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.
As the most decorated Olympian of all time, this champion swimmer also holds the record for the most Olympic gold medals, most Olympic gold medals in individual events, and most Olympic medals in individual events. The watch has a lot to live up to with a record like that. Celebrating these achievements the brand who is a friend, and the official timekeeper for the sports wanted to design a magnificent timepiece.
The self-winding Calibre 9900 is a certified Master Chronometer, fully approved by METAS, resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. The design is equipped with a silicon balance-spring and the exquisite Omega Co-Axial escapement, offering 60 hours of power reserve with the assistance of two barrels mounted in series. The bezel sits on a integrated blue structured rubber strap with striking blue-orange rubber lining highlighted with orange stitching.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Michael Phelps’ Limited Edition Watch is truly a reflection of this amazing athlete. The use of blue on this watch could be considered overwhelming, but it does reflect the essence of the Olympian. The second hands are all blue, you have a blue subsidiary second dial sitting at 9 o’clock with blue running seconds hand and again at 3 o’clock you have a 12-hour chronograph totalizer, also in blue with a blue hour counter hand and a lovely orange minute counter hand.
The aesthetic for this design is totally capturing the water element and certainly the heart of the champion that has been in a race against time since he stepped into the pool. The brand has accomplished honoring the athlete with this timepiece, and it will be a collectors dream to have a little piece of this history.