Land vs. Sea: Comparing Orient CFM00002B and Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chrono

February 19th, 2010 Posted in Watch Comparisons | 8 Comments

Despite similar watch faces, the Orient CFM00002B and the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chrono are best suited for different terrain. As its name implies, the Planet Ocean is a watch for the water. The Orient CFM00002B, inspired by Marcus Grönholm, a former rally car driver, the CFM00002B is designed for slick land performance. Grönholm would appreciate the watch’s sporty aesthetic and function, which incorporates the ideals of athleticism in the field of watches.

Read on to learn more about what distinguishes the two:


Water Resistance and Timing Functions

The Planet Ocean Chrono boasts a water resistance of up to 600m—twice the equivalent of the world record for a scuba diver (318.25m, captured by Nuno Gomes’ in the Red Sea in 2005). The Planet Ocean is even overequipped for the average diver.

More necessary for the average land-roaming civilian, the CFM00002B features a water resistance of 100m—more than enough for swimming and snorkeling, or most importantly, protection when Fido knocks over the flower vase.

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Additionally, the Planet Ocean Chrono includes a chronograph function. Better known as a stopwatch, chronographs can be crucial for serious divers who must time their dives perfectly.

For drivers instead of divers, the CFM00002B features a tachymeter, which measures speed based on travel time or distance based on speed. It can also be used to measure industrial productivity by converting seconds per unit into units per hour. The two most useful uses for a tachymeter are calculating your pulse or your car speed if the speedometer breaks.

The CFM00002B also prominently displays both the day and date. While the Planet Ocean has this feature, it is less prominent because divers don’t write checks under the sea.


Watch Movement

Both watches have convenient automatic movements with power reserves. Automatic movements are mechanical movements that self-wind using the motion of your wrist, and the power reserve allows you to go about 2 days without wearing the watch before it will stop keeping time.

However, despite both having power reserves, the CFM00002B has one distinct advantage over the Planet Ocean. Its watch face has a power reserve indicator, which displays the amount of power left. This is useful because it ensures that you will never have to reset the watch, and it will keep telling time accurately. On this particular watch, the power reserve indicator is conveniently located under the 12 o’clock position.

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Because of its extra features for the water, the cost of the Planet Ocean Chrono far exceeds that of the CFM00002B.

If you spend your life on land, with the exception of a few trips to the pool in the summer, don’t pay for watch features you don’t need. Instead, choose the high quality Orient CFM00002B. Its solid stainless steel bracelet, fold over clasp and double push button with safety are both stylish and functional. And you’ll be able to see the time even in the dark with the luminescent watch numerals.


Cassie Wallace


  1. 8 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Steve Poorman on Feb 19, 2010

    I’m a huge WRC fan and Gronholm was one of the best in his heyday. The Orient CFM00002B is a fantastic watch, I would love to have one. The best was the Orient CDB04001D0 limited edition Marcus Gronholm. That watch was incredible: from the box; the tire tread styled strap; display case back w/ Marcus’s signature; etc.

  3. By Alex on Feb 19, 2010

    I want to win that watch! :D Its beautiful!!

  4. By Ross on Feb 19, 2010

    This is like comparing apples and oranges…the watches aren’t in the same category as you mentioned in the post. The ‘planet orient’ name is nothing more than a nickname that forum members have used to describe the watch because of the similarity in color to that of the omega. Other than that these watches have nothing in common. Not to mention that the Omega houses an automatic movement complete with a chronograph function. This is something that is not present in ANY Orient watch. Also, the Omega sports a date indicator that is usually common among most Orients yet is lacking in this particular piece.

  5. By Greg Cygnor on Feb 19, 2010

    I think the Orient CFM00002B is one of Orient’s nicer looking watches. Let’s face it for most people 50 meters water resistant is fine. 600 meters, really, who cares it’s irrelevant. Back to the CFM00002B, now a power reserve is relevant and useful. Fantastic timepiece.

  6. By FernandoC on Feb 20, 2010

    I agree with Ross, the watches are not comparable or in the same category. Besides Cassie keeps missunderstanding the water resistant feature of watches, even in the Orient´s. For example 50 meters of water resistance does not mean that you can take the watch to that depth. In practice, 50 m water resistance is just enough to wathc your hands and small pool swimming. But you cannot even shower with it! This is from the Orient watch owner´s manual. Likewise, 600 m does not mean you can go to that depth, but this is a watch that you can scuba dive with, which is, for most divers, no more than 40 meters. Water resistant is a measure under lab control, but it does not take into account any movement of the arm, salt, chemical agents, typical shower temperature and so on… 600 m water resistance is not being overequipped!

  7. By Ralf on Feb 21, 2010

    I recently purchased a CFD0F002B and couldn’t be happier. The value for money ratio is unbelievable. I also possess a few swiss automatic watches and a Seiko Premier and I am so impressed with the accuracy of my Orient watch. I was eyeing this Omega here for quite some time…now spending 3500 Dollars or 200 is a huge difference and instead of paying for Omegas Celebrities (and the huuuge marketing budgets) I guess I will end up just paying for a watch and buy the Orient.

    I just wish Orients would have a “hacking” (second hand stops while setting the watch) and additional handwinding feature to enjoy the accuracy even more.
    Thanks and all the best,
    Ralf

  8. By Galileo C. Mascardo, IV on Feb 23, 2010

    Pax Vobiscum!

    Oh my God! This is really a great gift. It is beautiful. it has a style that is simple, robost, and gallant to wear. Orient CFM00002B is for everyday’s occassion.I am looking forward of having it and wear it with simplicity.

    +leo

  9. By David on Feb 26, 2010

    Not sure what all the fuss is about…what is the timing mechanism within an OMega? not an Omega that’s for sure. Its someone else’s.

    For me, its more than the window dressing on the outside that counts… whats inside that nice case is what makes the timepiece unique.

    I’ll take an original Orient watch with an in-house movement over an Omega ANY day.

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