The Ploprof’s aggressive polygonal lines could well have emerged from the pen of the Cubist artist and philosopher Albert Gleizes, but the shape of this horological juggernaut can be shown to be entirely functional. It is a tool in its purest form.
The name, like many of the best, arises from the watch community, rather than from the manufacturer. Other Omega dive watches of lesser resistance were OK for sport use, but the Seamaster 600 was for grown-ups. Plongeurs professionnels even now, are men with disproportionately high incomes and unexpectedly short lifespans. Theirs is a world of underwater welding, recovery of sunken ordnance and the inspection of pier footings. Thus was the nickname born.
A reliable watch is indispensable to every diver; watches like the Sea-Dweller, the Doxa Sub, and the Ploprof were a crucial part of the energy industry’s success in the 1970s, with booming offshore exploration and engineering.