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A Perfect Combination of Form and Function!
on July 4, 2009
I saw this watch in a display case at an authorized dealer for first time earlier this year and was drawn to it instantly! I've always been drawn to diving watches and chronographs. As such, I own a Rolex Submariner and an Omega Speedmaster Professional--both classic watches. The Submariner has an impressive depth rating (300 meters) and the famous "cyclops" date display. The Speedmaster has the chronograph function but no date and needs to be manually wound. It is rated to 100 meters. I've always wanted to acquire a watch that combined them both. The older Seamaster Professional Chronograph, with its 300 meter rating, came close, but I've never took to the styling of the watch nor the bracelet on it. I like the styling of the Rolex Daytona, but it does not have the sufficient depth rating for my liking (only 100m), and the chronograph pushers have to be screwed down for underwater activities. Furthermore, it has no date display. Then came this new Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph that combines all that I've ever wanted in a sports watch: a diver with 600 meter rating, a chronograph with pushers that do not have to be locked down for diving, an automatic (i.e., self-winding) with a date display. On top of all this, a beautifully finished watch with impeccable styling and a thick, sturdy, understated bracelet (so much better than any Rolex bracelets, including the recently redesigned ones).
Did I buy it? Yes, soon thereafter, from the authorized dealer, rather than from Amazon, at a higher price for the three-year warranty and my peace of mind of its authenticity. Having worn it every day for several months now, I've been impressed with its accuracy: the new co-axial movement of the new Seamaster appears to give it a better accuracy than all other automatic watches I've ever owned: -1 to 1 second per day depending the resting position of the watch at night. The only potential drawbacks to this watch that I want to note is its hefty weight and large size. However, I should also note that the watch works for me despite my relatively thin wrist (7 inches). So, if you have a similar passion, or even obsession, go and check out this watch.