A new collection of professional diver’s watches have been released by Omega, based on the same “Ultra Deep technology” that made it possible to reach the deepest depths of the ocean. Back in 2019 the “Omega Planet Ocean Ultra Deep” watch got strapped to the submarine of explorer Victor Vescoco and traveled to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, in the Pacific Ocean, reaching a depth of 19,935 meters (35,876 feet). This 12-hour dive has established the new record of the deepest any human or watch has ever dived before.These record breaking timepieces have been crafted in the new proprietary O-Megasteel alloy (which we’ll discuss further in our next post) and Grade 5 titanium; both housed in a remarkable case measuring in at 45.5mm with a height of 18.12mm. These alloy options do differ a bit with the steel options being a bit shorter from lug-to-lug at 51.95mm, while the titanium option measures 56mm.The main Grade 5 titanium comes in a sand-blasted case with a brushed finish, mounted by a black ceramic bezel that features a Liquidmetal diving scale.This case has a rather asymmetrical shape, much due to the so-called “Manta lugs”, which were also seen on the original Ultra Deep model. These lugs were designed to support a striped NATO strap.On the flip-side is a two-piece titanium caseback that features a black laser-engraved Sonar emblem, with the iconic Omega Seahorse, while circling around is the inscription “DIVER'S WATCH 6000m PLANET OCEAN FOR SATURATION DIVING”. The design of this case allows for saturation diving without the need of a helium escape valve.It comes equipped with a knurled screw-in crown, surrounded by a pair of newly designed crown guards (only on the titanium version), to further improve the protection and robustness of this timepiece. All topped by a domed, protuberant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides. Water-resistance can reach up to an astonishing 6,000 meters (19, 685 feet). On this titanium option time is exhibited on a black dial made of ceramised titanium with 18k white gold hour index markers and the cyan colored Arabic numerals: 3, 6, 9, and 12. Overall this dial has a very textured and grainy look. It also includes subtle grey toned minute markers, circling around the periphery, to further assist with telling time.The upper-half highlights “Seamaster” in cyan, while the lower-half does it with “ULTRA DEEP”, keeping their core color-scheme consistent throughout. The central arrow-tipped 18k white gold hands and hour index markers have all been fitted with a Super-LumiNova coating, for an enhanced legibility. Meanwhile the central seconds hand is colored in a gradient white-to-cyan hue.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep
The “Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep” (Ref#: 188.8.131.52.01.001) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 8912 with 39 jewels and 25,200 vph. This is essentially the no-date version of the caliber 8900 and comes equipped with two barrels mounted in series, plus a co-axial escapement and silicon balance spring. Power reserve can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to the watch is a black NATO strap with cyan stripe, made from polyamide yarn sourced from 100% recycled fishing nets, secured to the wrist by a grade 5 titanium buckle and loop with the “ULTRA DEEP” engraving.This watch will become available in stores soon. For more up to date information visit the official Omega website here.
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