Introduced in 2006, the Planet Ocean ‘Orange Mecanique’ takes the orange theme a step further and displays a striking combination of precision engineering and fine gem-setting. Zesty orange sapphires and sparkling white diamond baguettes are set into the bezel and draw the eye to the contrast with the dark mother-of-pearl dial.
The ultra glamorous Planet Ocean ‘Orange Mecanique’ is a COSC certified chronometer that retains many of the original diver’s watch functions including helium escape valve.
The white gold dial is overlaid with black mother-of-pearl creating an attractive dark blue shade that stands out against the bright orange of the alligator strap and the baguette sapphires on the bezel.
The hour markers are baguette diamonds, complemented by Arabic numerals in orange at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock combined with a practical date indicator at 3 o’clock. True to the demands of a diver’s watch, the facetted rhodium-plated arrowhead hour and minute hands are coated with Super Luminova to aid visibility ensuring that the dial will be legible even when taking this bejewelled chronometer to the darkest depths of the ocean. The minute markers and the Omega logo are in sober white.
The white gold bezel is available in five different combinations of baguette diamonds and orange sapphires. The five choices are: all orange sapphires; sapphires interspersed with diamonds at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock; an uninterrupted row of diamonds from 12 to 3 o’clock representing the regulation 15 minutes diving time; one diamond to every two sapphires; or finally, sapphires from 12 to 3 o’clock and diamonds from 3 to 12 o’clock.
The Planet Ocean ‘Orange Mecanique’ is equipped with Calibre 2500, a high precise self-winding chronometer movement with a power reserve of 48 hours. The Co-Axial escapement, proprietary Omega technology, considerably reduces friction in the heart of the watch mechanism and offers improved long-term reliability and accuracy. This COSC-certified chronometer is further improved by a free-sprung balance.
The stainless steel case comes in two sizes: 42 mm and an impressive 45.5 mm. The dial is enclosed behind a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides for optimum clarity. To enhance water resistance, the case features both a screw-in crown and case back; the latter is decorated with the Seamaster seahorse medallion.
Water-resistant to a depth of 600 metres (2,000 feet), the Planet Ocean ‘Orange Mecanique’ is equipped with a helium escape valve positioned at 10 o’clock and embossed with the chemical symbol for helium “He”. The helium escape valve allows any atoms of this gas to escape preserving the watch and the movement from potential decompression damages.
This model is fitted with an over-stitched orange alligator strap with a stainless steel fold over clasp.