OMEGA Unveils Ultra Deep Seamaster

The new timepieces from the Swiss manufacture claim 6000-metre of water resistance.

By Terry Christodoulou 08/03/2022

In 2019, ocean-explorer Victor Vescovo’s submarine travelled 10,928-metres to the bottom of the ocean in the Mariana Trench with an OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep attached to its robotic ‘wrist’. Now, after some adjustments, the Ultra Deep is ready for retail and is built to handle some serious pressure.

How much pressure? I hear. Well, OMEGA’s latest flagship dive watch lives up to its ‘Ultra Deep’ name with a depth rating of 6000-metres and ISO 6425 certification coupled with a design that allows for diving without the need for a helium escape valve.

Somehow, OMEGA has been able to condense all the necessary technology into a timepiece that measures 45.5mm in diameter and is 18.12mm thick.

The cases for the Ultra Deep are available in titanium or a brand-new alloy from the manufacture called “O-MEGASTEEL” (yes in all caps).

OMEGA achieved the deepwater feat through a fierce amount of technological development including four newly pending patents surrounding the crystal, crystal gasket, crown and two-piece casebacks.

In titanium, the Ultra Deep sees remnants of the record-setting, Mariana Trench diving, design. It uses sandblasted grade 5 titanium, an asymmetrical case, ceramic bezel insert with liquid metal scale, titanium dial with blue accents and feature channel lugs making it only compatible with NATO-style straps.

To attain the ISO 6425 compliance, OMEGA had to pressure test the timepiece with a specialised machine it developed in-house as well as taking it for a 6269-metre dip in the waters north of Papua New Guinea.

As for the alloy Ultra Deep, OMEGA is set to produce six references, with similar specs to the titanium sibling buy buyers will have the option of rubber or full steel bracelet and three different colourways —blue gradient dial with black bezel, a white dial with blue bezel, black-grey gradient dial with orange bezel.

On the alloy, the “O-MEGASTEEL,” — a technology that is five years in the making, up to 50% harder than 316L steel — is essential for reaching such depths. Also, it’s whiter in colour and has a greater shine, according to OMEGA.

All of OMEGA’s Ultra Deep timepieces are powered by the time-only Master Chronometer calibre 8912, which offers a power reserve of 60 hours.

Pricing for the new collet ion of Ultra Deep Seamaster’s starts at $17,175. Omegawatches.com

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