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Dive Watches - The Omega Planet Ocean Reviewed by Adrian Ainsworth

the customer several possibilities to customise his watch and helps widen the target group. The black version can, with either a bracelet or an alligator-skin strap, easily be worn as a dress watch. With the rubber strap, it looks more like an everyday-watch that is made to be used – also for diving. Though it is probably a minority of the watches that will ever see anything deeper than a bathtub.

The first time you get a chance to see new Planet Ocean up close, it will not take you long to recognise the Omega design. The case has the same features, as you will find on the classic Speedmaster. The so- called ʻoversizedʼ watches are very popular these days and this trend is reflected in the Planet Ocean models that are only are available in 42 and 45.5 mm.

The design of the hands is not new and has been seen on several previous Omega models such as the Broad Arrow.

However, this time it is not only the minute hand, but also the hour hand that has an arrow- shaped look. The design of the numbers on the dial also brings back memories from Omega classics.

Generally, I see the Planet Ocean design as a very classical and successful one. Nevertheless, it is possible to get a Planet Ocean with a more

modern look, should some prefer that.

The watch is also available in a version with an orange rotating bezel and orange numbers on the dial. The one shown here belongs to fellow Beastwatch contributor Ray Westfield though my own tastes lean towards the somewhat blingier orange bezelled version shown at the foot of this article. Furthermore, this version comes with an orange alligator- skin strap, which gives the watch a look that no one can regard as boring.

The orange colour has been chosen because it (according to Omega) is one of the most visible under water. It is possible to get both the orange and the black version of the Planet Ocean with a stainless steel bracelet and a rubber strap. As mentioned before the orange version comes with an orange alligator-skin strap whereas the black version comes with a dark brown alligator-skin strap. This gives

The orange version is probably targeted towards the female and younger segment with its very modern look. Orange is a colour that is becoming more and more popular on watches, especially diverʼs watches. A few years ago, Rolex presented the 50th anniversary version of the Submariner with a green rotating bezel and this began the trend for well well-made diverʼs watches on the market with bright coloured rotating bezels. Christopher Ward a favourite of ours has also joined this happy band with their C60 range of Dive watches. We will probably see more of this trend from other watch companies in the future.

The general impression of the quality is good and the care of details does not leave anything behind, exactly as we know it from other of Omega models. I have also tried this watch on with a rubber strap and it is very comfortable to wear. The stainless steel bracelet has a sateen-like surface and the well-known Seamaster folding clasp. This is a very well-made and robust folding clasp that is opened by pressing two

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