Omega has said it will deliver two seasonal drops of new watches this year, so an exceptional range of watches across the Seamaster, Speedmaster and Constellation families will not be the last of the novelties in 2022.
Retailers and their customers are likely to be licking their lips at the look of a broad range of colourful steel references added to the Seamaster Aqua Terra and Speedmaster collections, but the star of the show from a technical standpoint is a new Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep capable of surviving at depths of up to 6,000 meters or close to four miles below sea level.
The watches have been under development as a core collection since Omega earned a world record for the deepest dive survived by a wristwatch in 2019.
That record was set with a specially developed Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional, which made it to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, 10,928 meters below the surface of The Atlantic, attached to robotic arms of submarines.
Only three of the watches were made, but lessons from those prototypes have informed the creation of a more mainstream collection of seven Ultra Deep 6,000 references launching today.
The hero piece is made from titanium with a specially created domed crystal glass capable of withstanding 7.5 tonnes of pressure.
Remarkably, the watch comes in a 45.5mm case that is just 18mm thick.
The other six come in a new high performance stainless steel alloy named O-Megasteel, which Omega says is up to 50% harder than normal steel, as well as being whiter and shinier when polished.
All the Ultra Deep watches us Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8912 with a 60 hour power reserve.
There is a range of colourways including the classic blue to black gradient lacquer dial with 18ct white gold indexes and hands filled with white blue light Super-LumiNova, framed with a steel and ceramic diver’s bezel.
There are also white or grey-to-black gradient-effect dials.
Every Ultra Deep has a grade 5 titanium caseback with the same laser-engraved Sonar emblem and wording as the full titanium model.
They can be worn on either a rubber strap or a steel bracelet.
Prices are £10,060 for steel models on the rubber strap or £10,350 for the same watches on steel bracelets.
The titaniuim piece is £11,030 on a Nato strap.