Watch-off | Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 vs. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
Now here’s a watch-off between two heavyweights, the avant-garde Swiss watchmaker, Tag Heuer, and another high-end Swiss watchmaker, Omega – namely, in this case, the Tag Heuer Flyback and the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean. Don’t make up your mind just yet though, first we’re going to take a look at the technical side, then we’ll compare their respective aesthetics.
Let’s start with the Tag Heuer – this metallic model features a shining polished steel case and bezel matched with a brushed steel strap. The watch face is fitted with an anthracite dial lightened by the sunray effect and also fitted with a cut sapphire crystal caseback. While this watch was rigorously tested and proven to be water resistant to 100m, it should also be noted that the rubber seals used to prevent any water seeping into the movement can deteriorate over time. In terms of design, the rapid date correction feature is very useful, as is the trinity of chronograph counters and the open-worked oscillating mass, emblazoned with the model’s signature. In order to keep this piece in pristine delivery condition the wearer can use a soft brush and slightly soapy water to gently scrub the case and bracelet clean – just be careful around the seals. Also make sure you rinse the piece afterwards with clear water and dry the casing with a soft cloth. One issue that a wearer might have with the Tag Heuer Flyback is that it can be affected by condensation that might appear under the watch crystal if the temperature suddenly changes.
In recent years Omega has been building on their reputation as a maritime watch manufacturer, especially since the launch of their Planet Ocean line in 2005. Again and again they have rocked the boat with their adventurous designs specially tailored to survive the harshest conditions that nature can conjure up. Enter the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph, a luxury timepiece befitting Omega’s diving heritage. Suffice it to say that this watch is water resistant to 600 metres and comes with an inbuilt helium-escape valve. This particular model has a screw-in crown and a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal dial, fitted with a date window and a central chronograph hand tracking sixty-minutes. It operates using a self-winding Co-Axial movement that is visible through a transparent caseback and also features the diver’s favourite – a unidirectional bezel, which spins around a sleek stainless steel case.
So, now we know what we’re dealing with, which one do you prefer? The Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 (top) or the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean (bottom)?