OMEGA SEAMASTER PLOPROF AUTOMATIC 166.077 MK I 600M Cal 1002 1162 PLONGEUR PROOmega
For auction is a Omega Seamaster 600 PloProf 166.077 caliber 1002 vintage diver automatic. The Omega Seamaster 600 Ploprof is one of the most influential and important dive watches ever constructed. In very deep dives, divers breathe a combination of primarily helium and oxygen. The helium molecules are small and can penetrate a dive watch's gaskets. When they decompress on their way to the surface, those molecules can expand, causing the crystal to pop off. One of the solutions is to add a helium release valve. The other one, which was used by the Ploprof, was to make the watch impervious to helium. These watches were rated at 600m, but under independent testing they were actually good to 1300m, at which point the crystal touched the second hand. The Ploprof was actually more waterproof and air tight than a submarine or any manned spacecraft. In addition to superior water tightness, this watch had a button that would unlock the bezel and a crown held in place by a threaded ring. This watch is an absolutely stunning original example. It is the first execution from the early 70's and the entire watch is original and unmolested. The 1002 Omega movement is running great and has a hacking seconds and a quick set date.
Ref #: 166.077
Diameter: 44 mm w/out crown, 55 mm w/crown, 46 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 24 mm at the lugs tapering to 15 mm (will take a 24 mm bracelet)
Height: 19 mm
Power-reserve: 38 hours
Water Resistance: 600 meters
Gram Weight: 171 grams
Movement: Omega caliber 1002 automatic
Crystal: MINERAL showing some scuffing from the years of wear
Strap/Bracelet: Omega 1162 rare original bracelet to fit up to an 8" wrist
Case: Massive monoblock STAINLESS STEEL case with the textured solid back, button release acrylic insert bezel and square screw down crown. Case is slightly worn, but has never been restored. The complex factory brushing is all there. The button for releasing the crown works perfectly.
Dial: BLUE with a nice color, good patina on original lumes, original orange hand color has faded to a yellow making this watch somewhat unique, very nice dial, the seconds hand was the only part replaced on this watch, it is a new OEM hand
Condition: 85% (8.5 of 10): a very nice original never polished pre-owned working well
Box/Papers: Watch only
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