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Been a bit busy with real-life lately, so haven’t had a chance to really post anything except some new models and updates to the Breitling line. But I have added a few watches to the herd, and the Omega Ploprof 1200m is one of them! This is one of the watches that I have hummed and hawed over for the past few years since it came out. I wasn’t sure if it was something I really wanted but I decided to finally pull the trigger on it, and ended up buying the white one too! So here she is…

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There she is, the white-dialed beauty in all her vintage re-issued glory. I love re-issues of vintage pieces, mostly because I love vintage styled watches but I don’t like the maintenance and hassle of vintage pieces. A lot of people would call that character, and I agree, however life is already complicated enough for me! The name Ploprof is very odd, but has a simple meaning – it is short for Plongeur Professionnel, which means Professional Diver in French.

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Here she is from another angle. The bezel features a sapphire crystal insert that lines up perfectly with the sapphire crystal over the watch dial which is pretty cool. Its a flat surface all the way across. I love the way the bezel looks sunken underneath the sapphire crystal. The lume is very solid on this model, and because its the white dialed model, the whole bezel is actually lume! It glows like a torch in the dark which is pretty awesome.

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The back has the familiar Seamaster Seahorse, or “Hippocampus”, emblem on it surrounded by some ridges presumably to make the watch sit better on the wrist. It also provides some important information about the watch, should you forget, such as the 8500 Caliber Movement, 1200m Water Resistance, and Co-Axial Escapement. The 8500 Caliber is Omega’s ubiquitous in-house co-axial escapement movement that is featured in several of their watches. It is a solid and reliable movement.

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The crown is an interesting design, and may appear difficult to access when you first look at it. However, it is quite the opposite and is engaged by simply unscrewing the crown as usual. The outer guard simply comes out as the crown is unscrewed. Its very solid looking, as well as feeling, and is a nice update to the original. This robust case design measures in at an imposing 55 x 48mm, but is surprising wearable.

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One of the most prominent features of the Proprof is the metal orange button that is located on the right side of the watch around the 2 o’clock mark. The purpose of this overbuilt button is to unlock the bezel so that it can be turned. Normally, diver watches just have a unidirectional ratcheting system so that you can’t accidentally move the bezel in the opposite direction. The Ploprof takes this one further by completely locking the bezel unless that button is depressed. This makes it almost impossible to accidentally turn the bezel under any condition, and in any direction.

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The Shark Mesh bracelet looks awesome, and is probably one of the nicest mesh bracelets on the market. It is very comfortable and heavy, with a nice smooth finish to it and an incredibly robust buckle with diver extension. The Omega Seamaster Seahorse is engraved into the machined stainless steel buckle as well.

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There is the wrist shot, showing this fantastic watch on my 6.75″ wrist. I think it looks great, and wears very similarly to a 44mm Panerai. The watch is tough to wear with suits, but it works really good for casual wear. Not a lot of bad things to say about this watch, besides the fact that it does have a unique look that may not appeal to everyone. Hope you guys enjoyed the review.

Specs:
Omega Ploprof 1200m
Caliber 8500 Self Winding Automatic Chronometer Co-Axial Movement
Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal
Polished with Brushed Steel Case & Bracelet
1200 Meters / 4000 Feet Water Resistant
55mm x 48mm = 2 1/8″ x 1 3/4″ Case

Forgot to post up this video of the Omega Speedmaster MKII Reissue I uploaded a couple weeks ago. Sweet watch, and really digging it – I should really post a written review too since I think its worth the effort for this pretty awesome watch. Been enjoying my time with it – hope you enjoy the video!

Coming out on DVD August 2015 is the new documentary movie “The Watchmaker’s Apprentice“. This is a story of Dr. George Daniels’ rise from poverty to become one of the most notable watchmaker’s of our time and how Roger W Smith embarked on a journey to become his apprentice. Dr. George Daniels is the inventor of the co-axial escapement used in Omega’s line of watches.

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This should be an interesting movie and I am looking forward to watching it. It has the last known interview with Dr. George Daniels before his death in 2011. Here is a preview of the movie from 2012 – its been a long time in the making:

Preview Clip – "The Watchmaker's Apprentice" from Dave Armstrong on Vimeo.

An exclusive first look at the much talked about documentary 'The Watchmaker's Apprentice', about Master Horologist George Daniels and his only student, Roger W Smith. The full documentary, which features the last interview Daniels gave before his passing in 2011, will receive an exclusive early preview at Salon QP 2012.

Documentary conceived, filmed and produced by DAM Productions Isle of Man:
www.anotherdam.com
Contact: dave@anotherdam.com

For more information visit: www.rwsmithwatches.com and www.salonqp.com

As seen in The Telegraph online.

One of the more exciting quartz releases to come out of Switzerland in recent years is this neat Omega Speedmaster Spacemaster Z-33. I picked this up as part of a package deal along with another Omega watch even though I was not totally interested in this one, but the friend that sold it to me wanted them both gone to fund another purchase.

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The Spacemaster Z-33 is inspired by the original Flightmaster 1969, which shares the same case shape/style, though the Z-33 is titanium. It features a brand new multifunction quartz movement, and is designed as a pilot watch and even features a log book for logging flight times.

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The Grade 5 Titanium case sits at 43 x 53mm in size, and is quite thick. The analog screen is a cool black LCD with red segments in it that adapts to ambient light in order to be visible in low as well as regular lighting and bright lighting conditions. There is also a red LED backlight when things get really dark. The Red really pops in the day time outside lighting and looks fantastic. Its an interesting technology and really sets this watch apart from others in the category.

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The back features a resonator panel in beautiful polished titanium complete with Speedmaster logo in order to make the alarm sound louder. The casework on this watch is very impressive, and definitely feels a cut above in terms of comparing with the other speedmasters somehow. There is an exceptional amount of care taken in the design.

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This version of the watch was selected with the leather strap and titanium deployant, a superb combination I think. While it looks fantastic on the rubber, the leather just gives it a little something-something that gives it just a touch of personality to it. The 21mm leather strap has special locked-in-place lug ends that prevent it from swiveling once installed on the watch – a common Omega strap feature.

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Overall this is just a really bad-ass quartz watch from Omega. It pushes the envelope in terms of design, and also takes a lot of risks in order to give buyers a watch that will really stand out on the wrist, in a multi-function quartz package. This is the “runway piece” of Omega’s collection – few people will buy it, but everyone will love looking at it and talking about it. I get a lot of compliments and comments on this watch when I wear it.. it is an impressive piece.

Specs:
Features: Chronograph, Perpetual Calendar, UTC, Alarm Features, Pilot Log
Movement: Caliber 5666
Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 30 Meters / 100 Feet
Case Size: 43mm x 53mm

Omega Speedmaster 57
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Case: Stainless steel, titanium or 18kt rose gold,
Diameter: 41.5mm
Water resistant to 50 meters
Movement: Omega in-house Co-Axial calibers 9300 and 9301. They are equipped with a Si14 silicon balance spring for added stability, allowing Omega to offer a 4 year warranty on the movement.

Omega Speedmaster Black Ceramic
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Case: black zirconium oxide ceramic
Diameter: 44.25mm
Water resistant to 50 meters.
Inscribed: “DARK SIDE OF THE MOON”.
Movement: Omega in-house Co-Axial caliber 9300. It is equipped with a Si14 silicon balance spring for added stability, allowing Omega to offer a 4 year warranty on the movement.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Day Date
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Case: 18kt rose gold or Stainless Steel
Diameter: 41.5mm
Water resistant to 150 meters
Movement: Omega in-house caliber Co-Axial 8612. The movement is equipped with a Si14 silicon balance spring for added stability, allowing Omega to offer a 4 year warranty on the movement.

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