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Omega in too Deep with Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black

The deep ocean may be a scary place. But at least Omega’s new Seamaster watch can guide one’s way as one explores the unknown

 

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The darkness seems to fascinate Omega very much.

Following the release of Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, Omega has gone further (and deeper) with its next offering: Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black that, as the name suggests, pays tribute to the deep ocean.

The 45.5 mm Deep Black is what happens when you combine GMT and diving watches into one. The watch features a new GMT ring on the dial and a diving scale on the ceramic bezel.

Making a diving watch is not an easy feat, let alone a diving watch that is crafted from a single block of ceramic. But somehow Omega has managed to do it with Deep Black. It’s even more impressive when you realize that the ceramic watch can withstand the pressures of the ocean at a depth of 600 m/2000 ft./60 bar.

 

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The black model

 

The watch is available in four different models: Black, blue, red and 18K Sedna™ gold. The colors are chosen specifically to assist divers when exploring the ocean’s hidden depths. At 5 meters, it is said, the first color that is no longer visible is red. At 275 meters, the last visible color is the shade of blue found on the blue Deep Black model. Lastly, at 300 meters, the ocean will turn pitch black. The Deep Black watch, then, offers a camouflage advantage by gradually matching the diver’s wetsuit.

 

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The blue and red models

 

The blue and red models includes a unique bezel, which is created from a blend of ceramic and rubber. It can be seen covering the first 15 minutes.

 

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The 18K Sedna™ gold model

 

Unlike the others, the 18K Sedna™ gold model is more of a lifestyle piece. While the others are completed with fabric-like black rubber straps with contrasting stitching, the Sedna gold model is fixed with a water-resistant leather strap. It also comes with a foldover clasp that is made from ceramised titanium.

Deep Black is built with Omega Master Chronometer calibre 890 movement and has the ability to resist magnetic fields of 15.000 gauss. Each unit has passed the 8 tests set by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).

 

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The caseback

 

 

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