The Seamaster and the Planet Ocean are
the two most popular dive watches from Omega. And there are numerous models to
choose from. So if you’re in the market for a dive watch here are some of the
similarities and differences to consider. In 1993 Omega released the Seamaster 300m Diver. The watch’s sleek 41.5 millimeter case and sculpted
bezel highlighted a contemporary design. And at only 12 millimeters thick it was
one of the thinnest dive watches available. Just two years after it’s
release James Bond, played by Pierce Brosnan, wore the Seamaster 300m.
Catapulting it to icon status. The wave dial and blue bezel became synonymous
with 90s debonair style. For the next two decades the Seamaster received updates
and refinements that seemed to slowly pull it away from its iconic roots. And
then in 2018, for its 25th anniversary, Omega completely updated the Seamaster.
They increased the case design to 42 millimeters and returned to the wave
dial reminiscent of the original from the 90s. Whether you choose the original
or the current model the Seamaster is a great choice for everyday wear. In 2005
Omega introduced the Planet Ocean 600, and it became the bigger brother to the
Seamaster. It had twice the water resistance and came in two case sizes 42
and 45.5 millimeters. The trapezoidal indices on the dial, and the
three link bracelet give nod to the Seamasters of the 60s, while creating a
distinctly new look for the Planet Ocean. In 2006 the Planet Ocean solidified its
place in the Omega lineup. Once again James Bond, now played by Daniel Craig,
wore the watch in Casino Royale. Since then the Planet Ocean has seen
multiple revisions and countless variations in dial, bezel, and even metal.
Currently in its third generation, the Planet Ocean comes in a more modest 39.5 and 43.5 millimeter case.
Now let’s look at the current references side-by-side. We’ll first look at some of
the similarities. Both watches have ceramic dials and bezels, and both
watches still retain their helium escape valve at ten o’clock. And for the first
time, both watches have exhibition case backs.
Lastly, they share the updated clasp with an easy adjustment. Now for some of the
differences. The Seamaster is a 42 millimeter case while the Planet Ocean,
seen here, is the 43.5 millimeter. The Seamaster is still a
thinner case design coming in at 14 millimeters, while the Planet Ocean is 16.
The Planet Ocean retains its three link bracelet and the Seamaster keeps
its traditional five link design. The Planet Ocean’s bezel uses Liquidmetal™
for the numbers where the Sea Master uses enamel. The Liquidmetal™ results in
a more durable, but also more costly bezel. The Planet Ocean also has the
Omega calibre 8900 while the Seamaster has the 8800. Now these movements are
very similar when it comes to performance, but the Planet Ocean’s
caliber 8900 does have a slightly longer power reserve thanks to its twin barrels.
And lastly, the Planet Ocean has a water resistance of 600 meters whereas the Seamaster is 300 meters. All in all these two watches have very similar
specifications and both the current Seamaster and Planet Ocean are solid dive
watch options. Do you prefer the nostalgic style of the Seamaster 300m
Diver? Or the high-performance design of the Planet Ocean 600? Let us know which
you prefer and why. And thanks for watching.