Into the Mariana Trench with Omega

When Victor Vescovo piloted his submarine „Limiting Factor“ to the bottom of the Mariana Trench at the beginning of this year, he set a new world record with a diving depth of 10,928 metres. Three Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional watches were along for the ride: Two attached to a submersible’s robotic arm, another to a Lander.

And who could be better suited to accompany a journey into the abyss than Omega, as the brand’s watches have joined divers and adventurers in dangerous depths for decades. In 1932 the „Marine“ was born – the first diver’s watch for everyone. This watch was used by the researcher Charles W. Beebe when he dared his 14-mile dive. 
1948 the Omega Seamaster was introduced, valued by British pilots and sailors for its water-resistance and absolute reliability. The Seamaster 300 from 1957 was designed specifically for divers and underwater workers. 
The Omega „Ploprof“ was created in 1970 and has accompanied Jacques-Yves Cousteau on his dives. Only one year later followed the Seamaster 1000, one year after that the Seamaster 120 Big Blue. In 1993 Omega launched the popular Seamaster Diver 300M. 
The year 2005 then saw the beginnings of the Ultra Deep, which we present here today.

For Omega, the development of the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional started from scratch and included some risks. A watch doesn’t have to be enormous to withstand extreme pressures. The manufacturer managed to limit the thickness of the diver’s watch to less than 28 millimetres without sacrificing its exceptional resistance. The bezel, case, caseback and crown were machined cutoffs from the hull. The Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional also comes with a viewport. The loadbearing surface of the Limiting Factor’s viewports has been engineered to minimise pressure on the inside edges of the cone, where the stresses are highest. 
Fully integrated into the titanium case, the lugs of the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional are left open to lower the risk of exceeding material limitations at full ocean depth, as both the watch and the strap can be subjected to high traction loads. They are called “Manta” lugs due to their distinctive look.

The maximum pressure selected was within the tolerances required in the Mariana Trench, but to be safe and meet the standards for diving watches, Omega insisted on adding a 25% safety margin, which meant that the watches had to work up to 1500 bar. And as if that wasn’t enough, the three watches were subjected to METAS rigorous testing for ten days after returning from their dive. Even after the strains in the depths of the Mariana Trench, the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep passed all the tests and received the Master Chronometer certificate.

The expedition logo is located in the centre of the caseback, inside concentric circles evoking the Multi Beam sonar technology. Information such as model, reference number, certification and „tested to 15,000m 49212ft“ can also be found.

Omega’s choice of strap material drew on the brand’s experience in space: The combination of polyamide bracelet and Velcro closure is closely associated with the straps used in the Apollo missions.

Impressive: The Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33

Omega’s pioneering spirit has taken the manufacturer on adventures beyond the earth’s atmosphere and below the surface of the ocean. Now the manufacturer launched a natural extension of its legacy in space, the Speedmaster Skywalker X-33. Designed especially for space explorers, this watch is an innovative upgrade of the Speedmaster Professional X-33 released in 1998.
The new model is powered by an advanced quartz calibre and was developed to meet the needs of astronauts and others who can appreciate its impressive variety of functions. Moreover, the European Space Agency (ESA) has approved this watch for inclusion in all of its missions.

The ceramic bezel features a chromium nitride scale. There is luminescent white Super-LumiNova with green emission on the 60-minute indicator. The 45 mm brushed case is made of titanium and features an also brushed crown and pushers.

The black dial with its white indexes and hour markers, has a central opening that allows the wearer to read the displayed digital elements such as the time in up to three different time zones, three alarms, chronograph and countdown functions, and a perpetual calendar. In addition to its analogue and digital displays, it tracks mission elapsed time and phase elapsed time.
Skeletonised black and white hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova which emtits a green light. The bold red seconds hand is clearly visible and all hands can be disengaged to allow clear reading of the digital display. The liquid crystal display (LCD) with an electroluminescent backlight features grey segments on a black background.

This Speedmaster is powered, as we mentioned above, by a multi-functional quartz chronograph movement, the in-house calibre 5619. It includes a thermo-compensated integrated circuit. This new movement was developed under an ESA patent licence based on an invention by ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy.

The Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 comes on a titanium bracelet, featuring a fold-over clasp. And there’s also an interactive iPad App for this watch, which you can download from the Omega website.

Omega Launches the PyeongChang 2018 Special Edition

Omega is already preparing for the Olympic Winter Games next year by presenting a new special edition. Omega launched a similar edition last year for the Rio Olympics and two years before that for Sochi 2014. The Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018 will be the 28th Olympic Games with Omega fulfilling its role as Official Timekeeper. So celebrating with a collection of new watches seems absolutely appropriate.

The PyeongChang 2018 collection features two timepieces: The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra PyeongChang 2018 and the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M PyeongChang 2018. Both watches are Limited Editions with 2.018 pieces each.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra PyeongChang  2018 features the classic Aqua Terra look which is visible in the teak dial and sleek case design. The words PYEONGCHANG 2018 have been inscribed on the minute rack of the stunning blue dial, creating a beautiful highlight in colour. And the numbers 18 and 20 are perfectly aligned with the time indication. The stainless steel case has a diameter of 41.5 mm.

The case of the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M PyeongChang 2018 is also made of stainless steel and with 43.5 mm in diameter slightly larger than the Aqua Terra. The diver’s watch captures the colours of the South Korean flag with a polished blue ceramic dial and unidirectional bezel, blended with red rubber for the first 15 minutes. This theme is continued through the blue and red rubber strap. Everyone who likes this watch but not quite that much colour on the wrist might be glad to hear that Omega delivers an additional stainless steel bracelet.

On both models, the “Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018” logo is included on a sapphire crystal case back as well as the Olympic rings. The other thing, both watches have in common, is the movement. They are powered by the Master Co-Axial 8500. This self-winding master chronometer is resistant to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss and provides a power reserve of 60 hours. Omega is the only manufacturer which offers watches with METAS-certified movements.

The watch of Castle’s Kate Beckett: The Omega Speedmaster

1000.5x1In case you are a fan of the ABC-Show “Castle” you might have wondered, which watch it is, that Detective Kate Beckett is wearing. It is a Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional 42mm. It is the watch of her father and it is of nostalgic value to her.

admin-ajaxThe Speedmaster is one of the most iconic timepieces watchmaker Omega has to offer. Having been a part of all six lunar missions, the legendary Speedmaster is an impressive representation of the brand’s adventurous pioneering spirit. This watch was worn during the first American spacewalk and was the first watch worn by an astronaut walking on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
This Omega Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch” features a black dial covered by a hesalite crystal and graced by a small seconds sub-dial, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder along with a central chronograph hand. The black bezel, with its tachymetric scale, is mounted on a 42 mm stainless steel case and presented on a black leather strap.

admin-ajax1At the heart of this chronograph is Omega’s mechanical calibre 1861, the famous manual-winding movement that was worn on the moon. It comes with a rhodium-plated finish and a power-reserve of 48 hours. The Moonwatch is also water resistant up to 50 metres.

Clearly, the Omega Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch” is a legendary piece. Its calibre has proven its worth and reliability under the hardest circumstances possible, which are unlikely to happen here on earth. It is made to last and comes with an extraordinary history. That it appears in a popular TV-Show therefore becomes a minor matter. But a nice one, we have to admit.

For more information visit www.omegawatches.com

OMEGA: Countdown to the Olympic Winter Games 2014

The 365-day countdown to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi/Russia officially began with the unveiling of new OMEGA-Countdown Clocks in eight cities across Russia. The excitement and anticipation for the next Olympic Winter Games grows as the days, hours, minutes and seconds tick away to 7 February, 2014 when the Olympic Winter Games officially start. In May 2011, OMEGA revealed its first Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Countdown Clock in the host city. In addition to Sochi, the new cities that are now home to an official countdown include Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Pyatigorsk, Novosibirsk and Khabarovsk.

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M „Skyfall“: Feel like a secret agent

Just recently the popular wristwatch manufacturer Omega intruduced his latest limited edition Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M.

Already for the seventh time the Omega snatched a minor part in a Bond movie. In the latest Bond adventure „Skyfall“ Daniel Craig is wearing the Omega Seamster.

With his watches, James Bond fires bombs or generates laser beams. Although the latest Omega model cannot offer this you’ll feel like a super secret agent by just wearing it.