Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black “Volvo Ocean Race” Limited Edition


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In September 2017, Omega announced it will become the Official Timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. The sailing has race began in Alicante, Spain last year in October and will conclude in The Hague, Netherlands in the end of June 2018. In addition to the trophy, the winning crew will also be awarded with a special winner’s watch – the Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black “Volvo Ocean Race” Limited Edition (ref. 215.92.46.51.01.002). According to Omega’s President and CEO Raynald Aeschlimann, the timepiece is as beautifully designed as the boats themselves, and also precise and strong to reflect the rough sailing conditions that the competitors face. The watch will also be available to the public, but in a limited edition of only 73 pieces – a reference to the year to the year that the race first began. It will retail for $12,200.

Established in 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race is considered to be the world’s longest and toughest sporting event. It is one of sailing’s three most prestigious events, alongside Olympics and America’s Cup. Although the route changes with each edition, the race usually starts and ends in Europe, with stopovers including cities like Sydney, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Baltimore, and Hong Kong. From 1973 until 2008, the Volvo Ocean Race was held every four years. Since the 2008-2009 edition, this period has been shortened to three years. At 45,000nm, the 2017-2018 edition features the longest course in the history of the race and has almost three times as much Southern Ocean racing as in recent events.

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At 45,000nm, this is the longest course in the history of the race

 

Now back to the watch itself. Sporty and sturdy, the new Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black “Volvo Ocean Race” Limited Edition is a divers’ chronograph housed in a large 45.5mm black ceramic case. It is water resistant to 600 meters (2000 feet) and has a solid case back engraved with the Volvo Ocean Race logo. Like a true diver, the watch is equipped with an unidirectional rotating bezel and helium escape valve (10 o’clock). Made of black ceramic, the bezel features red rubber for the first 15 minutes while Omega’s trademark Liquidmetal™ completes the rest of the diving scale. Red rubber is also featured on the chronograph pushers (2 and 4 o’clock), the brand’s logo on the crown, and the “He” symbol on the helium escape valve.

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The red Volvo Ocean Race ring at 3 o’clock features a Limited Edition number

 

Underneath the double AR-coated sapphire crystal lies a brushed black ceramic dial with white gold hands and indexes. The functions include hours, minutes, small seconds at 9, date at 6, and 12-hour chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. The latter includes a red Volvo Ocean Race ring that features a Limited Edition number as well as colored hands and number 12. Inside the watch is the calibre Omega 9900 – a METAS-certified Master Chronometer with column wheel and Co-Axial escapement. This self-winding chronograph beats at 4Hz and offers a 42-hour power reserve. The Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black “Volvo Ocean Race” Limited Edition is presented on a sporty black rubber strap with red stitching. The watch comes in a special presentation box.

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The case back is engraved with the event’s logo

 

 

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