Today, Omega discloses a watch that will leave a mark on the world in the plunging community, a damnation of a noteworthy piece, the consequence of long periods of involvement with the field of professional dive watches. Omega has recently reported the presence of an unprecedented watch that made the world’s deepest dive to the actual lower part of the Mariana Trench. Meet the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional, a watch tried at 1,500 bars or 15,000 meters and which endure a world record dive of 10,928 meters half a month ago.
Deep, deep plunging and watches
If the most elevated point on Earth is Mount Everest at 8,848 meters, the world’s deepest known point in the oceans is considerably more great. Situated in the Pacific Ocean, at the southern finish of the Mariana Trench close to the Mariana Islands gathering, the Challenger Deep has a profundity of 10,898 to 10,928 meters (35,755 to 35,853ft) and is at present the deepest known point in the seabed hydrosphere. And keeping in mind that the way to the most noteworthy point on Earth has become something of a scam (generally speaking, obviously), not very many have understood the Challenger Deep; until now, there has been a sum of six endeavors, three directed with automated robots and three monitored expeditions.
On 23 January 1960, Jacques Piccard and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh, on board the bathyscaphe named Trieste, were the primary men to arrive at the lower part of the Challenger Deep, at an exact profundity of 10,911 meters (or 35,797ft) – a record they actually held as of not long ago. Lashed to the external shell of the Trieste was a watch, a model made by Rolex, the Deep Sea Special No. 3 – at present in the assortment of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. The watch, intended to oppose to in excess of 1,100 bars of pressing factor, surfaced intact.
The second monitored endeavor to arrive at the Challender Deep occurred over forty years after the fact after the principal endeavor. On 26 March 2012, Canadian movie chief James Cameron directed Deepsea Challenger, a 7.3-meter deep-plunging submarine, which arrived at a profundity of 10,898 meters. Amazing as this first performance dive to the Challenger Deep was, Cameron didn’t figure out how to break the profundity record of Trieste. By and by, a Rolex watch was appended to one of the automated arms of Deepsea Challenger, and indeed, it surfaced intact.
The Five Deeps Expedition
Recently, Omega has joined the Five Deeps project. Perhaps the most interesting campaigns in numerous years, the Five Deeps endeavor is the world’s first monitored undertaking to the deepest point in every one of the five oceans: the Puerto Rico Trench in the Atlantic Ocean (8,376 meters); the South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean (7,434 meters); the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean (7,290 meters); the Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean (10,928 meters); and the Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean (5,573 metres).
This project is the brainchild of swashbuckler and sub pilot Victor Vescovo. Over the surface is the DSSV Pressure Drop research vessel furnished with the most noteworthy constancy full ocean profundity sonar. The move beneath the waves makes place in DSV Limiting Factor, a Triton-assembled sub commercially ensured by the worldwide oceanic power DNV-GL for broad, rehashed dives to uncommon profundities. On the ocean floor, three ‘landers’ are conveyed to gather significant logical data.
Four of these five ultra-deep focuses in the ocean have just been reached, remembering the Challenger Deep for the Pacific Ocean. In May 2019, the DSV Limiting Factor arrived at a profundity of 10,928 meters – the deepest point at any point came to by humankind – breaking the 59-year-old record of Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh. For additional insights regarding the Five Deeps Expedition, check the site here .
Omega is likewise taking an interest in this remarkable submerged experience and has given not one, but rather three models of the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional; a watch planned explicitly and covertly by the Biel-based brand to arrive at the Challenger Deep.
Omega’s way to breaking the deepest dive record for a watch
Omega’s foundation in dive watches is uncontestable. Indeed, the brand has one of the best histories in this field and
In 1948, the principal Seamaster was conceived. Brought into the world in peacetime, the Seamaster was a non military personnel variant of the waterproof watches made for British pilots and sailors – completely clarified in our inside and out video here . Omega’s professional dive watches surfaced in 1957 with the formation of the Seamaster 300 CK2913. Afterward, the Plorpof research program , which brought forth amazing watches –, for example, the Ploprof 600m otherwise known as the main watch in 904L Steel and the Seamaster 1000 – was directed with the assistance of Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Many other stories among Omega and divers exist, for example, free diver Jacques Mayol wearing his Seamaster 120 when he plunged to a record-breaking 101m in 1981. Yet, today is unmistakably another achievement in this heredity of deep divers. For sure, Omega was important for the record-breaking plunge effectively directed by Victor Vescovo in May 2019 to a profundity of 10,928 meters. Three Omega watches were important for this experience, two on the automated arms of the sub and another on an information gathering unit known as a ‘lander’. This watch is the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional, a reason fabricated test piece that has quite recently accomplished the world’s deepest dive, ever.
the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional
Producing dive watches is essential for the day by day schedule at Omega, however making a watch appropriate for the Five Deeps Expedition, equipped for enduring profundities of 11,000 meters (and that’s just the beginning), required a totally unique degree of creativity and a group of specialists with diverse designing abilities. Intended to withstand huge pressing factors, the Ultra Deep is loaded with full ocean profundity innovation, motivated by the arrangements utilized on the submergence vehicle DSV Limiting Factor.
As you would expect, this new Seamaster is a professional apparatus, made in view of obstruction as it were. Despite its colossal limits and resistances, Omega has figured out how to keep it shockingly thin, at under 28mm. “A watch doesn’t need to be huge to withstand huge pressures,” was the thought behind this piece. In any case, despite the fact that being a professional model made without any concessions, the watch actually looks extremely natural, as imparting a large portion of its attributes to an ordinary Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m… Just under nutrients (really solid ones, for sure). Same dial, same hands, same files, same tracks. Presumably, the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep is a genuine Omega Seamaster.
The body of the bezel, casebody, caseback and crown of the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep are machined cutoffs from the manufactured evaluation 5 titanium structure of the submarine Limiting Factor (DNV-GL certified) – ensuring the starting point, attributes and nature of the material.
The gem of a dive watch is consistently a prickly issue; its thickness, its get together to the remainder of the watch without forfeiting water-resistance… For this situation, motivation was taken indeed from Victor Vescovo’s sub Limiting Factor and its viewports. The plan of viewports is a basic advance in the improvement of a submarine. The loadbearing surface of the Limiting Factor‘s viewports has been designed to limit tension within edges of the cone, where the anxieties are most noteworthy. Like the viewport get together on a sub, the sapphire-to-case gathering on a full ocean profundity watch is a territory of concern. To spread the pressure appropriation, Omega took motivation from this loadbearing funnel shaped plan and utilized Liquidmetal® (an innovation utilized by Omega to make the scales on ceramic bezels) to guarantee a firm yet adaptable sapphire-to-casebody get together. This creative patent-forthcoming hot-structure holding made it conceivable to keep away from the utilization of polymer seals and to lessen the sapphire’s thickness.
The rest of the watch is just about as offbeat as its frame. Completely incorporated into the titanium casebody, the carries of the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional are left open to bring down the danger of surpassing material limits at full ocean profundity, as both the watch and the tie can be exposed to high footing loads. They are designated “Manta” hauls due to their unmistakable look.
All of these innovations permit the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional to oppose pressing factors of up to 10,928 meters or 1,100 bars – a record for a mechanical watch. The entirety of the watches were pressure tried at Triton Sub’s office in Barcelona within the sight of a DNV-GL assessor. The picked most extreme pressing factor is connected with resiliences needed in the Mariana Trench, however to be extra certain and to comply with dive watch ISO 6425 principles, Omega demanded adding a 25% wellbeing edge, which implied the watches needed to perform entirely up to 1,500 bars or 15,000 metres.
Last however not least, the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional is, most importantly, an Omega watch with a programmed development inside. The watches were exposed post-dive to perhaps the most significant level of testing in the watch business and put through the thorough 8 tests more than 10 days set by METAS. Even after their outrageous submerged excursion, every one of the three watches that made it to the Challenger Deep accomplished the Master Chronometer certification.
What is generally noteworthy here is that a watch of these qualities, which has broken the record for the deepest dive and persevered through enormous pressing factor, has been developed with “achievable” advancements. Despite the fact that the objective was to make a watch for a quite certain and outrageous mission, Omega made a point to utilize materials and innovation that could be commercialized. In a last explanation, Omega asserts that “bold explorers can be sure that (this) record-breaking Ultra Deep innovation is bound to surface again in the close future“. We can’t hold back to see where this will lead!
Altogether, a sensational accomplishment by Omega, Victor Vescovo and his team.
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