In 2019, Omega’s first Ultra Deep watches made history when they reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest place on Earth, as part of a mission lead by explorer Victor Vescovo. Originally recorded as 10,925m (35,843 ft), the depth was later updated to 10,935m (35,876 ft). Two of the Ultra Deep watches were attached to the submersible’s robotic arm, while another one was strapped to a data-gathering unit known as a “Lander.” Thanks to their superior build and design, all three watches completed the 12-hour dive without a problem and surfaced completely unscathed.
Three years later, Omega releases the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep collection that comprises of seven models whose 45.5mm cases are water-resistant to 6,000m (20,000 ft) and contain the automatic Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8912 with Master Chronometer certification and 60 hours of power reserve.
The flagship of the new fleet is a bold version crafted from sand-blasted and forged grade 5 titanium that has its entrance in a streamlined asymmetrical case with distinctive “Manta Lugs” and is attached to a NATO strap. The Ultra Deep Titanium is equipped with a brushed ceramic bezel including a Liquidmetal diving scale that frames the dial which is made of black ceramized titanium and bears blue cyan numerals and a blue central seconds hand. The caseback displays a black laser-engraved Sonar emblem, with the iconic Seahorse taking center stage.
While this leader model is clad in titanium, the six other debutantes come in a genuine stainless-steel alloy christened “O-MEGASTEEL.” According to the brand, this new development offers superior strength, a whiter color and an increased radiance. The Ultra Deep Steel models also sport a protuberant and domed sapphire crystal, which is bevelled and designed for maximum strength under pressure, and a new crown guard integrated into their round cases.
The dials are surrounded by a ceramic bezel and offered in white as well as in two colorways with a gradient effect. The latter transition from gray to black or blue to black. All watch faces bear white gold hands and indexes. The casebacks are likewise crafted from grade 5 titanium and display the same motif and wording as the Ultra Deep Titanium.
The prices start at $11,200 for the Ultra Deep Steel versions with a rubber strap and $11,600 with bracelet. The Ultra Deep Titanium retails for $12,300.