First produced in 1970 and later relaunched in 2009, the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer replica watches UK – as it is today called – is one of the world’s most unique and, yes, iconic dive watches. It quite remains the Quasimodo character today, even among professional dive watches, which admittedly have a tendency of getting rather lairy-looking from time to time. But there is charm – and a lot of it – to go with the Ploprof and its, well, “developed taste” looks. This new model for 2016 – originally debuted in 2015 in different colors – is lighter, more rugged, and more refined than the Ploprof ever has been; so let’s see how it faired over an extended period of wear.
Here’s a contradiction. One would think that the luxury watch industry – with its self-imposed-luxurious price levels, exquisite movement decorations and delicate case finishing – has in every practical way detached itself from the original notion and practicality of its historical products, the very products it has taken as inspiration and elevated to those aforementioned levels of quality, refinement, and (un-)affordability.
Yet, Omega fake watches lovers around the world (including the one typing this) will forever love a strong connection between modern and historical pieces, and drift towards luxury watches that imply (or, in the case of the Ploprof: scream) “Purpose Built” at them. There is this almost intangible longing for a luxury product that says it can go deeper, faster, harder while being lighter, more robust and reliable than it ever was – even if their true purpose in life is to perform desk diving missions (a most descriptive term for their true use), and, sadly, in some cases to impress yahoos… All that enjoy utmost priority to actual technicalities like smartly releasing helium atoms through levels of decompression from deep-dive military tasks.
So, what’s a 55 by 48 millimeter wide, super weird, form follow function shaped, titanium and ZrO2 ceramic encased, 1.2 kilometer water resistant, anti-magnetic watch with a price tag above $13,000 doing in 2016? What it is doing is ticking all those boxes I mentioned: it mixes luxury levels of refinement with purpose-built looks. This doesn’t mean that it’s for everyone – how could it possibly be, when it’s so over the top? But new models added every year to the Ploprof collection prove that, thankfully, there is demand for this kind of stuff.
In contrast to the less common Omega limited edition Sedna gold Constellation series replica watch is the steel Constellation Co-Axial Day-Date. Here you see use of the Omega caliber 8602 automatic movement. This is very similar to the 8500 but adds a day of the week indicator with a window at 12 o’clock. This is Omega’s answer to Rolex’s day-date movement in the Rolex President models. The movement is pretty nice, and in addition to having a Co-Axial escapement and silicon balance spring, the two barrels offer 55 hours of power reserve. Further, the day and date indicator windows jump instantly at midnight.
Almost exactly the same watch as this is also available without the day of the week complication, if you aren’t interested in that option. I simply wanted to check it out as most people don’t think of Omega stainless steel case fake watches UK as having a day/date dress watch. I didn’t even know about the caliber 8602 until checking this model out. Note that this same movement is available in some Aqua Terra watches as well.
With 100 meters of water resistant Omega replica Constellation watches and a pretty thick case, the Constellation is not your typical wimpy dress watch. While not a sport watch, the specs on these timepieces mean that they are meant to be worn regularly. Calling it a dress watch isn’t really fair either, as it is more strictly a “dress/sport hybrid” watch. Legibility is pretty good, and while the design is more subdued and retro, it is a cool look.
Like other iconic watches, the real appeal of the Omega Constellation in my opinion is how nicely the case and bracelet design work together in such a unified manner. These are designed to go together and the mixture of early 80s modern design with the timelessness of the dial really make for something unique. Nothing else out there looks quite like a Constellation, which helps Omega leverage the DNA of the collection.
While the Sedna gold model is great, I think I would have liked for it to be on a bracelet. It isn’t bad on the strap, but for men at least, this version of the Constellation watch deserves to be on a bracelet. Having said that, given the gold material of the case, being on a bracelet could easily double the price. If the size and design of the Constellation models works for you then these pieces are both comfortable and legible. Given my tastes I think I will keep the Speedmaster and Seamaster range at the top of my list as I am primarily interested in sport watches – but I do look forward to seeing what Omega does with the Constellation collection next year. The Omega Constellation Co-Axial Day-Date 38mm ref. 184.108.40.206.01.001 in steel retails for $8,200, while the limited edition of 1,952 piece Omega Constellation Co-Axial 38mm Sedna gold ref. 220.127.116.11.02.001 watch retails for 20800.