Hello everyone..Well my photo essay was cut short when my 600m stem broke. I want to thank the group of watchmakers at the NYC Omega boutique they were able to get the crown to screw down. I have gotten emails asking about the case side by side comparison of the 600M and 1200M. The numbers that I published are correct (see part I of this article). For better shots I removed the bracelets on both watches.
Strap width opening on the 600 M 23.8 mm . Strap width opening on the 1200 M 23.8 mm.When it came to setting this photo .. .My old 600m was able to stand on its Lug edge without any assistance. The 1200M I had to prop my 8 gig USB thumb drive in the space between the lugs to keep it from tipping over..
and the crown edge view…
As you can see the 600 M has a more sculpted crown guard detail then the 1200 M. I also prefer the old fashion thru the case spring bar holes.
The weather finally stopped raining on everyday I had off !
Ok lets talk bracelets…. I finally had a chance to do a close side by side comparison of the new modern mesh bracelet for the 1200 M and the original 600 M. The 1200 M bracelet is on the left and the "classic" 600 M spring loaded bracelet is on the right.
The wrist side of the bracelets
Side by side on its side..
The new clasp is a lot easier use in comparison to the Two part mesh of the 600 M. I have on more then one occasion pinched the underside of my wrist attempting to put my watch on! The new clasp is great as you will not have that issue. I also had a chance to compare the 600 M spring bar and the 1200 M spring bar. The 1200 M bar is double shouldered (you will need this as it's the only edge you have to compress the bar so you can remove the bracelet. Close up of the spring bar ends ( 600 M on the Left ).
Here is a chart of the measurements of the bracelet and spring bars.
I then took the rare opportunity of having the new 1200 M mesh band and a 600 M without a bracelet on it.
The big question of will the new mesh band fit the 600 M watch ? Well I tried it out. The answer for me was yes. The tolerance is very tight and for other it might vary. It took a while to get it to fit. I had to use the new spring bars on the old watch to get it to work actually.
I am just sorry that I did not ask for a 1200 M mounted on the rubber strap.
The new bracelet is very nice with its micro adjust and built in divers extension. The additional thickness I feel is slightly out of proportion when you compare its use on the 1200 M. One of the few things I did not attempt was to try to remove the removable links from the bracelet. Without any knowledge on what the correct procedure would be, I thought it would be best to hold off and wait until I can ask one of the Omega watchmakers at the NYC store. In my humble opinion the New 1200 M is a stunning watch. It is a great modernization of a 70s Classic. With the He valve and the 8500 under the hood. It will be a new classic. I would also like to leave you with one bit of additional info for the die hard 600 M fans. Every 600 M was tested at Bienne to 1000M before it was shipped out for sale. ( This in was printed in the Technical guide for the 600 M ).
For Bill's original post in Omega forum, please CLICK HERE
For Bill's Part I, please CLICK HERE