The Rolex Deepsea Special no longer holds the throne for being the deepest diving watch to have ever traversed the ocean’s depths. Omega has revealed that its new Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional has broken world records by going 10,928 metres into the Mariana Trench, brought down by diver Victor Vescovo on his submersible.
This record is an impressive 12 metres deeper than the previous record held by Rolex, set in 1960. Omega had to seriously bolster the hardware of this experimental new timepiece to brave such depths. The 28mm thick case is made with titanium sourced from the body of the submersible Vescovo captained, while the crystal used on the watch takes design inspiration from viewports on submarines that are created to hold up against the staggering pressure in the ocean. The Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional is officially certified to 15,000 metres, so it has plenty to offer extreme adventurers should opportunities arise.
Omega currently has not announced the watch for retail as the brand is still pending patents on certain elements, but an early look at this horological wonder proves that it is as stylish as it is hardy, with a utilitarian titanium case accented by aquamarine numerals on the dial and a NATO strap in a similar hue.