That is the beauty of collecting
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 behind for the Rolex Submariner to take the lead in professional and recreational diving. Onother such brand I like very much is the Doxa with the Doxa Sub 300 which in the late 1960's was rated for a depth of 300 meters while Rolex was limited to 200 meters. The Doxa enjoyed a lot of success with Divers on the west coast of the US but it too fell victim to the pressure of Rolex. The Quartz matches made it extreemely difficult to compete as the 1970's came to a close even though Doxa did produce Divers in quartz models.
I am pleased you enjoyed the article. In closing I will say the vintage Ploprof fits comfortably on the wrist even a small one like mine as it is wide but not tall. The fact that the crown is on the opposite side your hand does not bump into it.
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A piece of history ...
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???
"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...
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
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 . . .
. . . 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...
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.
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...
Hi Bill ..
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...
I completely agree Art ...
The two manufacturers had different views of what constituted technical ability and the Flightmaster is part of this history.
Better times? . . .
. . . 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
Highly beloved Omega
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
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...