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.
This amazing timepiece was the first diver the brand manufactured with their calibre 2500 movement and featured the co-axial escapement. This timepiece originally launched with three variations and now about thirteen years later, there are over 27 models and 109 variations. While there are many choices today, the first watch was produced in either 42mm or 45.5mm and either a orange or black bezel. The orange is kind of a staple for the Planet Ocean line, as it is a highly visible underwater color. This orginal timepiece inspired each one that followed through the years and while they have not done an official vintage reissue, it is clearly designed from this magnificent piece. The materials and styles changed through the years, the original portrayed the sporty look, while the later generations propelled the luxury elements and showed that the brand was not worried about evolution and technological advancement.
The original timepieces featured aluminum bezels and the 120-click coin edged unidirectional bezel, which is one of the aesthetic markers and a identifier for this watch. This design coupled with the signature helium escape valve that sits at 10 o’clock which has been a feature on every Planet Ocean watch since. Visibility is of course key in this type timepiece, and the matte black lacquer dial, the faceted arrowhead hour and minute hands that are coated in Super-LumiNova assist with high legibility and great appearance. The dial is designed with Arabic numerals that are easy to read, and the date window is nicely placed to not be an intrusion. The entire design is attractive and very exquisite, which coupled with the luxury additions is what made this so popular from the start. As time has been especially good to this timepiece, the upgrades and and advances have just added to the success that the brand has had for this line.
As a top-tier Omega Planet Ocean Iconic Modern Dive Watch it is water-resistent to 2000 feet. No matter if you are looking for this timepiece old models or new, the domed sapphire crystal uses a anti-reflective coating and aids in legibility. Any of the generations of these timepieces should be considered an investment and collectors watch, each with a personality of their own. As many know the brand timepiece found a place on the wrist of James Bond on several occasions and if it looks elegant and perfect on that wrist, then certainly it can only be just as impressive on yours.