Wow this thread has gone ballistic....
Graeme, thanks fo taking down the pic.
Mitch, Lovin your work and patience m8. :)
I get asked a lot so, Yep... Im the guy that wrote the PloProf book and also writes for the DeskDivers and PloProf websites. Feel free to visit my website Jon Wallis dot com if you would like to know more about either.
just to weigh in with some observations just because it's late at night and i'm bored when i should be catching up on my sleep
1) can't fault a guy for being enthusiastic. if someone wants to buy 2, i don't think Mitch would mind...i certainly don't care. if the watch were an LE, then maybe imposing a limit of 1 reservation number per customer a fair idea. obviously, it's a non-factor since this isn't an LE.
2) i think Fig ruffed some feathers because everything about his posts screamed "Speculator".
his request for #2, #3, or #8 on the reservation list, his insistence on making this a LE or to somehow distinguish the initial run to make it potentially desireable for potential collectors, his stance that he was the spokeperson for the silent majority on asking for a LE (rather presumptuous, certainly self-serving), to finally name-calling some fellow forum members. just not the thing to do...
anyways...let's try to get the thread back on topic to the final design decisions.
Last edited by Denizen; August 21st, 2007 at 08:19.
I 've been comparing LM-7 case against ploprof case form the front. To my eye the general outline of LM-7 seems to be more square. What do you think?
ploprof picture from ukwatches.com
I'm not technical expert so I don't know how far the case size and form is dictated by the need to incorporate necessary HEV and different kind of crown system.
Mitch wrote that LM-7 case is modern interpetation of ploprof and I quite like the curved case top, but if possible some fine tuning in ploprof case direction would really be great
personally, i'm in favor of anything making the case a littlemore more streamlined or smaller in width. not talking about a huge change, but a few mm here and afew there can work wonders.
the HEV on the LM-7 looks more blockier than the original. i certainly wouldn't mind seeing the side slope in more like the original.
Last edited by Denizen; August 21st, 2007 at 08:29.
something else: ray in hong kong sells steel mesh bands 20 to 24 mm for US$ 25. might be an option. kind regards. achim
I think you're right about the PloProf being more square, but we're not trying to copy the case. I'm sure someone will do that in the future. It's not hard to guess where a copy will come from. You can see that we left a little more room at the top and bottom for large straps.
I don't believe that there are remaining patents on the bezel lock and crown. At least we couldn't find them. Be that as it may, I still would not try to duplicate those features. If you don't own a PloProf, you may not know that the crown is square, not round. Have you ever tried to wind or set a watch with a square crown? The crown we use is round, and the assembly is good to at least 1500m, probably 2000m, although we can only test to 1000m.
A unidirectional bezel is much easier to set with one hand. It is possible to press the button and turn the PloProf bezel using one hand, but not easy.
These solutions were innovative in the 1970's, but their time has come and gone. Otherwise Omega would use have used them on future models. There are better solutions now, and we are using them. The only reason to go backward is to make a copy, and that's not what we are doing.
Just my opinion.
Last edited by MitchSF; August 21st, 2007 at 21:06.
One more thing - the crown and HEV style will change. It will be grooved to look more like the original.
Hang in there, Mitch! The LM-7 is going to be fantastic. Thank you for all your hard work pulling this unique project together.
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