It may very well be argued that there are few issues extra paradoxical in business horology than excessive dive watches, and the brand new Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 6000M Extremely Deep brings us to that conclusion as soon as once more. It’s such a finely executed tackle the multi-mile diver, disguising its immense capabilities virtually too effectively, that it brings into query the very enchantment of such an train.
Taking issues to the unusable, impossible-to-experience extremes has, for the previous few a long time, been a everlasting want in watchmaking, and particularly in its luxurious area of interest. Finely made mechanical watches that may measure a tenth or perhaps a hundredth of a second — manner past the human response time and, therefore, nearly unimaginable to validate — and dive watches that may face up to strain so nice it might compress the wearer right into a jam are the cornerstones of a recreation of one-upmanship that retains stealing the limelight from extra utilitarian points, equivalent to chronometry, consolation, and after-sales care. What makes the brand new Seamaster Extremely Deep stand out is that it is among the most comfy and least conspicuous four-mile divers ever made.
The place’s the controversy in that? Opposite to another Omega dive watches, just like the old-school brute Ploprof that I reviewed again in 2016, the Seamaster Extremely Deep doesn’t make a fuss about being a 6,000-meter diver. It takes however a look to see a diver that’s, sure, arguably bloated in its proportions, however doesn’t also have a helium escape valve — neither a discreet valve flush with the case nor the common Seamaster 300M’s look-at-me screw-down affair. Allow us to get to know the Seamaster Extremely Deep assortment higher and return to this subject on the finish.
Crafted from the somewhat oddly named O-MEGASTEEL (in all caps) or titanium, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 6000M Extremely Deep measures a big, however in no way extraordinary, 45.5mm in diameter. It’s 18.2mm-thick, and it weighs 170 grams, however the wobble-free match courtesy of the huge, flat caseback and the exactly built-in rubber strap eliminates the distinction between this and a daily 45.5mm diver — or, say, a 47mm Panerai. It even appears to be like virtually OK on my slender 6.75″ wrist.
The flat caseback that so neatly strains up in opposition to the wrist includes a grade 5 titanium medallion with a laser-engraved Sonar emblem and the Omega Seahorse at its middle. Beneath it lives the Omega Co-Axial Grasp Chronometer Calibre 8912, a COSC-certified motion present in another Omega dive watches with 60 hours of energy reserve, able to resisting magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. Its two series-mounted barrels are rewound by a self-winding system that works in each instructions of the rotor’s motion.
Feel and appear are extra compromised on the NATO strap (as Omega calls it). Word that this model, pictured above, comes with a titanium case that largely reduces weight, however it is usually geared up with a monoblock lug construction similar to the Tudor Pelagos FXD, that means there aren’t any spring bars and so no common strap or bracelet might be fitted as they are often on the steel-cased variants of the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 6000M Extremely Deep. Weight is all the way down to 123 grams in titanium, however judging from the restricted expertise of some hands-on time with this assortment, there may be noticeably extra wobble on this NATO strap than on the rubber or metal options. so the decrease weight’s enhancement of carrying consolation is, sadly, mitigated.
This titanium model (reference 22.214.171.124.01.001) additionally has a brushed matte bezel and a grained, equally matte dial in distinction to the shiny ceramic bezel and lacquered dial discovered on the metal variations. The utilized hour markers stay and legibility is nearly equivalent between the 2, so selecting one over the opposite will probably be down to 1’s private desire of not simply the dial and bezel variations, however between the lug buildings, as effectively.
On the superbly crafted metal bracelet that impresses with the large, polished edge on its outer hyperlinks, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 6000M Extremely Deep weighs a whopping 254 grams (a double-quarter-pounder), though that measurement is actually taken with each chunky hyperlink nonetheless in place. That stated, it’s this weapons-grade heft that is still the one tangible trace on the watch’s immense diving functionality, and this leads us to the difficulty on the core of this excessive diver.
Though there aren’t any good or dangerous solutions, simply private desire, we must always nonetheless entertain the query raised by the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 6000M Extremely Deep, which reads: What’s the level of a 6,000-meter, 20,000-feet diver if it provides nothing away of its hardly matched capabilities? Taking a Seamaster 300M or a Planet Ocean 600M on a dive and breaking it as a result of its water resistance failed stays however a dream (or nightmare) of desk divers. But when we’re to shell out five-figure sums for a ten or 20 instances extra succesful diver, don’t we need to be reminded of all that in methods aside from immense weight and a line of textual content on the dial?
This, in spite of everything, is what’s given the Ploprof its attraction: If you happen to went all out on dive watches, right here you obtained a bundle that appeared and interacted in distinctive methods, unfailingly reminding you of your option to get one of the vital immensely succesful dive watches ever made. The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 6000M Extremely Deep is a massively spectacular feat in that it goes deeper than 99% of its competitors whereas sustaining a type issue and carrying expertise, on a few of its strap choices not less than, akin to stated 99%. However what’s the purpose of spending all that further money and carrying all that further weight?
The Ploprof is at one excessive in terms of speaking one’s affection for purpose-built, go-anywhere dive watches — however the Seamaster Extremely Deep is arguably on the different. It’s not with out its function, although, because the Seamaster Extremely Deep is destined to perform extra as a instrument to convey Omega’s legitimacy than as a instrument to assist saturation divers, successfully serving to to promote extra Seamaster 300M’s by speaking Omega’s experience within the subject of dive watches. And that’s, in fact, all good.
Higher nonetheless, if all you ever needed was an Omega dive watch with much more bragging rights than the Seamaster 300M or Planet Ocean 600M — 20 and 10 instances as a lot, respectively — however didn’t need to sacrifice a lot of the carrying consolation of these two established mannequin strains, you might be in luck: The Seamaster Extremely Deep might be what you have got been ready for.
Pricing for the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 6000M Extremely Deep assortment begins at $11,200 USD for the stainless-steel variants on a rubber strap, $11,600 USD on the metal bracelet, and jumps to $12,300 USD for the titanium reference. You’ll be able to study extra on the model’s web site.