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G.A.W. Kraken 9500M OceanicTime SE




There’s plenty of blue and bronze going here and it’s all good!

With its blue dial, blue bezel, blue textile strap and bronze case, the Yacht-Timer Bronze is the latest special edition watch to be launched by Nautische Instrumente Mühle-Glashütte.

Its Bronze case is with a screwed-down Stainless steel back, a bidirectional timing-bezel, 2.5mm thick, domed and double anti-glare Sapphire crystal, a Transparent case-back, screw-down crown in Stainless steel and a water-resistance to 30 bars, the equivalent of 300 meters.

Limited to 500 pieces it houses a Swiss made SW 200-1. Modified in-house by Mühle, the automatic movement boasts their famous woodpecker neck regulation, custom rotor, with characteristic surface finishing, stop-seconds, fast date correction and 38hrs of power reserve.

It is presented on a blue textile strap with a Stainless steel pin buckle, attached to the lugs via screws. Very nice!


This is the NEW Panerai Luminor California 8 Days DLC 44mm AKA PAM00779 –

combining a Radiomir style vintage Cali dial with blue hands and ecru markers, a 44mm DLC case with 300 meters of water-resistance and more leather than I usually like going on my wrist.

To be fair (and feel free to disagree with me) the only place this much leather is welcome is on a pair of shoes!

It’s a really nice watch and all, and I realize that it’s largely characterized by its bund strap, but it isn’t for me.

It's somewhat reminiscent of my big bro's wrist-radio which he wore in the 80s - ugly pretty cool but untimately ugly as hell. You like Bund straps?

The PAM779 should actual have Titanio in its name as its sleek black DLC coated 44mm case is in fact constructed from Titanium.

Housed inside the 300m water-resistant Ti case is an in-house Panerai Cal. P.5000, a hand-cranked movement with a substantial eight-days of power reserve.

About that strap – this is a two-piece, Bund leather strap which take its name from the German mil-issue strap supplied to pilots – not divers. MSRP is circa 11600USD.


MIDO Ocean Star [wot no bronze]

In this day and age, does the absence of a bronze model in your lineup of divers or nautical watches mean that you are out of touch?

Rolex with their clinical style for example have steered well clear of the material – god forbid, the thought of a submariner with patina!

Whereas other manufacturers have for the most embraced the material, offering at least one or two special editions in bronze for their diver’s collections.

I was just about to say kudos, Mido when I saw their newest Ocean Star with what appeared to be a bonze case and read the word ‘’patina’’ in the PR,

(a reference only to the watch’s leather strap) but alas, it’s pink gold PVD all the way for these two new Ocean Star divers.

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of RG PVD, but it just got me thinking – what are your thoughts on Bronze vs. Gold PVD?

On to the Ocean Star refs. M026.430.36.091.00 & M026.430.36.041.00, two nautical-inspired timepieces that have joined Mido’s Ocean Star collection; each with their own distinct personalities.

The first comes with a luxurious green grained dial and a leather strap that will acquire a patina over time – offering a vintage style and color scheme that is evocative of the seaside.

The second model takes its inspiration from the maritime world with its deep blue dial and fabric-style strap in the same shade, reminiscent of boat rigging.

The two nautical watches are fitted with robust Stainless steel cases with polished and satin-finished pink gold PVD treatment and feature aluminum unidirectional rotational diver’s bezels in green or blue.

Reliable companions for all fans of nautical activities, these Ocean Star watches combine robustness, elegance and accuracy.

They are water-resistant to 200 meters and are equipped with the Calibre 80, a next-generation automatic movement which gives them a power reserve of up to 80 hours.

You get also friendly starfish engraving in relief on the case-backs of watches as reminder of where you ought to be this summer – the beach!


Aquaitico BLUE ANGLES 100M

As a dive watch enthusiast, do you own an aviation watch, yet?

Perhaps you are unwilling to fork out big dollars on say an IWC or Zenith pilot’s watch when they mightn’t be any more than a passing appreciation.

With a mere 199USD price tag, the new Blue Angles 100M from Aquaitico could be the perfect timepiece for your first foray into the world of aviation watches.

Taking its inspiration from the well-known IWC pilot, the Blue Angel’s 316L Stainless steel case is water-resistant to 100 meters.

It measures 40mm in diameter with a lug-lug of 52mm and thickness of 10.5mm. It houses a Seiko NH35.

Its dial and hands are with C3 SuperLuminova. They are protected with a K1 hardened mineral crystal.

On the reverse side, the Blue Angles exhibition case-back sports fighter jet. The watch comes on 22mm leather band and is available, now from Aquaitico.

Follow the link embedded, below for more on the Blue Angels and other models from Aquaitico.

Not a fan of pilot watches? Check out the new Sea Star form Aquaitico by clicking, HERE.