October 17, 2011

Omega Planet Ocean Titanium LiquidMetal Review

Omega Planet Ocean Titanium LiquidMetal Watch Review

  The Seamaster Planet Ocean has quickly become a favorite dive watch amongst Omega enthusiast and the average watch guy over the years. Continuing on this success comes the Planet Ocean Titanium LiquidMetal, with Omega’s highly touted in-house co-axial Caliber 8500 movement (reference number 232.90.46.21.03.001).  
  Omega made a lot of nice new changes, while managing to leaving the overall design unmistakably a Planet Ocean. The two biggest changes are the use of titanium for the case and utilizing Omega’s own in-house movement. True in-house movements are highly regarded and come with a premium price. For example, many watch brands use the very popular Swiss ETA movements, supplied from the Swatch Group. A watch using an ETA or an altered ETA movement would not be considered an in-house movement because another manufacturer is supplying it. Opposed to making and assembling the movement completely “in-house”. The titanium case is a good choice for those looking for a large dive watch without the added weight of steel. The case back uses sapphire crystal to view the the beautifully done 39 jewel Caliber 8500. A deep navy blue is used for the dial and bezel. The bezel consist of the newest technology in the watch industry, ceramic and liquid metal for the hour markers. The bezel alone makes the watch, simply gorgeous. 
  The only thing a little mind boggling about the Titanium LiquidMetal is the use of a black date wheel. Why not use navy to match the dial? Maybe to keep the cost down from having to manufacturer a matching date wheel? Though, at an MSRP of $8200 W&R would hope that is not the reason. Overall, the watch is very well executed. Now truly taking aim at its biggest competitor the Rolex Submariner, from price point to in-house movement.

Pros - Caliber 8500, LiquidMetal, first titanium Planet Ocean

Considerations - This new price point might take a bit of time to get used to

Case: Titanium
Case Diameter: 45.5mm
Bezel: Unidirectional 
Crystal: AR Sapphire
Dial: Blue
Bracelet: Rubber or Titanium
Movement: Co-Axial 8500
Power Reserve: 60 hours
Water Resistant: 600m
Lug Width: 22mm

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