Omega delivers on their promise to replace the favored Seamaster Planet Ocean at Baselworld 2016.
Omega is not precisely positive what it needs to name this watch, apparently. The 2 official names are “Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean forty five.5mm Chronograph” and “Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Grasp Chronometer Chronograph.” Maybe each are proper, or maybe there’s one other official identify. In any occasion, the watches are very nice, regardless that there won’t be significantly compelling causes for house owners of the outgoing era Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph watches to improve.
Omega truly did not launch any completely new fashions at Baselworld 2016, however somewhat updates and extensions. That is not per se a nasty technique, and it’s a good suggestion for them to enhance the worth proposition of their present household of watches. However, nobody would argue that Omega lacks SKUs or product households. For this yr, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean assortment is most notably up to date with a motion that’s now a “Grasp Chronometer.” This principally signifies that the motion goes by means of the in depth METAS testing in-house at Omega, and that in comparison with the outgoing 9300 motion the brand new caliber 9900 has the extremely antimagnetic properties which make Grasp Chronometer watches resistant to fifteen,000 gauss.
The 9300 motion household was already probably the greatest actions Omega ever made . The 9900 ought to show even higher, and continues to be lovely and visual via the massive sapphire crystal caseback on the watch. Once more, recall that it is not widespread to have exhibition caseback home windows on 600m water resistant dive-type watches.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Grasp Chronometer Chronograph watches couldn’t be described as small, however they’re extra wearable than ever because of a brand new lug attachment system which permits the strap or bracelet to go down extra immediately. Plus, the caseback itself is narrower which permits the watch to really feel as if it wears smaller than it truly is. In the event you put on giant, prime-heavy watches like this snugly, then they’re fairly cozy, to be trustworthy. Omega makes that straightforward by including their wonderful micro-modify system to the bracelets. Furthermore, the up to date rubber straps assist make for a cosy match on the wrist.
Along with black and blue Liquidmetal ceramic bezels, there’s a new bezel fashion for the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Grasp Chronometer Chronograph assortment, which mixes Liquidmetal ceramic with caoutchouc rubber, completed right here in orange. Omega truly has some ceramic orange bezels, however selected rubber for its brighter shade in comparison with ceramic. The rubber is molded into the bezel after which polished. Truthfully, until you touched it, you would not realize it was rubber within the bezel. I requested Omega the way it ages, they usually claimed that in testing the colour and materials seemed simply effective. One other small replace to the rotating diver’s bezel design is the addition of minute markers for the whole ring.
All the brand new Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Grasp Chronometer Chronograph fashions include new ceramic dials. Designated with a delicate “ZrO2″ label beneath 12 o’clock, the dials are nicer-wanting than the outgoing lacquer dials of most of the earlier era fashions. You will additionally discover new hour markers and even up to date 6, 9, and 12 utilized Arabic numeral hour marker font types. Once more, these are all small updates, however taken collectively they’re a extra-than-welcome facelift to Omega’s prime-shelf diving watch assortment, which has kind of remained unchanged for the final 5 years.
The 2016 Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Grasp Chronometer Chronograph forty five.5mm watches embrace metal-cased fashions with black, blue, or grey ceramic dials matched to black and orange, all black, or blue bezels. The extra excessive-finish fashions embrace a two-tone metal and 18k Sedna (rose) gold model with a blue dial, in addition to a full 18k Sedna gold mannequin with a blue dial on a strap.