Although it is still a full year ahead, Omega already introduced two limited edition Seamaster Planet Ocean models, to commemorate the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to be held in Sochi, Russia, in February of 2014.
The two models are the large 45.5 mm Planet Ocean and a white ladies model, measuring 37.5 mm in diameter. Both are fitted with a matt black ceramic ring dive ring, with the colours of the flag of the Russian Federation: minutes 1 through 5 are lacquered in blue; minutes 6 through 10 are lacquered in red.
I don’t think we have to introduce the Seamaster Planet Ocean entirely, so I will focus on the particular features of these two limited editions. The applied indexes and the polished, facetted rhodium-plated hands are coated with white Super-LumiNova. All indexes and hands emit blue light, except the minute hand, which emits green light, as does the dot at 12 o’clock on the diving bezel. Omega says this feature makes it easy for divers to keep track of their time at a glance.
The gents’ watch has a 45.5 mm brushed and polished stainless steel case and a matching bracelet. Like always, the first 15 minutes are marked with thin stripes on the black ceramic bezel. On these models (both the men and ladies models), the minutes 1 through 5 are lacquered in blue and minutes 6 through 10 are lacquered in red. The caseback is embossed with the “Sochi 2014” Olympic logo and is engraved with “Si14” (refering to the silicium balance spring) and the limited edition number (0001/2014). At the 10 o’clock position, in the side of the case, is a helium escape valve.
Again a Seamaster Planet Ocean that is more limited than we’re used to from Omega. With the previous Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Skyfall, our friends of Omega already turned in the right direction and limited it to “just” 5,007 pieces. Previous versions dedicated to James Bond were limited to 10,007 pieces!
Inside ticks Omega’s co-axial caliber 8500, the movement that is equipped with the Si14 silicon balance spring. Like on all Omega timepieces with the Si 14 balance spring, Omega delivers it with a full four-year warranty.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chrono, that also measures 45.5 mm in diameter, has been thouroughly reviewed by us last year. Click here to read the review.
The smaller ladies version, in fashionable white and with more red and blue details than the larger mens version, is equipped with calibre 8520. This movement is a member of the same co-axial movement “family” and also features the Si 14 balance spring.
Both versions have a depth rating of 600 meters / 60 bar / 2000 feet. The 37.5 mm brushed and polished stainless steel case has a white ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel with a diving scale. As with the gents’ version, the minute markers at 1 through 5 are lacquered in blue while minutes 6 through 10 are lacquered in red. Additionally the Arabic numerals 6 and 9 are in red and blue.
The OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Sochi 2014 watches have been created in ladies’ and gents’ versions, each limited to 2,014 pieces. More info through the Omega website here.
This article is written by Frank Geelen, executive editor for Monochrome Watches.