Review Omega Seamaster Professional PloProf 1200m

Introduced during BaselWorld 2009, the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200m (ref. 224.30.55.21.01.001) is slowly hitting the stores and becomes available for the large public. This remake of the original Omega Seamaster Professional 600m/2000ft that was introduced in 1971 (after 4 years of extensive test work) is – in my humble opinion – one of the best that Omega did so far. Remakes are dangerous, collectors are most of the time insulted by them because there is only little left of the original details, and buyers of modern watches often don’t get all the fuzz and don’t like the old-fashioned design. This Ploprof 1200m is probably pleasing both groups.

The Seamaster PloProf, with its impressive dimensions of 55m x 48mm x 17.5mm, got its name from the French term PLOngeur PROFessionnel as the team of developers of the original 1971 Seamaster Ploprof were French speaking. One of the nice characteristics of this watch is that it uses an in-house movement, just as the original Ploprof did in 1971 (caliber 1002). The movement, caliber 8500, is an automatic mechanical movement with a co-axial escapement and a 60 hour power reserve. It is exactly the same movement as used in the Omega DeVille Hour Vision.

Review Omega Seamaster Professional PloProf 1200m

The button on top of the watch case, that used to be red (plastic), is now orange. The diving bezel can only be turned when you press this button, this way, the bezel is always securely locked during your diving session(s). The big bezel and the large button are very easy to operate due to the size of them. I remember divers complaining about the (Bond) Seamaster Professional 2531.80, that the diving bezel was not very easy to grasp.

Review Omega Seamaster Professional PloProf 1200m

The crown protecting mechanism is essentially the same as the original 1971 600 meter diver, you have to unscrew the crown guard before being able to wind the watch and set the time and date. The difference is that the crown guard of the current Ploprof 1200m stays in one piece instead of only unscrewing the top of the crown guard of the Ploprof 600m.

Review Omega Seamaster Professional PloProf 1200m

Another optical difference is the case back. Where the original case back has a striped relief to protect the watch against moving around on your wrist or on your diving suit, the new Ploprof 1200m has only a small surface covered with this relief and the center part if taken by the famous Seahorse logo that belongs to the Omega Seamaster (and Speedmaster) family. It also tells you that you have a caliber 8500 ticking inside which has the co-axial escapement, making sure that the movement does not need an expensive service every 3 – 5 years. All you need to do is bring it to the Omega dealer or a independent watchmaker that replaces the gaskets and is able to test your watch on water resistance.

Review Omega Seamaster Professional PloProf 1200m

As with all other Omega watches, Super Luminova is being used to illuminate the hour markers and hands. Furthermore, the bezel will be readable as well in the dark, as the numerals are lumed up as well. I actually don’t know if this will also be useful below the surface, but I assume Omega has thought this through.

Review Omega Seamaster Professional PloProf 1200m

If I have to sum it up, it is a very handsome diving watch, staying true to the original Seamaster Professional Ploprof 600 of 1971. With a price tag of 6140 Euro / 8300 USD (including the stainless steel mesh bracelet), it is an expensive watch. Is it worth it? Sure. I’d rather go with this one, than with the Rolex DeepSea Sea-Dweller for example. The Omega Seamaster Professional Ploprof 1200m has a lesser water resistancy, but is just as cool when it comes to the cult factor and corresponding looks. Remember that there is probably room to bargain as well. I also find the caliber 8500 movement to be very interesting, at least as interesting as the proven Rolex caliber 3135 (which is also present in Date-Just, Yacht-Master and Submariner models).

Review Omega Seamaster Professional PloProf 1200m

The price of an average conditioned vintage Ploprof 600 and a brand new Ploprof 1200 is not very different. However, if you take the possible discount on a new Ploprof into account and the premium price you have to pay for a mint condition vintage example (including box and papers) it is still serious money you have to additionally pay for a vintage example. Up to you, of course.

Thanks to Dimer of Ace Jewelers in Amsterdam for the incredible nice photographs, specially taken for this review at FratelloWatches. If you are an Omega Seamaster Pro PloProf fan, make sure to check-out http://www.ploprof.com/. A website dedicated to this diving monster, both old & new.

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Robert-Jan Broer, born in 1977, watch collector and author on watches for over a decade. Founder of Fratello Watches in 2004.
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16 Comments

  1. Kyle S Reply

    Nice review RJ!

  2. Robert-Jan Reply

    Thanks Kyle!

    1. Armaan9 Reply

      ya i got this one…………

      but i dont what about the red button on top

  3. Gerard Nijenbrinks Reply

    There’s not only an optical difference in the case back; the original PloProf had no removable case back at all. The casing was mono-coque and the movement had to be removed from the glass side of the watch case.

  4. Gerard Nijenbrinks Reply

    And for the differences in crown construction; the part coming loose from the case of the original PloProf IS the crown, not the unscrewing rotating part of it. At the new PloProf a protective part comes slightly out of the case, however the part to unscrew is the crown as well. I hardly can imagine that someone will understand what I’m saying, but the fact is that the constructions do differ substantially…

    For the rest: Nice review RJ! ;-)

  5. Robert-Jan Reply

    Thanks for the additional information G. Unfortunately I don’t have an original Ploprof to verify, but I am sure you’re dead-on.

    Thanks! RJ

  6. Bas Reply

    Really good looking watch. I understand it is a tad bigger than the original one ( which is 44 mm / 54 mm, I read somewhere). I guess that has more to do with fashion than functionality but so what :-)

    My take on the water resistance: 600 m, 1200 m or 3900 m, that doesn’t really matter that much. People never go that deep, check http://www.scubarecords.com/

  7. James Reply

    Nice review RJ. I can’t wait to hold one of those. :)

  8. James Reply

    I forgot to mention that unlike the original, this new Ploprof has a HEV. The original did not need one.

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  10. johnnycosco Reply

    Just got mine today…setting the date is kind of a chore though, especially if it’s the 22nd of the month and the watch says 26th. You’ll just have to wind the crown from the 26th to the 27th do on and so forth til you get all the way to the 22nd just to have it set. Nice feel on the wrist though…

  11. Wondamurphy Reply

    Just purchased the PloProf 1200 M with the brand new white rubber band and guess what, I am a girl!!!  I absolutely love it.  I am a huge watch enthusiast and this is by far my most unique piece.  I have to admit, I would have never purchased this watch in any other band type or color  but the white band made the decision easy.  Huge Omega fan! 

  12. Tarek Ibrahim Reply

    I bought the white PloProf yesterday, its illumination is amazing whereas all the bezel is lumed up and the numerals only dimmed. Fantastic!

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  15. Rob Adey Reply

    I’ve had the 1200 ploprof for a few months now, after wearing it regular for around 3 weeks from
    purchase the bracelet snapped and fell off my wrist whilst out shopping one day!
    It went back to omega and they replaced the broken link.
    Looking at the watch and shark mesh strap you would think it was inistructable, I do quite a lot of scuba which is the main reason for purchasing this watch only to lose all faith in this amazing looking time piece.
    Has anyone heard or does anyone know any weaknesses in this inistructable looking watch!!

    Rob

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