Hodinkee recently posted an article on Michael Phelps and Omega’s timing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. To my surprise, the added promotional picture showed Phelps wearing a previously unknown variation of the Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph, sporting a black dial with lighter subdials.
A jump over to the Omega website didn’t reveal anything – not a single word on this mysterious new Planet Ocean. Omega has a history of honoring its ambassadors’ achievements (remember the Speedmaster The Legend?) – could this be something similar? I hope we’ll find out soon, but for now the finer details are still in the dark,. Nonetheless, here’s our provisional image and corresponding database entry. I will edit these as soon as more information comes in and as always: don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any details!
Last night Omega added four new models to its popular Planet Ocean line of watches. Including these four ceramic-cased ‘Deep Black’ versions, the total of 2016 Planet Ocean watches now stands at 36 – and I have just updated our database to feature every single one of them.
Omega introduced the third generation of the Seamaster Planet Ocean at BaselWorld 2016, but somehow only today managed to update its website to reflect the changes made to the collection, allowing me to finally fill in some gaps and add a few that escaped my attention earlier.
OK, don’t worry. If my own social media feed is any hint, I fully understand if by now you can’t read another word on the new Planet Ocean – so I’ll try and keep it short.
While perhaps a bit underwhelming at first sight, Omega went over the collection quite thoroughly with a gentle update of the design, a reconsideration of the case sizes and -of course- a METAS-certified movement in every single one of them. The addition of the ceramic-cased ‘Deep Black’ versions is a nice touch, though hardly unexpected considering the fact that the Dark Side of the Moon has been a hit for years.
Our full Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean database now stands at 145 separate watches. I’m missing a handful I guess – mainly the jeweled-versions of the early years. CLICK!
Edit – we now have the prices in EUR for the Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black’s added;
As indicated in my earlier updates, I’ve been keeping busy with updating existing entries with the latest pricing info, images and newer, more accurate descriptions. After the Speedmasters, I have gone through all our Planet Oceans and you might note that even discontinued models such as the awesome 2201.52.00 now feature larger images – a welcome change.
I have also decided to do away with the dedicated Olympic family and place the watches in the category of the watches that they’re based on. As such, one of my favorite collections -the Museum Collection- now has the ‘Olympic Official Timekeeper’ models right nexst to the original Museum Collection pieces that they’re based on. I’ve also put the stunning Seamaster 1948 here, as I feel that this is where it rightfully belongs. I’ve always thought that this watch did not quite need the London 2012 connection anyway…
Launched at BaselWorld 2016, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean reference 18.104.22.168.99.001 features a titanium case and bracelet. The first 15 minutes of its revolving bezel are inlaid with orange rubber, while the matte grey dial sports matching accents.
While BaselWorld is already a good number of months behind us, there’s still information trickling in that previously either was not available or just plain escaped my attention. While today I’d like to focus on these four new additions to our Omega Watch Database, you might notice that I’ve uploaded quite a few more..
This one I LOVE, saw, noted, but had no decent picture of: the Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space Sedna Gold reference 322.214.171.124.02.001. It’s so stunning! This watch uses the same case as the regular FOiS, with the signature straight lugs and lack of crownguards. It’s now done in ‘Sedna’ gold though. Just like its stainless steel brother, this one is said to be numbered though not limited.