The publisher’s site does have a very cool animated book preview, however it only shows the first 15 pages. With that in mind we have reproduced a few more screen grabs of book pages here to help wet your appetite. However, please accept our apologies for the poor quality and slightly flat look of these grabs, the book is much more vibrant in real life of course.

The Omega PloProf book was written to provide a more in-depth look at one of the most famous vintage dive watches of all time. The goal of the project was to produce a high quality, polished product which would not only reproduce, but significantly add to the wealth of information that originally appeared on the DeskDivers website. A traditional hardback book was seen as the most useful format for owners and fans of this seminal dive watch, allowing them to have all the possible Omega PloProf information at their fingertips.

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The book is exclusively available in hardcover format with two options, either with a traditional Dust Jacket or an ultra-modern Image Wrap style. Both are very high quality productions (termed ‘bookstore-quality’ in the USA) and are professionally printed with a durable bindings.

Example pages taken from the 'Bezels' chapter

Example pages taken from the 'Dials' chapter

Example pages taken from the 'Movement' chapter

Example pages taken from the 'Fakes' chapter

Example pages taken from the 'Accessories' chapter

The information in the book includes the following:

- The history of the dive watch

- Omega as a company at the time when the PloProf was conceived, built and sold

- The development and testing of the watch

- Full reference information regarding the watchcase, crystal, crown, red button, movement etc.

- Changes throughout the production, including the variations of cases, dials, hands and bezels

  1. -Strap and bracelet options; including the superb Isofrane, and the very hard to find COMEX strap

- A guide to owning the PloProf with basic maintenance

- Avoid buying a fake. An in-depth comparison of genuine and fake PloProfs

- Packaging, Documentation and Advertising - some rarely seen items from the 1970’s

- Full specifications and dimensions of the watch and the movement

Books delivered with the Image Wrap cover option use a new process where the cover images are reproduced directly onto the front and back of the hardcover of the book itself. The images are printed with a satin / matte finish which gives a smooth and sophisticated look to the cover, avoiding the issues some owners experience with the traditional dust jacket covers. There are no cover flaps as this cover does not wraparound like a traditional Dust Jacket.

Dust Jacket books have a black linen 98 pt. hardcover case with a high gloss laminated 4-colour floating dust jacket. The dust jacket also includes fully printed front and back flaps which are available only with this version of the book.

The front and back pages, with the end papers that are included when ordering the Dust Jacket version.

The work to create the book began with re-checking the facts already published on the website and then crafting all new texts to include the vast amount of new information that had been uncovered since the original articles were written.

The new research unearthed previously unknown dial and bezel variations along with information about the 1002 calibre movement and the watch case manufacturers Omega used for this watch. The hardcopy format also finally allowed enough space to provide an in-depth guide to avoiding the fake PloProfs that had proliferated in recent years.

Naturally the book is written in Jon’s usual easy to digest style and is fully illustrated with an impressive array of full colour photographs, with almost 300 images across the book’s 158 pages.

The book is published-on-demand by Blurb Publishing using top quality 180 gsm premium paper. This allows better image reproduction and avoids any ‘bleed through’ from the text and images on the reverse of the pages.

The book page on the publisher’s website has a number of useful reviews and testimonials, however not all buyers used that site to pass on their feelings, some preferring to email them direct or to post on forums. Please click this link to view some of the other reviews collated on the Testimonials page on this website.

Please Note: Clicking on any of the pages below will take you directly to the Publishers website where you can find out more information about the book and also place an order.