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Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

It was delightful (and potentially expensive for enthusiasts like me) surprise to learn that Omega will soon release a brand new, new Seamaster Ploprof 1200M watch for 2015. It was 2007 that Omega released the last “new” Seamaster Ploprof 1200M based on the cult-favorite vintage diver watch from 1970. For 2015, we get the interesting and welcome update to the 2007 Seamaster Ploprof 1200M with the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer.

I last visited the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M watch with a hands-on review here back in 2012. While I was not historically a Ploprof fanatic (like some people) I was open minded about the quirky looking tool-style dive watch. After wearing the Ploprof 1200M for a while, I ended up really liking it, and the new 2015 Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer is appreciably more desirable. If you own one of the outgoing generation Seamaster Ploprof 1200M watch, should you get one of these new Co-Axial Chronometer versions? That is a good question. On the one hand, they both look visually very similar with the same size case and very similar dials. With that said, the 2015 Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer has some very enticing upgrades – so owners of the modern models might have a difficult choice.

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Let’s start with the movement. Omega decided to fit the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer with the same caliber 8900 family movement as found in the also new for 2015 Omega Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer (hands-on here). This movement is essentially the same as the 8500 family of in-house made Omega movements that existed in the 2007 Seamaster Ploprof 1200M, but contains the anti-magnetic technology of what was previously known as “Master Co-Axial.” It also employs Omega’s new certification scheme, where movements are first sent to COSC for Chronometer certification, are cased at Omega, and then go through an additional and more stringent testing regimen. Accuracy for Co-Axial Master Chronometer watches is said to average -0, + 5 seconds per day.

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Let’s recap that point; the caliber 8900 family of movements is more or less the same as the caliber 8500 family but with the anti-magnetic parts which make it virtually completely resistant to magnetic fields. The 8900 movements are also in watches that receive the new METAS certification from Omega. An interesting added bonus is that the 2015 Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Chronometer has a sapphire crystal caseback with a view to the movement. Yes, this a watch that is water resistant to 1,200 meters and has a display back. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered that before – cool right?

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Inside the 2015 Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer watch is the Omega in-house made caliber 8912 automatic movement. This is the “no date” version of the 8900 and operates at 3.5Hz with a power reserve of 60 hours. It is really a great movement for all those times you are concerned about harsh magnetic fields while diving 1000 meters or more under watch. Are those not situations you frequently find yourself in?

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Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

While the 2007 Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M models had steel cases and bezels with a sapphire crystal insert, the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer watches have titanium cases and ceramic bezels. These details make for a huge difference in how these watches wear. The Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M has always been a huge watch, and now in titanium, it wears a lot lighter. It feels fantastic on the wrist despite the large case dimensions of 55mm wide and 48mm tall. In addition to the case being in titanium, so is the mesh metal bracelet and deployant, which is excellent news. This is the first titanium mesh metal bracelet I am aware of. Omega actually includes a rubber strap with each Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer in addition the bracelet – which is pretty nice, but at the same time, this is not an cheap watch.

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The “no date” version of the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M dial is a bit better as it offers a more symmetrical look, but otherwise it is going to look like the outgoing Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M dial complete with the iconic looking orange minute hand. Its sheer functionality and legibility is beautiful to some people. For 2015, Omega is offering four versions of the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer, including black with a black bezel, blue with a blue and 18k Sedna gold bezel, white with a blue bezel, and one with a gray ceramic bezel.

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On
Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The ceramic bezel looks great and offers cut markers. The entire point of the odd Omega Seamaster Ploprof case design is to have a pusher that, when depressed, allows for the rotating diver’s bezel to turn – the Helium escape valve has been placed on the underside of this bezel lock pusher column. There is also that hardcore looking crown guard system that opens up as you unscrew the large crown. It’s really part of the character of the watch, even if you don’t need a dive watch built like a tank.

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Dive watch enthusiasts eager to enjoy Omega’s latest and greatest movement tech will be thrilled to hear that the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M is now the recipient of some interesting upgrades and Omega’s anti-magnetic movement technology. The new colors offer a bit more variety, but at the end of the day, even people with a modern Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M watch with the 8500 movement will be deeply romanced by the new 2015 Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer collection. While the black on black model is probably my top choice, that white dial with blue bezel option is talking to me. Though, at these prices, you are gonna want to get a lot of mileage out of these watches.

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Prices for the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer watches are $12,600 for the ref. O22790552101001 black dial with black bezel, $12,600 for the ref. O22790552104001 white dial with blue bezel, $13,800 for the ref. O22790552199001 gray dial, and $18,000 for the ref. O22760552103001 with the blue dial and 18k Sedna gold. The watch should ship toward the end of 2015 after the Omega Globemaster. omegawatches.com

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  • Jimxxx

    Sexy Beast… Although the gold one is tacky (not to mention gold has no place on a hardcore tool watch).

  • Gabechambers

    Aaaagh ok ok ok I’ll admit it – total omega fanboy and after the last three days head about to explode with omegery goodness – agree gold has no place on an Uber-tool watch like the proplof but 1200 m with a sapphire caseback – that’s pretty cool stuff -! Kinda glad baselworld is only once a year so the drool can dry out of my keyboard !

  • frustin

    i can replace the baseball bat behind my bed now for repelling intruders….

    I prefer the Muhle Glashutte Rasmus 2000

  • Rodolpho Marandino

    Now in titanium. Great news!

  • cheerss

    Gabechambers I’m sure there are other liquids dried in your keyboard too. 

    Just kidding : ) I get the same affliction too from Baselworld. From other brands though.

  • 5803822

    Now if they did a muti coloured bezel …………….that would be  must have.

  • Zeitblom

    Oh great, now even the ploprof has to kowtow to the “but it’s so heavy!” whiners. But be of good cheer, now the real fans will be able to achieve that scratched,beat-up look in no time. Why didn’t they make the pusher out of plastic? A fine complement to titanium.

  • Gabechambers

    Dude – totally inappropriate and offensive !
    Like all the best jokes lol !!

  • Ulysses31

    I like it, even though it’s like Marmite for some people.  An anvil for the wrist.  I still think that “detonator” button on the side is an interesting quirk, which helps distinguish this from the over-crowded world of dive watches.

  • And a regular contender for World’s ugliest dive watch keeps getting uglier. I don’t know why they don;t just take their balls right out of their pants and make on in day-glo colours with a buzzing neon sign on the dial. They’ve com,e pretty close with the 2-tone gold model – how hideous is that?

  • iamcalledryan

    I love this little monster

  • palmasea

    Ariel, thanks for the awesome coverage – best in the industry, imo. TITANIUM is all this beast needed….its an AWESOME watch. Omega is now at the top of my favorites, displacing JLC in many ways! Credit to the new Rolex, best I have seenfrom them in decades!

  • Jonathan Ocab

    I really want the new titanium in black. But $12K? ARGH. I’ve been pondering an AP 15400 (or hopefully it’s successor if it is 39mm or 40mm), so I’m probably going to resist the titanium Ploprof and keep saving my coin for AP.

  • Cousy1976

    Drake_D_ will do!

  • ScubaPro

    Dude, you’ve got to get somebody to proofread this stuff, especially when you’re talking about a “48mm tall” watch. As for the ploprof, I think it’s a crap dive watch for actual diving due to it’s size and bezel design, and a joke as a terrestrial watch. And a display back? Why not have a chamber with a goldfish in it, too?  Now it’s even ludicrously expensive to boot. But that’s Omegaville, the Land of 1,000 Moons. By the way, are you sure they send it to COSC before they do their own certification? I thought they were discontinuing the COSC side. I am likely misinformed in this regard.

    • peter_byford

      I think your use of the word ‘crap’ says more about you as a person than the watch lol ! A lot of famous & serious divers wore the original 1970’s Ploprof ( Plongeurs Professionel to you know-it-alls lol ! There wasn’t much of anything comparable then
      as good for purpose……………I agree with your COSC link, as many feel it’s nowhere near as independent as it likes to make out. I did have a video of a COSC employee who was plied with alcohol & compliments @ a trade event jolly, to the point where he whistleblowed. Mainly on the saying..’ You don’t bite the hands that feed you “….Rolex feed them 85-90 % of their income…..get the inference. The irony is, Rolex aren’t really bothered about the relatively modest fee for ‘certification’…they don’t even get a hard-copy COSC certificate anyway…it’s purely a marketing frippery to endorse the text on the dial, & even that’s poor use of the English language anyway lol ! Neither do Omega for that matter. Individual watch performance is apparently held on Rolex & Omega computer data bases, obtainable on request. The problem there is , only brand new watches fully provenanced by ownership & sales receipts will even stand a chance of getting the data…………..IMHO, once the case back has been removed & the movement has been worked on either by an amateur or even the main service agent, the data on the original COSC certificate ,if issued, isn’t worth the waxed paper it’s printed on. Let’s not forget that up to very recently, only movements were submitted for testing , not cased up watches. Many say COSC should have been testing cased up from the beginning. They do now, but several brands are now looking to have alternative certification with the newer testing stations. I believe Omega & other brands are looking, since 2014, to have their chronometers tested & certified by METAS………………..Also IMHO, if Rolex cut it’s symbiotic association with COSC, I doubt COSC could continue……85-90% funding lost.

      http://www.watch-insider.com/news/what-is-a-master-chronometer-and-who-is-metas-omega-marks-a-new-standard-of-quality-going-well-beyond-the-controle-officiel-suisse-des-chronometres-cosc-certification/

  • RobertGergely

    Ariel, love the new PloProf. I have the 2007 model and was wondering if you knew if the sapphire case back (if bought separately) would fit the 2007 model PloProf since they are the same dimensions?

  • shinytoys

    I love this watch!

  • ScubaPro but it is 48mm tall (i.e. lug to lug), and (not mentioned in the review or on Omega’s site) 16.6mm thick.