The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Version: the GMT function is used to measure the time in a second time zone.
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- About Omega
- About Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
- Practical Usage
- The Famous Omega Helium Valve Positioned at Ten O’Clock
- Technical specifics
- James Bond 007
- Date Function
- Case Material
- Case Dimension
- Case Back
- Strap Materials
- Water Resistance
- Additional Questions
In 1848, the 23 year old Louis Brandt established the forerunner of Omega in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland. The headquarters of Omega is today located in Biel/Bienne in Switzerland, and Omega is wholly owned by Swatch Group.
The name Omega is derived from the last letter in the Greek alphabet called Omega (Ω). Since ancient times, Omega (Ω) has been a symbol of mysticism and spirituality.
Omega is the nr 1 pioneering brand that has pushed the boundaries of both technology and human history. Omega has travelled to the Moon and to the bottom of the ocean! Omega has travelled farther and deeper than any luxury watch brand!
Omega is famous for its “Moon Watch” – the Omega Speedmaster, and its diverse and excellent divers watch collections – the Omega Seamaster.
Omega is also famous for its highly accurate and reliable movements that are fully comparable to those made by Rolex.
Omega is furthermore famous for using Co-Axial movements, and Omega has been the official timekeeper of James Bond 007 since Pierce Brosnan’s debut as James Bond in GoldenEye (1995). Even as we speak, Omega is still the official timekeeper of the James Bond franchise.
As far as ranking is concerned, Omega belongs to the top 10 luxury wristwatch manufacturers and brands in the world – without question! It’s successful worldwide and Omega is available at several retailers around the world. It’s said that Omega enjoys a 70% global brand recognition.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean is the very best that Omega and its divers watches – the Seamasters – can offer you today.
The Omega Seamaster made its debut in 1948 as a water resistant sports and dress watch, but it wasn’t until 1957, that Omega Seamaster became known to the world as Omega’s legendary divers watch. Ever since 1957, the Omega Seamaster has been the official competitor of Rolex’s champion – the Rolex Submariner.
The Planet Ocean line was released in the early 2000s, and Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean is essentially an upscale version of the legendary Omega Seamaster Professional – only it’s on steroids.
The Planet Ocean is chunkier, larger, and heavier than the Professional, and unlike the Professional, the Planet Ocean is a very tech heavy watch which uses Omega’s latest in-house made Co-Axial movement – the 8500 Caliber, and several variations of it. Think of the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean as an upgraded Omega Seamaster Professional with an improved movement, a more sporty design, and a dial with a more instrumental look.
On top of that, the Planet Ocean line has a water depth rating of 600 meters/1,970 feet – twice as much as the Omega Seamaster Professional and the Rolex Submariner.
The technology, and the water resistance of Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, make most Swiss and non-Swiss watch brands look obsolete.
Indeed, the release of the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean makes Omega a rising luxury brand, and the movements are fully comparable to, if not better than Rolex, in terms of jewels, power reserve, and serviceability.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean is a hardy, robust, well built, versatile, elegant and reliable tool-, sports-, dress-, and divers watch all in one. You can never go wrong with an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean!
A common question is what the safety valve/helium valve positioned at ten o’clock is used for. This helium valve is used for deep sea diving and prevents overpressure in the watch. The feature is fully functional but isn’t used for ordinary amateur diving down to a depth of 30 meters. You unscrew it to open it and screw it back to seal it. Only use it on dry land – never under water.
The Planet Ocean line uses the latest in-house made Omega Co-Axial movements, that are truly unprecedented and unparalleled in: power reserve, number of watch movement jewels, accuracy, shock resistance, anti-magnetic properties, and finally – longevity and serviceability of the movement.
What’s interesting about Planet Ocean is that you can set the date independently of the hour.
Most automatic and mechanical watches have date gears that might break if you change the date anywhere between 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock – that’s why it’s recommended that you change the date at 6 o’clock on most automatic/mechanical watches, since the date gears won’t be engaged at that hour. On most automatic/mechanical watches, and even battery/quartz watches, you can’t change the date forward and backward – only forward.
Omega Planet Ocean stands above these technical limitations: you can change the date forward and backward whenever you wish, however you wish, and how often you wish.
You can cross the 12 o’clock/midnight marker, and yet if you choose to, you can turn the hour and minute hands forward and backward, and you can change the date forward or backward on both sides of the midnight marker, without damaging the movement at all.
You change the date by moving the hour hand forward or backward, independently of the minute hand. That also means that changing the date is a bit slower but it is a small price to pay for this very convenient function.
Please note: the technical specifics described above only refer to the 8500 Co-Axial Movement and the variations of this movement. This technical information doesn’t apply to Omega movements that aren’t based on the 8500 movement. For example, these technical specifics do not apply to the Omega Co-Axial 2500 movement or the Piguet or Lemania movements. The older generation of Omega Seamaster Planet Oceans, that were released in the early 2000s, did not, and do not, use the 8500 movement, and variations of it, such as the 9300 chronograph movement.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean was the official timekeeper of the 23rd James Bond Movie Skyfall (2012). Bond actor Daniel Craig was wearing a black/grey faced 42mm Omega Planet Ocean during the Istanbul chase, in the beginning of the movie.
The Skyfall James Bond Omega Planet Ocean Watch:
- Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean reference number 18.104.22.168.01.001. The watch has a black/grey faced dial and bezel, a 42mm case diameter, and the 8500 Co-Axial movement.
- Omega Co-Axial 2500, base movement ETA 2892-A2, with 27 jewels, 25,200 vph, and a 48 hour power reserve.
- Omega Co-Axial 3313, base movement Piguet 1285, with 37 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 52 hour power reserve. This movement is used for chronographs.
- Omega Co-Axial in-house automatic movement 8500, with 39 jewels, 25,200 vph, and a 60 hour power reserve.
- Omega Co-Axial in-house automatic movement 8501, with 39 jewels, 25,200 vph. Based on Omega Co-Axial 8500.
- Omega Co-Axial in-house automatic movement 8520, with 39 jewels, 25,200 vph, and a 50 hour power reserve. Based on Omega Co-Axial 8500.
- Omega Co-Axial in-house automatic movement 8605, 28,800 vph, and a 60 hour power reserve. Used for GMT movements. Based on Omega Co-Axial 8500.
- Omega Co-Axial in-house automatic movement 9300, with 54 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 60 hour power reserve. Used for chronographs. Based on Omega-Co-Axial 8500.
- Omega Co-Axial in-house automatic movement 9301, with 54 jewels, 28,800 vph. Based on Omega Co-Axial 8500.
- All of their models have a manual helium escape valve at ten o’clock. Some of their models have chronographs, 24 hour indicators, and GMT-functions, but most of their watches have just the basic time functions: hour-, minute-, and second hands.
The most commonly used materials are:
- 316L stainless steel.
- 18 carat rose gold.
Ladies’ watches: D = Diameter. TH = Thickness:
- D: 37,5mm.
Unisex watches: D = Diameter. TH = Thickness:
- D: 37,5mm.
Men’s watches: D = Diameter. TH = Thickness:
- D: 42mm. (without the chronograph function)
- D: 43,5mm. (GMT-version)
- D: 45,5mm. (both with and without the chronograph function)
- Most of their watches have an exhibition case back/sapphire crystal case back.
GMT Watches (watches that can measure a second time zone):
The new generation Omega Seamaster Planet Oceans have a ceramic bezel, which means it’s resistant to scratches, and resistant to color fading. The old generation of Omega Seamaster Planet Oceans (released in the early 2000s) still have metal bezels.
- Sapphire crystal.
- 316L stainless steel bracelet.
- Leather straps.
- Rubber straps.
- Push-button clasp.
- Deployment clasp.
- 600 meters/1,970 feet.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean is absolutely suitable for diving.
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