Here is a quick comparative review of my 2 favorite divers that I own. Excuse the pic quality.
Omega Planet Ocean 42mm
DOXA 750T Sharkhunter
I'll start with the specs:
case size - 42 mm
thickness - 14.5 mm
weight - approx 175 g
lug space - 20 mm lug
depth rating - 2000 ft
case size - 44.7 mm
thickness - 14 mm
weight - approx 174 g
lug space - 21 mm
depth rating - 2460 ft
Automatic - ETA 2892A
beat rate - 25,200 bph
power reserve - 48 hrs
Automatic - ETA 2824
beat rate - 28,800 bph
power reserve - 42 hrs
now for the personal opinions:
Fit and Finish:
The Omega Planet Ocean is a well constructed and overall attractive dive watch that can be dressed up or down. While somewhat heavy and a little on the tall side, it fits well under shirt cuffs. The classic black dial with black bezel is very conservative in appearance, and the combination of brushed case with polished sides adds the right amount of detailing to make it stand out in a crowd. The classic Omega twisty lugs slam it home. The Planet Ocean looks great on the 20 mm brushed bracelet, but equally at home on leather, rubber, or nylon.
The DOXA Sharkhunter 750T is also a very nicely constructed diver. Unlike the Planet Ocean, this watch is more tool watch in appearance. The unique shape of the case and distinctive "beads of rice" bracelet screams vintage diver. The large brushed surfaces of the case coupled with the polished sides and bezel adds just the right amount of detail to make it appealing with more than just a wetsuit. The Sharkhunter looks good on rubber and nylon, but the bracelet is IMO what really gives a DOXA the DOXA look.
Dial, bezel, and hands:
When it comes to the layout and appearance of the dial, the Omega Planet Ocean is IMO perfect. The matte dial and double coated anti reflective, domed sapphire crystal combine to give the illusion that there is no crystal. The applied markers and Omega logo change from a rich gold look to a brilliant white silver in appearance depending on the light. The date window is nicely beveled and the white numbers on a black background jump out. The large arrow hands are highly legible, and are constructed so that when the hour, minute, and second hands line up they are not masked by each other. This is especially nice when viewing the hands at night and relying only on the lume. There are six lines of text on the dial, but it is not overbearing and IMO does not create clutter. The classic red tipped second hand gives a splash of color to an otherwise conservative dial.
The layout of the DOXA Sharkhunter 750T is also very appealing, but with a nod towards the vintage divers. The painted markers are nicely done and I particulary like the way the text is divided within the "crosshair" lines that quarter the dial. The date window is simple in construction and the black numbers on a white background are legible and go perfectly with the vintage look of the dial. The hands IMO are what make the Sharkhunter 750T dial complete. A large contrasting orange minute hand is paired with the classic DOXA "dwarf" white hour hand. A square tipped second hand makes up the classic trio. Very vintage looking and very legible. The Sharkhunter dial is a glossy black with nicely arranged writing that does not clutter the dial. The flat sapphire crystal is AR coated on the inside. IMO, a domed crystal would go better with the overall vintage "look".
Both the Planet Ocean and DOXA Sharkhunter have extremely smooth 120 click bezels. The Planet Ocean features the classic coin edge style bezel and is easily gripped and turned. The bezel rides high on the case. The bezel insert is very easy to read and conservative in look.
The Sharkhunter features a saw blade type bezel that also rides high above the case and is easy to grip and turn. The bezel is polished and does not contain an insert. The orange numbers are easily readable against the polished SS bezel. The classic DOXA bezel is engraved with the US Navy maximum no-decompression limit times in feet. The dive bezel consists of an outer ring indicating the dive depth for a no compression dive, and an inner ring indicating the corresponding dive time and a descent marker.
Bracelet and Clasp
The Planet Ocean and Sharkhunter both boast extremely comfortable bracelets. While the looks are very different, the fit and finish on both are top notch. The DOXA "beads of rice" bracelet really makes the vintage look of this diver. Both feature brushed links with polished sides. The DOXA bracelet wins points for screw pins, which makes sizing a snap. The Omega Seamaster style clasp is very easy to operate and beautifully finished, complete with a diver extension. The DOXA clasp alternates brushed and polished components and is also nicely finished with signature and classic "Jenny fish" logo. The DOXA clasp is a friction clasp with a foldover safety clip. The DOXA clasp features a divers extension and the much loved micro adjustments, which the Seamaster clasp sorely needs.
Crowns and Casebacks
Both the Planet Ocean and Sharkhunter feature large crowns that are easily manipulated and turn smoothly. The nod here goes to the Planet Ocean. The PO winds as smooth as butter, and the overwind "click" is easily heard.
Both the Planet Ocean and Sharkhunter feature engraved casebacks. The PO has the classic engraved Hippocampus while the DOXA sports the Jenny fish. Both are beautiful, but NOTHING compares to a Planet OCean caseback.
The Planet Ocean lume is unbeatable. Omega really leads the pack IMO when it comes to lume. The Sharkhunter lume is above average, and very visible when lit up, however it just does not have the staying power of the PO lume.
Came back and added a wrist shot for reference. Here are both on my 7" wrist.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with both of these watches. This review is not a "this one is better than
that one" type analysis. It is more an informative review, directed towards anyone who may be interested in owning either of these fine watches. As a footnote, the PO chronometer runs +3 to +4 a day in all positions.
The Sharkhunter (non chronometer) runs +0 to +2 a week.
Thanks for looking and hope you enjoyed it. - David