That said, polishing, brushing and sharp angles on titanium cases, no matter the manufacturer, will never reach the levels of refinement as they appear on steel, gold or platinum cases. The best comparison I could bring is looking at a nice image displayed at two different resolutions: the titanium always is the softer, low-resolution version, whereas edges and surface treatments appear in ultra-HD on most well known modern luxury watch cases in steel. The corners, edges and even larger surfaces just appear to be softer, mushier – not by much, but to a definitely noticeable extent.
This is a trade-off to be considered, but in return you get anti-allergenic and anti-corrosive properties, super light weight when compared to steel, and hence, greater wearing comfort. Weight plays an even more important role in how a watch like the Ploprof wears: having worn a few different versions, to my taste, the Ploprof in steel has gone beyond the “preferable heft” and has proven to be annoyingly heavy more than a few times. In titanium, however, the new-for-2016 Cheap Omega Replica Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Master Chronometer wears light and super comfy, no matter how long the day ends up to be.
Even the mesh bracelet and clasp is crafted from a combination of grade 2 and grade 5 titanium, making it very light indeed. I personally have never been a big fan of Milanese (or mesh) bracelets – they remind me of the gloves butchers wear… and that’s it. From a more objective approach, the Ploprof’s mesh bracelet and clasp in titanium is impeccably machined and I have not experienced any hair-pulling at all.The long clasp has two built-in extensions: first, it can be set to 17 different positions for a total of 22 millimeters of extra reach, while the second feature is a foldable diver’s extension for another 26 millimeters to allow the Ploprof to be worn over a wetsuit. Nicely made as always it may be, I did end up taking the Ploprof off the bracelet and started wearing it on Omega Replica Watches leather straps – weight distribution and the subjective aesthetic properties all changed for the better.
I already talked about the case construction a bit, but the design and execution deserves a closer look – and a fair bit of praise. What at first might appear to be a giant slab of titanium actually is a wonderful design with numerous genuinely amazing treats and details that one can tell were added to the Ploprof to please the discerning watch enthusiast – and justify the high price. Having been raised in Hungary, which suffers no shortage of Soviet-era concrete monuments, I can’t help but compare the Ploprof case to massive buildings of “Russian heritage.” Weird stuff, I guess, but I tried to capture my point with images… and, you know, after so many nicely executed, but not very stirring watches, a Ploprof can play its “look at me, I’m different” game very well.Speaking of which: the screw-down crown and its massive guard remain at the 9 o’clock position. As you unscrew the crown, the guard lifts away from the case with it. On the other side of the case you’ll find the orange ceramic push-piece (that used to be aluminum) at 2 o’clock: press down on this and the orange ceramic bezel can be rotated in large, solid clicks in either direction. Below the Omega Replica pusher you’ll find the previously mentioned, automatic Helium Release valve, that part of me wishes had its “He” letters perfectly horizontal with the case.
Here’s where legibility could be improved: the big huge orange minute hand is instantly distinguishable from other dial elements when there’s sufficient light (or no light at all). However, I found that when there’s barely enough light and the lume has not been charged by a strong light source for a while (like when walking home and the street lights are covered by trees), the orange frame of the minute hand blends into the dial, leaving you with a white inner surface that is very nearly the Cheap Omega Replica same size and shape as the hour hand. This may sound like nitpicking but my eyes are fine for close viewing and even like so I encountered this issue – with worse near sight, I imagine this being more of an issue