screw it back in again if you go back out to work at a different depth. It’s a joke.

          • iamcalledryan

            That is simply untrue. It remains waterproof with the He valve unscrewed and operates much in the same way as every other automated valve.

  • SPQR

    Something of a curate’s egg this one. Great to see a proper dive bezel combined with a GMT as last seen on the Professional Diver from the 1990s. Great to see Omega showing off their materials technology with the Naiad case back and all ceramic construction with a 600 metre WR rating. Great too to see METAS certified movements in a ceramic watch. Just not sure Omega needed to do it all at once. But a couple of points on the article. METAS is not, as implied, an internal Omega “certification” like Rolex’s in- house unverified by an independent third party “Superlative Chronometer” malarkey. It is a Swiss Federal Government supervised independent test. It is open to all watch brands but as everyone knows the anti-magnetic part of the test cannot be passed by any other watch manufacturers just yet. That will surely change in time. Finally to say Omega are not advancing horological development is nonsense. Apart from extreme resistance to magnetism which is a plague on all watches, yes even A Lange und Sonne, the co-axial escapement whether you believe the claims or not is a huge step forward towards eliminating friction in a watch movement which again plagues all other watch movements. Yes, even A Lange und Sonne, Patek, VC and AP too. And Jean Claude Biver is not running Omega or ant Swatch brand. Unfortunately these POs suggest he may be influencing Omega. This this perhaps why these watches were not released at Baselworld when Mr Urquhart was in charge….

  • Coert Welman

    Gorgeous. Just way too expensive and too large by a good margin. This is like a hockey puck on the wrist.

  • Luciano

    Not only these are really uninteresting variations, but also the price point is completely off. For this money you can buy a Panerai (in the same line of large dive watches) which at least is more exclusive (and in my opinion, much better looking too).

    • Korz

      …and will use a crap movement and be nowhere as sophisticated to make.

      If you wanted to make a coherent argument, you could have at least argued for a DSSD or a Bathyscape. Panerai is a joke of a brand.

      • Luciano

        You missed my point. I’ve used Panerai precisely as an example of a brand that doesn’t get too much consideration from a horological point of view, but that is at least more exclusive than these Omega.

        Regarding your point about the movement, I’m not really sure if these Omega 8906 are really that much better than a Panerai P.4001 (for example)

      • Luciano

        You missed my point. I’ve used Panerai precisely as an example of a brand that doesn’t get too much consideration from a horological point of view, but that is at least more exclusive than these Omega.

        Regarding your point about the movement, I’m not really sure if these Omega 8906 are really that much better than a Panerai P.4001 (as an example)

        • Korz

          They definitely are. Just to start, they have a silicon hairspring and NIVACHOC. That immediately makes it better for shock protection. Then add in antimagnetism greater than any watch any other brand can produce by a factor of at least 5.

          Also, this has that sophisticated of a movement PLUS a ceramic case that Panerai can’t produce (PAM uses injection molding vs the diamond shaping Omega and Blancpain use), PLUS it’s a 600M ceramic diver, which has never been done before.

          Also take into account that in steel the PAM costs roughly what this will cost in ceramic. Then come back and say that this isn’t worth it.

          Oh, and if you want steel, Omega makes that too. At less than $8k.

          • Luciano

            Fine. It seems that for you ruggedness is everything. I don’t see the point of submitting a $10k+ watch to those extreme conditions where you might find the difference between “injection molding” and “diamond shaping”. Anyway, to dive you are better off with a Suunto or something similar.

  • dennis

    It’s an Omega, why complain about it, i have an older seamaster pro and i would
    wear this on the wrist as well.

  • Ryan B.

    I like these but I think the price is about 8k too much.

  • BNABOD

    So bigger fatter and more expensive that makes sense I will stick w my 42mm PO that cost a third of the price.

  • ??????

    46 x 18 mm hockey puck of nonsense. Huge, comics-colored, totally useless as dive watch and in 11k – 14k range – why does it remind me of Hublot? I feel sad for Omega: as its becoming more and more tasteless – their vintage models start to look more and more tasteful…

    • egznyc

      Maybe that’s their true strategy.

  • Gabe Wong

    Modern design, modern technology, great execution. Cartoonishly oversized.

  • cg

    Still like the original orange far better….

  • ConElPueblo

    A few points.

    1) Ceramics are no issue deep under water – think of how much porcelain/ancient ceramic vases etc. that has been hauled from wrecks from lower depths than 600m. Bashing it against an oxygen tank could potentially destroy it no matter the depth, however!

    2) These are, fittingly, also the size of a ceramic dinner plate, which they could double for in an emergency. Handy.

    3) I have no desire to own this, ever. I do admit to a certain desire to see Omega produce this in white ceramic, however… (Still won’t buy it, naturally).

    4) I am looking forward to Omega introducing the “Naiad screws” which will always line up!

    • commentator bob

      I am looking forward to the Omega OCD medication holder with childproof Naiad screwtop.

    • benjameshodges

      White with a red bezel. It’d be so ugly, it would almost be beautiful.

      • ConElPueblo

        I imagine it with a combination of that sparkly platinum they used on the Grey Side dial with orange inlay. I’m not kidding, I think it could look great. Not on a pale, skinny-wristed Scandinavian like myself, but still.

  • Kuroji

    This is wrong. Liquid metal is pressed into engravings whereas Ceragold is electrodeposited.

  • Michael Kinney

    My…oh…myyyyy….

  • laup nomis

    Too big and too busy. I don’t know about diving, but if you want everyone to think you’re a saturation diver, then this will probably do the trick ( or maybe just make you look like a wannabe ).
    The all-black one is okay, but a fabric strap? At this price point it should be cloth of gold.

    • Korz

      It’s not fabric, if you’d actually read. It’s injection-molded vulcanized rubber. I have the same on my 45.5 Ti PO, and it’s literally the best strap in the world.

      • laup nomis

        Right-o. I stand corrected. Not fabric, but injection moulded vulcanised rubber.
        My grandad used to work for Dunlop and I’m sure injection moulded vulcanised rubber was how he explained about making car tyres.
        But as I didn’t read it properly, I probably wasn’t listening to him either. So I bow to your superior wisdom.

  • SuperStrapper

    The blue one is sharp, but at a glance they all have a slight mall watch look to them. Not a fan of the rubber inlaid into the bezel. It will look like shit after a few years, just like anything rubber.

  • David Johnson

    $11k for this 18mm hockey puck? Omega, what are you smoking?

  • Steven Webb

    The PO has been this thick for a little under decade so I don’t find the size surprising. The company has never settled for just a stainless steel tool watches, even though they still create them. Reading through their history it seems like they have always been extremely progressive and willing to push the limits if you will. All in all, these are cool watches and 1% of the people buying luxury timepieces ever use them for their intended purposes. I use my Speedmaster to make great pancakes though…
    I like the blue one surprisingly!

  • commentator bob

    If the Planet Ocean line is supposed to be big and rediculous fine, but then also offer a GMT version of the non-rediculous Seamaster 300. I don’t know why they are using the chintzy rubber inlay when the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Master Chronometer proves they have the abilty to do a two color ceramic bezel.

    • Steven Webb

      Ceramic isn’t their issue, the color and its stability in mass production seems to be.

  • speedwing

    Absolutely love it!!!! I own a 2013 Planet Ocean Chrono 45.5mm and to me these look really nice. Contrary to virtually everyone else here I love the size and well what can I tell you except that I also have several Hublot Oceanographic divers. Having said that I’m putting on my protective gear and preparing to get flamed like the Human Torch. Ariel i hope your site, ablogtowatch has fire insurance 🙂

  • funNactive

    Wow, Anti-Magnetic, Ceramic, GMT with a Dive Bezel. I love it. (just a little large for my wrist) I’d prefer it in the 43.5mm case of the non-ceramic model.
    I like the fact that it has a dive bezel with GMT (fly to a new time zone & still dive). The smaller SS model has a 24 hr. bezel).

  • Senor Carlo

    I really like the anti magnetic movement and the ceramic bezel, but unfortunately the watch itself does not fit my personal style. Still very interested in seeing how these turn out to be once they hit the market

  • Rob Logan

    Hey, I thought you said you were going to post the USD price! Anyway, got to see this at the local Omega boutique and it was absolutely stunning!! I love their ceramic watches because they don’t seem to look worn out over time. My Dark Side of the Moon looks just as new today as it did when I bought it 2 years ago.

  • Michael A Kauffman

    I purchased the black version of this in February after much thought and research. I purchased it from Tollet in Brussels. After 3 months, I could not be happier with my decision. I love everything about this watch. It seemed a bit large and thick when I first put it on, but no longer. Also, the ceramic brings the weight down. The 8906 movement is incredibly accurate, averaging a gain of around 1 second/day. For me, it’s the perfect blend of cutting edge technology and aesthetics. Well done Omega!

  • brawnydoc

    Saw these in person in the Omega boutique. Do not wear crazy large. Liked the black and blue models the best. Finishing was certainly acceptable. I think they will be popular especially for those wanting a ceramic case.

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