When Omega developed the Planet Ocean timepiece they wanted a modern luxury dive watch that could hold its own against competition timepieces like the Rolex Submariner. The brand has always introduced the Seamaster line as luxury pieces, with the heart of a solid working timpeiece, and one that collectors and horological lovers both would want to own.
Omega has crafted a terrific timepiece in honor of a Olympic legend, Michael Phelps, with the Seamaster Planet Ocean Limited Edition Watch. The creation is limited to 280 pieces and has been designed with a 45.5mm stainless steel case, and guaranteed water resistance to 600 metres. The case features a unique uni-directional rotating bezel polished in blue ceramic with the first 15 minute markings inlaid with bright orange rubber, and a striking polished white ceramic dial. The dial is detailed with blued applied indexes, and Arabic numeral 12 in orange. A screw-in, wave pattern caseback is adorned with a legend logo etched in chronium on the sapphire crystal which showcases the column-wheel chronograph movement.
This year, the Speedmaster collection was replenished with moon phases pointers watch. Interestingly, brand this feature is not applied so long ago that the canonical dial which has only chronograph counters was perceived as only possible for speedmasters and during the Basel exhibition, many looked at models of the Moon as a completely new product. However, these watches were issued repeatedly by Omega, the beginning and the story was laid already in the mid-1980s.
New Omega watch look like most of the other models Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m, with the same body style, hands and dial, and diving features. However, the name of the watch says about 3 new items: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m / Master Chronometer 39.5mm / Sedna Gold. Namely, a new clock mechanism (a first Planet Ocean collection), the new, smaller size, and finally, the new material.
The model Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Chronometer, arguably one of the most sought after models of the previous Baselworld exhibition. Watches Seamaster 300m Master Co-Axial, certainly one of the best modern watches for diving. In 2015, the model was presented on a leather strap.
Omega Seamaster is a signature of Omega, the brand which associates with ambitions, strength and power. During one hundred fifty years this firm had earned many prestigious awards, had been chosen for Olympic Video Games as the official brand, and also happened to be chosen by NASA as a reliable time keeper. And also Omega Seamaster had become very beloved by James Bond, agent of the international arm of the British Secret Service who remained faithful to this timepiece for more than ten years and owns his life to Seamaster.
There are five main collections of Omega: De Ville, Specialities, Constellation, Seamaster and Speedmaster. Recently brand has celebrated 160th anniversary of Constellation collection. On this occasion the company Omega released a couple of new models. In this collection were used gold (pink or yellow) and diamonds.
The name Omega was first used in 1894, but the history of the brand began much earlier. Louis Brandt (founder of Omega) has opened his first workshop in 1848. His business was then continued by his sons. Years passed, production gradually increased. Later his watchmaker workshop was called «Louis Brandt & Frere», passed from hand-made parts for the clock to the semi-automatic. In 6 years in Paris exhibition, Omega received a Grand prix for an incredible line, which were presented exclusive watches Greek Temple of pure gold. Since that moment Omega wristwatch get decent awards at different watch exhibitions and shows, becoming the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games and NASA. So let’s look closer on how, why and when such a serious organization as NASA uses Omega watches exclusively and being so devoted to this brand. A lot of watch manufacturers like to talk much and brag about how their timepieces will work under water and how hard atmospheric pressure should be to ruin them.
The brand developed this unique timepiece and placed a very specific phrase on the back of the case, “World Premiere” engraved adjacent to the limited edition number on the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Orange Ceramic Watch in Platinum. The phrase introduces the timepiece in an impressive manner, showcasing the unique nature of this piece, and the brands limited edition quantity.
Ceramic is extremely difficult to manufacture in colors, especially bright vibrant colors, because during the sintering process the color fades during baking. All brands are working to improve the process and to develop more colors. Hublot released the first red timepiece using this material in 2013, and proved that the process could work. Now this release leaves yellow the only remaining color yet to be successfully produced in a zirconium oxide. It took the brand five years to perfect this latest color.