March 16, 2016
For Baselworld 2016, Omega is making sure their Seamaster Planet Ocean line gets a refreshed look along with a METAS-certified Master Chronometer movement. With a splash of orange, we welcome the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Master Chronometer watch in 43.5mm. You may have seen the teaser for this in your Instagram feed, and the reveal does not disappoint. Building upon the new brand standard set by the 2015 Globemaster, this Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Master Chronometer features the familiar Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8900 movement and can also be seen as an example of Omega’s vision moving forward with its use of atypical materials like a partially rubberized bezel.
The bezel looks stunning and actually features a grey silicon nitride rubber blended with ceramic over the first fifteen minutes, and the minute scales on the bezel after the first fifteen minutes are in Omega’s Liquidmetal. Moving to the polished black ceramic dial, the numbered Arabic numeral hour markers are applied, and there is a black recessed date window at 3 o’clock. Flipping the watch over will reveal a pattern that produces a wave effect on the case back, though we’ll need to wait to see it hands-on in person for a look at that. Of course, the Seamaster Planet Ocean features the nearly standard helium escape valve which might actually come in handy if you decide to take it underwater near the 600m it is rated for.
Brand-wide implementation of the METAS certified Co-Axial Chronometer movements are a central part of Omega’s mission, and this watch runs on the Calibre 8900 movement. This is the same movement used in the Omega Globemaster, the inaugural watch to feature a Master Chronometer movement. This affords the watch magnetic resistance up to 15,000 gauss and a frequency of 25,200 vph (3.5Hz), which allows for a 60-hour power reserve.
The sporty nature of the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Master Chronometer is refreshing and the orange against black meshes well here. This is a bold diver, and it comes on an integrated black or grey structured rubber strap with orange lining. It’s the most affordable of the new Omega Planet Ocean watches, with a price of 5,400 CHF. omegawatches.com