OceanicTime Archives

2020-07-09

BLANCPAIN Bathsycaphe MOKARRAN Limited Edition

Here’s the latest addition to Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms family, the Bathyscaphe Mokarran Limited Edition, a special watch dedicated to protection the Great Hammerhead Shark.

Is it just me or has the Great Hammerhead Shark been the stealing the limelight in the watch industry of late. Unfortunately like pretty much all shark species, its numbers are in serious decline.



Blancpain’s most recent initiative supported by its Blancpain Ocean Commitment (BOC) program is devoted to the study of the Great Hammerhead Shark in French Polynesia.



As a continuation of this project, Blancpain is now dedicating a diver's watch issued in a 50-piece special series – the Bathyscaphe Mokarran Limited Edition – to this majestic predator.



This model will be available exclusively in Blancpain boutiques in New York and Las Vegas, USA. Each customer acquiring one of these timepieces will be joining Blancpain in supporting the Mokarran Protection Society to the tune of 1’000USD.



A total of 50’000USD will be added to the brand's regular contributions to promoting, respecting and protecting the fascinating world of the oceans.



The special Mokarran Limited Edition watch is based on a three-handed version of the Bathyscaphe, it also for the first time introduces a new color to the Fifty Fathoms family.



The tropical green sunburst dial is joined by unidirectional diver’s bezel with a matching green ceramic inlay.

Btw, that’s tropical as in the industry term used to describe a watch dial that has discolored over many years, not tropical as in passionfruit and guava!



More ceramic can be found in the construction of the watch’s main case. This made of satin-finished black ceramic. It has a diameter 43.6mm and is water-resistant to 300 meters.



A sapphire case-back provides a chance to admire Caliber 1318, a non-date variant of the 1315. The self-winding movement was specially developed and produced by Blancpain for use in its diver’s watches.



It features a balance equipped with an Si (silicon) balance-spring and three barrels providing a five-day power-reserve.
Its solid gold oscillating weight is NAC-coated and engraved with the effigy of the Great Hammerhead Shark, Sphyrna Mokarran.



In January 2020, Blancpain President & CEO Marc A. Hayek traveled to Rangiroa, French Polynesia, where he took part as a volunteer underwater videographer in a scientific expedition dedicated to the study of the seabed and particularly the Great Hammerhead Shark, Sphyrna Mokarran.



Thoughts? I love the Great Hammerhead as much as the next shark obsessive (with ink to prove). Damn, I’m also a huge fan of green.

Then we have a ceramic case. It ticks all the boxes. Expensive boxes, I’m sure but nevertheless well and truly ticked!

However why is this only a US exclusive release? I wonder what if any LE’s other regions will get? What do you think of the watch, tho?

2020-07-06

TUDOR Black Bay FIFTY-EIGHT

Tudor has released a new Navy Blue version of their flagship diver’s model, known as the Black Bay Fifty Eight, a watch for the faithful.



The BB Fifty-Eight presented in traditional Navy Blue color codes takes its moniker from the year that Tudor’s first diver’s watch was born; 1958.



The OG Tudor divers’ watch is a bit of legend in certain circles. The 200 meter water-resistant dive watch, known by its reference number: 7924 or simply as Big Crown, was first presented in 1958.



The 2020 BB 1958 recalls several aesthetic historic design features, such as its modest 39mm case diameter which is not only in line with 1950s trends, but also today’s.



While the size is ideal for a smaller wrist, there is this growing trend among those with a more purist approach to vintage and retro wristwatches that prefer a more compact size.



Talking once again of color, Navy Blue doesn’t quite date back as 1958 as it was 1969 that Tudor introduced a divers’ watch with a blue dial and bezel.



The other sports models in the collection were soon also dressed in blue, immediately creating a lasting aesthetic signature which came to be known as Tudor Blue.



That watch was soon adopted by the French Navy during the 1970s, who continued to receive service watches is the famous Navy Blue livery.



This is a colour that Tudor have employed on the BB 1958’s synthetic soft-touch fabric strap. Below are all the Key Features of the Black Bay 1958 Navy Blue:



The 39mm watch case is in 316L Stainless steel. The dial is domed as in a Navy Blue with a matt grained finish with applied hour-markers.



The dial comes with Tudor’s legendary Snowflake hands, a hallmark of all Tudor divers' watches, since 1969. These are with grade A, Swiss SuperLumiNova.



Power comes from a Tudor Manufacture Calibre MT5402, COSC-certified automatic mechanical movement with an Si (silicon) balance spring and an autonomy of up to 70hrs.



Actually I am not sure on MSRP, but I can tell you that the watch comes with three straps/bracelet options: a blue Jacquard fabric with a silver band, blue soft touch, and riveted steel.



Thoughts? If I was in the market for a new watch – this one makes me wish I had a smaller wrist. Although I wear a Rolex as my daily, I feel that the BB perhaps is a classier option.

I imagine that Tudor fanboys are running round with the legs crossed for fear of wetting themselves but despite the classic style and tasteful colour codes it’s a quite a familiar look and you know what familiarity does.



But what do you think? Is it too small or does it hit the sweet spot with its 39mm size and Navy Blue?

2020-07-03

YEMA Superman Heritage 63 FISH SCALES BRACELET

Yema pays tribute to the very first Superman from 1963 with the release of the new Superman Heritage 63 which they have launched in cooperation with Jason Washington, a professional scuba diver and underwater photog.



Jason was the 2017 International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame honoree, and his underwater photography has been featured in many print publications including the National Geographic.

He is responsible for pics like the one shown a little further down with the très joli derrière!



He is also an iconic figure in the Cayman Islands underwater community, where he's at the origin of several projects which aim at protecting the delicate marine life found in the waters of the Cayman Islands and promoting sustainable tourism.



For this unique release, the Superman Heritage 63 was designed and thoroughly tested with the support and input of Jason.



What’s more Yema will be equipping some special versions of the watch with their historic “fish scales” bracelet which the OG watch was also supplied with.



In addition to the special bracelet the watch gets two further characteristic, unique to the Superman family. Namely its famous bezel-lock and of course the iconic “shovel” seconds hand.



Water-resistant up to 300m, and equipped with its iconic bezel-lock mechanism, the Superman Heritage 63 also comes with the same vintage“Skin Diver” hands as the OG model.



However in order to differentiate the new Heritage 63, the watch also gets said “shovel” seconds hand as well as a new Sapphire bezel inlay echoing that of the OG’s glossy Bakelite bezel.



Here’s some brief history on the Superman. In the early 60's, Yema began work on a professional diver’s watch project designed for the civilian use.



In 1963 they launched the very first 990ft water-resistant, non-military diver’s watch, nicknamed Superman owing to its special feats of engineering.



This Superman Heritage 63 Limited Edition pays tribute to the historic model by recreating the OG design while the professional diving features have been updated to current standards found on most dive watches.



The screw-down crown, the crown guards and Yema's proprietary bezel-lock, designed as a triple underwater safety feature, made of the Superman a unique diver back in the 1960's.



The unique Superman bezel-lock at 3 o'clock has proven very useful to professional divers and is found on all Superman models since 1963.



The Superman Heritage 63 also features a high-quality double domed Sapphire crystal offering better readability underwater as well as enhanced shock-resistance.

Meanwhile an anti-corrosion 316L Stainless steel band with secure-lock comes with a diver’s extension so you can adjust it quickly and easily over a diver’s wetsuit



The 316L Steel case-back proudly displays Yema's historic crest, embossed with a hydraulic press. Each of the two diameter variants are engraved with a unique number from 0001 to 1000.



The "Skin Diver" inscription pays tribute to Yema’s first dive watches from the 1950's which inspired the creation of the Superman 1963 dial.



The hands, dial markers and bezel graduation have all been treated with Swiss SuperLumiNova so as to offer perfect readability in low lighting conditions.



The Superman Heritage 63 is powered by a Swiss automatic, the Sellita SW200-1 with 26 jewels, a beat-rate of 28,800 A/h and a power-reserve of 38 hours.



There will be 500 exclusive Super Heritage 63s available to Yema Privilege members until July 31st 2020. This offer will then be made available to the general public as from August 1st 2020.

MSRP is 1’249USD. Shipping starts in November 2020.



Thoughts? There are some very cool vintage features on this watch. With the Sapphire bezel and special fish scale bracelet, this has to be Yema’s best looking and retro diver to date. What do you think?

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2020-07-01

MIDO Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 LIMITED EDITION

Mido has released a trio of new Ocean Star diver’s watches this summer; one of which is this quirky faced watch, the Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition which joins the new Ocean Star Chronograph and Ocean Star GMT.

The Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 faithfully recalls the vintage charms of the Ocean Star Skin Diver Watch, a popular 1960s Mido model that remains to this date, one of the brand’s most sought-after OG wristwatches.



To the casual observer, there might be a question or two with regard to the quirky board game / dartboard-like dial configuration.

This is of course is none of the above, rather a vital diving tool manifested in a multicolored display of decompression stops.



Mido say of the watch, that it makes use of the best of current tech to revive the codes of the 60s, namely a rotational bezel with countdown timer and a colored table beneath a ‘glassbox’-style Sapphire crystal.

Its case is in Stainless steel with a diameter: 40.5mm, a height: 13.43mm and a lug-width of 21mm. Water-resistance is 200 meters.



The watch is powered by a Mido Caliber 80 (base ETA C07.621), which offers a power-reserve of up to 80 hours and a date at 3 o’clock.

The watch comes on a Stainless steel Milanese shark-mesh bracelet along with two additional interchangeable black leather straps with multi-colored stitched elements.



The new Ocean Star Decompression Time 1961 LE Ref. M026.807.11.051.00 has a Swiss MSRP of 1’130CHF (incl. VAT).

Thoughts? This quite an unexpected release from what is quiet a conservative and sober brand. I like it; however they should have put a bit of lume on the seconds hand. What do you think?