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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Michael Phelps’ Limited Edition Watch

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 'Michael Phelps' Limited Edition Watch Seamaster Watch Releases

Not only does champion swimmer Michael Phelps hold the record for the most decorated Olympian of all time, he also holds the record for most Olympic gold medals, most Olympic gold medals in individual events, and most Olympic medals in individual events. It’s an unprecedented 28 total Olympic medals, 23 of which are gold. Phelps retired last year after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, and as a friend of Olympic Official Timekeeper and Swiss watch maker Omega since 2004, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Michael Phelps” Limited Edition watch celebrates his amazing achievements.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 'Michael Phelps' Limited Edition Watch Seamaster Watch Releases

The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Michael Phelps” Limited Edition watch is based on the Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 45.5mm watch that was announced last year (hands-on here). It features a hefty 45.5mm stainless steel case, and the uni-directional bezel is unique in that it is made out of polished blue ceramic but has the first 15 minute markings inlaid with orange rubber. The case also features a helium escape valve and is at home in the water as Phelps with a water-resistance of 600m.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 'Michael Phelps' Limited Edition Watch Seamaster Watch Releases

Blue is a recurring theme for this particular edition of the Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph. The dial is made out of a bright white ceramic and has blue applied hour indexes filled with white luminescent material. The hour, minute, and central chronograph seconds hands are all blue too. At 9 o’clock, you have a blue subsidiary seconds dial with a blue running seconds hand. And at 3 o’clock, you have a 12-hour chronograph totalizer, which is also in blue with a blue hour counter hand and an orange minute counter hand. To complete the look, the watch comes with a blue rubber strap with blue-orange rubber lining and orange stitching.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 'Michael Phelps' Limited Edition Watch Seamaster Watch Releases

Though there is a lot of use of blue, the overall aesthetic is very fitting as it calls to mind the waters of a swimming pool. In addition, thanks to the striking white ceramic dial, the watch looks highly legible.

The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Michael Phelps” Limited Edition comes with a sapphire crystal case back, which has a transferred logo of Michael Phelps etched in chromium. It also allows owners to admire the Omega Calibre 9900 within, which has attained Master Chronometer certification.

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 'Michael Phelps' Limited Edition Watch Seamaster Watch Releases

The Calibre 9900 is a self-winding chronograph movement with a column-wheel mechanism and is resistant to magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss in strength. It has two barrels in series offering a power reserve of 60 hours, and features a silicon balance spring. It is handsomely decorated too with rhodium-plated bridges finished with Geneva waves in arabesque.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 'Michael Phelps' Limited Edition Watch Seamaster Watch Releases

Given that Phelps’ life has been a race against time, it is fitting that the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Michael Phelps” Limited Edition watch is a chronograph. It is a rather handsome watch too, and the use of white and blue creates very strong aquatic vibes, which is apt. The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Michael Phelps” Limited Edition watch is limited to 280 pieces, a reference to Phelps’ 28 Olympic medals, and is priced at around the same as the non-limited version at $9,000. omegawatches.com

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  • P. Leavell

    What a joke

  • Framlucasse

    What an overcolored and overpriced watch.

  • Greg Dutton

    I hope he’s got 280 family members willing to shell out $9K, because I can’t imagine who else would buy this.

  • Norbs K

    Like the color style.

    Not a fan of Phelps though.
    Can we have something like this without someone being involved who has a dolphin for a father and was born into a swimming pool to begin with?

  • Chazz

    I like the color scheme on this one, but the size is too much for my small wrist.

  • SuperStrapper

    this was originally the Edmonton Oilers edition, but when no one bought one they went into a rebranding effort.

    • Hydra

      Or Tampereen Tappara… The have actually won the Finnish national hockey championship twice in a row and been in the finals for the last five years!

  • Sheez Gagoo

    I think the offer should include an Omega-shaped bong.

  • Word Merchant

    Looks like it should’ve come free in a box of washing powder. Omega: “to make your whites whiter every day!”
    No-one in their right mind would pay money for this.

  • Pete L

    Striking colour combination that will divide opinion no doubt. I really like this but surprised only limited to 280? Good there is no premium price but pretty sure they could shift a few more than that easily. Even 2800 would be limited. There are Speedmasters now trading at more than twice the original purchase price that were released in much higher numbers and the Bond limited edition watches (which I personally don’t like) are similar. Will be a great investment if you are lucky enough to get one!

  • Mark1884

    Would not buy anything with “Phelps” name on it.

    EDIT: Price is just crazy.

  • SuperStrapper

    Coming back for another look, I do like this colour combo for a sports watch. But the ‘big blue’ or whatever it was called with the blue ceramic case and dial did it better. A more polarising watch than this for sure, but that bothers me nowt.

    The sub dial with chrono hours and minutes: have they used this mini set of plongeur hands before? A very nice touch I don’t remember noticing before.

  • Thomas

    Is the bracelet made of hemp?

    • Sheez Gagoo

      I went to the Omega Boutique here, put the strap in a bong, took a deep hit and I can tell you no. And I have a “Restraining Order” now.

  • Yan Fin

    This price includes lifetime supply of pot and alcohol, courtesy of the Champion. Next in Omega lineup Model OJ Simpson…

  • Chaz

    Nope I’m still waiting for the Omega limited edition of 100,000 celebrating Omega limited editions. Could be a Speedmaster…could be a Seamaster …Aquaterra…OR…SpeedTerraMasterAquaCo-Axial

  • Dr. Renato Lazarus

    We made it blue because water is blue.
    Wow, clever.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      The water is clear, when you see,……………………….oh never mind 🙂

      • Gokart Mozart

        Only drinking water is clear. All other water is blue or green.

        I have seen it in pictures. ? I don’t swim hence why I am using pictures for corroboration, and also why I will not be getting this watch.

        Well apart from it being not very pretty, too big, too conspicuous and too expensive.

      • Dr. Renato Lazarus

        I know. Any thoughts on squares, rectangles, parallelograms, etc?

        • Raymond Wilkie

          As it happens i do, were you aware a square is NOT a rectangle ?

          • Dr. Renato Lazarus

            Part of me thinks you’re joking, a bigger part of me thinks you believe that squares aren’t rectangles. Why don’t you clear it up for me?

            You strike me as the kind of guy that if I told you that I was farther north than Toronto when I was living in Vermont, you’d say I was wrong without even looking it up. Do you know what Vermont is (without looking it up)?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Is it a drink ?

          • Dr. Renato Lazarus

            is you’r horrible grammer just a big puton to?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            There’s nothing wrong with my grammar. She’s in bed now, but she’s an early riser and quite spritely for her age.

          • Dr. Renato Lazarus

            I always figured you weren’t quite as slow as you seemed. But you can’t blame people for thinking that about you.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            I do have a total passion for horology but i love a bit of banter ( local colloquialism ) along the way.

            Cheers

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I wonder how much Michael Phelps gets paid for each one of these garish, in your face watches. ? I hate these tie ins. Am not ever going to buy anything with someone elses name/ initials on it. What are folk thinking when buying this 5k piece of nonsense. It’s beyond me.

  • DaddyFlip

    It would have been cool had they limited it to 28, the actual number of medals, then the real MP fan with means would have had something to talk about. Edmonton, Denver Broncos, and Boise State fans could always cover up the caseback with a sticker.

  • proudAmerican702

    “…he also holds the record for most Olympic gold meals…”

    No wonder the Olympics are so expensive…catering is a financial bitch!!

    • ZL

      Fixed the typo.

  • Gokart Mozart

    I will wait for the limited edition of the Michael Phelps Planet Ocean, as designed by the legendary guitarist Lenny Kravitz instead.

    • KRAVITZ DESIGN

      • Raymond Wilkie

        That poor man ( and the make ) will never live that down.

        • Berndt Norten

          And I take full credit!

        • SuperStrapper

          Why should he. In such an instance I am far less insulted by the simple act than I am that an unrelated person used his/her unrelated status to push through an unrelated subject that interferes with those loyal to that subject by way of falsely/obscenely utilising its own status.

          I don’t believe that lenny kravitz is a watch lover. I do believe he loves rolex though. There’s a difference.

          How could a self respecting watch lover condone such behaviour. It bastardises what we (think) we love about watches and watchmaking. If rolex wanted to make a lenny kravitz edition daytona, theybwould contact lenny and her would fall over himself to do whatever they asked. But instead lenny wants his own edition and the brand won’t have anything to do with it because it’s lenny kravitz. So he shows respect and proves his love by donkey punching what he claims to love just so do he can feel like he was part off the process. It’s sad.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            And some people buy into it which is even sadder.

          • He seems to be all about ego, not watches.

  • Ranchracer

    I like the grey dial standard version of this watch that came out last year. It’s actually on my short list, but the color combo on this limited edition is a bit too “Invicta” for me. I’m sure there will be those that like it. I’m just glad to see that they didn’t print “Michael Phelps” on the dial. I could care less about special edition “brand ambassador” fluff pieces.

  • commentator bob

    I hate the rubber inlay so much. Stop it Omega. Rubber belongs on the bezel of an expensive watch no more than ugly fake aged lume belongs on the dial.

    Get over Phelps smoking weed. Watch hero McQueen called cocaine, high-grade peyote and LSD breakfast.

    Anyway, you would not end up with this watch because of weed. You would only end up with it if you got passed-out drunk and someone put it on your card to mess with you.

  • Ross Diljohn

    I’ve never been shot in the foot but I’d take it over this watch.

  • Mr Phelps is a big guy so maybe he can pull this off, but for a lot of us, this is too damn big. I’m OK with the blue/orange/white colorway and all but the similar reference this is based upon is more to my liking.

    I think Omega is trying far to hard to be Rolex with what amounts to 8 lines of text on the dial – ENOUGH ALREADY.

    Oh yeah, they should have used a darker blue for the printing on the dial.Thanks for the review Kenny.

    • BNABOD

      Should have added MP on the dial for another liner

      • ?
        Omega
        SeaMaster
        Professional

        [ZrO2]
        Co-Axial
        Master Chronograph
        650 m / 2000 ft

        Michael Phelps
        28 Gold Medals
        Limited Edition
        280 Pieces
        non-KRAVITZ DESIGN

        • BNABOD

          looks awesome, let’s get this to Omega

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Spooky,………why would someone delete all the comments made to me.

  • WINKS

    Good colours for a summer / beach watch.

  • So…Can I Start, Stop, Reset the Chronograph under water if I want to time my swimming laps?

    • WINKS

      Yes.

  • palettj

    You would have to be a huge Phelps fan to wake up and see someone’l else’s name on the back of your watch on a daily basis.

    • TrevorXM

      Exactly. Who buys a watch like this, I wonder? I don’t want somebody’s name on my watch. I don’t care who he is.

      • commentator bob

        Antoni Patek?

    • Omegaboy

      Akin to buying a new car and the dealership putting their logo on the rear. Drives me nuts.

  • Those mmms at the bezel stand for “mmm weed!”.

    • proudAmerican702

      “mmm…duh…duh…..duh..duh…..duh.duh…” It’s Shark Week!

  • Ian john horwood

    Those cheap and ugly plastic hands have no place on a watch of this price.

  • Steve Kosovich

    It’s ok to see high dollar watches,but once in a while I think you should do an article in the $1000 and below range,that we can afford.

    • WINKS

      You have a vast choice of SPONSORED POSTS.

  • BNABOD

    Lots of heat on this one for sure, but the colors are fun, the movement is a good one but the negatives: size , thickness, gimmicky LE, price … is just too much to bare. Sorry Omega you are losing me fast

    • spiceballs

      Agree, and you’d think for this money they’d go the extra mile/length and match the date font and color?

  • My sense of style might be questioned from here on out, but I dig it. Love dual register chronos, and I happen to be partial to both blue and orange. On a mesh bracelet, I’d totally challenge a shark to a race or two. No weed for me, though, so perhaps I’ll wait for the Mezcal edition.

  • IG

    They should make a ‘Lance Armstrong’ Limited Edition too from one of their other models.

  • Wow, that’s colorful……..

  • William McKinley Ryan

    Omega debating the ramifications of a limited edition orange and blue bong to go with this new timepiece… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cab607e04a62d10fee8b6baef4704dcbd632f8e2b8507e8239f1ee09be0ecd9b.png

    • Hands90

      Really…

  • otaking241

    I’m a fan of the current POC (yeah it’s big but it looks pretty good on my 7.75″ wrist) and like this colorway quite a bit. Would have made it more of a “special” edition IMO to use a ceramic case, and those are significantly lighter and keeping with the “sporting” theme of the watch. Like the colors and will be interested to see one in person.

    Timing on this release is kind of weird though…what’s the occasion? Did it take a year to get the “retirement” edition together? Is he prepping a comeback? Curious.

    • P. Leavell

      Waiting till next year the vintage model comes out with straps made from his old swim trunks for $12,000

    • Vexedjman11

      Just wanted to say that at first i thought you meant person of color and not planet ocean chronograph. Confused me there for a second

  • Jerry Davis

    Other than the MP on the back I love this watch and would absolutely pay maybe
    $5,000 for it….. but not $9,000.

  • Mapston

    Alotta weed mentions but no DUI mentions or transgirlfriend mentions (à la Marius). I know, keep it to the watches…

    –not spam–

  • PR

    yes the biggest, brashest, most impractical to actually swim competitively with watch to honor the winningest competitive swimmer