The Omega Deep Black series, like the seminal Smell The Glove, comes in black. How much more black could it be? The answer is none, none more black.
These new Seamaster models, called the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Deep Black, are made of black ceramic with either standard or gold highlights. The first model is a GMT diver with helium escape valve and it comes in multiple hand colors including blue, red, and orange.
From the release:
ï¿¼Each 45.5 mmm â€œDeep Blackâ€ model has been crafted from a single block of ceramic. This same material is used for the dials which feature a new GMT ring. The hands and indexes of the watches are created from 18K Sednaâ„¢ gold or 18K white gold. They are coated in white Super-LumiNova that emits green and blue colours.
For the first time, rubber has been blended with ceramic to create a unique bezel. On the blue and red models, this colourful innovation can be seen covering the first 15 minutes. The diving scales on all bezels are crafted from LiquidmetalÂ® or OMEGA Ceragoldâ„¢.
In another remarkable first, OMEGA has created an oriented caseback so that the engraved wording sits pleasingly in position. This has been achieved through OMEGAâ€™s new and patented ceramic Naiad Lock. The alveol design of the caseback also offers an aesthetic wave pattern.
The black rubber straps have been designed to give the appearance of being fabric. They feature contrasting stitching and have also been treated with an anti-bacterial coating. On the Sednaâ„¢ gold model, the strap is water-resistant leather, with the same anti-bacterial rubber underside.
Finally, the â€œDeep Blackâ€ is driven by the OMEGA Master Chronometer calibre 8906. Resistant to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss, each watch has passed the 8 tests set by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). This higher standard of precision and performance is in addition to traditional COSC certification. The watch comes with a four year warrant and is water-resistant to a depth of 600 m / 2000 ft. / 60 bar.
For Omega to go all in on Liquidmetal and ceramic like this is a bold departure, especially for the staid and fairly standard Seamaster line. I’ll be quite curious to see what these look like in real life but at about $10,000 a pop you’d better get your second mortgage ready.