In an event held a few days ago, Omega announced the new achievement of ocean explorer Victor Vescovo. Using the dive ship called DSV Limiting Factor, the 53-year-old American explorer broke the world record for deep ocean depths that humans can reach. He is inside the submarine and dives into the Mariana Trench area, estimated to be about 200 km deep and reach a depth of 10,928 meters. More importantly, besides Vescovo's record, outside the submarine Limiting Factor is Omega's watch called Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional.
The old record of diving was set on February 23, 1960, when two explorers Don Walsh and Jacques Picard were inside the submarine Trieste, reaching a depth of 10,916 meters in the Mariana area. Outside that ship is the legendary Rolex Deepsea Special. The new record set nearly 50 years later is only 12 meters older than the previous record, but the record is still the record.
Vescovo's achievement is just a record in one of his big projects called Five Deeps, where he tries to conquer the maximum depth that humans can reach in all 5 oceans on Earth. As for Omega, it is not easy to create a watch that can withstand the pressure of the ocean. They already have a line of Professional Seamaster watches with a 300-meter diving ability, and Planet Ocean 600m, but Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional is completely different from Omega's historical products.
First, it was made of titanium taken from the metal itself used to close the submarine Limiting Factor. The watch is inspired by the submarine glass hole, which divides the pressure more evenly, down to a depth of 10km below the seabed, making it not pinched to the point of breaking and ruining the watch. This glass structure itself is being registered for intellectual property by Omega. When producing Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional, Omega tested them in the lab so that the watch could reach the pressure of 15,000 meters under the sea. Of course it's not a watch for you to wear every day, with a size of 52mm and a thickness of 28mm, very different from the 42mm figure of Seamaster Professional you often know.
Thanks to Omega's crafting technology, every square centimeter of this watch is able to withstand the weight of a small car without deforming. It must be like that to withstand the tremendous pressure in the deep sea.
Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional sapphire glass itself is not included in the watch case in the usual way, but instead has to "integrate" the glass into a titanium frame to distribute the pressure more evenly. Inside is the Chronometer Co-Axial 8912 which is certified by METAS for time accuracy.
Currently only 3 watches like this are created. Omega probably doesn't need to make money from a product that is just for professional audiences like this, but instead uses the adventurers' campaigns to prove their technological capabilities, just like as Rolex did in the twentieth century when bringing their watches to Mount Everest, to the North Pole or down to the deep ocean.