Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

Par Florian Matrion, le 14 juin 2010
Seamaster Planet Ocean
Seamaster Planet Ocean
Diaporama
The Planet Ocean is the newly born smart diver's watch by Omega. Heir of a long history in that field, it perfectly combines elegance and functionality. I tested it for you.
Exclusive! review of the Seamaster Planet Ocean. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
L'avis de la rédaction
71/100
Note des internautes
79/100

Warning

The watch photographed in this Test is the Seamaster Planet Ocean Big Size (Ref. 2200.50), which case diameter is 45.5 cm.

 

The Planet Ocean is the newly born smart diver's watch by Omega.
Heir of a long history in that field, it perfectly combines elegance and functionality.

 

A clever blend between preservation of an identity...

This Planet Ocean revives the esthetical codes of its predecessors  borrowing miscellaneous elements from all Seamaster generations:

  • the design of the bezel and the hands which are close to the 1957 model
  • the shape of the case with its beautiful lyre lugs (named after its similarity to the music instrument), which are common to the Speedmaster
  • the helium valve appeared with the Seamaster Bond in 1993.

 

... and an update of the model

But it is has also been able to interpret its codes in a new way in order to modernize them and create a current watch:

  • circled markers and very bright - time is easily legible all night long!
  • sapphire glass with double anti-reflective coating
  • waterproof until 600 meters...

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean : a clever blend between the preservation of a strong identity and an update of the model.

 

By the way, Omega remains down to earth, by increasing the classic waterproof up to 300 meters (common to most of the diver's watches) without looking for quite useless new depth record.

Thus, a clever blend, between the preservation of an identity and an update of the model, an often difficult balance to reach without excess.

Moreover, it allows to get a restrained sized watch, although a little thick and heavy, a feeling lessened thanks to the comfort of the metal strap.

 

The strap, a model of its kind

This strap is a model of its kind: a simple and elegant design, a safe and convenient clasp well merged with the rest of the strap.
It thus does not offer any hold at all that may take off the strap.
It also includes an extension for wetsuit that is included in the clasp, easy to access but with a safe blocking.
No big fuss, no convoluted system. Efficiency and safety.

 

About the movement

As for the 2500 caliber and its coaxial escapement, which, after several youth mistakes, happened to be very reliable and accurate. Its ETA 2892 base, an already wellborn caliber from the beginning, enriches itself with an optimized self-winding (as on the previous versions of the Seamaster) along with Dr Daniels' famous coaxial escapement.

To put it in a nutshell, this system allows an increasing of the isochronisms accuracy on the long term thanks to a less important levee angle of the balance.

 

Conclusion

In short, a simple but efficient watch, really designed for diving.
Even if its detractors will think that it is a little too much bright.

Maybe, but the time of real tool-watch has revolved.... to the benefit of formal diving watches.

 

The +:

  • a real functional diver's watch
  • the finishing
  • a reliable and accurate caliber with C.O.S.C. certification

 

The –:

  • a little too heavy watch
  • the brightness that keeps it away from the tool-watch range

 

Further information:

  • journalist's wrist = 17,5 cm
  • brand website : Omega

 

For "diver's watches", see also:

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Données constructeur

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Diamètre boîtier (hors couronne)
Diamètre boîtier (avec couronne)
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Calibre
Base calibre
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Verre
Capacité de la réserve de marche
Fond transparent
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L'avis de la rédaction 71/100

Confort / Agrément (/15)
détail Mouvement (/20)
Optimisation / Décoration du mouvement (/5) 0
Agrément de manipulation et de réglage (/5) 0
Contrôle du mouvement par la Manufacture / distinctions diverses (/3) 0
Capacité de la réserve de marche (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
détail Finitions (/20)
Finitions cadran (/6) 0
Finitions boîtier (/6) 0
Qualité du travail de déco° / gravure du fond de boîte (/2) 0
Qualité du verre (/4) 0
Finitions de la boucle (interne et externe) (/2) 0
détail Fonctionnalité (/20)
Lisibilité diurne (/5) 0
Lisibilité nocturne (/4) 0
Etanchéité (/3) 0
Facilité de réglage et de changement du bracelet (/4) 0
Sécurité / solidité de la boucle (/4) 0
détail Bonus (/10)
Série limitée (/3) 0
Montre fournie avec plusieurs bracelets (/2) 0
Qualité de la boîte et de la sur-boîte (/1) 0
Portabilité avec manches de chemise fermées (/2) 0
Présence de "goodies" (/1) 0
Intelligibilité du booklet (/1) 0
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
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Note des internautes 79/100

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Finitions (/20)
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