A highly rare and attractive stainless steel left-handed diver’s wristwatch with date, locking rotating bezel and bracelet with  guarantee and tube presentation case

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Omega
    Year: Circa 1972
    Reference No: 166.007
    Movement No: 32’102’456
    Model Name: Seamaster 600, Ploprof
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1002, 20 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Universal link bracelet, endlinks stamped 162, max length 200 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Universal deployant clasp, stamped 1162
    Dimensions: 55.5mm width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Omega unsigned International Guarantee, stainless steel tubular Seamaster presentation case, Omega hang tag, Omega red pouch, additional rubber strap and Omega buckle and product literature. With Omega Extract from the Archives confirming production of the present watch

  • Catalogue Essay

    Following the advent of the “Aqua-Lung” by Émile Gagnan and Jacques Cousteau in the early 1940s there was an increased demand from both professional and newly minted recreational divers for equipment that maintained their safety during dives. Watch brands such as Omega, Blancpain and Rolex sought to create tool watches used during dives that withstood the pressures of deep diving, and allowed the diver track of their time a necessary value for later decompression.

    Omega’s PloProf a name derived from the French for professional diver “Plongeur Professionnel” was released in 1971, following four years of research and development including consulting with COMEX and Jacques Cousteau. Where other brands sought to release the Helium from the case, Omega wanted to develop a watch that would keep the Helium from entering the case in the first place. The PloProf was a monobloc case in stainless steel with a locking system to secure the square-shaped setting and winding crown and intricate gasket system of interlocking parts that the crystal rested on. The bi-directional bezel could only be moved through the red release button to the right side of the case, which prevented accidental movement of the bezel.

    The present watch is in excellent overall condition and provides a window on to the history and development for both horology and sub-aquatic explorations. The watch is accompanied by the rare Seamaster tubular presentation case and Omega hang tag.

  • Maker Bio

    Omega

    Swiss • 1848

    Omega's rich history begins with its founder, Louis Brandt, who established the firm in 1848 in La Chaux de Fonds. In 1903, the company changed its name to Omega, becoming the only watch brand in history to have been named after one its own movements. A full-fledged manufacturer of highly accurate, affordable and reliable watches, its sterling reputation enabled them to be chosen as the first watch company to time the Olympic Games beginning in 1932. Its continued focus on precision and reliability ultimately led their Speedmaster chronograph wristwatch to be chosen by NASA in 1965 — the first watch worn on the moon.

    Key models sought-after by collectors include their first, oversized water-resistant chronograph — the reference 2077, early Speedmaster models such as the CK 2915 and 2998, military-issued versions of the Seamaster and oversized chronometer models such as those fitted with their prestigious caliber 30T2Rg.

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Omega

Ref. 166.007
A highly rare and attractive stainless steel left-handed diver’s wristwatch with date, locking rotating bezel and bracelet with guarantee and tube presentation case

歐米茄,「Seamaster 600, Ploprof」型號166.007,罕有,精鋼左錶冠腕錶,配單向轉動式錶圈、日期顯示和潛水功能,約1972年製。附錶盒、原裝證書、備用錶扣和膠錶帶

Circa 1972
55.5mm width
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$40,000 - 80,000 
€4,500-9,100
$5,100-10,300

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Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019