The rear of this Orange Ceramic Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT replica watch has a curious phrase that I’ve never seen on a timepiece before. According to Omega it is something they’ve never placed on a case before either. A promise of “World Premiere” appears on the case back of this dive watch adjacent to the limited edition number.
Omega has been struggling to make orange ceramic a possibility for over five years now. In 2011 I recall speaking with top people at the brand who expressed how difficult it was. So until now, all Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean timepieces with orange bezels continued to use the older colored aluminum technology while models with black or blue bezels used ceramic.
Last year Hublot released the first watch with red ceramic – though they haven’t followed up with any production models since. They did however prove it could be done. With Omega offering orange ceramic, the only remaining color to be successfully produced in a zirconium oxide (ceramic mostly used in watch making) is yellow. But that we can leave for another “World Premiere.”
It isn’t clear when Omega first began to use ceramic bezels for most of its Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean watches but it was several years ago. The issue of course that was presented to Omega as well as brands like Rolex was the mass production of ceramic parts. Now in 2014 the industrial processes are much more sophisticated, but it is still a very time consuming and expensive process. I say this because while it may be true ceramic itself does not require precious materials, the process of inventing how to make it can be precious indeed.
Omega, as well as brands like Rolex, are working tirelessly to improve not only the production techniques used to create ceramic watch parts, but also the colors they are produced in.It suggests to the world that there is something inherently special that one has never seen before in a timepiece. True enough, this is Omega’s way of celebrating the first watch in the world to have an orange ceramic bezel, and it happens to be in a limited edition sport watch made of solid 950 platinum.
The “Word Premiere” is orange colored ceramic, and until now we’ve never seen it used on a watch. Omega actually produced some fun images of its platinum and orange Omega replica Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT with orange fruit that you can see here. So why is this a big deal? To make a long story short, ceramic is very difficult to produce in colors other than white or black and some dark colors such as blue and brown. Light colors present incredible problems because when ceramic is formed during a sintering process, the color tends to go away during the baking process.
The reason Omega has produced only eight pieces of this limited edition Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean is because the orange bezels currently take a lot of work. Having said that, unlike Hublot or other brands with concept technology in a limited edition watch, they claim that orange ceramic bezels will become a regular part of the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean watch collection soon. Further, the orange ceramic bezel on the Swiss-made Omega copy watch isn’t just orange ceramic, but uses the brand’s Liquid Metal technology.