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Considered the world’s toughest and longest offshore race, the Volvo Ocean Race has chosen Omega Watches as the event’s Official Timekeeper for 2017-18 season. Setting off from Alicante, Spain on 22 October this year and finishing in The Hague next June.

There will be 11 legs in total reaching 12 landmark host cities. Other stops on the 45,000 nautical mile journey across 4 oceans include destinations as far as Cape Town, Hong Kong and even Auckland, New Zealand.

The official watch for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race will be Oemga’s Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M DEEP BLACK in Red which we have actually seen before.

This watch combines the versatility of a GMT model and a dive watch. Its use of is red is deliberate one as it represents the first color that is no longer visible at a depth of approximately 5m.

Its 45.5mm matt case has been crafted from a single block of ceramic, and for the first time, rubber has been mixed with ceramic to create a unique unidirectional bezel with its 15-min scale in Liquidmetal and the rest of the diving scale in red.

The red theme continues with red rubber injections that have also been used to color the OMEGA logo on the crown and helium escape valve symbol.

On the black ceramic dial, a GMT ring has been added, as well as red Arabic numerals, and hands and markers that are made from 18K White Gold with a white SuperLumiNova coating.

Omega has created an oriented case-back so that the engraved text sits pleasingly in position. This has been achieved through OMEGA’s new and patented ceramic Naiad Lock.

Further features include: an Alveol pattern on the screw-down case-back and a black rubber strap with red stitching and an anti-bacterial treatment!

The Planet Ocean Deep Black is water-resistant to 600M and is powered by the Omega Master Chronometer caliber 8906. In order to qualify for Master Chronometer status, the movement has passed 8 rigorous tests set by METAS (The Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology).

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