I completely agree Art ...

Jul 04, 2020,16:41 PM
 

The two manufacturers had different views of what constituted technical ability and the Flightmaster is part of this history.

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Omega Ploprof Seamaster 600 - The Instrument Watch of Professional Divers

 
 By: Bill : July 4th, 2020-15:02
Issued by Omega, Sales Promotion, Bienne. Omega Master Waterproofness with the SEAMASTER 600 The Instrument Watch of Professional Divers Watchmakers have always been occupied by the problem of water- proofness. Water, vapours, dust and volatile chemical a...  

A piece of history ...

 
 By: nilomis : November 3rd, 2013-12:37
Thank you, Bill for sharing this detailed document about the Ploprof. For no personal reason (I don't dive) I admire all dive watches and the brands quest to conquer the deeps. Years back I took pics of this model and it wears very nice, despite the very ... 

Was price really the issue???

 
 By: Bill : November 3rd, 2013-17:17
"waterproofness" - The race was on to conquer the deep between Rolex, Omega and even Doxa in late 1968 - 1969 period. While it is true that the Omega Seamaster 600 "Ploprof" was the technology leader it was rumored that their price point was double that o...  

So what do you think about the lack of early success

 
 By: Bill : November 4th, 2013-07:05
Was it price in the market. Or was the design too avant garde. Bill

Thank you, Bill!

 
 By: blomman Mr Blue : November 4th, 2013-13:41
This is great information. Thank you! Best, my friend Blomman

I reproduced it faithfully

 
 By: Bill : November 4th, 2013-14:08
All the pictures and text are as they were in the original press release. Best Bill

Very informative!

 
 By: Hagen : November 6th, 2013-17:32
Thanks, Bill, for posting this. I must admit not really being a Ploprof fan, mainly because of the size and thickness. Not to mention the fact that I am not a professional diver. However, when I read the article you post, it gives a new perspective. I rec... 

That is the beauty of collecting

 
 By: Bill : November 6th, 2013-19:13
Our tastes change and evolve over time and we start to get different pleasure that we otherwise did not get in the past like fine wines. The Ploprof is a great example of technology that was mastered but due to reasons unknown (design / style) it was left... 

Glad to see this thread resurrected! Two comments to add . . .

 
 By: Dr No : July 4th, 2020-14:40
. . . to the discussion: first, your observation regarding the Ploprof's suitability for smaller wrists is on the money. It's a wide and thick design, which normally doesn't bode well for the wrist-challenged. The asymmetrical case and sloping bezel are t...  

Interesting perspective on this subject Art ...

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 5th, 2020-12:47
Especially the issue of left-handed versions.

King

 
 By: Weems@8 : July 5th, 2020-14:45
An orange Ploprof. For me a king. Holy moly, it is a watch i wil catch if it cross my path. How it wil be fit on my wrist? It’s a gamble. 🎲

The quartz crisis/Omega Planet Ocean/Doxa etc.

 
 By: Weems@8 : July 5th, 2020-14:35
You say it right. When Doxa put quartz calibers in it’s cases to fight against quartz opponents. It hurts Omega. The ploprof has become a cult classic, while the quartz equipped dive watches are not wanted. The space race and the depth race. I think the d... 

Bump [nt]

 
 By: Bill : July 4th, 2020-08:30

Hi Bill ..

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 4th, 2020-16:08
I think the answer is down to design. Back in the day the Ploprof 600 had the technical edge for professional divers. This was a a huge watch in the 70s and regarded as more of a technical instrument than purely a wrist watch. Thanks for posting this fasc... 

" . . . more of a technical instrument . . .

 
 By: Dr No : July 4th, 2020-16:27
. . . than purely a wrist watch" - truer words never said. Same goes for its contemporary, the Flightmaster . . .

I completely agree Art ...

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : July 4th, 2020-16:41
The two manufacturers had different views of what constituted technical ability and the Flightmaster is part of this history.

Better times? . . .

 
 By: Dr No : July 4th, 2020-17:34
. . . I'll say. Try doing this . . . . . . today. This clip is well worth watching . . . . . . if you can remember the old days, and essential if you can't. Art

Retro cool

 
 By: Cookies : July 5th, 2020-05:26
Nice post Bill

Superb write up dear Bill

 
 By: Seeks : July 5th, 2020-08:27
I learnt a lot. Thanks for bumping it up!

Late to the party, but a big fan. Thanks so much for all this digging. So interesting to read this history. Brings back a sweet memory of my first visit to a major, big-city AD, in

 
 By: halgedahl : July 5th, 2020-09:42
San Francisco. Had a long list of pieces I was interested in seeing—Omegas notably absent from the list. But my flight was cancelled next morning, so back I went, for another afternoon of ogling. Of course there was a large Omega section—the largest in th...  

Highly beloved Omega

 
 By: Weems@8 : July 5th, 2020-14:51
Never to late at the party. Discovering Omega is like walking into space. I enjoy the F.P. Journe journey, and Omega is running up to become a next beloved subject for many here. What Omega makes so special, it put all boundaries to next levels.

For Seamaster fans

 
 By: Weems@8 : July 5th, 2020-14:23
For sure, i become a Seamaster fan. The ploprof is an interesting Omega. The first 600. The picture in the advert have that Jaques Cousteau era style. I watched many documentaries about Jaques Cousteau ocean discoveries. I like scuba diving, and i must in... 

thanks for sharing it [nt]

 
 By: Passionata_george : July 6th, 2020-12:30