When a horology brand seeks out a brand ambassador, their aim tends to be for a star of sorts with unquestionable notoriety. So, if you add to that athletic prowess and certified gold accolades, which manage to transcend and permeate the cultural landscape that’s a bona fide winner. Introducing the new “Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Michael Phelps’ Limited Edition” timepiece.
We all know that Michael Phelps is a champion, but were you aware he’s the most decorated Olympian of all time? Well, with a total of 28 Olympic medals, of which 23 are gold and mostly obtained from individual events, Michael Phelps is the biggest Olympic achiever to date. He retired last year after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil. So if you’re an athlete with grand ambitions the bars been set, Godspeed to you!
The legendary American swimmer began his Omega association back in 2004 and there have been several watches themed after him. This latest version has been based off the “Seamaster Planet Ocean Master Chronometer Chronograph”, which was unveiled at Baselworld 2016. Currently we don’t have any Michael Phelps themed watches in stock, but we have other “Seamaster” you can browse by following this link.
The 45.5mm case is made of stainless-steel with a transparent case back that allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. A transformed logo of “Michael Phelps” has been etched in chromium on the sapphire crystal caseback.
Mounted to the case is a polished blue ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel with orange rubber applied on it for the first 15 minutes. Also comes equipped with two push-pieces on the right side of the case for the chronograph functions, with a screw-in crown in between them; while to the left side of the case aligned with the 10 o’clock position is a helium escape valve. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 600 meters (2000 feet).
Time is exhibited on a polished white ceramic dial with blue applied index hour markers and the Arabic numeral 12 in orange. Featuring two sub-dials: a 12-hour counter at the 3 o’clock position and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position. There is also a date aperture at the 6 o’clock position. The central arrow tipped hands and the hour index markers have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Michael Phelps’ LTD ED
This “Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Michael Phelps’ Limited Edition” (Ref#: 126.96.36.199.04.001) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 9900 with 54 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound, thanks to possessing two barrels in series. This movement has been attributed with a Master Chronometer certification and has been adorned with rhodium-plated bridges finished with Geneva waves in arabesque.
Mounted to the watch is an Omega blue rubber strap with blue and orange rubber lining and exposed orange stitching, while secured to the wrist by an Omega stainless-steel push-piece deployment buckle. This a limited edition watch of only 280 manufactured pieces, in recognition of the legendary Olympian’s 28 medals. For more up to date information visit the official Omega website, here.
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