Exclusive Pics: A First Look at the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep
Omega has kicked off 2022 with a bang, unveiling the ground-breaking Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep.
Fridays are never a bad thing; they are always welcome. But last Friday, Team Watchonista had all the more reason to look forward to the final day of the workweek because we were treated to an exclusive Zoom preview of the first of Omega’s new releases for 2022. Presented by Omega Vice President Jean-Claude Monachon and Head of Product Management Gregory Kissling, there was also even a lively guest appearance from CEO Raynald Aeschlimann to shed further light on the fresh models.
Then, today, we followed up Friday’s presentation with a visit to Omega HQ in Bienne, where we went hands-on and took live shots of these new releases, fresh off the watchmaker’s bench. Including the innovative Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep.
The Omega Seamaster: Changing the Game Since 1948
When Omega introduced the first Seamaster collection in 1948, it had already established its credentials as a maker of advanced watches resistant to water, shocks and magnetic fields when it supplied allied forces, notably the British military and Ministry of Defence, during the Second World War.
That first Seamaster collection would set the standards for tool watches of its era, as did subsequent releases like the 1957 professional trilogy – including the Seamaster 300, Railmaster and Speedmaster – as well as more specialized families like the Seamaster 1000 and the Seamaster PloProf. All of these were game-changers in their own right.
All of these models were game-changers in their own right.
Introducing the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep
Now, continuing its tradition as a pioneering innovator, Omega has launched the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep, a series edition based on the brand’ s concept watch which set a new world record when it was used at depths of 10,928m in 2019.
“The concept watch went as deep as possible, but at that stage we never thought it would be more than a prototype,” Aeschlimann told us during the Zoom meeting. “But what we had started was a potential game changer, so we decided to make it possible to create a whole collection from it.” The 45.5mm by 18mm Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep can be used at depths as deep as 6,000m – actually 7,200m given the 20 per cent security margin built in to reach ISO 6425 certification. And this mind-blowing water and pressure resistance is achieved thanks to a triumvirate of innovations.
Officially released today, the new 45.5mm x 18mm Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep series can be used at depths as deep as 6,000m – actually, more like 7,200m, given the 20 percent security margin built in to reach ISO 6425 certification. And this mind-blowing water and pressure resistance is achieved thanks to a triumvirate of innovations.
Firstly, there is the overall design concept. The new Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep series has four patents pending: One each for the caseback, the conical crown, the crystal gasket, and the shape of the sapphire crystal (which allows for better stress distribution at extreme pressure levels). The design is such that the watch can dispense with a helium valve.
Then, there is the specific production process for the sapphire crystal, entailing Edge-defined Film-fed Growth (EFG). That is created by Comadur, part of the Swatch Group’s stable of holdings. Essentially, the EFG process can produce a totally defect- and porous-free sapphire that will maintain its integrity at 6,000 plus meters.
Finally, developed by Omega with one of its partners, there is the pioneering alloy called – and you’ll like this – O-MEGASTEEL. While the watch is available, like the concept watch, in all-matte Grade 5 titanium, there are now versions in O-MEGASTEEL that, according to the brand, offer up to 50 percent more mechanical resistance and hardness compared to more stainless steels used commonly in watchmaking.
Five years into development, O-MEGASTEEL is also noticeably whiter and brighter in its appearance. Plus, Omega has made sure this aspect stands out by deploying a combination of contrasting finishes – polished and satin – to the case and, where applicable, the bracelet.
And as a side note, to have the Ultra Deep certified to ISO 6425 standards by METAS, Omega had to adapt its own helium leak testing facilities to account for depths of up to 15,000m, where previously it had only been able to test up to 1,500m.
Inside the Ultra Deep beats Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8912. Meanwhile, the caseback of each watch features a black laser-engraved Sonar emblem, with the iconic Omega seahorse at its center, surrounded by the words “Divers’ watch 6000m for saturation diving.”
Like it has done in the past, Omega is once again setting new standards with the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep. With its three pillars of innovative design, state-of-the-art sapphire production, and cutting-edge O-MEGASTEEL helping to take the classic dive watch to a whole new level, this isn’t some quirky concept piece. It is an outstanding new flagship model of the already diverse Seamaster collection.
Final Thoughts & Details
Raynald Aeschlimann summed up by saying: “Since we decided to make the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep into a collection, the idea was to make something typically Omega, offering high value and innovative technology, available at an Omega price. We wanted to avoid making an excessively expensive, extravagant, concept-style watch that could only be attained by a select few.”
The Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep is available in sandblasted Grade 5 titanium, with a sandblasted forged Grade 5 titanium bezel and black ceramized Grade 5 dial. Presented on a black and blue polyamide NATO strap made from recycled fishing nets, the titanium model is priced at $12,300.
Six Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep references are available in O-MEGASTEEL: Blue-black gradient dial with black ceramic bezel, white dial with blue ceramic bezel, or grey-black gradient dial with orange ceramic bezel. Each is then paired with either a O-MEGASTEEL bracelet ($11,600) or a black rubber strap ($11,200). My pick is the one with the orange bezel!