Given the choice between a Rolex and an Omega there really is no choice at all: I’d take the Omega any day and the Omega Planet Ocean 42mm is the very paradigm of what I expect in a high end sports watch. It lacks the ostentatious of other brands in its field, preferring to go for a more rugged elegance that, for me, is essential. I don’t want my watch to leap out in crowds. I want the casual observer to become slowly aware of just how superb this watch really is. The Omega Planet Ocean 42mm is – in its own subtle way – gorgeous. But don’t take my word for it, lets break it down (not literally) and lets see why this model really is in a class of its own.
I should say from the offset that the 42mm is the little brother of the 45.5mm model. Size not withstanding, the only real difference between the two is the finer chasing on the edge of the bezel, so if you prefer something a little bolder you may want to go up a size – either way you’ll be getting yourself a first class watch. The ceramic bezel is brushed with stainless steel and comes in either black or orange with a luminous dot at twelve. For me, this little detail is not only functional but screams this is a watch designed with the sportsman in mind. The dial itself is mat black with luminescent hands and markers. Another lovely touch is the orange tipped arrowhead on the second hand that continues the watches overall sporty look and allows the wearer to see the hand almost instantaneously.
In terms of reliability and functionality, the Omega Planet 42mm has all the design features that you come to expect from Omega. The sapphire crystal on the front and exhibition back case ensures that scratches are a thing of the past. The watches time keeping rate is phenomenal. It is a self-winding automatic chronometer and it comes equipped with the Omega co-axial 8500 movement; ensuring that the watch runs, maintenance free, for far longer periods. But what any buyer should really be asking is, how does it perform as dive watch? Thankfully and unsurprisingly, it doesn’t disappoint, remaining water resistant for depths of up to 2000 feet. Most significantly and uniquely, the watch is fitted with a helium escape valve which is designed to be opened when divers return to atmospheric pressure. Without the valve, there is a risk that high pressures can push the crystal out of place.
To sum up, the Omega Ocean 42mm looks good, functions well and is essential when diving. If you are looking to invest in a high end watch, then this should be a strong contender. It has all the markings of a classic dive watch packed into something far more contemporary. Its understated elegance allows the watch to look good in both formal and informal occasions. You are unlikely to be disappointed as this is a time piece that will serve you well for years to come.