2016 Omega Seamaster Watches: Reviews And Singapore PricesWritten by Melissa Kong
Every suave British gent from Prince William to James Bond sports one. Here’s a look at the latest Omega Seamasters and why you should wear one too.
SEAMASTER PLANET OCEAN MASTER CHRONOMETER COLLECTION
How do you make a successful collection even better? Upgrade it inside and out, of course.
For the first time in the history of the Planet Ocean range, each new watch is now a certified Master Chronometer after rigorous testing by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology.
To complement its Master Chronometer status, the Planet Ocean watches now come in thinner cases, new bezels and innovative materials like the in-house Liquidmetal®—a zirconium-based alloy—and Sedna™ gold, an 18K rose gold alloy comprising gold, copper and palladium.
SEAMASTER PLANET OCEAN 43.5MM AUTO Ref. 22.214.171.124.03.001 - S$9,000
Clearly fashioned for the sportsman, this rugged timepiece features the first uni-directional rotating diving bezel that blends rubber with ceramic. Orange rubber coats the first 15 minutes while Liquidmetal® is used for the diving and minute scales. A black leather strap with black and orange rubber underside completes the look while the Master Chronometer 8900 serves as its engine.
SEAMASTER PLANET OCEAN 43.5MM GMT Ref. 126.96.36.199.01.001 - S$10,850
In a world first, the bi-directional rotating bezel on this version comes in polished black and white ceramic to separate day and night. In low lighting, the numbers and scales remain visible while the white Super-LumiNova dot at 12 o’clock gives additional brightness. If you’re wondering about the missing “Professional” label on the dial, it’s because the bezel is bi-directional, as opposed to professional diving watches which have uni-directional bezels. That’s no reason not to take it diving though—it’s driven by the Master Chronometer 8906, water-resistant up to 600m and, like the other Seamasters, has a helium escape valve built in at the 10 o’clock position.
SEAMASTER PLANET OCEAN 45.5MM CHRONOGRAPH Ref. 188.8.131.52.03.001 - S$22,500
Powered by the new Master Chronometer 9900, this ticker boasts a stunning blue bezel and ceramic dial against a bi-coloured bracelet in steel and Sedna™ gold. Two sub-dials are positioned at three o’clock and nine o’clock, and a unique alveol design graces the case back. You’ll want to take this looker from weekday meetings to weekend dive trips.
SEAMASTER AQUA TERRA “GOODPLANET” Ref. 184.108.40.206.04.001 & Ref. 220.127.116.11.04.001 – S$9,950 & $13,050
Crafted with grade 5 titanium, the Aqua Terra “GoodPlanet” timepieces come in a 43mm GMT model powered by the manufacturer’s Master Co-Axial Calibre 8605 or a 38.5mm model running on the Master Co-Axial Calibre 8500. Both feature applied blue indexes, a lacquered white dial and facetted blued hands. The GMT version includes a red tipped GMT hand for international time.
The case back of both watches are made with a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that allows for a look into the movement. In a nod to its conservation roots, each watch comes in a special bamboo box and a portion of the sales will go towards two new wildlife projects launched in Botswana, thanks to the Omega-GoodPlanet Foundation partnership.
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".