I would like to present a watch that covers many qualities, with the beauty on top: the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph.
As you already know from my previous articles, the watches that I like most are divers and pilot’s themed watches. And this is because of the instrument feeling they provide and this instrument must have a sum of qualities. If you are like me, there are probably many watches that you like. Some for accuracy, some for an outstanding movement, some for shock resistance, some for water resistance, etc. But can it also be beautiful?
The stainless steel case has an almost 46 mm diameter and a regular Seamaster line design. The brushed/polished surfaces accentuates the curves of the case. It is pretty big in my opinion but not too much, enough to be a man only watch. For sure it has antireflective coated sapphire crystal on the front as well as on the case-back.
The watch is a true diver with a 600 meters water resistance rating, helium escape valve at 10 o’clock, unidirectional rotating bezel with Omega’s famous Liquidmetal diving scale ceramic insert and screw down crown.
The Zirconium oxide dial is gorgeous and the deep blue color makes it look like the ocean itself. It has applied markers and the regular Planet Ocean shaped hands altogether with some orange accents like the minute hand, the tip of the seconds hand, the Seamaster word and water resistance rating. Overall, this watch is the most beautiful diver I have ever seen. It really deserves Planet Ocean in the name.
Of course, such a good looking watch, should have an out of the ordinary movement. And there it is – the modern Omega In-house calibre 9900. This is a modern movement with two barrels which provide 60 hours power reserve. This is not much, but you can say it’s quality power reserve. Two barrels will put constant torque to the escapement, creating much better accuracy compared to a standard one barrel movement. It has a silicon balance and is resistant to magnetic fields at 15000 Gauss. The Rhodium plated movement has nice decorations of Geneva waves. Of course, the co-axial escapement technology is present and it is certified by METAS. Many people consider that this certification is just a marketing tool. But in real life this particular watch gained 1 seconds in 4 days with a very stable daily variation.
Chronograph action is superb due to the column wheel and vertical clutch design. I also love the bicompax layout with chronograph minutes and hours counted on the same sub-dial located at 3 o’clock.
The only minus for this Omega Seamaster is the stainless steel bracelet. It is too heavy for my taste. However, it is a highly engineered one, with micro adjustment and an expandable diving mechanism in the clasp. First thing I did was to put an orange Borealis strap that in my opinion complements this gorgeous watch better. Anyway, I don’t like bracelets, so it’s just a personal taste. You can also order the watch with an alligator leather lined rubber strap instead of the bracelet.
In conclusion, if you are searching for one of the most modern divers on the market, with an outstanding movement and a very noble look, try this one before you decide as I’m sure you won’t regret it.
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