With weather like this, thoughts turn to summer holidays and ocean swimming. If you’re looking for a timepiece to switch up your summer wardrobe, then this Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m is the perfect deep dive to beach bar accessory.
When it comes to diving watches men have a heck of a lot of choice. From seriously chunky beasts that really only look good with a wetsuit to more refined affairs that go with any suit, they really are spoilt for choice.
Women just don’t have that luxury. If you want something elegant that you can still dive in (so many watches male or female say they are divers but they just don’t have the requisite sub-200m water resistance) you buy a TAG Heuer Aquaracer. If you don’t like bracelet watches then you’ve really only got the option of something more practical, such as a Seiko, which won’t look so good with your after-dark holiday wardrobe.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m
Thank goodness then for Omega, which has brought out its Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m in a 39.5mm case and in properly feminine styles. There’s even one that is good to 600m that has diamonds on the bezel, in case you’re worried about being outblinged by a blobfish.
Beauty and Brains – The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m
For that perfect mix of breezy summer style and serious diving credentials, we love the white version with a rubber-lined leather strap and Omega’s proprietary Sedna gold accents.
For starters it looks fantastic on the wrist (tan preferable but not obligatory). The case width has that “borrowed from the boyfriend” aesthetic but, thanks to being sub-40mm, it doesn’t look ridiculous, as watches actually borrowed from your boyfriend can sometimes do.
However, its looks aren’t everything. Just because this is a women’s diver, it doesn’t mean that Omega has decided to patronise.
It has all the features a diving watch that goes down to these depths needs – a unidirectional bezel with diving scale; indices with blue or green SuperLuminova, which is easier to see underwater and a helium escape valve for good measure.
It also contains Omega’s incredibly impressive Master Chronometer movement. This movement was created by Omega in conjunction with the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) and is more rigorously tested than any COSC-certified timepiece.
Designed to be worn in and out of the water
You could make the argument that Omega hasn’t created a proper women’s diver, it’s just shrunk a man’s version and, in two of the cases, put diamonds on the bezel, but while there is a certain element of that, the new colourways and addition of rose gold feminise the design enough that it doesn’t just look like a smaller version of the male original.
It’s a diver’s watch for women that manages to be entirely functional as a diving tool but without compromising on looks. Definitely not a sentence you read every day.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m RRP: £5,315shop Omega