In honor of the most decorated Olympian of all time, Omega has released the Seamaster Planet Ocean Michael Phelps. Join us as we dive in for a closer look at this limited-edition timepiece.
Omega Brand Ambassador Micheal Phelps
As the Official Timekeeper at both the Olympic Games and the FINA World Championships, Omega has had a long-running relationship with some of the world’s top aquatic events. As such, the brand’s support of the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, makes complete sense. The all-time record holder for Olympic gold medals, Olympic gold medals in individual events, and Olympic medals in individual events, Phelps has proved an almost superhuman ability in the field of competitive swimming. A friend of the brand since 2004, this year Omega pays tribute to Phelps — who retired at the end of 2016 — with the limited edition Seamaster Planet Ocean Michael Phelps based on the Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph.
As the all-time record holder for Olympic gold medals, Olympic gold medals in individual events, and Olympic medals in individual events, Phelps has proved an almost superhuman ability in the field of competitive swimming. A friend of the brand since 2004, this year Omega pays tribute to Phelps — who retired at the end of 2016 — with the limited edition Seamaster Planet Ocean Michael Phelps based on the Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph.
Limited Edition Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Michael Phelps
The Seamaster Planet Ocean is the signature professional dive watch from Omega. A vividly colored watch, the Seamaster Planet Ocean Michael Phelps is a stylish variation of the popular collection. Sized at 45.5 mm, this stainless steel timepiece pops on the wrist thanks to its bold color combination. Featuring a polished blue ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel with orange rubber for the indication of the first 15 minutes, this is a youthful take on the Seamaster. A screw-in crown sits next to the 3 o’clock mark between two push-buttons with blue accents. On the other hand, the matching helium escape valve can be found at 10 o’clock.
In contrast to the graphic colors on the bezel, the dial comes in a striking white ceramic. The white is the perfect backdrop for the blue hour markers and the orange Arabic numeral “12”. The trio of hour, minute, and chronograph hands are not only blue but luminescent too. However, the chrono hand also features an orange tip for that additional bit of detail. Breaking up the whiteness of the watch face are blue outlined 12-hour and 60-minute sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’clock. In addition to the timekeeping, there’s the date aperture at 6 o’clock. Omega’s logo and the “Co-Axial Master Chronometer” lettering are also finished off in a blue, while the cursive “Seamaster” contrasts in the orange.
Omega Master Chronometer Caliber 9900
While most of us know that Omega’s lineup is a varied one in terms of design, the brand also has plenty of different movements to its name. For instance, the latest generation of Omega movements are those they dubbed as Master Chronometers.
The Master Chronometer Caliber 9900 — a self-winding, METAS-certified, chronograph movement — powers the Seamaster Planet Ocean Michael Phelps. Resistant to magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss, this caliber includes a time zone and calendar function. Plus, the duo of barrels offers a 60-hour power reserve. Visible via the screw-in sapphire crystal caseback, the Caliber 9900 is finished with rhodium plating and arabesque Geneva waves. Also on the caseback is the “PLANET OCEAN” engraving and a central “Michael Phelps” logo.
Keeping with the color scheme, the Seamaster Planet Ocean Michael Phelps sports an integrated blue structured rubber strap. Further accenting the blue strap are the orange rubber lining and orange stitching. In recognition of his 28 Olympic medals, the Phelp’s Planet Ocean is limited to just 280 pieces. This is a sports watch for aquatic minded watch collectors in the market for a statement piece.