Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Liquidmetal Titanium Review

In celebration of the New Year we will take a look at one of my favorite watches of recent years, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Liquidmetal Titanium.  Photos taken over the New Year’s holiday at Königsleiten ski village in Österreich (Austria) mark the occasion.  Enjoy the review!


The Lineup

The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Liquidmetal Titanium is offered in the “Big Size” case (45.5mm) in both a chronograph (Ref. 232.90.46.51.03.001) and non-chronograph (Ref. 232.90.46.21.03.001) format on a titanium bracelet.  Each model is also offered on a blue rubber strap with folding clasp (chronograph Ref. 232.92.46.51.03.001 and non-chrono Ref. 232.92.46.21.03.001):

Upon its introduction in 2011 this watch (in its several variants) became the first Planet Ocean to be constructed in titanium and also the first to depart from the black and/or orange color scheme of the Planet Ocean series.  It was also the first PO to receive the in-house Caliber 8500 (Caliber 9300 in the chrono) with the co-axial escapement and silicium balance spring.  Also notable is the “Liquidmetal” bezel (a ceramic+zirconium alloy), a rarity for the Omega lineup in place of the standard aluminum bezel insert, and the new

Dial

The dials are standard fare for the current Planet Ocean series, save for the blue color.

I would only point out that the 3-9 bi-compax layout of the chronograph is itself new the series as of 2011.

lume…note also also the orange sword-style hand of the chrono sub-dial at 3 o’clock…

Bracelet

The titanium bracelet is of the look and quality enthusiasts have come to expect from the Planet Ocean series.  Sturdy, screw-in pins for link adjustment and the superb Seamaster folding clasp.  The blue rubber strap is an equally attractive option for a bit sportier and/or more casual look.

Caliber

Omega Caliber 8500 is an in-house Omega movement.  Automatic (winding in both directions) with Co-Axial Escapement, free sprung-balance, 2 barrels mounted in series. Bridges and the oscillating mass are decorated with exclusive Geneva waves in arabesque.

Caliber 9300 is also Omega in-house; automatic (2 serially mounted barrels), chronograph movement with column wheel mechanism and Co-Axial escapement; silicon balance-spring on free sprung-balance.  Rhodium plated finish with exclusive Geneva waves in arabesque.

Price

Perhaps the only uncomfortable aspect of this watch is its price:  non-chronos retail starting at $7,900 for Ref. 232.92.46.21.03.001 (on rubber) and $8,600 for Ref. 232.90.46.21.03.001 (on bracelet); chronographs retail starting at $10,000 for Ref. 232.92.46.51.03.001 (on rubber) and $10,600 for Ref. 232.90.46.51.03.001 (on bracelet).  This compares to a range of $6,100 to $8,200 for the current stainless steel models (also with Cal 8500/9300).   Of course savvy shoppers who negotiate or go grey market can realize a price lower than this.

So overall on price a surprise to some, yes.  But to be fair, I think that the higher price point is to be expected, even if it is not welcomed.  By moving the price point up from base Planet Ocean models, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Titanium Liquidmetal becomes even exclusive and thus special for those who are fortunate enough to own one.

Conclusion

In summary, I think it is safe to say that the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Titanium Liquidmetal represents one of the more compelling options in the Planet Ocean collection today, if you are amenable to the meaningfully higher price point.  Likewise, with its titanium case and blue color-set, it represents a more individualistic and exclusive choice for those who still want to wear one most popular high-end sport/dive watch series on the market today.

Special thanks to long-time Perpetuelle reader and my friend from down-under for the hands-on pics.

 

  • robert.eichelburg@verizon.net

    Got thre Omega Seamaster 600m/2000ft as a gift from my wife. One probhlem, it can’t keep time. Took it back to the jeweler wher she purchsed it, they sent it to Omega, and returned it saying it was ok. This happeneed three times, and still it can’t keep time. A watrch like this should not loose 10 seconds a week, one week or twnety minutes in 24 hours. Mine did, but Omega said it was ok, but I had to wind it.! The watch is self-winding, but they said wind it because I don’t move around much. I’m self employed and work in my own office eight hours a day. Aftrer the third return it keeps time on and off, but for the most part it’s no good. I havbe an electric watch1/30th the cost that keeps better time. The watch is high priced hyped-up junk!
    robert.eichelburg@verizon.net

    • Melvin Lai

      Thanks Robert for this feedback which is immensely useful. A watch that cant keep accurate time is indeed junk. I was considering an Omega PO but an error factor of 10secs a week is simply unacceptable.
      My daily watch is a humble Seiko Astron SAST017, all titanium. This gem is solar-powered and automatically syncs to the GPS for time keeping. Error factor is 1 sec every 100,000years and since I bought the watch a year back I never ever had to adjust time. It is accurate to the second and I know as I check it against the Atomic clock time.
      It costs only a quarter of the PO price and you may consider this if you, like me, look beyond branding to other more tangible aspects of a time-piece.

      • Clarice Lamb

        The comments in the original post (and your reply) are quite interesting in the fact that neither of you appear to understand the limits of a mechanical watch. Robert described the dissatisfaction at his P.O. loosing 10 seconds a week. Actually, this is quite acceptable for this watch and just about any other mechanical timepiece!
        If you want accuracy, these type of watches won’t match up against quartz or gps synchronized watches. How could they? Perhaps retailers are partly to blame here with sales patter.
        Automatics or manual winders are about about nostalgia, feeling the weight, hearing the tick, and marvelling at the nano precision and placement of pivots and wheels that pay homage to a centuries old craft. Glass backs give us the once rare opportunity to see it in action and watchmakers often go an extra mile to make movements ornate.
        For what it’s worth, I only buy automatic watches. I just enjoy them over quartz. My first was a Seiko divers watch 20yrs ago and it runs great, with just a slightly beat-up mineral glass. My latest is a P.O. Titanium 42mm. This I can assure you it is not junk. In the month I’ve been wearing it, it has been endured temperatures ranging from 10C to 46C. Yes, I travel a lot, but the point is that the 8500 calibre has stayed within 4 seconds of accuracy (running a bit fast in 40C+) over the entire month! The ability to adjust the hour without stopping the minute and seconds hands is very useful feature, so my findings are accurate.
        Finally, you contradict yourself. You were considering an Omega P.O., but then you bought a Seiko Astron. Fine, and I’m happy you are enjoying it, but you encourage Robert to “…look beyond branding….”
        Isn’t Seiko a brand too? Or is it that you deem someone as a brand buyer when you consider their choice as an unjustified expensive or bad value? Let’s be honest here, most things worth buying are branded. Most of us have preconceptions over what is a good brand due to previous experience, peer pressure, parents always bought it, recognition, exclusivity or cost etc.

      • bsurfside

        Look at Seiko Sumo Ti divers about a $1000 and maybe a minute a month loss or gain or Grand Seiko about $ 4000 buy on line they are Japan market only ,ones from International space station around $12 000 and certified.

        • Melvin Lai

          Thanks Bsurfside i looked at the seiko sumo t n it is indeed a nice divers watch. Alas i am in the wrong forum and stumbled into this room accidentally when i replied to Roberts comments.

          I am not even scuba certified so buying a bona fide divers watch is overkill fer me. My humble Seiko Astron accompanies me to the pool, beach, jacuzzi, n shower so it will suffice for my modest needs.

          As you can see i have been rather badly mauled by my entrance here so allow me a quick exit before i lose more blood. Thanks again

  • Johh

    Very nice review of the Planet Ocean Liquid Metal watch. Thanks for the excellent review……The watch is even better than descripted when seen in person….The price is about right for the quality of the time piece…

  • Scott

    Robert please send me that junk PO and I’ll send you my Casio. I won’t complain about winding it for twenty seconds every day. I own the planet ocean in the standard steel case and I think it’s the coolest watch out there. I want it in the blue. It keeps great time but yes you have to wind it every other day for twenty seconds.

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  • Masud Ali

    Omega watches have always been one of the best quality watches ever produced. They follow a classic as well as newly styled range of timepieces. Other than the price an omega watch is a perfect buy for any watch lover. You can easily sell audemars piguet or other branded watches with a good resale value.