Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Watch

While the original was 54mm wide by 45mm tall, the new one is 55mm wide by 48mm tall. The taller case helps frame the bezel and dial a bit better. There is a lot of steel in the case, and this is no lightweight watch. That weight goes up on the mesh metal bracelet. It does not bother me, but some will find wearing the watch to be a workout. We all need more exercise though. As strange looking as it is, the case is quite comfortable. While the new caseback details a "sea horse" engraving, it does mimic some of the texture of the original Ploprof designed to keep the replica breitling Bentley Mulliner from slipping around. The tall and flat back also makes the case relatively stable. On my medium sized wrists, the Seamaster Ploprof 1200 is remarkably comfortable and well-composed. So much so that it is almost surprising.

Case details are impressive. You can see the polished faceted edges and well integrated parts. The shape of the case quickly grows on you, but it is not without its quirks. The massive case is very solid, and has 1,200 meters of water resistance. This is twice the rated water resistance of the original which had 600 meters of water resistance. Though reports seems to indicate that both the original and new replica breitling bentley flying b can exceed their depth ratings. Probably not a good idea to "try that at home" (do you live underwater?). The case also includes an automatic helium release valve to ensure you can go down that deep without helium popping out the AR coated sapphire crystal.

The two most notable features of the case design are the bezel rotation system and the crown protector. Let's start with the bezel. The bezel itself is tall and sloped, and a thing of beauty. Omega fitted it with a sapphire crystal inlay - which is a major upgrade from the acrylic of the original. These so called "sapphire bezels" are highly valued by myself, but more common these days are ceramic bezels. Omega offers these as well on other Seamaster models in the form of basic ceramic or Liquidmetal bezels. Assuming you have the industrial process down, I believe that ceramic bezels are less expensive than sapphire ones. Each are durable, but the aesthetic are different. The beauty of the sapphire covered bezels are that they visually integrate with the dials more because of the dial crystal. Under the sapphire is a standard minute marker array coated with a lot of luminant. More SuperLumiNova is used on the dial. From a darkness viewing perspective this is a very bright watch - high marks for lume quality and volume.

Unlike most diver's bezels, the one on the Omega Ploprof rotates in both directions. This makes it easier to set. Only the bezel can't be moved unless the vertically aligned pusher on the top right-hand part of the case is depressed. The original models had this piece in plastic, but Omega put a metal one with an orange aluminum ring around the pusher on the 1200M models. At first, having to press down the pusher and rotate the bezel ring with one hand is rather awkward. I worried about what this would be like with diving gloves on. While I never did test it with gloves, the process became simple rather fast, and now I don't mind or think about it at all. I also like to pretend that the pusher is a little antenna. For what? I don't know... let me have my nerdy fantasy.