Omega has just presented the brand’s novelties for 2022. The new models are surprising for the use of new materials, new techniques, lots of color and for covering the three main universes of the brand: water, land and space.
Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep
Our journey through the Omega news for 2022 begins in the depths of the oceans. In 2019, Omega introduced the Planet Ocean Ultra Deep to the world, a concept watch that traveled with Victor Vescovo to a depth of 10,928 meters, tied to the outside of the explorer’s submarine. Now, Omega has just released the “production” version of this model, the new Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep. And if the concept version that traveled to the depths of the ocean was a huge chunk of titanium measuring 55mm in diameter and about 28mm thick, the new Ultra Deep, which is available in titanium or a new proprietary steel alloy from Omega called “O-MEGASTEEL”, measures 45.5 mm in diameter and 18.12 mm in thickness. Although smaller than its predecessor, the new model is capable of diving to a depth of 6000 meters, has ISO 6425 certification via METAS and a design that allows saturation diving without the need for a helium escape valve. These deep dive specifications required a considerable amount of technological development on the part of Omega, including four new patents pending relating to the glass, glass gasket, crown and two-piece caseback. As far as the titanium version is concerned, it retains several design features from the original. The production model is made from sandblasted grade 5 titanium and features an asymmetrical case (to help protect the crown), a ceramic bezel with a Liquid Metal bezel and a titanium dial with blue accents. The Ultra Deep Titanium’s caseback is closed and uses a two-piece architecture for maximum water resistance. Despite being ISO 6425 compliant and pressure tested with a machine that had to be developed in-house, Omega also pressure tested the Ultra Deep Titanium in a real environment, taking a specimen to a depth of 6269 meters over the Mariana Trench. The Ultra Deep in steel is available with the same specifications as the titanium version, with the exception of the symmetrical case with traditional crown protectors. In total, this model offers three different dial colors: gradient blue with black bezel, white with blue bezel and gradient grayish black with orange bezel. Regarding the steel with which these models are produced, it is “O-MEGASTEEL”, a proprietary alloy of the brand that is 40% to 50% harder than 316L steel and that withstands more than twice the pressure. In addition to the technical specifications, O-MEGASTEEL is also whiter and brighter than conventional steel. All versions of the new Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep are equipped with the Omega Master Chronometer caliber 8912, with a 60-hour power reserve.
Seamaster Diver 300m
Still in the world of dive watches, Omega presents a new version of the acclaimed Seamaster Diver 300M. The new model is dressed in green, a color present on the “wave” dial, on the ceramic bezel and on the rubber strap. With a 42 mm steel case, the Seamaster Diver 300M is equipped with the Co-Axial caliber 8800, visible through the transparent case back.
Seamaster Aqua Terra
In an anniversary year, the Aqua Terra line is updated and receives 10 new dial colours, in the 34 mm and 38 mm models. The new watches abandon the usual teak pattern and receive 10 new shades that are the result of an individual vapor deposition process, whether chemical (CVD) or physical (PVD), using technology that the brand did not have access to until recently. On the other hand, the colors of the dial – which feature names such as “Saffron”, “Terracotta” and “Sandstone” – are intended to represent the transition between the two natural states that the Aqua Terra collection represents: water and earth. In addition to the new dials, the new 34 mm and 38 mm Aqua Terra have steel cases with a screw-down crown and water resistance up to 150 meters identical to the models already present in the collection. However, in the new watches the cases are fully polished. The three-link steel bracelet also underwent a smooth redesign, now with rounded links. All new Aqua Terras are equipped with the self-winding Master Chronometer caliber Omega 8800, certified by METAS, which offers a high degree of antimagnetism, 55 hours of power reserve and a date window at six o’clock.
From earth to the sky, the journey continues with the Constellation collection, which, in 2022, celebrates its 40th anniversary. Here, the 41mm models feature new dial colors with ceramic bezels. A variation with a white dial, bezel and blue markers is available, while all other models, including the red dial, green dial and gray dial, have gold accents. Inside each of the new models beats the caliber 8900. The 28 mm Constellation, powered by quartz, now appear in pastel colors, combined with diamonds. The pink and blue dials feature classic markers, while the green and purple models come with applied diamonds. Finally, the 29 mm models now receive aventurine dials in different colors. These are available in a variety of case materials and a multitude of diamond options and are equipped with automatic movements.
Omega presents for 2022 a complete update of the two counters Speedmaster ’57 line, a sub-collection of the Speedmaster family that was first introduced in 2013 and which is based on the first Speedmaster, ref. CK 2915-X, featuring some notable updates, even though the aesthetic package remains similar. The new models stand out for the presence of a brand new manually wound chronograph movement, the Omega 9906 caliber. This is, of course, Master Chronometer certified by METAS, has double barrels mounted in series for a power reserve of 60 hours, with a column wheel and has the usual Côtes de Genève decoration by Omega. But the great highlight of the new movement lies in its size. At around 31.5mm in diameter and just 6.4mm thick, the caliber 9906 is thinner than many other conventional manual chronograph movements. Thanks to this fact, the new Speedmaster ’57 becomes the smallest Master Chronometer certified Speedmaster to date, measuring 40.5 mm in diameter and less than 13 mm in thickness. In terms of design, the case of the new Speedmaster ’57 has been redesigned to even more closely resemble the profile of the original CK 2915, featuring straight lugs without facets, missing crown guards and a symmetrical case. The dial retains the classic “Broad Arrow” hands and, on the black dial, sunken hour markers and the same vintage-hued Super-LumiNova color found on previous Speedmaster ’57 releases. The green, burgundy and blue dial variants feature applied hour markers and white Super-LumiNova that glows green in the dark. Finally, the bezel receives a steel insert for the tachymeter scale, which has undergone a black laser engraving treatment. In addition to the typical black dial, the new Speedmaster ’57 surprises with other less common shades, such as green, burgundy or blue.
And we end up in the vastness of Space, with a new variation of the acclaimed Moonwatch. The iconic model is now available in a 42mm Moonshine gold case with a Moonshine gold or PVD green dial. Moonshine Gold is Omega’s latest proprietary alloy that has a yellowish color and a high resistance to color fading over time. Equipped with the hand-wound caliber 3861, the new Moonwatch features a Moonshine gold, leather or rubber strap.