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buttons, which makes opening the clasp by accident a very rare phenomenon.


The movement is an Omega calibre 2500, which is a greatly modified ETA 2892-A2. The movement has co-axial escapement, which is also known from the DeVille and Seamaster Aqua Terra models. According to Omega, the co- axial escapement reduces the friction in the movement and thereby offers much better long- term reliability and accuracy. In the very popular Omega Seamaster 300 M Diver Chronometer (know from the 007 movies) is a calibre 1120 which is based on the same ebauche from ETA, but the





1120 caliber does not have the co-axial escapement. This is the main difference between the two movements. It normally takes a larger than average wrist to wear a watch with a diameter of 45.5 mm, but it helps significantly if the lugs are downward-curving. This is not the case with the Planet Ocean and it therefore makes quite high demands on the wearerʼs wrist size.


With the very well-designed dial, the watch is easy readable in daylight as well as in darkness – an important feature for a diverʼs watch. The Planet Ocean is definitely above average here.


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The rotating bezel is, due to the grooves on the edge, easy to rotate. This is clearly an improvement compared to the rotating bezel on the Seamaster 300 M Diver which could be quite hard to work correctly. The overall quality of the Planet Ocean is, compared to the Seamaster 300 M Diver Chronometer a level higher. When the quality goes up so does the price and this is also the case with the Planet Ocean which as at June 2011 retails at over £2000!


As mentioned earlier, the Planet Ocean is available in a 42 and 45.5 mm version. It is a shame, in my opinion, that you cannot also get a smaller version - for example a 39 mm. There is no doubt that oversized watches are very in these days but not everyone is equipped with a Sly-sized wrist.


Moreover, who says the oversized watch trend will last?I see this as the only major minus and therefore rate the Planet Ocean as a four and a half on a scale of one to five.


In conclusion the design of the Planet Ocean is classical and very successful. This combined with the alternative of a black or orange version and the choice of stainless steel bracelet, rubber or alligator-skin strap gives a very wide target group. This target group could, by our opinion, be extended further if a 39 mm version was available. A cracking all round watch.


Pros: style, versatility and practicality.


Cons: Almost too popular? Verdict: 4.5 stars.


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