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Old 28 June 2005, 04:49 PM   #1
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OMEGA Seamaster PLANET OCEAN review

Okay guys,

Here's a watch that may or may not appeal to all. Believe me, the pics don't do it even 25% justice....you really need to see it for real.

Watch: Available in 2 sizes - 42 mm and 45.5 mm. Both are COSC certified and are available with a black or orange bezel. Also available with bracelet, rubber strap or orange leather strap (with orange bezel).

Weight: Massive 222 grams (for the 45.5 mm model) with all links on.

Bracelet: Impressive and very powerful with all solid links: 14 links all up. The link is very important for final adjustments, but this is where we have a big drawback - the bracelet can only be resized by a jeweller.....too tricky, clumsy and tough to do it yourself unless you've had enough practice and have the right tools. Clasp is thick and very strong. Unfortunately, no holes for fine adjustments.....that's where the link comes in very handy. Beautiful embossing of selected words at the back of the clasp.

Movement: 2500C Co-axial COSC movement, 27 jewels, 25,200 A/Hr. The slightly slower beat rate has given a much higher Power Reserve (I got a phenomenal 51 hours with mine from start to finish) and super-duper accuracy.

Accuracy: On the wrist: spot-on, ZERO deviaiton during an entire normal day's wear.
Crown UP: -0.5 sec./12 hrs.
Crown DOWN: +1 sec./12 hrs.

The caseback is very impressive with its beautiful Seahorse logo and the words PLANET OCEAN embossed in bold print. Very thick watch at 15.05 mm.

All in all, a very satisfying experience and a real eye-catcher. I'd recommend that anyone with a 7"+ wrist go in for the larger 45.5 mm model. Less than 7" would be comfortable with the 42 mm.

NOTE: I've actually placed the 42 mm version next to a 40 mm Sub and the Sub looks bigger. That's because the Rolex bezel overflows the perimeter of the case. With the PO, it's the other way around. The bezel is well within the confines of the case perimeter giving it a smaller appearance.

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Old 28 June 2005, 04:59 PM   #2
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A look at the Planet Ocean in profile....a rather solid 15.05 mm in thickness....won't exactly fit under a shirt cuff, but then I wouldn't recommend this watch as a dress watch.

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Old 28 June 2005, 06:28 PM   #3
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Yes JJ. I like it a lot,think the orange bezel and numerals,give it the wow factor.If I
would nitpick,not sure with the double arrow hands,but a great looking watch.
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Old 28 June 2005, 10:25 PM   #4
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I must commend you, JJ. For you, that's a very restrained set of pics. Well done.


One nit to pick. That's an awefully small date window for such a massive watch. I think it needs a cyclops to look right.
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Old 29 June 2005, 04:32 AM   #5
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I know you're kidding, Ed, but seriously that date is very clear. Omega have designed the small window to merge in well with the rest of the dial and a cyclops would just ruin the whole look.

Also remember, I'm near-sighted, so have no problems with the tiniest of script or details.

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Old 30 June 2005, 12:25 AM   #6
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I know you're kidding, Ed, but seriously that date is very clear. Omega have designed the small window to merge in well with the rest of the dial and a cyclops would just ruin the whole look.

Also remember, I'm near-sighted, so have no problems with the tiniest of script or details.

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You're right, JJ.I forgot to add a J/K to my post.

Sorry about that. The pics are nice but it's not a watch I would wear. It's the orange color that I'm not really crazy about. But, hey, that's why the man makes 28 flavors.
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Old 30 June 2005, 01:59 AM   #7
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You're right Ed, the colour is a bit off.

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Old 30 June 2005, 02:42 AM   #8
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Much nicer color, Adrian. I agree.
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Old 30 June 2005, 04:50 AM   #9
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You guys are the most lovable wankers a friend could ask for.....but WANKERS, nevertheless!! LOL!
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You guys are the most lovable wankers a friend could ask for.....but WANKERS, nevertheless!! LOL!
There's just something about you, JJ, that brings out the wanker in us. LMAO!!
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Old 30 June 2005, 02:55 PM   #11
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LOL! Yeah, yeah, blame it all on poor ole' JJ!!
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JJ, I'm in Las Vegas this week and today I did some watch shopping. One of the places I stopped into had a wonderful collection of Omegas, incluing 3 different Orange Monsters, from small to gargantuan. I tried on the 43 mm model and concluded that it is not for me. It's heavier than I like and I confirmed for myself by eyeballing it that the date window is too small (kind of on the order of the SD, which I also don't like). It's also very bulky, somewhat like my GP ww.tc. It definitely did not fit under a shirt cuff.

But I'm glad you enjoy it and I am confident you will wear it proudly until you trade it for the next great watch that you would never think of parting with. ROTFLMAO!!!
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Funny you should say that, Ed, but what really seems to bug Zemina is not so much my buying a new watch, but trading off the one she likes.

Believe me, she wasn't very happy when I knocked off the TT Blue Sub....but was somewhat pacified by the sheer beauty and exquisiteness of this baby...



She also likes my Ommie, so I'm pretty confident now that these two will stay with me....besides, they are both very new watches. The YM is a D-029xxx which means it was manufactured probably in April 05 and the Ommie is very, very new too.

So there you are....hope I've sounded convincing. Yeah, right!!
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So there you are....hope I've sounded convincing. Yeah, right!!
Exactly.
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So there you are....hope I've sounded convincing. Yeah, right!!
You've convinced me that, at the very least, the YM will be gone before the end of 2006, if not sooner (and more likely sooner).

Just remember, you heard it here first, folks.
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Old 2 July 2005, 01:47 AM   #16
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.........and probably the pumpkin.
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I wish you two wankers would go away! LOL! Just kiddin', my friends, that would be the LAST thing I'd ever want!!
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wow, I love it! The colour is absolutely stunning!! good choice!!!
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Old 7 July 2005, 04:48 PM   #19
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Which one are you talking about, John?

This one...


or this one?


Shhhh....just another lousy excuse to post my pics!! LOL!
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Which one are you talking about, John?

This one...

hahaha both are very nice!! but the colour of the Seamaster has won my heart !!!


P.S. - I really have to try taking some better pics
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Thank you, John. That orange does catch a few glimpses along the way.....you should see the major pile-ups I cause on the motorway. LOL!
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Thank you, John. That orange does catch a few glimpses along the way.....you should see the major pile-ups I cause on the motorway. LOL!
LOL, you know that i'd probably do the same thing as those motorists!!
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Good review JJ!

I just got around to reading this. Well done! I like the large PO alot, but I like the black one the best. I was quite impressed with it, both as a good looking watch and as what looks like would be a very good REAL dive watch.

I've dived with the Bond Seamaster and found it useless as the bezel is almost impossible to rotate when wet. Vis is great, but without being able to mark time, I found it very lacking.

At the time I owned two watches...the SMP and a Tag 2000 quartz. I opted for the Tag as a dive watch for awhile, until I got a Citizen Aqualand Duplex which is a GREAT dive tool!

Anyway, the PO looks to have solved the problems of the SMP and probably improved on readability as well. It's a great choice for divers IMO!
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You're right, Bruce. SMP bezels were in fact very difficult to turn. This PO bezel is not only easy but has very definite CLICK stops which make it easy to even "Feel" the clicks in the dark.

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You're right, Bruce. SMP bezels were in fact very difficult to turn. This PO bezel is not only easy but has very definite CLICK stops which make it easy to even "Feel" the clicks in the dark.

JJ
If you have to feel the clicks in the dark, how are you going to read the bezel? 'Splain that to me, Lucy!
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Ed, please stop making sense, LOL!!
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Daren,

About the only time Ed makes sense is when he's making nonsense!!
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Just curious, JJ.

Do you still have the watch?
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Just curious, JJ.

Do you still have the watch?
No, Alan....it got sold off a while ago only to be replaced by this...

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