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OMEGA SEAMASTER PLANET OCEAN - MODEL 2209.50.00



I cannot say enough about how great it is to buy from an authorized dealer in a shop as opposed to ordering and having that anxious waiting period before it arrives at your door and checking it over with a loupe after you have taken it out of the box for the first time.
The manager of this store was helpful and professional and when I selected the model, the bracelet was resized to fit me perfectly.

My watch was supplied with a 3 year international warranty, chronometer certification (COSC) and a pixel card. These cards fit in a cream colored leather pouch and the really fine looking red leather box contains the card pouch, small instruction book and a compartment for the spare bracelet links. All of this fits into a nice white cardboard box.




The store manager also gave me a very nice Omega book that contains information and photographs of the history and achievements of Omega and a big range of watches as well as the Omega Ambassadors. A week or so later, he mailed me a Seamaster cleaning cloth which you can see in some of these photographs. A really nice, professional store manager. Makes such a change these days. Anyone looking for a new Omega, please PM me and I will supply his details.
Here's my PO on the book:


Now to the watch. The Omega Seamaster Professional Planet Ocean to give it its elaborate full title is one of the most solidly built watches I have ever worn. It feels indestructible, which of course it isn’t, but it just feels that way, rather like the 244 series Volvos; built to last, but a whole lot prettier than a Volvo! The model I selected was the 42mm model as the 45mm was just too large for my 19cm (7.5inch) wrist. It is a heavy watch on the wrist. On our kitchen scales it racked up 180grams including the bracelet minus two links. I do not think women who prefer wearing men’s wrist watches will find the PO to their liking. A heavy watch has its pros and cons. You are aware it’s on your wrist because of the weight which acts as a subconscious reminder not to walk too close to concrete or brick walls or pass through narrow portals that could scratch or damage the watch. I have a titanium watch which is so light I actually forget I’m wearing it, so it can, in a way, be more susceptible to getting bumped or scratched.


My PO is quintessentially a watch designed for wear during aqua sports and can be worn worry free in the ocean or the pool for two main reasons. The first is that its water tested to 60 ATM (600 meters). That’s a long way down. Draw comparisons with Rolex Submariner and the Omega SMP’s at 300m. The Rolex Sea Dweller of course having depth on dial reading of 1220m. There are so called diver watches that are claimed to survive to greater depths, but Omega and Rolex sports aqua watches don’t look like a weight wheel from a barbell! 600m/2000 feet gives me peace of mind in the pool or ocean and is a far deeper than I would ever descend in water unless I was on a one way trip to DJ’s locker, then it wouldn‘t really matter!


BRACELET
The second worry free reason is that my particular model has a stainless steel bracelet with a wetsuit extension capability and a two release button mechanism that won’t open the clasp unless both buttons are depressed simultaneously. The bracelet is solidly constructed and is beautifully designed. Both the fold over extension and the wetsuit extension fit nicely within the clasp without extending on to the bracelet links. I know of other bracelets that the fold over linkage extends into the bracelet links and leaves score marks on the links after a time.


See how it all folds neatly inside the clasp here:


I would say that the next best to the PO bracelet is the Breitling Professional II bracelet followed by the Rolex, but that’s just my opinion. The PO range also have rubber and leather straps available, but I don’t think they look as nice as the SS bracelet. I suppose that one could always buy a PO of their choice with the SS bracelet and order the strap later. This would be a lot cheaper than doing it the other way round I would think. The only possible gripe I might have with the SS bracelet on the PO is the lack of finite adjustment inside the clasp. Omega have not chosen this option and have half size links that can be removed for resizing smaller. I believe that Omega have done this by design and not accident to minimize the use of springbars in their bracelet and by doing so reduce the chances of the bracelet separating without warning. I had this happen to me on another watch with a bracelet while I was parking my car. The bracelet on my PO has really strong sleeve pins connecting the links and the clasp. These have to be removed by a special tool. The only springbars are the two attaching the bracelet to the lugs of the watch. Even these are a real job to remove unless one has the right tool and the technique as they are very strong springs! I tried to remove the bracelet from the lugs with a cheap springbar remover tool and ended up bending the tool!



Profile:
I measured the case including the crystal and found it to be 15mm. This looks a lot when you hold the watch up and look at it side on. However, on the wrist it appears to be thinner than it really is. This model has 20mm lug width. The 45mm model is 22m because it would look a bit odd if it were the same size as the 42mm.


The case edges are bevelled and shouldered to create the illusion of slimness. The lugs are designed to flow into the case edge and are highly polished. The right underside lug has the micro engraved serial number of the watch. I needed a loupe to read the eight digit number as it is very small. The screw in crown has pull-out sequential positions for the initial winding of the mainspring of the movement, date and time synchronization. The crown has the Omega sign which looks impressive. It has no shoulder protection.

The helium release crown near the 10 o’clock side of the casing and unless the watch is subjected to an helium environment, this crown should be kept closed. This crown has the chemical symbol for helium on it. He

The Crystal:
I could not find any data relating to the thickness of the crystal, but I would guess it is at least 4mm thick. It is slightly domed and cambers very nicely into the bezel edge with virtually no raised edge that some other watches have. The Planet Ocean has a double sided coating on its crystal to minimize reflection. I read that there are some who don’t like the outside ant-reflective coating and remove it with Polywatch rubbing compound. I have no desire to do this. One of my dislikes of the Rolex Submariner was the highly reflective flat crystal which sometimes made the dial difficult to read outdoors. It’s very useful for reflecting sunlight and I guess could be used in a heliographic way to attract attention or to irritate people at the next alfresco lunch table.

The Dial:
The jet black dial has references to it’s water pressure capabilities and the fact that it is a co-axial movement chronometer and that it is a Seamaster Professional, but no reference to it being a PLANET OCEAN which only appears on the case back. The dial face has a mixture of luminova coated indices and Arabic numerals of 12, 9 and 6 all in a reddish/orange color on a black dial face. This makes the watch extremely easy to read, particularly in subdued light. The hands and indices have very good luminosity which become progressively visible towards total darkness and remain readable for many night hours. All Omega SMP’s have among the best luminosity in both intensity and duration. I know of other more expensive brands of watches that are just not in the same league.
Here it is in subdued light, without any flashlight prompting and its already starting to glow:

The date window at 3 o’clock is not magnified, but is of adequate size and I have no trouble reading it from any angle.
The hour and minute hands have a unique arrowhead design which one either likes or hates. I personally find them to be out of the ordinary but blend well with the whole of the design of the Planet Ocean models. The second hand has a small arrowhead on it with a red tip. I can’t fault the dial, its just beautiful.





Bezel:
The bezel on my model is the orange color one and I personally like it. The rotation is counter clockwise only and has very positive clicks. The lumi pearl inset in the bezel sits inside an inverted black triangle, the point of which positions exactly in line with the 12 o’clock dial marker.

Case back:
Words can’t really describe the marvellous looking case back of the PO with the larger Omega Sea Monster beautifully embossed in the steel and the words PLANET OCEAN around the edges. It is one of the best designs I have seen on a watch case back.
I used a shaving mirror as a prop here because I couldn't get the lugs off. Waiting for a new tool to arrive!



Using a loupe, one will see there is a circular minute red seal, about the size of a pinhead situated over the edge of the lid and the casing edge. This is the seal put on by the factory after it has been checked. If the watch has been opened since that time, the seal will be broken.


Movement
The co-axial movement on this range of Omegas is a relative newcomer. The history of it relates to an English horologist *Dr. George Daniels MBE, DSc, FSA born 1926 who invented it. The co-axial differs from the conventional lever escapement common to other mechanical watch movements, in a design than greatly reduces friction and is claimed to require less lubrication and maintenance. At my time of life, I do not require accuracy to within seconds per month, but I do like my watch to err on the side of gain rather than loss in time which my PO does ever so slightly.


OVERALL

The Omega Sea Master Professional Planet Ocean is a fine mechanical Swiss watch, beautifully designed and constructed to give years of reliability. I never find it boring to look at. I believe that Omega have in this range of models, a superb sports aquatic watch, great in design, aesthetically pleasing to the eye and unlike heavier and thicker diver type watches it can be worn for most occasions. The choice of orange or black bezels enables the buyer to choose the sport look or a more austere appearance for the executive. If I was still at work, I would have chosen the black bezel with the red primary numerals. PO models have the optional 45.5mm diameter case for the man with wrists above 7.5 inches which will no doubt please many.


Stevie

*Additional reading in Wikepedia relates to Dr Daniels.
 

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Very interesting read Stevie and a great review. As a matter of fact, I just received my first SMP just today, and I think there will be more Sea Monsters in my stable in the not too distant future!

Great looking watch, wear it in good health :)

Terry B
 

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Excellent review! Thanks for putting it together!!! That's an AWESOME watch.
 

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Lovely, nice review! That's exactly the model I'd like to own someday. :-!
 

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Wow, what a good review :-!

This is the baby that jumps out at me also as it is one gorgeous piece of work - Hell, even my partner of 14 years said that when I walk past a watch shop, I look at it more longingly than I look at her :-d
 

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I have just had to send my PO back for a repair to the bezel as the ratchet seems to have broken and it now turns freely both clockwise and anti-clockwise, has anybody else encountered this problem? I do not use the watch for diving etc. and I have not used the bezel or knocked it at all so it cannot have been caused by wear and tear.

I do think this is one of the best looking watches on the market at the moment and it's performance is fantastic. I have the XL (45mm) version and you certainly do not forget that you are wearing it! I first spotted the watch in a shop in Graz (Austria) and thing I liked most about it is that at a glance it is timeless in design, it was in a sort of antique shop and I genuinely thought it was a 30 year old model. I think the basic black face, black bezel model will become a classic in time, although I am not a fan of the orange bezel model.

Check this article for a comparison of vintage Seamaster 300 to the PO
http://www.omegablogger.com/archives/75
 

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Just read your review, Stevie, and would like to thank you for taking the time to write it up. Sorry to read your first Seamaster was stolen.

Great pics too. I have the Bond Seamaster purchased before it became known as such over 10 years ago with the old 1109 movement and it has, and continues to keep exceptional time (with services every couple of years).

I think I'm going to have put the PO to the top of my wishlist. I'm in Brisbane and I'll PM you for your AD contact if that's OK? Cheers, and thanks again for the review.
 

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Just read your review, Stevie, and would like to thank you for taking the time to write it up. Sorry to read your first Seamaster was stolen.

Great pics too. I have the Bond Seamaster purchased before it became known as such over 10 years ago with the old 1109 movement and it has, and continues to keep exceptional time (with services every couple of years).

I think I'm going to have put the PO to the top of my wishlist. I'm in Brisbane and I'll PM you for your AD contact if that's OK? Cheers, and thanks again for the review.
Thanks an all that!
I read your PM b4 I saw this. I have replied.
Mentioning my name to him may help.
He said last week that they are clearing Omega stock as their store will no longer carry the brand. The other WB stores are in City and PacFair who will continue, but they won't be discounting much
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This was a very informative review and encourage more to do so. I have been wanting to buy a good "keeper" watch for about 4 years now and decided last week to finally do it, and visited a local shop here in Phoenix -- I walked in wanting to see the 300m's but walked out knowing I wanted the PO more. I know I want the orange #'s on the dial but am still deciding between the black or orange bezel, both have their pros and few cons. In fact does anyone know whether the bezel is replaceable by a jeweler for the occasional swap? The orange bezel is extremely distinctive, and the black is extremely classy. And I actually prefer now not having the cyclops, having seen them in person. More subdued a design I think... Now I just need to adjust the budget since it's a definite step up from the 300m. I'm interested in hearing about various AD's if anyone would like to send me a PM. I have talked with one who sounds very legit and knowledgeable. I'd be interested to know if there were any near the Ohio/PA area.

I am very intrigued to see where this purchase takes me; outside of buying a winder, the idea of having to visit your watch every day or so if you happen to not wear it over a few days is interesting, almost like taking care of a pet... I've also wondered if anyone out there has ever found that wearing a 'weighty' watch was a bit too much for the wrist to handle per their own comfort level... Would hate to run into that after a sizeable purchase! But at any rate -- this review was an invaluable add'l resource just to have add'l perspective, some more facts, and most importantly, pictures.

Here is another site I am using for reference; it shows the black bezel with the red #'s. I have not seen this model # anywhere in catalogs or online and wonder if it's an after-the-purchase hybrid of sorts.

http://rolexreferencepage.com/SDPO/sd vs po.html

Looking forward to the eventual purchase.

AD
 

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Here is another site I am using for reference; it shows the black bezel with the red #'s. I have not seen this model # anywhere in catalogs or online and wonder if it's an after-the-purchase hybrid of sorts.
Good news Andy, this is certainly available... model number is 2200.51.00 - for the 45.5mm version at least.

I recently got one (my first "real" watch), and it had to be imported from Switzerland by my local dealer because they were not available here yet. But there were no dramas. It is a fantastic watch.

Regards
Sean
 

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I have just purchased a PO with orange bezel. The metal bracelet is well made and I like the gentle curve. The face is easy and clear and the watch just looks timeless!
:-!This is my first Omega and I know it won't be my last as I have been tweaking my shopping list.
 

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Just gotta say that that was a great review and answered some of the questions that I had about the PO. I really want a PO Chrono but price dictates that I will have to "settle " for a reg. PO XL. I can live with that!:-!
 

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Great review Steve, the 45mm PO on stainless with black bezel and orange numbers is next for me, hopefully soon. Thanks for reinforcing what I already knew, the PO is a great watch, no matter what color option you chose.
 

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A really good, honest review, great, and well done for taking the time to write it all.
I would just like to say I agree with your point about heavy watches, I agree with you that when your wearing something with some weight in it, its like having a sub-consious message in your head all the time saying "Mind that concrete wall, dont get too close to that fence post"! Its nice feeling it there. My Seiko Kinetic Divers 200 is really heavy, and thats the way I like it.
Hope you enjoy the PO and hope it keeps running for many years to come.
 

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great review ,have been debating for while about what timepiece to purchase next, was going to buy a tag link electro-mehanical, but after more indepth research ,including your thread have now decided on the PO orange bezel, wife says wait a week and if im still set on it she wont moan about cost, so counting of days till trip to AD here in scotland. :thanks
 

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Great review, and I concur... I got the Orange and the Blk bezel is ordered, it is an easy swap BTW. I got the mesh and I will never wear the bracelet or rubber again.... it is great.
 

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just back from AD in edinburgh ,intent on getting PO with orange bezal but was mesmerised by classic look of black face and bezel/white numerals. So bought that one instead couple that with a £150 discount on marked price one sweet day!
 
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