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This is one of the world’s DEEPEST mechanical dive watches. I say one of because; well you know who the current holder of that accolade is, right?
Nevertheless this is still an absolutely monumental release from Omega; I’ve already gone through two boxes of Kleenex since reading the PR on it.
I digress, but seriously, it is truly heartening to know that there are those in this segment who are still interested, neigh obsessed with conquering the deep, and Omega have done just that with their new Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional –
it’s a marvel of deep diving horological tech and a serious contender for the GPHG’s new diver’s watch category. However, the Ultra Deep hasn’t quite surpassed the 16’093m of water-resistance that the H2O 10 Miles has but does come a close second with an incredible 15’000m.
Perhaps if truth be known, this is because Omega’s target depth was that of the Mariana Trench (approx. 11’000m) plus a 25% safety margin, while the OT 10 Miles had a symbolic 10 miles to reach as a celebration of its 10th anniversary; so perhaps a matter of semantics.
Or is it? The OceanicTime 10 Miles also had a safety margin and so was officially pressure tested and certified (in Germany) to 2530 bar the equivalent of 25’600m. I guess it would be at this point you might say, ‘’boom’’!
Still credit where credit is due, as you will soon read, the Ultra Deep is a highly sophisticated piece of kit and an exceedingly desirable one at that – well at least if you have a penchant for wearing deep sea submersibles on your wrist.
The watch was built for The Five Deeps Expedition, the world’s first manned expedition to the deepest point in each of the five oceans, the brainchild of submersible pilot and adventurer Victor Vescovo (James Cameron has nothing on him, trust me).
Victor was the first person to have reached both the highest and lowest points on the planet. To support Victor’s bold expedition OMEGA produced a Seamaster Planet Ocean dive watch that takes dive watch technology to a whole new depth of engineering.
During April to May 2019, The Five Deeps Expedition team made history. After sonar mapping the ocean floor to find the deepest spot in the Eastern Pool of the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, Victor Vescovo singlehandedly piloted DSV (Deep Submergence Vehicle) Limiting Factor - the world's deepest diving operational submersible – to the deepest point on planet Earth.
Meanwhile, Omega has been making divers’ watches since the 1930’s, but to create a timepiece robust enough to survive the demands of The Five Deeps Expedition would require an innovative approach and a team effort.
It took imagination, ingenuity and multiple deep dive simulations to get the blend of design, technology and materials just right, but despite the many challenges, OMEGA succeeded in creating an innovative timepiece that is truly exceptional.
Just like the viewport assembly on a submersible, the sapphire-to-case assembly on a full ocean depth watch is an area of concern. To spread the stress distribution, OMEGA took inspiration from the loadbearing conical design of submersible viewports, such as those used on Limiting Factor.
Fully integrated into the Titanium case-body, the lugs of the Ultra Deep are left open to lower the risk of exceeding material limitations at full ocean depth, as both the watch and the strap can be subjected to high traction loads. They are called “Manta” lugs due to their distinctive look.
The hull of DSV Limiting Factor is made from (DNV-GL certified) forged Grade 5 Titanium – and so is the watch. The body of the bezel, case-body, case-back and crown have all been machined out of cutoffs from the submersible's Titanium hull. I couldn’t imagine a better material for a full ocean watch than the body of a submarine?
After their deep dives, all of the Ultra Deep timepieces passed the strict tests set down by METAS to become certified Master Chronometers. From the deepest place on the planet, to the highest level of testing in the watch industry.
Used for many years on OMEGA's watches, Liquidmetal® ensured a firm yet flexible sapphire-to-case-body assembly. This innovative patent-pending hot form bonding made it possible to avoid the use of polymer seals and to reduce the Sapphire's thickness.
All of the watches were pressure tested at Triton Sub's facility in Barcelona with the attendance of a DNV-GL surveyor. The chosen maximum pressure is equivalent to the depth of the Mariana Trench, but to be extra sure and to comply with dive watch standards, OMEGA insisted on adding a 25% safety margin, which meant the watches had to perform perfectly at an astonishing 1500 bar / 15,000 meters.
Designed to withstand enormous pressures, OMEGA’s Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional is packed with full ocean depth technology yet is surprisingly slim and light at less than 28mm.
The expedition logo is located at the center of the caseback inside concentric circles evoking the Multi Beam sonar technology used by The Five Deeps Expedition team to map the Ocean Floor. Relevant information including the model, reference number, DNV-GL certification, maximum tested 15,000m depth and materials are all laser-engraved.
Thoughts? This is a really inspired release from Omega who have made the DEEPSEA Challenge watch look almost remedial, but is this like the aforementioned just another prototypical show pony or will this ever go into production? I doubt it but I do hope so.
In the meantime you can own, wear, and marvel at THIS.
Final word - Kudos to Omega but whilst I have your attention, kudos must also be given to my good friends at H2O Watch because they set an exceedingly high benchmark with the OceanicTime 10 Miles; and that was done without the benefit of a Swatch Group sized budget.
Speaking of the Swatch Group – their R&D Department put in an order for 2x OceanicTime Miles watches – I wonder why?
Okay, so I’m pretty embarrassed to say that I totally forgot to do anything for World Oceans Day which was on June 8th – not good enough really but at least IWC stepped up with a new initiative to support a pioneering ocean environmental project, headed up by their partner, Cousteau Divers.
Cousteau Divers plans to study the effects of climate change by measuring the temperature beneath the ocean’s surface, combining data from precision sensors with measurements taken by thousands of recreational divers. The aim is to give scientists a clearer understanding of how the ocean’s temperature affects biodiversity and climate change.
FYI, the ocean absorbs about 90% of the planet’s heat and produces more than half the oxygen we breathe. It acts as the Earth’s air conditioning system, and feeds the hungry mouths of hundreds of millions of us.
A critical factor in understanding how the ocean stores and releases energy is its temperature; however, scientists still need lots more data in order to build a complete picture of how ocean temperatures vary at depth, especially in coastal ecosystems, which are home to the vast majority of oceanic biodiversity.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau created the Cousteau Society In 1973 as non-profit dedicated to the protection of oceanic life. His life’s work adopts a deep respect for marine life and the willingness to help protect it.
This need to protect endangered species is just as relevant today as ever, and is something that IWC has been lending its support to since 2003. They paid tribute to the ocean-going pioneer with four limited special editions, while a fifth, the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Jacques-Yves Cousteau, celebrated the 100th birthday of the famous researcher and filmmaker in 2010.
IWC has now extended its partnership with the Cousteau Society by supporting Cousteau Divers.
Cousteau Divers BTW was founded by Pierre-Yves Cousteau in 2009 to empower recreational divers worldwide to help study and protect marine life. Cousteau Divers focusses on citizen science, outreach and conservation, working closely with the Cousteau Society.
A team of Cousteau Divers’ volunteer engineers, led by Brad Bazemore and Brendan Walters, have developed a prototype for a portable precision temperature sensor. The device will track GPS and underwater navigational information, and measure the temperature with high degrees of accuracy.
As a systems platform, the device will later be able to include additional oceanographic measurements such as conductivity, optical density and pH. Capiche?
Approximately 50 of these sensors will be deployed to dive centers globally, at locations selected with the help of scientific partners. The entire project is open source, meaning that both the hardware and the software designs are available online, in order to foster innovation and creativity from the global communities of both divers and engineers.
This pilot deployment will last for 18 months to gather user feedback and verify the validity of the data collected before a second, larger deployment takes place. At this point, the online platform will accept a variety of oceanographic data sources.
Thanks to this collaborative effort, Cousteau Divers has the potential to reveal the temperature of the ocean with scientific accuracy, in near real-time, and using cost-effective citizen science.
Shown in these images is Pierre-Yves Cousteau, marine conservationist and founder of Cousteau Divers, who is wearing an Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau ref. IW376805. All photos are by Remy Steiner for IWC.
BTW love the throwback divers outfit with beanie - classic Cousteau!
YEMA has reissued one of its most emblematic diver’s models, a version the SUPERMAN 53.00.16 which was first released in 1970, in Bronze.
New BRONZE wristwatches continue to trickle into the market with each year; and while there is still some debate as its aesthetic appeal;
no one can argue with bronze’s relevance in the nautical world or indeed its suitability to scuba diving.
With a high, tensile-strength and saltwater-corrosion resistance, bronze has been used for maritime applications for literally thousands of years and remains in use to this day –
ship’s propellers, pumps, valves, bushes, bearings, shafts and fasteners as well as its use in the world of offshore and commercial diving.
The Superman Heritage Bronze comes in a 39mm or 41mm in diameter bronze case with a brushed ﬁnish.
The case has a water-resistance of 300m – you can see one of the watches proudly sat on the Swiss Roxer pressure-testing equipment in one of the pics shown in this article.
As this is a Superman, Yema’s hallmark bezel-locking mechanism makes an appearance, a devise that has proved itself indispensable for scuba diving.
Other historical references include: round indexes with a SuperLuminova coating, and of course Yema’s iconic shovel-style seconds hand as well as an old school domed Sapphire crystal.
Like any bronze diver, each Superman Heritage Bronze will develop a unique patina over time depending on its use and exposure to different atmospheric and climatic conditions.
Speaking of which, Yema have equipped this new bronze diver with a Stainless stele case-back so as to avoid any unwanted reaction between bronze and your sweat.
Each watch will have a natural vintage look however with all the advantages of modern mechanical diving features.
Designed in close collaboration with professional diver Hugues Vitry, the Superman Heritage Bronze will be available in an exclusive numbered Limited Edition of 1948 timepieces.
The Superman Heritage Bronze has already smashed its Kickstarter target when it debuted earlier this month.
World-renowned diver and vice president of the Marine Megafauna Conservation Organization (M2CO), Hugues Vitry contacted Yema to support his marine scientific expedition called Maubydick Mission, which is aimed at studying Sperm Whale populations in the Indian Ocean.
Yema has pledged 3% of the value Superman Heritage Bronze sold to M2CO to save these gentle giants of the oceans from extinction.
BTW, for anyone discovering Yema for the first time; they sent the ﬁrst French watch into space; a Yema was the ﬁrst French dive watch to go deeper than 300m, the ﬁrst French watch worn on North Pole expedition as well as one being worn by France's Air Force One pilots and renowned transatlantic sailing champions.
The combination of bronze and blue will certainly prove too much for many to resist while the inclusion of two case sizes will ensure that the Superman Heritage Bronze has an even wider scope of appeal.
This is pretty compelling package for a bronze diver that has true heritage and pedigree. What do you think, you in?
MOVEMENT YEMA's in-house Caliber MBP 1000
CASE & BEZEL 39mm & 41mm - Bronze case, bezel and crown
DIAL & HANDS Blue dial, cream-colored index, bronze hands with Super-LumiNova ﬁnish
CRYSTAL Domed sapphire with Anti-Reﬂection treatment
3 BANDS Brown vintage leather, black rubber Tropic and navy blue nylon NATO
PRICE 1399USD (Kickstarter Price 699USD)
Made in France.
Available for PRE-ORDER as of June 1st, 2019 on Kickstarter.com
Magrette’s flagship diver family just got a cool new member – a true tool-diver, constructed from an aerospace-grade material and boasting other high-tech materials like the ceramic that is used for the inlay of its diver’s bezel; this is the new Moana Pacific Processional Titanium.
Delivered in two colorways that include: a classic black and an ocean inspired blue, the new MPP Titanium from Magrette who are based in the City of Sails, AKA Auckland, New Zealand builds on the success of the recently concluded KARA 10-Year Anniversary LE released in 2017, with new colors and features.
Like the Kara, this new diver is also constructed from Grade 5 Titanium and makes use of those new design and functional elements that it introduced, such as: an engraved ceramic bezel, Swiss SuperLumiNova BGW9 lume, a Sapphire crystal, and Viton™ gaskets.
Going back to its tool-diver roots, the new MPP Titanium has a solid case-back allowing up to 500m of water-resistance. This is engraved with the classic Magrette shield logo while beneath it beats a new Swiss automatic movement—the reliable workhorse that is the Sellita Caliber SW200-1.
The black dial variant will also reintroduce a date window. Both will ship on choice of Magrette 4-ring ZULU-style nylon strap with leather travel case.
PRE-ORDER and Shipping Product page and pre-orders for the Moana Pacific Professional Titanium are live with shipping planned for late-June (blue dial) and late-October (black dial) of this year.
Thoughts? Love Titanium, love blue, the combination of the two is perfect. This is going to be a popular new addition Magrette’s divers stable. What do you think?