The Omega Seamaster has garnered a huge following thanks to the James Bond connection; a model that has truly caught the eye of Bond fans is the Seamaster Planet Ocean, worn by Daniel Craig in both Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace. Even without the famous owner, this watch has enough to stand up on its own; superb styling, a phenomenal in house movement, and a deep water resistance rating.
The Planet Ocean is also known for its splashes of orange in the design, a non conventional color, yes, but one that has become synonymous with this amazing timepiece. The Planet Ocean, offered since 2005, builds upon Omega’s ocean heritage and the styling of the Seamaster Diver 300 featured in previous James Bond films.
This list of Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean homages and alternatives highlights some of the best options for those looking for the Bond look, but not necessarily the price tag!
The Best Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Homages
The Davosa brand is not overtly marketed, allowing them to produce excellent quality Swiss watches at a fair price point, as such, the Argonautic is a top choice for anybody seeking a great Seamaster Planet Ocean alternative. This Davosa diver features an automatic ETA movement, a true workhorse engine. It is available with dials in black, navy blue, and gunmetal grey.
Like the Omega, the Davosa features a date window at 3 o’clock, a unidirectional ceramic bezel, and an arrowhead hour hand (the Davosa utilizes a baton minute hand vs. arrowhead on the Omega).
Both the Planet Ocean and the Argonautic have screw down, manual helium release valves at the 10 o’clock position; making both useful as true drive watches. The Argonautic has a water resistance rating of 300 meters, a 42.5 mm stainless steel case, and stainless steel bracelet.BUY NOW
Alpha Planet Ocean
The Alpha Planet Ocean is an ideal choice for those looking for an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean homage; it is very similar in its appearance and is amongst the cheapest of the watches in this list. The biggest difference between the Alpha and the Omega is the dive watch functionality; the Alpha only features 50 meters of water resistance, making it more of an aesthetic likeness than anything else.
The Alpha Planet Ocean features a 43 mm case, and sits on a stainless steel bracelet. Hours and minutes are marked by arrowhead hands, just as on the Omega. The Alpha is driven by an automatic movement, and uses a unidirectional ratcheted bezel, marked by an almost identical font to the Omega.
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Rotary Ocean Avenger
The Rotary Ocean Avenger is unique in this list in that it is the only quartz powered timepiece, yet it still holds up well as a Seamaster Planet Ocean homage. Most notably, the bracelet design is very similar on both watches, as well as the arrowhead hour hand. The slim, lumed indices on the Rotary are reminiscent of the Omega, as are the Arabic numerals on the dial.
The Ocean Avenger features a color matched date window at 3 o’clock, just as it is on the Planet Ocean. The Rotary would be suited to someone who prefers a slightly smaller watch, its stainless steel case measures in at 40 mm. You’ll have a choice of both leather straps and steel bracelets with the Rotary, as well as a choice of steel tones (silver, bi metal, rose gold).
For those seeking the orange touches of the Omega, you’ll find it with the Rotary, as one of the color combinations features a black dial with orange hands and indices.
The Best Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Alternatives
The Seiko Prospex Samurai strikes a very similar silhouette to the Omega and makes a phenomenal Seamaster Planet Ocean homage. Like the Planet Ocean, it is available on both rubber straps and steel bracelets, and all black dial/bezel and black/orange dial/bezel. The dial indices on the Seiko are large, and coupled with the 200 meter water resistance rating, this a highly functional dive watch.
The Prospex Samurai, like the Omega, features a date window at 3 o’clock, a lumed pip at 12 o’clock on the unidirectional, ratcheting bezel, and is powered by a high quality automatic movement.
Measuring in at 43.8 mm across, the Samurai is a hair smaller than the 45.5 mm Omega, but it is still a watch that commands attention when worn.BUY NOW
The Hamilton Navy Scuba is a top quality Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean alternative. This watch doesn’t attempt to copy the Planet Ocean, yet it features a number of similar styling cues, including the availability of a version with an orange flash on the bezel.
The Hamilton measures in at 40 mm, and further distinguishing it from the Omega, the date window sits between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions. The Navy Scuba features a water resistance of 100 meters, a unidirectional rotating bezel, and it is available with either a stainless steel bracelet or a NATO strap.
Both the Omega and the Hamilton are driven by Swiss automatic movements, and interestingly enough, both brands fall under the umbrella of the Swatch group – a good indicator that the Hamilton is a reliable watch, designed to last.BUY NOW
Orient Mako XL
The Orient Mako XL is a perfect blend of looks, quality and price. It makes a great choice for anybody looking for an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean homage alternative without breaking the bank. Featuring several style cues from the Omega, the Orient comes with an ‘Omega Orange’ trimmed, unidirectional bezel, contrasting nicely with the black dial and large lumed indices.
The Mako XL is just a fraction smaller than the Planet Ocean, measuring in at 44.5 mm, it is constructed from stainless steel and sits upon a stainless steel bracelet. The Orient features a water resistance rating of 200 meters, and is driven by a Japanese automatic movement.BUY NOW
Alpina Seastrong Diver
Alpina are another manufacturer whose marketing budget is kept low in order to keep their exceptional timepieces at an affordable price point. Whilst the Seastrong is not exactly identical to the Omega, it boasts enough similar features to be regarded as a strong Seamaster Planet Ocean alternative. Like the Omega, the Alpina wears large; its stainless steel case measures in at 44 mm, it can be purchased with a stainless steel bracelet or a rubber strap.
The Alpina is available with black, blue or red bezels; there is also an edition available with a faded orange ‘faux patina’ on the indices. It features a screw down crown, a unidirectional lumed bezel, and is water resistant to 300 meters. Like the Omega, the Alpina has a color matched date window placed at 3 o’clock, giving the watch a very sleek look.
It is available with an in house automatic movement, which is visible through the display case back, or a quartz movement.BUY NOW
Christopher Ward Trident C60 300/600
The Christopher Ward Trident is a superb alternative to an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, these are prestige watches of a similar quality to Omega, but at an affordable price.
They provide an option for those looking for a timepiece not likely to be seen on too many wrists around town! Just as on the Omega, the Trident features a ceramic unidirectional bezel, it comes in a range of color combinations, including orange dial/black bezel combo; ideal for those who like the distinctive look of the Seamaster.
Another similarity between the two is the water resistance; the Trident is the only watch in this list to match the incredible 600 meter rating of the Omega. It is available in two sizes; 38 and 43 mm. The dial features a textured wave pattern, similar to the Seamaster 300, its second hand has a Trident logo counterweight for a unique look.
The Trident is available with a high quality Swiss Sellita movement in the 600 series, or a Swiss quartz movement in the 300 series. It is also available with your choice of 12 different straps and bracelets.BUY NOW: $560+
Seiko 5 SNZH Series
The Seiko brand needs no introduction, nor does their ‘5’ line of watches. This particular variant is a great option for those looking for a quality watch with the Seamaster Planet Ocean look-alike on a tighter budget. It is available in silver or gold tone stainless steel, with the option of either blue or black dial/bezel combos.
The unidirectional bezel features a similar typeface to that of the Omega; its indices are of a similar shape, however there are no numbers on the dial as there are at 12, 6 and 3 o’clock on the Planet Ocean.
The Seiko features an abbreviated day and adjacent date window at 3 o’clock, it is water resistant to 100 meters and is powered by a Japanese automatic movement, housed in a 42 mm case.BUY NOW