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Hi everyone,

Just joined this forum and would like share with everyone my new time-piece. It's an Omega Planet Ocean Chronograph (most people will know from the pictures anyway) and I got it on Boxing Day to replace my old, battered Citizen chronograph. Plus it's a 25th birthday present to myself, my first 'proper' watch I've bought/owned.

I know the watch isn't to everyone's tastes, especially being in orange, but I chose this colour as I've spent a year looking for a watch, from Tags to Rolex's to Breitlings, and none have caught my eye as much as this particular model. Everytime I look at it, I know it's going to take quite a while before I'm bored of looking at it, something I've been worried about when looking for a watch/time-piece. The anti-reflective coating on the front and back of the glass also gives the face a distinct blue tint in certain light and the sheer size of the dials makes it easier to see the time! The coaxial movement, even though I do not know much about it, seems to interest me too with extended servicing intervals compared to normal mechanisms. Most importantly though, I chose this over a Rolex as it's not as 'discrete', nor is it as bling as some 'Brietlings'.

Initial impressions are that the Omega is quite a bulky, heavy watch. I've had to have the bracelet adjusted so it fits 'snugly' on my wrist to stop it moving around on my arm, but on the plus side this helps to keep it in place and the bulk of the watch doesn't bother you after a while. My wrists are around 6-6.5" but as you can see from the photo's it doesn't look too out of place. After reading some reviews there have been concerns regarding the large hands on the face covering the chronograph dials. To be honest I haven't really found this to be a problem. When the hands cover part of a dial, you can always tilt the watch at a slight angle and can get around this the majority of the time. Another thing is the date window. The positioning of the window is fine, but the numbers are facing away from you rather than towards you. Again I haven't really had an issue with this, you can still read the numbers fine.

There have been a couple of issues with the watch though and I would appreciate if anyone can help me on these. Firstly, the bracelet is either too loose or too tight. There was only one 1/2 link that came with the watch. After removing this, the clasp is not dead centre on the bracelet. Is it possible to purchase another 1/2 link from somewhere? My plan is to remove a whole link from one side and have two 1/2 links on either side of the clasp to even it out.

Secondly, the Omega seems to be gaining 2 seconds every 12 hours or so. Over a 24 hour period its gaining 4-5 seconds. Goldsmiths have told me that to get this adjusted there is a 6 week turnaround as it has to be sent back to Omega. I've read somewhere that positioning the watch overnight in various positions can alter the timekeeping. Has anyone found a position that alters the timekeeping at all?

Thirdly, the second hand for the chronograph does not seem to be dead-centre at the 12 o'clock position. It seems to be very slightly to the left. Is there any way I can alter this myself?

Thanks for reading and any help is much appreciated. Now for some pictures:



























 

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While it is true not everyone likes orange, there is a reason why the made orange Planet Ocean models. It is because orange is considered to very visible in deep murky waters. The orange is there to remind you of dive watches.

Congrats on your new watch !
 

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Hello there Mr Irf,

WELCOME TO the Omega Forum at WTF.

thats a fine watch to start out with..:thumbup1:

the place to look for bracelet links is ofrei.com. they will have what you need, but maybe your AD could help there, and possibly install or help with fitting it for you.

I might wear the watch for a couple more weeks and then set the time to a consistant source ( i use my atomic clock) and check it in a week , then average the seconds per day at that time.

the other issues you asked about I'm afraid someone else will know more so I'm sure others will chime in with help..
you do qualify to be a WTF Seamaster Owners Club Member so here's your Member card..



congrats on a C:001_rolleyes::001_rolleyes:L watch:thumbup:

diver88:):)
 

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Mr Irf


A very warm welcome from me too.

Many thanks for sharing your pictures with us. It's a lot of watch but as you say looks good on the wrist. In respect of the issues, the link and fine-tuning of the accuracy can be done. With respect to the latter, you'll need to check how the watch performs in various positions overnight. I assume you've been checking the time against a standard source. I use www.timeticker.com

However I'm not too excited about the central chronograph seconds hand not returning to center. In your shoes and given the watch is new, I would bend someone's ear at Goldsmiths in the hope that they would replace it with another unit. You could also call Omega UK on 02380646850

My 2c


Hope you'll be able to join us in our daily ration of fun and chat here in OMEGALand - we'd like that :001_smile:


Be well now


ZIN
 

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While it is true not everyone likes orange, there is a reason why the made orange Planet Ocean models. It is because orange is considered to very visible in deep murky waters. The orange is there to remind you of dive watches.

Congrats on your new watch !
Hi Slife, I did hear that about the orange colour and its the excuse I give to people who think the colour is a bit too 'loud' for them. But as I'm still a young person I think it suits me better than the black version which is too discrete for me.

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Hello there Mr Irf,

WELCOME TO the Omega Forum at WTF.

thats a fine watch to start out with..:thumbup1:

the place to look for bracelet links is ofrei.com. they will have what you need, but maybe your AD could help there, and possibly install or help with fitting it for you.

I might wear the watch for a couple more weeks and then set the time to a consistant source ( i use my atomic clock) and check it in a week , then average the seconds per day at that time.

the other issues you asked about I'm afraid someone else will know more so I'm sure others will chime in with help..
you do qualify to be a WTF Seamaster Owners Club Member so here's your Member card..



congrats on a C:001_rolleyes::001_rolleyes:L watch:thumbup:

diver88:):)
Hi diver88, i did not think to ask the authorised dealer about another half link. I guess I thought they may not have stocked it and would have to order one in so didn't bother. But I like things to be pretty much perfect so the clasp being slightly off centre is slightly annoying, although it doesn't bother me when actually wearing the watch.

I have a radio-controlled clock in my room and it updates the time every hour. I've been checking the time against that and the watch has been consistently fast by 2 seconds every 12 hours. I think I'll make a diary for a week to see how fast it is during the day and see what different positions at night affect the time too.

What exactly is the WTF Seamaster Owners Club? Being new to this forum I'm not sure what that is or what it enables me to do?

Mr Irf


A very warm welcome from me too.

Many thanks for sharing your pictures with us. It's a lot of watch but as you say looks good on the wrist. In respect of the issues, the link and fine-tuning of the accuracy can be done. With respect to the latter, you'll need to check how the watch performs in various positions overnight. I assume you've been checking the time against a standard source. I use www.timeticker.com

However I'm not too excited about the central chronograph seconds hand not returning to center. In your shoes and given the watch is new, I would bend someone's ear at Goldsmiths in the hope that they would replace it with another unit. You could also call Omega UK on 02380646850

My 2c


Hope you'll be able to join us in our daily ration of fun and chat here in OMEGALand - we'd like that :001_smile:


Be well now


ZIN

Hi Houston, as stated earlier I think its best if I start to keep a diary for a week and see how the watch performs and use my radio-controlled clock as a reference.

With regards to the second had for the chronograph function, it is the large second hand in the centre of the watch, and not one of the hands in a sub-dial. I did query this with the AD but they said it was dead on 12 o'clock. I then compared my watch to one with a black bezel they had in stock and that was to the left as well. Mine seems to be out by 0.05 seconds, not much at all but slightly annoying when you try and take a reading and the second hand is inbetween two markers!

If I don't get any joy online on how to alter the second hand, I'll give Omega a ring and see what they suggest. The AD doesn't seem interested but I will ask them for a half link.


Thanks for the warm welcome everyone :thumbup:
 

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Such a pity the AD appears to exhibit such indifference. That's the trouble with big chains. I hope you got a nice discount out of them at the very least at the outset.

Wish you well with your enquiries and observations.


Be well now


ZIN
 

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Hi Mr Irf,

Welcome to WTF. I hope to see you and your PO chrono here often.

I see that my fellow members have answered your queries so I would just like to say congratulations on the new PO chrono. A fantastic timepiece with great presence.:thumbup:

I'm sure you'll get all of the issues you have sorted out. Omega have a very reputation for after sales service.
 

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Hey Irf,

That sure is a sharp looking watch,congratulations.:thumbup1:

As mentioned before the bracelet adjustment is just trial and error with no hard and fast rules except what ever is most comfortable for yourself.Also don't forget that the climate will have a bearing on your comfort with regards to the bracelet tension and especially with a big,heavy watch.

The PO looks really good on a genuine divers strap and certainly is very comfortable,this would solve your bracelet issues.:lol:

When checking the accuracy of your watch simply take a photo of the watch next to your clock at the same time.This will take the human judgement out of it and give you an exact picture of what is happening.All then that is needed is to compare photos over several days to get an idea of time gain/loss.

The sweep second hand issue doesn't show too much in the photo but like the accuracy issue I would let it ride for several weeks as the movement might take some time to bed in.

Finally the Omega owners club is an organisation within Watch Talk Forums recognising people with outstanding taste in watches.:thumbup1:
 

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Irf,
I have a PO Chrono in orange with an orange rubber strap. Even I think it is a bit loud, but I live in Knoxville, Tennessee where Big Orange is the order of the day because of our local University of Tennessee athletic teams. I bought the watch with a black rubber strap, but changed it to orange because my wife likes it better that way. I have a friend who has an Omega Seamaster titanium who has said for some time that he does not want or need another watch, but now he wants an orange PO chrono. It's a beautiful watch. Mine runs about 3.5 seconds fast in a 24 hour period. This does not seem to change no matter how I leave it at night, but if your research shows a way to improve this, I'd like to know. I always prefer fast to slow because it is much easier to set when it's a little fast. 3 or 4 seconds a day is well within COSC standards. Often after a watch is a few months old it will settle in at a different rate, so keep an eye out for that as well. The watch looks just fine on my 8" wrist. The Chrono second hand on mine seems to be dead center, but yours may settle in. I'm not sure where mine was when new. I have an older TAG Heuer quartz chrono that has to be repaired every time it gets a new battery because after I use the chrono a few times it refuses to go back to zero and prefers to be a few seconds off. This is so much better that I just don't think about it. I hope that you get a great deal of joy out of your beautiful new watch. I know that I do. Hal
 

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Hey how do any of you guys use the diver's extension on the bracelets? I feel like I am going to break the thing when I go to pull it out. This is how one extends it, right, just by pulling it? I feel like there should be a deployment button like the one to open the bracelet itself.
 

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Hey ru06,

Just give it a good tug as the divers extensions are tight and after a while they loosen a little.

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Irf,
I have a PO Chrono in orange with an orange rubber strap. Even I think it is a bit loud, but I live in Knoxville, Tennessee where Big Orange is the order of the day because of our local University of Tennessee athletic teams. I bought the watch with a black rubber strap, but changed it to orange because my wife likes it better that way. I have a friend who has an Omega Seamaster titanium who has said for some time that he does not want or need another watch, but now he wants an orange PO chrono. It's a beautiful watch. Mine runs about 3.5 seconds fast in a 24 hour period. This does not seem to change no matter how I leave it at night, but if your research shows a way to improve this, I'd like to know. I always prefer fast to slow because it is much easier to set when it's a little fast. 3 or 4 seconds a day is well within COSC standards. Often after a watch is a few months old it will settle in at a different rate, so keep an eye out for that as well. The watch looks just fine on my 8" wrist. The Chrono second hand on mine seems to be dead center, but yours may settle in. I'm not sure where mine was when new. I have an older TAG Heuer quartz chrono that has to be repaired every time it gets a new battery because after I use the chrono a few times it refuses to go back to zero and prefers to be a few seconds off. This is so much better that I just don't think about it. I hope that you get a great deal of joy out of your beautiful new watch. I know that I do. Hal

Hi Hal,

I couldn't help noticing your remark re the Tag and if you look carefully in your manual it shows how to rezero the chrono function hands after battery replacements etc.

I think you had to have the crown out and you pressed button A for the seconds reset,button B for the Hours and so on for the minutes and tenths.

It sounds really complicated but once completed it easy to redo.I am sure you can download instructions from the Tag web site if you don't have a manual.

Aaron
 

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Aaron,
I can't thank you enough. It's wonderful to have that watch look right. It has changed from something that just took up space in a watch display case, a watch that I wanted to sell, to a prized possession that I will put back into my normal rotation of watches. That simple little tip has made a big difference for me. Thanks again. Hal
 

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I have only 3 words. My Grail Watch. Well one of them at least. Stunning, wear it in the best of health.

I'm not at all jealous.................much.
 

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Mr Ruo6,

I hardly ever deploy the diver's extension but while I'm cleaning this is what I do.
#1 hold clasp with left hand, thumb and index finger (both sides of clasp)
#2 press my thumb(right hand) onto the "hinge" area of the extension
#3 index finger (right hand)across the bracelet right where the bracelet goes under the clasp.
#4. pull down with my index finger.

the extension very smoothly just opens because you are controlling the amount and speed at which it opens..

make sense?

hope that helps,

diver88:):)

oh, and very important. when you close the extension ALWAYS place the hinge end of the ext back in place before you press the bracelet end in.:thumbup1:
 
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