As you know, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean is one of our favorite watches from this manufacture. Its robustness, movement and design are the perfect combination for a great every day watch that can take on the daily abuse while providing great wrist presence. The Planet Ocean Seamaster 600M collection is available in 45.5 mm, 42 mm or 37.5 mm and with a wide variety of dials, straps, bezels, limited editions and even featuring a chronograph or a GMT complication.
Since the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games had begun today, here we are presenting you the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Sochi 2014 Limited Edition ref. 518.104.22.168.01.001 that pays tribute to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia and where Omega is the official timekeeper. This beautiful watch available in a limited edition of 2,014 pieces comes with the same features and specs as the regular 45.5 mm model; however, in order to differentiate this special watch from the ordinary Planet Ocean watches, the black ceramic unidirectional rotating divers’ bezel has been redesigned to include the colors of the flag of the Russian Federation —red and blue— as accents on the first ten minutes of the diving scale and the "Seamaster" imprint on the dial is bright red instead of the traditional white or orange. For this particular model, Omega has selected to go with the stainless steel case measuring 45.5 mm in diameter.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Sochi 2014 Limited Edition is waterproof rated to a depth of 600 meters/2000 feet and has a helium-escape valve at 10 o'clock. The beating heart inside this watch is the Omega calibre 8500 which provides a power reserve of 60 hours when fully wound. One important thing to consider when buying any of the new Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M watches, is that the calibre 8500 doesn't feature the typical quick-set calendar function but instead it features a rapid advance mechanism where the hour hand needs to be independently advanced 24-hours in order to adjust the date. While this new calendar feature guarantees perfect time setting when traveling across different timezones —without losing minute synchronization—, we feel that sometimes it could be bothersome having to set the date this way after not wearing the watch for more than five days.
Opposed to the rest of the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M collection, this watch is not fitted with a sapphire crystal display case back but with a solid case back carefully engraved with the OIympic Games logo and the pertaining limited edition information. We are glad that this watch is fitted with a solid case back as we feel that diving watches appear more robust and rugged this way. As expected from any Omega watch, the case and bracelet are beautifully finished with alternating satin-brushed and polished areas.
On the wrist, the watch wears extremely comfortable just as all other Planet Ocean watches and with fantastic wrist presence. However, when compared to the older version —aluminum bezel insert— of the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M, the watch wears slightly smaller due to the added thickness of the new bezel setup and the new 8500 calibre fitted in the watch.
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