By TLex The Ploprof 12OOM family has now grown to 6 members, 4 new ones in TITANIUM for 2016, powered by the Master Chronometer caliber 8912 and –
2 in Stainless STEEL with Sapphire bezel inlays, powered by the Co-Axial 8500 caliber that were first launched in 2009 almost 40 years after the first Seamaster Professional 600 AKA Ploprof (Plongeur Professionnel, the French for Professional Diver) was officially introduced.
At the time, 1970 that is (to be fair, even today), the Poprof’s case with its screwed-down crown located at 9 o’clock placed beneath a protective steel buffer could not be mistaken for that of any other dive watch.
This unique positioning allowed for far more freedom of wrist movement while preventing any inadvertent manipulation. It was water-resistant to 600 meters. Today’s version has doubled that at 1200M.
The 2016 models have three distinct new looks: the Ref. 188.8.131.52.03.001 in Titanium and 18K Sedna Gold with its polished blue bezel with Ceragold numerals and blue lacquered dial.
The Ref. 184.108.40.206.99.001 also in Titanium with its grey Silicon Nitride bezel inlay and the Ref. 220.127.116.11.04.001 with its electric blue ceramic bezel. Each of them are presented on polished Grade 2 Titanium Sharkproof mesh bracelets.
The bracelet has a double extension system and is fitted with OMEGA’s new diving safety clasp whose pinned links allow precise adjustments to 18 positions. It features a divers’ extension to 26mm so that the watch fits perfectly over a divers wetsuit.
Further divers features include: a bi-directional divers bezel - released and locked via the characteristic security pusher at 2 o’clock, and an automatic Helium Escape Valve on the side of the case at the 4 o’clock position that allows Helium to escape during decompression.