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Omega’s Ultra Deep Dive Watch Asks ‘How Low Can You Go?’

Omega’s Ultra Deep Dive Watch Asks ‘How Low Can You Go?’

An unfortunate thing happened in the testing of a prototype of Omega’s new Ultra Deep diver’s watch. Due to an equipment malfunction, one of the three FOD-X watches (“full ocean depth experimental”) was left at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, some 10,928 meters down, the deepest point on the planet, for two and a half days. 

The entire mission time for the planned dive and the extreme pressure test in 2019 was supposed to be 12 hours, with only a portion of that period spent at the bottom of the trench. No one intended for the watch to spend more than two days at such depths, where the pressure is 16,000 pounds per square inch—conditions that would incidentally do very nasty things to your body.

That 2019 concept watch was called the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep Professional, and impressively, it emerged from its unplanned seabed ordeal not only unscathed but having lost only one second of time during the whole misadventure. 

omega 6000m dive watch floating underwater

Omega’s new watch is chunky, but it’s designed to withstand the extreme pressure in the deep ocean.

Photograph: OMEGA

Now, nearly three years later, Omega has managed to take this extreme concept dive watch and manufacture a production version, called simply the Ultra Deep, capable of withstanding depths up to 6,000 meters. While not having the same depth rating as the concept, it is good enough to get the watch to the start of the hadal zone, the deepest region of the ocean. 

In comparison, the Rolex Deepsea is rated to 3,900 meters. First appearing in 2008, at the time the Deepsea more than tripled the water resistance of Rolex’s next best diver, in part thanks to 5mm-thick sapphire crystal to battle the underwater pressure. With the production version of the Ultra Deep, Omega has raised the bar significantly on performance dive watches.

Starting at £10,060 ($13,200 in US dollars), there are seven iterations of the 2022 Ultra Deep. It’s understandably chunky in design, considering the pressures it is built to endure. But with a 45.5 mm case and thickness of 18.12 mm it is slimmer than the concept, despite the domed sapphire crystal covering the dial having to cope with 7.5 tons of pressure. And while there’s a choice between the usual rubber and steel bracelets, the flagship version is made from sand-blasted grade-5 titanium, and comes on a NATO strap made from polyamide yarn sourced from recycled fishing nets. 

In a welcome echo of the concept, Omega has kept the design it created for the lugs on this titanium model, the watch parts that connect the strap to the case. Integrated into the case body, they are left open, as this apparently decreases stress points at ocean depth. Omega has termed them “manta” lugs due to their resemblance to the manta ray’s cephalic lobes.

22 Great Wireless Chargers to Refuel Your Phone (or Watch)

22 Great Wireless Chargers to Refuel Your Phone (or Watch)

Does my phone support wireless charging?

Not all phones support wireless charging, but most brands have models that do, so look up your phone model first. You’ll usually see “Qi wireless charging” (the default standard) or simply “wireless charging” if it does.

Do wireless chargers work if you have a phone case?

Yes, most wireless chargers can charge through cases, unless it’s a particularly thick case. Check the product listing—there’s usually a case thickness limit in millimeters. Phones can get hot when charging wirelessly, so don’t worry if your phone is really warm when you pick it up. Most smartphones have limits to stop accepting a charge if they get too hot.

Yes, cords will charge your phone faster

Some manufacturers like Apple and OnePlus make wireless chargers that recharge their respective phones faster than others, but if you’re looking for speed, you’re better off sticking with a cord. Wireless charging is best for desks or nightstands when you’re not really using your phone or in a rush to recharge it.

What’s a fast wireless charging speed?

We said this at the beginning of our guide, but you’ll see “Compatible with iPhones and Android phones” under each slide, and that means the charger has a standard charging speed of 7.5 watts for iPhones or 10 watts for Android phones (including Samsung Galaxy phones). If a charger or phone combination has more watts, like 15, it will charge faster, though be sure to stick to high quality chargers.

Is wireless charging safe to use?

There’s no evidence that it’s harmful. You may worry the phone’s battery might degrade faster with wireless charging, but there’s no evidence of that. Manufacturers set safe limits for phone batteries, stipulating how much a battery can be charged and how far it can discharge. Regardless of the charging source you use, whether you plug into a wall adapter or use a wireless charging pad, these limits can’t be overridden. There’s no risk of overcharging your phone by leaving it on a wireless charger all night.

How do I keep my phone’s battery healthy?

However, try to keep your battery between 50 and 80 percent for optimum battery health. Keeping your phone fully charged or fully discharging the battery will degrade it slightly faster, and regularly swinging between full and empty will shorten its life. Battery technology has improved in recent years, and phone batteries are more reliable than ever. If you switch phones every two to three years or don’t mind paying a modest fee for a battery replacement on that timescale, it’s not worth worrying too much about how often or when you charge your phone.

The Best iPhone 13 Cases and Accessories

The Best iPhone 13 Cases and Accessories

You did it. You got the new iPhone 13. But it doesn’t matter if you have the Mini or the Pro, it’s still a glass sandwich that will shatter when it inevitably escapes your hands. That’s totally not your fault. That’s why we highly recommend you use a case with your expensive new smartphone. It’s not guaranteed to protect your device, but it can help! We’ve tested dozens and whittled them down to our favorites below. That also includes other accessories such as cables, charging adapters, MagSafe gear, and power banks, many of which we tested for the iPhone 12 range (so you’ll see some duplicates here).  

Be sure to check out our other buying guides, like the Best iPhone, Best MagSafe Accessories, Best iPad Accessories, and the Best iPhone 13 Deals.

Updated December 2021: We’ve added new cases from Pivet, Totallee, Twelve South, and Bluebonnet, along with new accessories from Anker, Moment, Mophie, and Belkin.

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A Note on iPhone 13 Cases

We’ve tested these cases on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Unlike last year, cases that fit the 6.1-inch iPhone 13 will not fit the 6.1-inch iPhone 13 Pro. That’s because the camera system on the standard Pro is significantly larger. Some case manufacturers didn’t learn of this until the iPhones were announced, so you might run into some compatibility issues. It’s something to keep an eye on as you shop. 

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The Best Vinyl Accessories to Jazz Up Your Analog Audio

The Best Vinyl Accessories to Jazz Up Your Analog Audio

Whether you’ve just started spinning analog audio or you’ve been building a collection for years, good vinyl accessories can take your enjoyment—and your records’ longevity—to the next level. I’ve spent the better part of the past decade messing with some of the most lauded tools for cleaning, setting up, and maintaining record players, and these are my favorites. Plenty of these accessories are affordable, and they make great gifts too.

Before you dive deeper, I recommend watching this video on proper turntable setup. Many of the accessories below are meant to aid you in making sure you’re getting the most out of your gear. For more, check out our Best Turntables guide and our how-to article on upgrading your home audio.

Updated October 2021: We’ve added a number of new picks, including our favorite desk lamp, a record roller, and our new favorite “now playing” holder.

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