With the founding of The Bamford Watch Department came an increasing desire for unique luxury Rolexes that weren’t typically sold by Rolex. The Bamford Watch Department specializes in the customization of Rolexes, their motto being “If you can imagine it- we can create it” (George Bamford, circa 2003).
In recent years, the idea of all black timepieces has gained popularity. However, because Rolex rarely deviates from its classic and timeless designs, there has been a lack of these desired timepieces on Rolex’s end of the luxury watch market. Omega’s newly released addition to its Planet Ocean collection could be seen as a potential response to this shortage.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Black (Image Courtesy – Watchtime)
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Black
The new Deep Black line only consists of four new watches. It should be noted however, that these watches pack a powerful punch when it comes to practicality and functionality. The new models are a combination of a GMT watch and a diving watch, which is a pretty unique feature. Each 45.5mm case is constructed entirely from a single block of ceramic and is water resistant up to 600m. There are also helium escape valves located at the 10 o’clock position.
Another small, yet important innovation present on these timepieces is the ceramic Naiad locking system. This system was designed for screw down case backs, ensuring that the engraving on the case back is always aligned properly. These case backs feature a sapphire crystal exhibition back, which is rather uncommon to see on dive watches. This allows for the wearer to see the mechanics and movement of the timepiece. What you see at work is the Omega Master Chronometer caliber 8906. This movement is among the highest quality in the industry, passing all eight tests set forth by METAS (Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology) and being resistant to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss. While the Milgauss is not as resistant, it is a great watch.
These timepieces feature a traditional 60-minute diver’s bezel. However, a 24-hour scale was placed directly on the dial, providing a nice combination for those with a preference. The hands on the dial are either 18k white or 18k Sedna gold with a SuperLumiNova luminescent coating.
When designing these watches, Omega took every aspect of the watch into account. Each feature has a purpose, even the accent colors. The Deep Black line has four different colors: blue, red, black, and 18k Sedna gold. The bezels on the blue and red models make a bold statement. These colors were not a random choice. According to Omega, red is the first color to disappear at a depth of 5 meters, making it blend in well with a diving suit and blue is the last color you’ll see at a depth of 275 meters. These red and blue models feature a matte-black finish on both the case and dial to increase underwater visibility. The black and 18k Sedna gold models have a polished, glossy finish. The straps on these timepieces, while they appear to be fabric with a contrast stitching are in fact rubber. The rubber, which is treated with an anti-bacterial coating, makes the watch more durable. The strap is finished off with ceramic-covered titanium clasps. It’s important to note that the strap on the 18k Sedna gold model is rubber lined leather.
Omega’s new Deep Black line is one step closer to the black ceramic bracelet that Bamford customizes, and the one that people have been lusting over recently. However, if you are looking for someone to sell an Omega watch similar to one of these models you might be waiting for quite some time. Omega wont be releasing these watches until October 2016.