When it comes to the best chronometers around, there will not be a discussion that doesn’t feature Swiss watchmaking maestros. Amongst the most favourite of Omegas model ranges is the Seamaster. First developed in 1948, the Seamaster is one of the most famous diving watches ever created, and there have been many timeless collections that have been produced since its inception.
The Planet Ocean range is one such collection. Released in 2005, this collection was all about capturing the iconic style and performance of the classic Seamaster’s, whilst providing a more modern spin.
Omega’s Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial Chronograph is a prime example of how great the modern range can be, and the rose gold and leather strap combination make for a truly luxurious timepiece.
The rose gold case measures in at 45.5mm, making it a nice large size for viewing, and has a round shape to it. The gold itself is 18 karat gold with a brushed finished, adding a real sense of luxury to the case, which has been beautifully complimented by the black crocodile leather strap.
Protected by an anti-reflective and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that is somewhat domed, you get clear view of the delightful black dial that contrasts well with the rich golden hues of the case. The bezel fill has the same black colour as the dial with a polished and brushed edge that is ribbed.
Numbers situated in the indexes and inner rim are made from the same rose gold as the case, which again contrasts nicely with the black dial and bezel. The hour makers also have a polished rose gold trim with an added blue luminescent fill.
The rose gold doesn’t end there however, as all of the hands featured have the polished gold finish to it as well. The hour and seconds hand have the same luminescent fill as the hour markers, while the minute hand and 12 o’clock dot of the bezel feature green luminescent fill instead.
Of course the main feature of this Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial Chronograph is the stopwatch/chronograph function.
A large seconds hand is found at the centre of the dial, while the minute and hour counters have been combined together into a separate sub-dial, which is situated at the 3 o’clock position. Both of these feature the rose gold trim and blue luminescent fill found on the central hands.
A continually running seconds hand can also be found on the second sub-dial and is situated at the 9 o’clock position. You can find a date window at the 6 o’clock position as well.
The Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial Chronograph would not be much of a diving watch without being water resistance, which is to an impressive depth of 600m/2000 feet. When using this feature, a helium escapement valve can be used and is found at the edging of the case at the 10 o’clock position.
The model used the Omega calibre 9301 which is entirely visible through the transparent case back. A notable component of this movement is the ‘Si 14’ silicone balance spring which adds fantastic resistance to not just shocks, but various other disturbances that could otherwise adversely affect the movement’s functionality.
When this is combined with the Co-Axial Escapement that has become a standard feature in most of the models from this collection, a far more reliable calibre is created. It allows more stability and durability for the calibre, which in turn will increase its overall performance levels.
The movement creates 28,800 vph and contains 54 jewels in total. With the help of the twin barrels that are mounted within the calibre, a power reserve of 60 hours is possible. When viewing the movement through the transparent case back, you will be able to see the rotor and bridges that are visible have been decorated with a gorgeous arabesque wave design.