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Today we are going to talk about and examine one of my favorite timepieces in my current collection, that is the OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 42MM with Omega In-house 8500 Co-Axial automatic movement. I have made a video about this watch comparing it to the Rolex Submariner( thats how good it is ) 114060 in my current collection as well which will be linked below for your viewing. Let’s start off with some basic specifications on this 600M Automatic diver from powerhouse OMEGA.
Diameter: 42 MM
Width: 15.7 MM
Lug Width: 20MM
Crown: Screw Down
Water Resistance: 600M , Helium Escape Valve
Crystal: Domed Sapphire Crystal Front and Back with AR ( Anti-Reflective ) Coating Front / Under
Movement: Calibre 8500 Co-Axial Chronometer Certified, Silicon Balance and Hair Spring ( Upgrade from Original 8500 )
Caseback: Exhibition Sapphire Caseback Displaying beautiful Geneva Stripes on Movement
Power Reserve: 60 Hours ( Impressive )
Accuracy: Regulated in 5 Positions Chronometer Certified ( IN REALITY +2 Seconds a Day )
Bezel: 120 Click Unidirectional Ceramic Bezel with 60MIN Dive Markings
Price: $6200 Retail from an Authorized Dealer
Competitors: Rolex Submariner , Breitling Superocean , Others.
Let me start off by saying I was never a big fan of OMEGA watches until I bought this watch. Omega never appealed to my tastes as other brands such as Rolex and Breitling due to them being less Flashy, and more straightforward timepieces in a way. They appear as tools to me rather than a statement or a "blingy" type of watch. They are definitely meant for the true watch enthusiast and collector. Omega has a very rich long history and has proved themselves over and over again throughout their production era. The planet ocean comes in two different sizes for this reference number - 42 and 45.5. I chose the 42MM because my wrist measures in at only 6.25" so I had to. The watch fits my wrist just fine , a little on the bigger side but definitely conforms to the wrist with the perfectly curved end links on the bracelet. The movement inside is not a long tried and tested movement but it is a rather new movement developed in house by OMEGA and is quite impressive for the price point. Let me remind you, you can buy one of these watches brand new for around $3800 on the grey market or even less used. Inside this manufactured Chronometer certified movement resides 39 Jewels , a very nice finished Rotor with Geneva Stripes, a Twin Barrel system helping with that power reserve , all displayed through an exhibition screwed down sapphire caseback, and does it Mesmorize me whenever I take a look at it ! Some enthusiasts may complain that the casebook has added some extra thickness to the piece and sits too chunky on the wrist but I do not have a problem at all and rather like a thicker watch anyway. The bracelet is completely brushed and extremely fluid while the links are held in with polished screws. The lume on this watch is also marvelous if you have watched my full review on youtube. While a Submariner being one of the most Iconic and popular diving watches in the luxury sector only gets 300M of water resistance, Omega goes above and beyond to show Rolex what they are made of equipping this watch with a Helium escape valve and 600M of true water resistance, all at a price point of 50 Percent less than a Rolex Submariner Ceramic model. In terms of Accuracy this watch keeps excellent time and has been since I purchased it 1.5 years ago brand new gaining +1 +2 seconds a day at max, pretty incredible for $3700 or $6200 , Right?
Please do check out the video review where you can see a live Lume Shot and more detailed video of the watch