- A STAINLESS STEEL OVERSIZED AUTOMATIC CENTRE SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELETMVT 29.027.641 CASE PROTOTYPE ENGRAVED 4-011 SEAMASTER "PLOPROF" PROTOTYPE CIRCA 1970
- stainless steel
- diameter 54mm
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**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
Omega, who had just recently put their watches on the moon, naturally embraced this new challenge with similar fervour. And so, working in collaboration with COMEX (the Compagnie Maritime d’Expertise) the Omega Seamaster Professional 600 was born. The Plongeur Professional nicknamed ‘PloProf’ was marketed as being able to withstand depths of up to 2000ft , comfortably enduring Omega’s ‘seabed-to-Everest torture’ testing. Further to this, tests conducted later by Ocean Systems Inc., a diving research centre operating out of the United States, concluded the watch was ‘more watertight’ than a submarine.
Released officially in 1970 after 4 years of continuous research and development, the ‘Ploprof’ has many distinguishing features. Its large asymmetric case forged from a single piece of stainless steel, the red or orange pusher to the top of the case, bi-directional bezel and oversized broad arrow hands provided optimal functionality for divers while, at the same time, producing an aesthetic synonymous with the 1970s - features that are indeed as attractive now as they were then. This particular watch is separated from the majority by the signature, or lack thereof, to the dial. Once the Ploprof was officially released dials were signed ‘Seamaster 600 Professional’, this watch however, confirmed as a prototype by Omega, is simply marked ‘Seamaster’ with no 600 or Professional designation.
In addition to the fantastic overall condition, adorned with a striking blue dial and orange minute hand, the tritium on the hands, indexes and bezel have taken on an incredibly attractive and consistent patina.