MATERIAL: Stainless Steel
Made famous for its reliability, the OMEGA Seamaster has worldwide acclaim stemming back to its origins where it serviced armed forces in Britain.
Naturally, the military were looking for wristwatches that were robust and could handle exacting conditions, all while being discreet and easy to read. Its success with servicemen prompted the company to produce a line for the general public in 1947.
OMEGA has not only become horological masters of Space exploration but also the journey to the depths of the ocean, creating the world’s first ever divers wristwatch in 1930. Consequently, the company has gone on to provide lifesaving timekeeping through their exclusive Seamaster divers range to ocean explorers, divers and those who wished to test man’s endurance against the deep sea’s crushing pressures and unimaginable mysteries.
The design of the OMEGA 600, or as fans call it the ‘Ploprof’, is instantly recognisable. Unique and seeming to break all norms of how a wristwatch should look, its form took over four years to develop and, was created entirely for the pursuit of ever deeper dives and deep sea exploration.
Typically, a diving watch will feature a helium release valve situated at the side of a case to prevent the wristwatch exploding under extreme pressures. The Seamaster 600’s bizarre case shape was created to entirely eradicate the risk of helium ever entering it as; even if your wristwatch doesn’t explode, it runs the risk of not being 100% accurate which in the ocean can put lives in danger.
The entire wristwatch was designed to ensure water would never penetrate the case and enter the movement. Another feature of its design is the secure locking nut mechanism for the crown, locked at 9 o’clock as opposed to 3 o’clock on a standard wristwatch to allow more freedom of movement on a diver’s wrist.
Impact can also be an issue on even the most hardy of standard timekeepers. It can displace the fine moving parts and upset the equilibrium which is so important to ensure accuracy. In the ocean such events could cost lives and so impact resistance and durability was incredibly important, hence why the monocoque case was made from solid steel, with reinforced crystal and a locking system for the bezel to prevent accidental rotation.
Worn by divers of Comex during their record breaking 253 meter dive in the Ajaccio Gulf, France, and Commander Jaques-Cousteau during experiments to test man’s physical and psychological capabilities when working at depths of 500 meters it is no wonder the OMEGA Seamaster 600 was nicknamed the ‘Ploprof’ which stands for PLOngeurs PROFessionels (Professional Divers).
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