BIGGER IS BETTER...?
Nowadays, after the big oversized wave is behind us, and the watch growth has stopped at 48 mm wide, the 21st-century man’s watch still must be Big. The flagship of oversized, but quality Swiss Watches, Panerai itself has moved one step back and started to manufacture Luminor cases with 42 mm. What a shame… or a clever move? Time will tell. Some brands, like Patek Philippe, have not followed the mainstream at all. Others like Rolex or Omega followed the trend, going up to 44 – 45.5 mm, even though in 2017 they are moving back to around 43 mm limits. Because of this watch trend of the last 20 years, I ended up with a 45.5 mm and a 43.5 mm Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean at the same time.
Side by side, the more recent stainless steel Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M and the older titanium on titanium model.
One from 2017 with 43.5 mm wide case and one from 2014 with 45.5 mm. The smaller has stainless steel case and bracelet, while the older has been made of titanium. The steel version shines a little bit brighter and it has a newer, updated movement, the METAS certified calibre 8900. They both come with a ceramic bezel and Liquid Metal. At this point, I am already at the magic part of these timepieces.
A stainless steel and a titanium Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M
Why? Because if you usually look at a stainless steel watch and a titanium one at once, you will see the titanium as a piece of grey matte finished metal. But not with this 45.5 mm Ti Omega! I must tell I have never seen a titanium watch as shiny as this one! Even next to a stainless steel piece, it holds its ground. Both watches are nearly as bright and shiny coloured as the steel used to be, the highly polished parts and the brushed parts as well. This is what fine watchmaking and metalwork mean to me and this is what I haven’t seen before from any other brands.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.5 mm (Ref. 188.8.131.52.03.0010)
With the very similar look, the bigger Planet Ocean (PO) has about 60 grams less weight, than the steel one which is about 220 grams. This is amazing! If you would wear the titanium PO, you feel like wearing nothing or at least a very light timepiece on a super soft leather strap.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M 43.5 mm
And yes, bigger is better if we are talking about wrist presence. The Big One looks awesome and cool on any wrists, while plays and shows always a little bit different shade of blue, depending on the type of the light or the strength of the sun.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.5 mm
Both pieces are beautiful, durable and accurate timepieces. This is exactly what I am expecting from Omega. If I had to choose, I must say I would pick the titanium because it is lighter but bigger and looks much cooler on the wrist. Nothing more just a perfect, badass, sporty watch that will catch the eyes in all situation.
RetekG is a Hungarian watch lover, watch collector and crazy amateur watch photographer. Born to be a watch nerd, his grandmother bought him a Casio in 1986, and the rest is history. He’s a big fan of Panerai, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre and he also loves trying new microbrands as well as affordable brands with a cool quality, remaining faithful to his roots and his grandmother’s choice. Since 2016, he shares his watch photos on Instagram. His goal is to share his passion for watches and photography with anyone who likes this kind of madness and have fun with all the watch fans. This is why he founded the @ReWatchTeam on Instagram.