At a recent watch gathering I was able to try on the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, rated to 600m and with Omega’s proprietary co-axial movement and Liquid Metal finishing. What struck me was how light the titanium watch felt on the wrist, making a large imprint watch very comfortable on. Having been an owner of the Tudor Pelagos (one of my favorite modern divers), the Planet Ocean felt much lighter.
That said, “feeling light” can be considered a plus or minus. Some folks like their watch to feel a bit hefty. Too light and the watch feels cheap, according to the heavier is better crowd. If you’ve ever tried on the titanium Seiko “Shogun” SBDC029, it’s so light you forget that you’re wearing a watch.
Back to the Planet Ocean: In spite of the light weight, there is absolutely no absence of the feel of quality. I realize that’s a feeling that’s hard to quantify, but the case size, feel on the wrist and dial details (that Omega blue!) gives this watch a major presence. Of course the Omega retails for over $8,000 while the aforementioned Seiko costs less than $1,000, so the comparison must be scaled accordingly. The grade 5 titanium PO when compared to the Pelagos (which retails for just less than $4,000) is also much more scratch resistant, according to its owner. The shade of blue is deep and rich and orange accents (on the tip of the seconds hand and “Seamaster” writing) add up to a very restrained look for such a big watch.
One very positive attribute of this Omega is that you are getting a very noticeably expensive watch to wear. Let’s face it, when you are balling in this price range, you are after a certain recognition. This PO delivers on that front and even people who don’t know watches will likely know that you are wearing a pricier watch.
I’ve also had the opportunity to try on a Grand Seiko SBGA031 titanium diver. This Spring Drive movement model is also very light and comfortable, but the big downfall (or advantage) is very limited brand recognition.
Even for a showpiece, the PO is very tastefully executed. It’s become a classic Omega design and has a very distinct esthetic that screams professional diver and professional executive at the same time.