The PloProf derives its name from the French term Plongeur Professionnel (Professional Diver), and was arguably the first Omega replica watch designed and built specifically for the diving professional. Bearing reference no. 166.077, the original PloProf debuted in 1970 after years of development in conjunction with Comex and famous explorer Jacques Cousteau. Its distinctive design and heavy emphasis on function over form with features such as a bezel lock (the orange button on the side of the case), crown lock, monoblock case with 600 meter water resistance, and other features eventually made the fake Omega watch a cult classic.
At Baselworld this year it became known that Omega replica was releasing a new version of its Seamaster “PloProf”, a Omega replica watch which has a cult following amongst hard core dive fake Omega watch enthusiasts. With titanium case, ceramic bezel inserts, and an Omega replica Master Co-Axial caliber (visible through a sapphire-crystay display back!), it is safe to say that Omega replica continues to evolve and refine its original “tool Omega replica watch” with features and aesthetics afforded by modern day watchmaking capabilities. Actually the new Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer is being offered in a variety of different color & strap/bracelet combinations, all with the core features I just mentioned. It’s an exciting refresh, and below I will briefly explore the history of the PloProf and then we’ll take a look at some of the new models.
For 2015, Omega replica is offering four versions of the Omega replica Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer, including black with a black bezel, blue with a blue and 18k Sedna gold bezel, white with a blue bezel, and one with a gray ceramic bezel. The new 2015 editions thus mark the second “remake” of the famous dive fake Omega watch since its debut over 40 years ago. The changes are not insignificant starting with the move to a titanium case. At 55mm x 48mm and made of stainless steel, the PloProf has always been a big, bulky fake Omega watch. Titanium will change this dramatically.
Another big move is the use of a sapphire display back. Virtually unheard of decades ago, modern day technology has enabled deep-rated divers to be produced with sapphire display backs. Though some purists might prefer a non-see-through caseback (the original PloProf had a textured caseback to help keep the fake Omega watch from sliding around), the aesthetic enhancements afforded by a sapphire display without sacrificing depth rating seem well worth it.
There are a handful of other changes as well. Just to point out a few: use of ceramic bezel inserts (look very sharp), the seconds hand is now orange-tipped, and the absence of a date window. The omission of a date window moves away from both the original PloProf and the 2009 remake. It is a welcome absence, in my view. Just scroll back and forth between the original 1970’s PloProf, the 2009 PloProf, and the 2015 PloProf seen here and you can see the design evolution of the fake Omega watch.
Omega replica remade the PloProf in 2009, modernizing it with both aesthetic changes and mechanical upgrades such as an Omega replica co-axial chronometer caliber 8500, multi-part replica omega case, water resistance rating increase to 1200 meters and more.