Although the Seamaster Planet Ocean is a newer addition to the OMEGA brand, it represents their continued commitment to oceanic exploration. The first Seamaster Planet Ocean debuted in 2005 with the 600M model. Like the other watches in the Seamaster family, the Planet Ocean 600M is a robust diving watch, perfect for both professional and recreational scuba divers alike. However, you don’t have to be a diver to appreciate this model. It’s also a great sports watch for everyday wear.
The original Planet Ocean 600M is equipped with many standard features of the Omega brand. It’s available in three different sizes: 39.5mm, 43.5mm, and 45.5mm. It also comes in a wide array of materials, including stainless steel, gold, and titanium and with a number of strap options, including rubber, water resistant leather, or a metal bracelet. In addition, all of the Seamaster Planet Ocean models feature a unidirectional bezel, which helps divers track their immersion times. In early variations of the model, the bezels were exclusively ceramic. Today however, some bezels are made with a cutting-edge combination of ceramic and rubber, with the first fifteen-minutes displayed in colorful rubber. Both the bezel and dial also feature Super-LumiNova accents for optimal visibility in low light.
What distinguishes the Planet Ocean models from the rest of the Seamaster line is the helium escape valve (HEV). This key feature makes the Planet Ocean models optimal for divers looking to reach great depths for prolonged periods of time. When divers go on these types of expeditions, they have to descend in a diving bell that is highly concentrated with helium and hydrogen to counteract the extreme conditions present in great depths. Because helium atoms are very small, they can easily slip inside a watch case. As the diving bell ascends to the surface and depressurizes, so does the diver’s watch. This is when the helium atoms inside the watch case in tandem with the changes in pressure could cause the crystal to pop off the case and damage the watch. However, with a HEV, the wearer can safely expel the helium from the watch during decompression.
In addition to its wide array of features for divers, the Seamaster Planet Ocean is also known as the official watch of James Bond. Just a year after its debut, the Bond franchise introduced a new 007 and with him a new watch: the Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial. Since then, actor Daniel Craig sported one of the Planet Ocean models in every subsequent Bond film until the latest installment of the franchise, Spectre, in which he upgraded to the brand’s specially designed model, the Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre Limited Edition.
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