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Stainless steel Seamaster 1000 'Prototype' automatic wristwatch. Made 1972

Stainless steel Seamaster 1000 'Prototype' automatic wristwatch. Made 1972

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Information

  • Brand: OMEGA 
  • Year: 1972
  • Model: Seamaster
  • Reference: 166093
  • Calibre: 1002
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Features/complications: Bakelite bezel 
  • Dial: Matt black dial with luminous outer minute track featuring arrow shaped hour markers with broad arrow hands and centre seconds hand
  • Case dimensions: 43mm
  • Bracelet/strap: Stainless steel bracelet, length approximately 170mm
  • Accessories: Extract from the Archives
  • SKU: 02972

Essay

During the 1960's, the demand for watches that could withstand the rigors of being used underwater were high. This demand came from underwater exploration, offshore drilling, recreational activities, and use by special forces and navies. OMEGA was the leading watch manufacturer in developing these robust, legible watches and were the exclusive supplier for COMEX up until 1971.

Frederic Robert can be credited for the creation of the PloProf, among a number of other "Professional" models like the Omega Flightmaster and Seamaster 120 "Big Blue" chronograph. He joined Omega in 1967 as an advisor after successfully growing the company Aquastar, which he founded and owned. A "Marine Unit" was set up at Omega under his stewardship, and by 1968, the framework for the PloProf as we know it today was established under Robert's unit. 

The birth of the Seamaster 600 is linked to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. He purportedly wanted to gift a watch that was different from the common Seamaster ref. 116.075 to friends of the Monaco Oceanographic Research Institute and Museum. This led to the birth of the ref. 116.093. There were two iterations of the ref. 116.093 with the first being manufactured in 1972. This model contained the calibre 1002. The later model contained calibre 1012 and was the version that went to the retail market in 1976