The Omega Seamaster 600 is truly a diver’s watch and has been manufactured with professionals in mind. All of the features of the watch have been designed for convenience while diving. For this reason it’s considered to be one of the greatest diving watches ever created. Professional divers who dive to large depths have to face a huge amount of pressure and their watch needs to be able to stand up to this which is why the Seamaster Professional 600 is so popular.
One of the first things you notice about a vintage Omega Seamaster Professional 600 is its unique shape. This is due to Omega placing the crown at the 9 o’clock position rather than the 3 o’clock position. This allows a diver a greater freedom when it comes to moving the wrist.
Another feature is the bidirectional bezel with locking system. This system allows the bezel to be rotated in either direction as long as it hasn’t been locked. A feature such as this provides peace of mind to a diver as it ensures that the bezel won’t be knocked which could accidentally make he or she stay underwater for longer than is safe.
It can sometimes be difficult for divers to read the time against the bezel of a watch while underwater. To counteract his problem the vintage Omega Seamaster 600m professional comes with large numbers, a bigger than usual number hand and an easily readable bezel. All of these features contribute to what is one of the most complete divers watches ever created.
As you probably guessed from the name the Omega Seamaster 600 is waterproof down to 600m which is around 2000 feet. This is more than deep enough for the vast majority of divers although there is now a 1200 metre version known as the Omega Ploprof 1200M. This new watch was released in 2009 and combines the style of the original 600m watch with up-to-date technology and a greater water resistance. The same design principles are used including the distinctive crown location to provide easier movement of the wrist.
If you find an Omega Seamaster 600 for sale the most important thing is to check that it’s genuine. There are a number of different ways to do this. If buying from an auction site you should also check the auction history of the seller.