I have always loved diving watches; they might even be the most popular watches category out there. So of course, came the time when I started looking for the ultimate diving watch. That was about the time where I discovered the Omega Seamaster Ploprof.
Its story is amazing. Omega launched this watch in 1970 after more than four years of hard work. They wanted a watch that could withstand extreme pressure from high depths so the legendary Jacques Cousteau and COMEX divers were involved in the testing. Omega tested the maximum pressure the watch could handle and it took 1370 meters (!!!) before a sign of failure. That occurred in the seventies! That's what I call a Toolwatch! This watch can be considered as the first one built solely for the diving professional. How cool is that?
It was nicknamed "PloProf" from the french term PLOngeur PROFessionnel (Professional Diver) as the development team from Omega were speaking in french.
Funny thing, at the time of its launch, it was one of Omega's most expensive watches in production and costed twice the price of a Rolex Submariner. That, and the fact this watch was produced between 1970 and 1979, means that the Omega Seamaster 600 Ploprof Ref. 166.077 is pretty rare today.
In terms of design, this is a truly unique watch. The shape of course, typical from the seventies, but also the Monobloc case in steel makes the watch instantly recognizable. The crown locking system is pretty cool and very fun to use as well! Last but not least, the shark mesh bracelet, one of the most comfortable bracelets ever made, adds so much to the overall design of the watch.
Famous wearers were Jacques Cousteau, of course, but also Gianni Agnelli who wore his PloProf over the sleeve. Talking about style... :)
So, what makes this exact PloProf we are offering so special? Well, first of all, the condition is impeccable. The case of course, but also the dial, serviced by Omega 4 years ago and the bracelet. It's unlikely you will ever come across an example like that! The patina is absolutely gorgeous.
Finally (and most importantly!), we could consider this as a piece of Toolwatch history. This is the first watch we are offering in our new shop! That's a museum piece for sure!