A monster born for the sea.
Omega has just taken the wraps off a slew of new watches for 2022, but one of the most notable is undoubtedly the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep 6000 m.
Ultra Deep began with three experimental Ultra Deep watches that completed a 12-hour dive strapped to the exterior of a submersible to 10,935 m, or 35,876 ft, which, according to Omega, is the deepest dive ever made by a human or watch. This experimental watch – rated to a depth of 15,000 meters – has evolved into the commercially available Ultra Deep, Omega’s formidable diver’s watch.
The Ultra Deep 6000 m has half the depth rating of the experimental model, but is more wear-resistant, with a diameter of 45.5 mm, similar to the Planet Ocean 600 m, albeit with a case thickness of 18.12 mm. On the other hand, the experimental watch is almost 28mm thick. Wholesale watch
Needless to say, the Ultra Deep is a saturation diving watch, but its construction is airtight, which explains the lack of a helium vent valve.
Omega’s top dive watches have always been chunky, but the Ultra Deep takes it to the next level. With its massive case, the Ultra Deep might not be a comfortable fit, but it’s an indispensable feature for a dive watch of this type. It’s so overbuilt that it doesn’t really make sense, but that’s what makes Ultra Deep cool.
While the technical achievements of depth ratings are impressive, Ultra Deep is known for more than just raw data. One of its novel features is O-Megasteel, a steel alloy that is the latest in the brand’s growing line of proprietary alloys and the first not to be a precious metal.
The Ultra Deep looks surprisingly good, thanks in part to the new dial finish. The best-looking ones are the grey or blue fumé dials, a new addition to the Planet Ocean family, although classic styles like the glossy white and matte black dials are still appealing for a diver’s watch.
Also worth mentioning is the ultra-deep titanium. Of all the editions, the titanium model is the closest to the 2019 experimental watch. Like the experimental Luxury watch, it has a fixed curved strap, nicknamed the “Manta” lugs.
While Ultra Deep has inherent appeal, it feels a bit late to the game. Rolex first launched its experimental Deepsea Challenge in 2012, four years after the introduction of the Deepsea diver’s watch rated to a depth of 3,900 meters. Ultra Deep is an incremental improvement, but it will take a long time to achieve.
That said, the Ultra Deep is priced competitively, which adds to its appeal. Strap prices start at $11,200 for the steel version, $12,300 for the titanium version, and moderately priced for the Ultra Deep.
Surprisingly, the Ultra Deep costs less than the discontinued Ploprof 1200 m, probably due to its simpler housing construction. While the Ploprof is the clear winner in terms of historical significance and case construction, the Ultra Deep is definitely more attractive due to its technical features and stunning execution.
The Ultra Deep is water resistant to 6000m, quite unlike most dive watches, which are usually rated at 200m or 300m. Interestingly, even though it’s rated much deeper than Omega’s other dive watches, the Ultra Deep doesn’t have a helium release valve because the case is constructed to prevent gas from entering during saturation dives (this is all academic, Because such depths are impossible for humans to reach without submersibles).
However, this grade requires an extra-thick case that’s 18.12mm tall. The thickness remains despite or possibly because of the novel structure with four patents pending. That said, the Ultra Deep is probably more forgivable in size than the Planet Ocean 600m chronograph, although it’s rated at 300m, its thickness is similar (thickness in this case is due to the chronograph movement ).
Another feature that contributes to the depth rating is its new steel alloy, according to wholesale Omega. With the popularity of in-house alloys in watchmaking, the new O-Megasteel isn’t particularly exciting, but it’s still worth noting. O-Megasteel is twice as strong as regular steel, helping to improve crush resistance, but it also has cosmetic advantages, such as a brighter, silverer appearance.
While the brand is tight-lipped about the composition of O-Megasteel, it claims the alloy can withstand twice as much pressure as typical stainless steels like 316L and 904L, the most common types of watchmaking. It also has a higher surface hardness, which means O-Megasteel is 50% more scratch resistant than standard steel alloys.
Also of note are the new bracelet and clasp. While looking identical to the bracelet on the standard Planet Ocean 600 m, the new bracelet has a more three-dimensional look and is more refined, with polished bevels on the edges of each link. Likewise, the clasp is slender but strong, an improvement over the wider and longer clasp of earlier models.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep 6000 m
Ref. 126.96.36.199.01.001 (Titanium)
refer to. 188.8.131.52.06.001 (orange, strap)
refer to. 184.108.40.206.06.001 (orange, bracelet)
refer to. 220.127.116.11.04.001 (white, strap)
Ref.18.104.22.168.04.001 (white, bracelet)
Ref. 22.214.171.124.03.001 (blue, strap)
Ref.126.96.36.199.03.001 (blue, bracelet)
Diameter: 45.5 mm
Height: 18.12 mm
Material: Grade 5 Titanium or O-Steel
Waterproof: 6,000 meters
Movement: Carl. 8912
Features: hours, minutes, seconds
Frequency: 25,200 beats/hour (3.5 Hz)
Chain: Automatic winding:
Power reserve: 60 hours
Strap: Polyamide nato, rubber or O-megasteel