Omega Seamaster 1970s Ploprof Mark III 166.077 Tritium Unpolished Barnfind RareOmega
For auction is a 1970's Omega Seamaster Ploprof 166.077 NOS Mark III caliber 1002 on flightmaster style bracelet 600M 55mm tritium barnfind. In researching the listing of this I discovered how few total Ploprof were made; it surprised me because I've had a relative lot of them. It is a watch that always captivated me; I actually wear the titanium and rose gold modern Ploprof as my daily wearer (its the best!) and one I've come back to. In my 17+ year career I estimate I've had at least 10 vintage Ploprof, a relatively high number which indicates my feelings toward the watch. I can say from experience that they are usually in varying levels of beat up. It is one of the heaviest duty and most rugged dive watches ever built and people wore them hard. But not this one. This, my watch friends, this is the finest original specimen I've ever had or seen. The only way it gets 'better' than this is if it were a Mark I or II. For the condition collector this is the ultimate opportunity; finding this watch in this condition just doesn't happen, at least not often. The bezel, case finish, bracelet, cloudy crystal and semi melty inner crystal gasket are all telling the story of the watch: that it sat in a drawer (or somewhere) for its whole life. And now it is for sale to a new collection. Someone is going to get an amazing watch!
Ref #: 166.077
Diameter: 44 mm w/out crown, 55 mm w/crown, 44 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 24 mm at the lugs tapering to 16 mm (will take a 24 mm bracelet)
Height: 14 mm
Power-reserve: 34 hours
Water Resistance: 600 meters
Gram Weight: 175 grams
Movement: Omega 1002 automatic
Crystal: Mineral; crystal shows clouding which is a thin accumulation of oil from the watch sitting for decades
Strap/Bracelet: Omega 1162/162/1 linked to fit up to a slightly larger than 8" wrist in mint shape
Case: Stainless steel massive brushed diver case with xxl button lock ratcheting rotating bakelite acrylic bezel, heavy duty crown is as new but the crown gasket has gotten melty
Dial: Matte blue with tritium markers white small hours and orange extra large sword minute hand, silver background black date wheel, perfectly matched patina aging, a Mark III style dial (the first one with 600m / 2000ft)
Condition: 98%: (9.8 of 10): I can't tell the full story of the watches history but if someone said to me that the original owner wore it out of the jewelry store and a week later it went into a drawer and didn't come out until now I'd think to myself 'yup, that lines up about right'; I don't know how it came to exist so perfectly and original but it most certainly is that. To actually wear it it needs a service just to change the movement oil and melted gaskets. But you should probably leave it like I have as a perfect original survivor. It runs but like I said should be serviced to really be worn appropriately.
Box/Papers: Watch only
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