Omega releases the Planet Ocean GMT for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Omega Planet Ocean GMT on stainless steel bracelet

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Omega Co-Axial escapement 8605 movement

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Planet Ocean GMT also available on blue rubber strap

As the Basel Fair 2013 is less than two weeks away, we are starting to slowly see some of the novelties they will be featuring at the fair. From my experience at the Basel Fair, The Swatch Group has an enormous presence with all of their brands, especially Omega.

I have always had respect for Omega, especially the Moon Watch. As of the last 5 years they have been stepping up their game with in house movements, design and other technical innovations enough for me to write about. To be honest, besides the new Moon Watch with co-axial escapement movement which was introduced two years ago, there is not really a watch from their collection I would wear, till now.

The new Omega  Sea Master Planet Ocean GMT was introduced yesterday as a sneak peak of what we can expect from Basel 2013. I got to tell you I am really digging this watch. It has all the right design elements of clean, understated simple yet interesting and timeless. From a design and movement perspective it’s fun yet functional and very well finished. The functions of the watch are time, date, second time zone function with rotating bezel.  The size of the watch is good enough at almost 44 mm and I am sure just by trying on Omega Planet Ocean watches in the past, its got a great weight to it.  I love how the blue and orange  colors play off of each other, its got a great nautical theme without being over the top.

GMT watches can be either really boring or really outlandish but I think Omega has answered the prayers of mine and many others by releasing something that will captivate your interest for years to come.

Technical Features for the Omega Sea Master Planet Ocean GMT

The case, in stainless steel, measures 43.5mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back, and it is water resistant to 600 meters. It features a helium-release valve.

The movement is the Swiss automatic Omega in-house caliber 8605 with 38 jewels, 25,200 vph and a power reserve of 60 hours.

The Co-Axial equipped movement features a Silicon balance-spring and two barrels mounted in series with bi-directional winding. Rhodium-plated balance bridge and rotor, luxury finish with exclusive Geneva waves in Arabesque. It is a certified chronometer.

It is available on a steel bracelet or a rubber strap with deployant clasp.