Omega‘s long association with the ocean began in 1932 with the invention of its first divers’ watch. In 2011, the brand partnered with the GoodPlanet Foundation, an organization founded in 2005 that promotes environmental awareness and sustainable development. The results of the partnership are evident in the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GoodPlanet.
Intended as a tribute to the GoodPlanet Foundation and its work to preserve and protect underwater ecosystems, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GoodPlanet has a distinctly maritime look, with a bold, blue lacquered dial with applied indices. The hour, minute and seconds hands are polished, faceted and rhodium-plated, and the central GMT hand is fashioned from aluminum. The hours and seconds hands and GMT hand are coated with a type of white Super-LumiNova that glows blue in the dark. The minute hand, and the dot at 12 o’clock on the unidirectional rotating divers’ bezel, are coated with another type of white Super-LumiNova that emits a green glow. (Click photos for larger images.)
The date appears in a window at 3 0’clock. The 24-hour GMT scale is printed in orange on the polished, dark blue bezel; the wearer can track the time in a second time zone using the scale and the central GMT hand. The brushed and polished stainless steel case, which also includes a diving-friendly helium-release valve at 10 o’clock, is a generous 43 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 600 meters. It features a domed sapphire crystal with nonreflective treatment on both sides. There is also a scratch-resistant sapphire window in the caseback, with “GoodPlanet Foundation” engraved around its periphery and offering a view of the watch’s movement. The movement, Omega’s co-axial Caliber 8605, features automatic winding and a three-level co-axial escapement with an Si14 silicon balance spring.
The watch is offered with either a stainless steel bracelet (price: $8,100) or an ocean-inspired blue rubber strap ($8,000). Omega has committed a portion of the proceeds from sales of each Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GoodPlanet watch to the Foundation’s project to preserve the mangroves and seagrasses in Southeast Asia and educate the local populace about safeguarding these natural resources.
This article was originally published on September 2, 2014, and has been updated.