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    Please educate me on older POs.

    Hello Omega community.

    I'm thinking that a PO (non chrono, non GMT) is in my near future, but having a bit of a hard time identifying which one I should be looking for.

    I will check the current versions at the AD, but as much as I like the new movements (I have a SM300MC), I feel that the newer POs are way too thick for my tastes.

    I think I'm after an older 2500 based one. Likely a 42mm version. But which one ?

    Some questions:
    When did they change from 2500C to D ? Any specific reason to look for either one ?
    Did the 2500 based POs ever get a ceramic bezel ?

    Your expertise is welcomed. Reference numbers whenever possible, too.

    Many thanks for your help !

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    Re: Please educate me on older POs.

    I have a 2008 model 42mm with white numerals, model number 2201.50.00, with Cal. 2500C. Never had an issue with this one. 2500D calibre was introduced around 2010 ( I think) and it was a correction of the 2500C, where some models had some issues regarding stopping, I think. Or, it had to do with the Cal 2500C needing a slight tap to the case to get them going. I donít remember which.
    The way to tell the difference between C and D is the date numerals. Omega changed the numeral font on the date wheel.
    None of the 1st generation POs had ceramic bezels, but there was the 60th anniversary model in 2008 which had a glossy dial and Liquid Metal bezel. It was limited to 1,948 pieces.

    Thatís all I got. Iím sure others will chime in soon enough.
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    Re: Please educate me on older POs.

    I think Tino has covered most of the essentials. I have a standard black with white numerals 2500C I presume from Tinoís dates. It has been serviced once after ten years (last year) and Iíve never had any issues with it. Iíve often said on here if I had to sell everything except one it is the PO that would stay. Good luck with your search and let us know what you decide.

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    Re: Please educate me on older POs.

    Ahh, Nigel, thank God you're here. The photo of your watch will help illustrate one more difference between the POs.

    The Calibre 2500A, B and C models all had the same numeral font in the date window. The 2500Ds used a different font that was also used in the 2nd Generation AquaTerras with the Teak dials (those striped ones).
    To the OP (that's you, Blackdog), notice the date number '12' in Nigel's photo? Compared to the date numeral font in this picture;

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    ...you can see that the numerals are different. This is one quick method for distinguishing between the 2500D and the previous versions of the Cal. 2500.

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Please educate me on older POs.

    Planet Ocean 2500D here (42mm, model number 2201.50).
    Great watch! Less bulky than the newer models (8500 / 8900 movement)
    If you can find one, get it and keep it!
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    Re: Please educate me on older POs.

    Great info about the date wheel fonts ! Many thanks.

    So I guess no normal issue 2500 based PO ever had a ceramic bezel insert, right ?

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    Re: Please educate me on older POs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    So I guess no normal issue 2500 based PO ever had a ceramic bezel insert, right ?
    Correct, they have aluminum bezel inserts.
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    Re: Please educate me on older POs.

    I love both my PO 8500 XL orange bezel and my PO 2500 42mm black/orange numerals.

    That said, the 2500 is one of two candidates for 'last man standing' in my watch box, along with my 2254, and the PO's greater versatility (overall nicer look, MUCH nicer bracelet, high-grip bezel makes it legitimately useful in the water) gives it a great chance to be THE watch if I somehow had to clear out my collection.

    I know the white-numeral versions are way more popular, but I love the little splash of color on the orange-numeral versions.

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    Re: Please educate me on older POs.

    The other limited edition PO 2500 is the James Bond Casino Royal model. Different case back and 007 seconds hand. I really dig it!

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    Re: Please educate me on older POs.

    There are 3 main choices of PO 2500 in 42mm. These are:

    Black bezel with white numerals (photo from the web)

    This reference is viewed by many as the classic PO and with good reason. Tool watch good looks, black goes with everything, great at the beach or the office. Dial lume glows green.

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    Black bezel with orange numerals (photo from the web)

    A little more sporty due to the pop of orange, but still under the radar enough. Dial lume glows green.

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    Orange bezel with orange numerals (photo from web)

    If you have the black diver covered then this is a fun option for sure. Great summer watch and looks superb on a black rubber strap. Dial lume glows green.

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    Lastly there is the Planet Ocean Liquidmetal Limited Edition. Dial lume glows blue.

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    This is a transitional model. It has the solid caseback like all the other 2500 models and the numeral font is the same too. Whereas the numerals are painted on the regular models, on this one they're applied, same goes for the Omega wording on the dial. The other differences are the ceramic dial and liquidmetal bezel. It's more dressy than the other PO's and rocks a black rubber strap. I've owned one since 2011 and it's the only watch I haven't moved on.
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