Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2015-04-23

KIVA Halo CHRONOGRAPH [rugged modernity]

By TLex Introducing US-based luxury watch manufacturer, KIVA, who have produced a new line of 300m mechanical chronographs that have been beautifully yet ruggedly engineered for your wrist!



Let me explain in more detail - after a rigorous 4 year development process; starting from a simple 2D sketch, to a 3D CAD rendering, to a 10:1 scale clay mockup, to a production-ready prototype, the Kiva HALO Chronograph is finally available and in a very Limited Edition of just 15 pieces.



The HALO was designed with a modern yet functional style. If you look carefully at its case you can see that there are plenty of really nice contemporary design elements. In particular the chrono-pushers, the Knurled and Chamfered winding crown and the deeply chiseled caseback are favorites of mine; while the left side the case is just as eye-catching.



Although its design was conceived in the USA; engineering and manufacturing of the Halo took place in Switzerland. Its 46mm x 17mm case has been 100% CNC manufactured in Grade 5 Titanium and comes with either a combination polished and brushed finish or with a 6-micron-thick black DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating.



While the KIVA Halo is not exclusively a dive watch, it does function as an extremely capable diver with a 120-click unidirectional rotational timing-bezel with a 60min dive-time scale, and 300 meters water-resistance thanks to a 3mm-thick anti-reflective-treated (front and back) Sapphire crystal and a screwdown exhibition caseback and crown.



The Sapphire crystal exhibition caseback affords a view of the HALO's Swiss mechanical automatic movement, the KIVA 248 (base ETA Valjoux 7750) with 25 jewels, a beat-rate of 2528,800vph and a power-reserve of 42 hours. Its functions include: Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds, Day, Magnified Date and Chronograph.



The Chronograph is with a 30-min counter at 12 o'clock with a 4-min tachymetric accumulation, a 12hr counter at 6 and central chronograph seconds.

Follow the link embedded below for more details on the Kiva HALO . . .

http://www.kiva-watch.com/

2015-04-20

H2O Watches ORCA Mono II [launch of all-NEW visual product configurator]

By TLex Here is the new Mono II, one of two exciting new cases for the H2O ORCA series that includes the TORPEDO.



As part of the ORCA family the new Mono2 and Torpedo cases are able to utilize all existing components from the current ORCA series; such as bezels, inlays and inner cases.



In total there will be: 2 new outer cases (the Torpedo and the Mono2), 2 new bezels (one with batons and one sterile with a single 12hr marker), a new Sapphire crystal with a specially engineered 6.7mm incrementally inclined dome with the ceramic inlay.



This particular combination passed 4000M of water-resistance and was officially tested and certified in Germany.



A GMT option with a Swiss ETA 2893-2 automatic movement is also available. All seven H2O ORCA outer cases are able to accommodate the new model with the GMT movement.



In addition to this, there will be a new dial design for both the 3-hand ETA 2824/2892 and the ETA 2893 GMT movement.



The two new ORCA cases will be available for pre-order at specially discounted price!



In addition to this, H2O Watches will celebrate the introduction of the new ORCA visual product configurator with a FREE movement upgrade worth 150USD, where you will be able to upgrade free of charge an ETA 2824 to high-end ETA 2892A2 movement!



H2O Watches have been working away like demons on a brand-new state of the art visual product configurator for the ORCA Series, which can be accessed HERE . . .

TUDOR Pelagos Manufacture VIDEO

By TLex This is really cool; check out the new Tudor Manufacture movement powered version of the Pelagos in this cool video with cliff diving and free diving!





LUMINOX Colormark 3050 25th Anniversary EDITION

By TLex Luminox is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with the launch of a new series of models that updated classics Luminox watches.



This is the Colormark 3050 25th Anniversary Edition, which is in carbon reinforced PC, measuring 44mm x 13.8mm



It is fitted with an anti-reflective treated mineral crystal and is water-resistant to 200 meters. Its dial is availble in sveral colors and features Tritium tube markers and hands, with 25th Anniversary motif across its dial.



The Colormark 3050 25th Anniversary Dition is powered by a Swiss quartz Ronda 515 HH6 caliber with a 5 year battery. It is presented on a 23mm black PU divers strap with a brushed steel buckle.

2015-04-16

H2O Watches ORCA Torpedo & MONO II

By TLex Torpedoes away! H2O Watches have created two exciting new cases for the ORCA series.



As part of the ORCA family the new MONO II and Torpedo cases are able to utilize all existing components from the current ORCA series; such as bezels, inlays and inner cases.



However the Torpedo case also offers (for the first time in the ORCA series) integrated end links.



In total there will be: 2 new outer cases (the Torpedo and the Mono2), 2 new bezels (one with batons and one sterile with a single 12hr marker), a new Sapphire crystal with a specially engineered 6.7mm incrementally inclined dome with the ceramic inlay.



This particular combination passed 4000M of water-resistance and was officially tested and certified in Germany.



A GMT option with a Swiss ETA 2893-2 automatic movement is also available. All seven H2O ORCA outer cases are able to accommodate the new model with the GMT movement.



In addition to this, there will be a new dial design for both the 3-hand ETA 2824/2892 and the ETA 2893 GMT movement.



H2O Watches will launch a brand-new state of the art visual product configurator for the new ORCA Series. It can be accessed, HERE



The two new ORCA cases will be available for pre-order at specially discounted price!



In addition to this, H2O Watches will celebrate the introduction of the new ORCA visual product configurator with a FREE movement upgrade worth 150USD, where you will be able to upgrade free of charge an ETA 2824 to high-end ETA 2892A2 movement!



We’ll have some renders of the new Mono2 posted in a day or so stay tuned for those ;)

TUDOR Pelagos MANUFACTURE

By TLex Tudor have released a new Manufacture movement powered version of the PELAGOS. The new Tudor Pelagos Ref. 25600TB, which is in matte BLUE echoing Tudor’s heritage colors that date back to the 60s, when one of their divers models was chosen by the French Navy for its divers; and the Pelagos Ref. 25600TN, which is in the same matte black as the first edition of the Pelagos - are both powered by the new Tudor Manufacture MT5612 movement.



Features of the Manufacture Pelagos remain pretty much the same as before. A 42mm Monobloc Titanium case with a satin finish and typical divers features such as: a scratch-resistant and anti-reflective Sapphire crystal, a screwdown crown with triple gaskets, a screwdown caseback and a Helium Escape Valve at 9 o’clock (with ‘Gas Escape Valve’ engraving).



The caseback is in 316L Stainless steel – no idea why that is, seems a little redundant on a Titanium watch. Water-resistance is to 500m (1,640 ft). The Pelagos has been tested extensively in real conditions all over the world - particularly on Lake Geneva, close to the Tudor’s headquarters in Geneva.



The Pelagos’s matte (blue or black) dial has large square hour markers that have been filled with a good amount of BGW9 SLN making an excellent contrast. The lume is blue, which is the last color on the spectrum that is visible as you descend into the depths. The same lume was used for the ceramic inlay of the Titanium unidirectional rotational divers bezel (wish my DEEPSEA had this new innovation).



The new Tudor Manufacture MT5612 movement with its bidirectional rotor system that powers the Pelagos comes with an impressive 70 hours of power-reserve, so that its wearer could, for example, take off the watch on Friday evening and put it on again on Monday morning without having to wind it up again!



Beating at 28,800 beats/hour or 4Hz, the MT5612 is regulated by a variable inertia oscillator with silicon balance spring, held in place by a traversing bridge fixed at both sides to improve resistance to shocks and vibrations. The movement is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).



As well as hours, minutes and a central sweeping seconds hand, it provides an instant date display that is visible through a window positioned at 3 o’clock – it’s always handy to know the date, but my god how it ruins what could have been the perfect dial. Okay, I take that back because the Manufacture Pelagos also comes with three extra lines of unnecessary dial text than the original.



Finally, the Pelagos has an amazing Titanium bracelet that features a steel folding clasp (steel actually holds up better then Ti against scratches) with a unique auto-adjustable spring mechanism developed and patented by Tudor.

The technical system allows the bracelet to be adjusted during a dive, contracting when the combination is compressed at greater depths, and expanding when the pressure decreases again during your return to the surface. An additional rubber strap in either black or blue is supplied with an extension system making it easily adjustable for all diving conditions.

2015-04-10

RALF TECH WR1 new COLLECTION 1stLOOK

By TLex RALF TECH go back to genesis, day one, with a reissue of the WR1, which on the 5th of July 2005, broke the scuba diving world record with an immersion lasting 10 hours at minus 330 meters. On that day, the diver was equipped the very first RALF TECH dive watch, the WR1.



The 2015 reissue is a faithful reproduction of that legendary dive watch and has received little in the way of cosmetic changes. It does however come in a new 6 model series with a selection of 3 different case finishes and 2 movements types to suit. Its 42.5mm in diameter 316L surgical grade Stainless steel case is available with either a brushed, polished or matte black PVD finish.



The WR1 ''C'' Automatic versions are equipped with an automatic winding mechanical movement, the RTA002 based on ETA 2824-2 with 25 jewels, 28,800 a / h, 4Hz, incabloc, and a power reserve of 44 hours. It is limited to just 10 pieces. 

The WR1 ''A'' Hybrid versions are equipped with the Hybrid RTH002, an exclusive quartz system with an automatic accumulator recharge and an ultra-fast rotor with a power reserve of 150 days. It comes in a limited series of 100 pieces.



The WR1 features a slew of divers features: a 3.5mm domed AR-treated Sapphire crystal, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel with black and red aluminum inserts, a reinforced and protected screwdown crown and caseback, professional-style SuperLuminova C1 hands and hour markers and a tested water-resistance up to 300 meters. The WR1 complies with ISO 6425 dive watches standard. 



Of the 6 versions, the one that is most similar to the 2005 model, is the version with a polished case that is equipped with a Swiss automatic movement: the RT002. This is then the model that is more closely related to the original model that smashed the World Record for the deepest unassisted dive.

H2O Kalmar II OceanicTime SE 8000M on the WRIST

By TLex By popular demand; here are a couple of wristshots of the Kalmar II OceanicTime SE 8000M by H2O Watches.



The watch’s dimensions are as follows; the case has a diameter of 42.5mm, the bezel a diameter of 44mm while the overall-length is 53.4mm and the total thickness of the watch (including its 8.25mm thick crystal) is just 21.6mm.



For reference; this is Clemens of H2O's 17cm / 6.7" wrist. It looks fantastic; don't you think?!



Follow the link to read up on the 6000M version of the H2) Kalmar II OceanicTime Special Edition watch.