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:
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.
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.
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.
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.