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Incoming.....Planet Ocean 8900

Post by hoppyjr » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:39 pm

Just in. I’ve finally found Planet Ocean perfection. At less 98% perfection. I’ll say from the start; the only thing I’d change is to use 20 or 22 lug width, rather than the oddball 21. At least Omega is consistent in using 21’s in other recent models.

The 43.5 size is the Goldilocks PO. Thinner and less bulky than the 45.5 I’ve owned and flat case back makes it wear like a dream.

Bracelet comes stock with the push button adjustable clasp, with fold out divers extension. The end links don’t have a center section that pushes out (if that makes sense) so the bracelet drapes well and would fit smaller wrists as well as large. While the end links look like those on a Rolex 14060, these Omega are solid.

The Master Coaxial movement is well known and apparently very accurate.

The bezel on the 8500 is ceramic, but this 8900 uses the nicer Liquidmetal technology that was first found on the 2500 LE and later used on the 8500 titanium. It’s gorgeous.

The dial is also made of polished ceramic, just the same as the Dark Side of The Moon Speedmaster. It’s deep black, but appears dark grey in some lighting. When paired with the Liquidmetal bezel the result is spectacular.

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Post by JP Chestnut » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:46 pm

Good watch for you I think.

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Post by hoppyjr » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:49 pm

After picking it up from the post office, I stopped by the Omega Boutique for bracelet sizing. While there I tried on the same watch with the blue dial.

Good news; the new blue is very similar to the blue used in the titanium 8500, but Omega finally uses a color matched date wheel.

The one I tried on had a very cool strap on deployant clasp. It’s a fully waterproof strap, using a rubber strap base and having real alligator on the exterior. The bottom, sides, and pin holes are rubber, which should provide for a long service life. I really liked it. A lot.

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Post by hoppyjr » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:50 pm

JP Chestnut wrote:Good watch for you I think.

Really perfect for me. I am surprised at how much I like it.

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Post by mattcantwin » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:50 pm

Nailed it! :cheers:
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Post by Panerai7 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:59 pm

Congrats Ed. Hard to keep up with what you still have, SD and 45.5 Ti 8500 are still here? Wonder how it compares to 45.5 Ti side by side?
Still have EZM 1.1 and U1 pro?

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Post by hoppyjr » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:04 pm

Panerai7 wrote:Congrats Ed. Hard to keep up with what you still have, SD and 45.5 Ti 8500 are still here? Wonder how it compares to 45.5 Ti side by side?
Still have EZM 1.1 and U1 pro?
Thanks.

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Post by Panerai7 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:12 pm

Looks good 👍

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Post by Erratic101 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:14 pm

I really like that. What’s the thickness?

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Post by hoppyjr » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:37 pm

Erratic101 wrote:I really like that. What’s the thickness?
15mm I believe.

I’ve compared to my EZM 1.1 which is 16.4 and the PO is thinner.

I’ve owned the 2500 series in both 42mm and 45.5 size (multiple times), in addition to having owned several 8500 45.5’s. I can say without reservation; this is the best Planet Ocean I’ve experienced.

Seems about the same as PO 2500 45.5, but this one has a thicker mid case area, but relatively flat case back, where the 2500 has a slim mid-case and more protruding case back, as I recall.

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Post by Erratic101 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:44 pm

That’s not bad. I had the SMPc chrono and that was I think 18mm. Which paired with 42mm width was just not working for me.

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Post by Chocodove » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:48 pm

Love that dial. Congrats.
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Post by aikiman44 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:50 pm

Looks great, congratulations!
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Post by Panerai7 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:08 pm

15mm is awesome, love chunky watches 👍

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Post by Ryeguy » Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:15 pm

Dang, Hop, that is a good looking watch. The liquid metal bezel looks great, as does the ceramic dial. Just really, really, nice. Congratulations.

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Post by hoppyjr » Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:24 pm

Thanks fellas.

I mentioned 98% perfect, here are the two things I’d change. Maybe three:

- use a standard lug width of 20 or 22 (although this 21 does seem nicely proportionate).

- I prefer the looks of the end link design as used on the 8500 series, but I recognize that this style allows for better fit on a wider range of wrist sizes.

- use a single color lume, not the blue everywhere and green on minute hand and bezel pip. It’s a gimmick and I prefer consistency.

Those are relatively minor issues and I have no intention of letting them get in my way of enjoying this watch.

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Re: Incoming.....Planet Ocean 8900

Post by raf42 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:42 pm

I like it. A lot. Good size, 15mm is not thick at all for that size and Omega does a good job with L2L on the PO's. Win. :thumbsup:

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Post by streetracer101 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:48 pm

Nice looking watch. It is too big for me, otherwise I'd ask for dibs on the follow-up sale.

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Post by Joeprez » Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:49 pm

Congrats Ed, looks great on your wrist!


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Post by hoppyjr » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:12 pm

streetracer101 wrote:Nice looking watch. It is too big for me, otherwise I'd ask for dibs on the follow-up sale.
The same watch is available in 39.5 size too.

I can’t get the blue on gator out of my head. I can see that being added later in the year.

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Post by ericf4 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:15 pm

Looks good!

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Re: Incoming.....Planet Ocean 8900

Post by JP Chestnut » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:15 pm

hoppyjr wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:12 pm
streetracer101 wrote:Nice looking watch. It is too big for me, otherwise I'd ask for dibs on the follow-up sale.
The same watch is available in 39.5 size too.
That watch really sucks. The proportions are terrible and a 19mm lug spacing is total ass. I really wanted to replace my 42mm po2500 with one... and then I saw it in person.

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Post by matt.wu » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:00 pm

JP Chestnut wrote:
hoppyjr wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:12 pm
streetracer101 wrote:Nice looking watch. It is too big for me, otherwise I'd ask for dibs on the follow-up sale.
The same watch is available in 39.5 size too.
That watch really sucks. The proportions are terrible and a 19mm lug spacing is total ass. I really wanted to replace my 42mm po2500 with one... and then I saw it in person.
Yup
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Re: Incoming.....Planet Ocean 8900

Post by matt.wu » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:00 pm

And congrats, Hopster. Looks great on you.
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