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    Alpha Planet Ocean homage

    When I bought my Alpha Paul Newman, I also got a Planet Ocean model. Because the Newman bracelet was absolute suckage, I moved the PO bracelet to the Newman. This made the PO kinda hard to wear.

    Not anymore! I bought 3 bands from watchbandcenter and they arrived today. I got 3 bands, a faux-sharkskin band, a sporty band and a more distinguished band. So far, the faux sharkskin is my favourite. For a comparison between the original Omega Planet Ocean and the Alpha model:


    And for a look at my Planet Ocean:


    I think it looks pretty sharp. Now I just need to get it regulated :( I was only wearing it for a few hours today and already it ran 5 minutes faster than the Windows time server.

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    Re: Alpha Planet Ocean homage

    Quote Originally Posted by GuySie View Post
    I think it looks pretty sharp. Now I just need to get it regulated :( I was only wearing it for a few hours today and already it ran 5 minutes faster than the Windows time server.
    Before you regulate it, I would recommend that you wear it a bit more. A few hours should be enough to wind the mainspring sufficient for accurate timekeeping, but just to be sure, next time first hand-wind it a couple of turns before setting the time and then wear it for a few hours to check the result.

    If it is still giving the same kind of error, then it certainly needs regulating as it is way outside the parameters of 'wearing in'.

    By the way, that strap makes a perfect como with the bezel

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    Re: Alpha Planet Ocean homage

    Thanks Chascomm, I'll do that.

    By the way, does anyone know what movement they put inside this Alpha? I was asked this on another forum, but I have no clue and googling didn't give me any fast answers.

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    Re: Alpha Planet Ocean homage

    Quote Originally Posted by GuySie View Post
    Thanks Chascomm, I'll do that.

    By the way, does anyone know what movement they put inside this Alpha? I was asked this on another forum, but I have no clue and googling didn't give me any fast answers.
    You will have to open it up to know for sure. Since these aren't dive watches anyway, if you are careful, you won't likely damage the little water resistance these watches have.
    Alpha has used two or three different movements in the past. Some; like the submariner I have; were stuffed with the ST16 movement from Sea Gull while others got the Shanghai/ Beijing movements.
    A picture of the movement would settle it for you :)

    BTW...your strap treatment really makes the watch look great :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha-Getty View Post
    BTW...your strap treatment really makes the watch look great :)
    I agree. That strap is great. I will have one when I get my Orange PO.

    Cheers,
    gigfy

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    Re: Alpha Planet Ocean homage

    Thanks for the compliments guys, I was quite pleased with the strap too :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha-Getty View Post
    You will have to open it up to know for sure.
    Ahhh... Then I'm going to have to buy a tool to open the case. I wasn't really planning for any more watch expenditures, but hey, a man's gotta do whatta man's gotta do ;)
    Now just figuring out where I can get a caseback tool in the Netherlands.

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    Re: Alpha Planet Ocean homage

    Go to your nearest toy store and buy a small rubber ball. The kind that is a little 'tacky' to the touch. Works like a charm.

    A wad of duct tape will do in a pinch.



    Cheers,
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    Re: Alpha Planet Ocean homage

    OMG, be aware of dust!! it is windy...

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    Re: Alpha Planet Ocean homage

    Quote Originally Posted by GuySie View Post
    Thanks Chascomm, I'll do that.

    By the way, does anyone know what movement they put inside this Alpha? I was asked this on another forum, but I have no clue and googling didn't give me any fast answers.
    I believe it is the Nanning, though I am not 100% sure. I do know that a Miyota 8215 (date only) is a direct drop in replacement. I went through 2 Alpha PO's, both had horribly stuttering movements. Somewhere I read that it was replaceable with a Miyota so I had it done. Runs great now! The third PO that I bought was a good one though, it was a birthday present for my son's best friend. He's a budding WIS

    Cheers,
    Griff

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    Re: Alpha Planet Ocean homage

    how did you have the miyota put in and where did you get it? what kinda cost was involved?

    thanks,

    david

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