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The Breitling SuperOcean Professional was available from 1998 to 2002, and was also contemporary with the regular SuperOcean.
My yellow SuperOcean on the first day
The SOP was presented with 2 dial options: black or yellow—the latter being somewhat rarer. Yellow is said to be one of the most legible colors into the water.
Visually, there are some differences to tell them apart:
Professionalon the dial.
A17045 SuperOcean Professional (left) and A17360 SuperOcean (right)
The crystal of the SuperOcean Professional is also a bit thicker (4.2 mm vs. 3.7 mm) than the regular SuperOcean. This helps the watch achieve a higher water resistance.
The Professional bracelet of the SuperOcean Professional is also entirely brushed, to match the case. Also note that a SO with a Professional bracelet is not a SOP.
Brushing the watch case, according to the Breitling catalogue,
avoids glinting liable to attract potentially aggressive fish.
There were actually 2 sub-versions of SOP:
(Thanks to Jon Barnett for information regarding the crystals.)