The increasing number of the military and commercial diving professionals in the sixties, as well as the increased requirements for the diving watches, lead to a collaboration between Omega and Jacques Cousteau to create an extreme water-resistant watch. After four years of development and intensive testing, the best replica Omega Seamaster Ploprof watch was released in 1970. The PLOngeur PROFessionnel nomenclature comes from the French-speaking team that designed the watch.
The first company that used the new diver was Compagnie Maritime d’Expertise, Comex, an oil research company that participated also in the development phase. Fearing that the crystal might pop out at decompression stage of diving, due to helium expansion, Comex researched the solution provided by a helium release valve. In 1971, Rolex made the helium escape valve commercially available on the Ref. 1665. We covered this historical landmark in our hands-on of the newest replica Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 126600 is available here.
But in fact, even without a gas escape valve, Omega had none of the helium issues of the counterparts diving watches. The brand’s solution was to make the watch air-tight, and thanks to the monoblock construction, it achieves a tightness better than that of the Apollo spacecraft. The first watches were tested and proofed in Omega laboratories for 600m and even in lower depths in the live experiments, going up to more than double of the advertised 600m.
The costly development boosts the watch on the top of the most expensive Omega professional watches. The Ploprof price was so high, approximately double that of the Rolex Submariner, that many of the amateur divers could not afford it. And it was mainly bought by companies for their professional divers. The watch featured a series of patents like the CH503310 / 1968 for the locking bezel system or the CH480680 / 1967 for the monobloc case.
The easy use of the crown locking system and the unusual bezel lock gain sympathy due to robustness and easy handling. The professional divers knew that they can rely on best replica Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200 replica for their own life, and this contributed to the success of the watch. The original Ploprof was available on the market between 1970 and 1979. The modern version, debuted in 2009, is an improved version.
Boosting an impressive water-resistance of 1200m, an HEV helium escape valve and a light titanium case, the Omega Ploprof 1200 is a modern beast with the vintage look. We take a look at the Reference 18.104.22.168.04.001 in an attempt to find out by ourselves and discover at least a part of its greatness. The Omega Ploprof 1200 replica was designed as a tool watch. It comes with generous dimensions of 55mm by 48mm, manufactured in titanium. The design is more from a science fiction story than a day by day life.
Considering the fact that the Ploprof 1200 is created to conquer the alien world of the extreme depths, the design becomes somehow logical. Nevertheless, the je ne sais quoi appearance has a strange attractive effect, an exotic beauty. The Ploprof 1200 is nicely finished on the exterior with a series of brushed and polished surfaces. The massive look is softened by the bevelled and polished edges. The massive bezel fits well the entire look.
Having a good grip, even with gloves, the bezel features polished and satin facets, being equally usable and beautiful. The sky blue ceramic insertion contributing to its aesthetic appeal. The scale, numbers and diver’s triangle are filled with Super-LumiNova offering a spectacular view on any light. In combination with the dial’s markings, the watch in low light is reduced from being a great monster to a lovely jelly-fish.