Before the close of 2014, I was able to achieve add another ‘grail’ watch into my collection. The Omega Seamaster PloProf. I was aiming for was the black dial with shark mesh bracelet but opportunity presents itself that compelled me to go with one with a black rubber strap.
The Omega package comes with all the usual documentations such as the manual, the chronometer certificate (or COSC certification), guarantee card (the international guarantee provided by Omega is 3 years for this watch) and a unique pictogram tag as well.
The interesting tag or card in the pack is the Pictogram card. As the name suggests, it is a card of symbols about the watch. What is printed on the card provides the owner with a good understanding of what are the key components that make up his or her watch. For example, I’ve reproduced a Pictogram card that I got from the web (I forgot to take a picture of mine before I put the box and documents in storage). Here’s what you get with the PloProf as per the Pictogram card (left to right):
Easy Time Zone Change
Helium escape valve
Double anti-reflective treatment inside and outside
Water-resistant to 1200meters/4000 feet
Operating instructions edition 11 (not sure whether mine is this edition or not. This particular example was taken in 2010. The current edition could be different).
Something compact that could tell the bulk of information about a watch without needing to go through the manual. Very thoughtful and ingenious of Omega.
This Omega Seamaster PloProf is a big monster. It is 55 mm wide by 48 mm tall. Coupled with a height of 18 mm (not from official sources but my own measurement with a ruler), it is weighty at a whopping 260 grams (half a pound).
The first thing that grabs your attention is the shape of the casing. The non-symmetrical sides look strange yet familiar. Familiar because it reminded me of my wrist communicator/walkie-talkie that I used to have when I was a boy. Where the orange button is on the PloProf, it was my walkie-talkie’s aeriel. Where the large crown mechanism is on the PloProf, it was my walkie-talkie’s send button. Memories…
The case has flowing curves and polished beveled edges that contrast the brushed surfaces. Although it is 55 mm tall, its lug to lug dimension is only 48mm. As it uses shrouded lugs, there is zero overhang and wears smaller than some big watches I have. In fact, it has the same dimensions as my Ocean7 LM-8 but the wearing experiencing is way better. More on this later.