omegasea2210.jpg The Omega Men’s Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph Watch #2210.51.00 is built to join you in the deep blue depths. This self-winding chronograph timepiece features a column wheel mechanism and co-axial escapement movement with rhodium-plated finish movement for greater precision, stability, and durability of the movement, and a stainless steel case and bezel. The watch’s black dial is offset by red Arabic numerals, and luminous white hands and markers, and the black bezel features silver engraved second markers and Arabic numerals. The sub-dials with white hands and markers sit at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, and a date calendar sits diagonally at the 4 o’clock. The watch also features a stainless steel band with a dual locking fold-over clasp, and a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal coated on the inside with anti-reflective treatment. Designed to join you in some serious skin diving and other water sports, the Seamaster is water resistant to 2000 feet. you can saved $1,100 by buying on Amazon - 1) bigger discount 2) no sales tax. First of all a warning about buying from Amazon. If you buy this watch at and Authorized Dealer, the co-axial escapment watches have a 3 year warranty. All other Omegas have a 2 year warranty. Since Amazon is not an authorized dealer, they replace the Omega warranty with their own warranty. However, they only provided a 2 year warranty. So I guess you lost a year of warranty for the $1,100 of savings. On a full wind, it usually stops keeping time after 30 or so hours. (closer to 30) That is pretty dissappointing. Because it is so big, you can’t wear it all the time. The Chronograph doesn’t allow split times. Once you stop it, then restart it, it doesn’t catch up - it just starts where you stopped it. Considering the Chronograph increases the price nearly $1,500 over the exact watch without it - that isn’t very good.

Also, it doesn’t really explain how you are supposed to keep track of long times. There is the second hand, then a dial that keeps track of 30 minute intervals, then a dial that keeps track of 12 hour intervals. So say you time somthing that is 1:01 minutes and 15 seconds. It is can look like 1:01 or 1:31. It kind of looks like the hour hand moves half a tick - but you would never get that from the instruction manual. So let’s just hope you never have to time something over 30 minutes.

the Operating instructions are horrible. You get 450 page manual. But only 1/10th of that is in English, and the book covers every Omega made, so reading about this particular model requires deciphering a complex coding system. It could have used a 2 page insert on just this watch. Also, the only thing you get that “tells” you about the watch is a little plastic thing with a gold string - again with a complex coding system - given the money - they could have provided a list of all its features.

Product Features

* Quality Swiss Automatic movement; Functions without a battery; Powers automatically with the movement of your arm
* Domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
* Case diameter: 45.5 mm
* Stainless-steel case; Black dial; Date function; Chronograph functions
* Water-resistant to 600 M (2000 feet)

The Omega Story
The Omega watch story begins in 1848, when founder Louis Brandt began hand assembling key-wound precision pocket watches from parts supplied by local craftsmen in his principality La Chaux-de-Fonds, in the northwest corner of Switzerland. However, the Omega name didn’t appear until 1894, after Louis Brandt had passed away and his watchmaking traditions were taken over by his sons, Louis-Paul and Cesar Brandt. Omega watches have long been associated with glamorous screen and sports stars–the Omega Seamaster is famous for being the watch of choice for James Bond–with current ambassadors including Pierce Brosnan, Nicole Kidman, tennis player Anna Kournikova, and swimmers Michael Phelps and Ian Thorpe.

But Omega is more than just a fashionable watch. In 1965, the Omega Speedmaster chronograph was “flight-qualified by NASA for all manned space missions” as the only wristwatch to have withstood all of the U.S. space agency’s severe tests, including passing grades for extreme shocks, vibrations, and temperatures ranging from -18 to +93 degrees Celsius. The greatest moment in the Speedmaster’s history was undoubtedly 20 July 1969 at 02:56 GMT, when it recorded man’s first steps on the Moon’s surface as part of the Apollo 11 mission. Omega watches rocketed off to space on many subsequent missions, including visits to Skylab and the historic Apollo-Soyuz link-up of Soviet and American astronauts in 1975.

In more recent years, Omega created the world’s first self-winding wristwatch with central tourbillon in 1994 and made history in 1999 with the first mass-produced watch incorporating the co-axial escapement, developed in conjunction with renowned English master watchmaker George Daniels. In simple terms, the escapement is the heart of a mechanical watch, generating the impulses that make the mechanism move. Omega’s Co-Axial Escapement drastically reduces the friction among the parts that transmit energy to the other components, producing greater stability and precision and reducing service requirements.

Today, Omega is known for its rigorous testing of new movements, cases, and bands. Each new Omega movement is tested on the wrist in existing Omega models, while various laboratory tests are conducted to determine temperature-resistance, shock-resistance and vibration-resistance.

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