The full gallery with full res shots can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaneli...7624117378632/
Well, it's not quite a new idea - I'm following in the footsteps of others who've slapped a PO bezel on an SMP, like EL and John_in_SC (who has been helpful in his correspondence regarding bezel removal). But I think it's a good one!
As some of you might have seen, I originally purchased an electric blue 2255.80 with the intention of either converting to a non-AC dial 2254 or else this project. The EB dial grew on me and a 2254 came up for sale for a song, so I decided to use that as a base for this project instead.
Like others, I admired how the Planet Ocean took adapted some of the design cues of the classic Seamaster 300M divers. It's a handsome watch that proudly displayed its roots as a tool watch, updated in modern style. But I didn't much care for either the increased bulk of the 600m case or the double arrow hands. The 2254 SMP was almost perfect: I loved the slim case, the no-nonsense sword hands, the big triangle, and the graceful, sloping lugs. The small crown is unfortunate, but I don't quite have the ambition that John_in_SC apparently has, so my crown and crown guards will remain unmodified for the time being. But the biggest problem was the scaloped bezel, more at home with the fashionable Bond SMs than the 2254. The damn thing can be harder to turn than my Orient Mako's bezel. After owning the 2255 for a few weeks, I did grow warmer toward its looks if not its functionality, but the PO bezel still proved a superior draw.
So, the result here is the integration of some of the parts of the Planet Ocean that I liked (bezel, insert, and second hand) with a base 2254. And also, for the hell of it, a 2230 "non-AC" dial for an additional touch of luxury. The SMP case retains its sveltness, as the PO bezel is only marginally taller than the SMP one; the new insert sits about a half millimeter over the edge of the crystal. The PO bezel is much easier to turn than the original. The watch will probably stay like this for the time being, though I may experiment with the 2254 insert on the PO bezel.
The 1120 movement survived my brief incursion into the case and is presently keeping time at a respectable +1 second over 5 days.
Enjoy the pictures!