In exactly one year from now, on February 9, 2018, the 2018 Winter Olympics will open their doors in PyeongChang, South Korea. As it is now common, the official timekeeper of the Olympics will again be Omega Watches. Indeed, the Biel-based brand has fulfilled the role on 27 occasions since 1932. And because it has now become a very common practice (see the 2016 Rio Editions, here and here, or the first PyeongChang Edition), Omega will have a dedicated watch to celebrate the event. With the colours of the South Korean flag as an inspiration, here is the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m PyeongChang 2018 Limited Edition.
This new PyeongChang 2018 Limited Edition is based on the updated version of the Omega Planet Ocean 600m, introduced last year at Baselworld. This 43.5mm dive watch shows a specific color scheme for the occasion of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, all based on the colors of the South Korean flag, meaning blue and red. Limited to 2,018 pieces, this Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m PyeongChang 2018 is cased in stainless steel and features a polished blue ceramic [ZrO2] dial and unidirectional bezel, blended with red rubber for the first 15 minutes – something that appeared first in 2016, on the regular PO 600m. The minute scale on the diving bezel is enlightened in metallic tones, thanks to the Liquidmetal technology.
Alongside the blue ceramic dial with red accents, the blue ceramic bezel with red rubber, that same color scheme is also applied to the strap, which actually uses a blue rubber, red lining and stitchings and a bleu fabric on top. In addition, a stainless steel bracelet will be available in the special presentation box. Finally, transferred on the sapphire caseback of the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m PyeongChang 2018 Limited Edition are the words “PyeongChang 2018” and the Olympic Games logo.
As said, this Olympics limited edition of the Planet Ocean 600m is based on the updated version showed in 2016. While the design of the watch has evolved only in details (slightly redesigned numerals and indexes), it’s mainly on the technical side that this watch has been revamped. First of all, the case has a new diameter, at 43.5mm (which replaces the existing 42mm version, and 45.5mm diameter is now reserved only to the chronographs). Then, the case is slightly thinner than before, even if at 16.04mm, it remains a solid watch.
Evolutions are also noticeable on the materials used. For instance, the ceramic bezel still relies on the Liquidmetal technology for seamlessly interacted scales, yet this bezel now also integrates rubber to create a contrasting 15-minute scale. The dial is no more traditionally done in brass but is crafted from ultra-resistant polished ceramic.
The last of the evolutions is not the least of them, as it concerns the movement. Indeed, the PO 600m (and so does this Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m PyeongChang 2018 Limited Edition) is now featuring the Master Chronometer movement, meaning the fully antimagnetic calibre which has been tested in one of the most rigorous manners (under criteria defined with METAS). The Calibre 8900 is resistant to 15,000 Gauss, is produced in-house and features the co-axial escapement, a free sprung-balance with silicon balance spring, two barrels mounted in series, automatic winding in both directions – with 60h power reserve.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m PyeongChang 2018 Limited Edition will be produced in 2,018 pieces. Price is not yet revealed, but expect around 6,500 to 7,000 Euros. More details on www.omegawatches.com.