Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2014-07-20

PERRELET Turbine YACHT

By TLex Here's the new Turbine Yacht from Perrelet. The watch features a 47mm in diameter x 15.4mm thick Stainless steel case. The case is a available in two additional PVD finishes; black or bronze. It's nice to Perrelet getting in on the bronze act and with a nautical watch, too, but bronze PVD is a bit of a cop out.



I'm sure if they'd opted for a solid bronze case they'd have garnered themselves a quite a few new fans. Nevertheless the case is fitted an anti-reflective treated Sapphire crystal, a Sapphire crystal display back and an internal bi-directional rotational timing bezel with cardinal points, operable via a crown at 10 o'clock.



The Turbine Yacht has a water resistant of 300 meters. It is powered by a Swiss made, Perrelet in-house P-331 caliber with: 21 jewels, beating at 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 42 hours. Special features include a custom decorated Perrelet rotor. Functions include: hours, minutes and seconds.



The dial comes in either black or silver with Perrelet's signature Titanium blade configuration representing a submarine's propeller. The dial is striped beneath in either black and gray, black and bronze, blue and light blue or brown and bronze. The dial features applied hour markers and hands with luminous material.



The new Perrelet Turbine Yacht comes on a either a black, blue or white rubber strap with a steel buckle finsihed in its respective case color; steel or black or bronze PVD.

2014-07-19

SCHAUMBURG Watch AQM 4

By TLex About 10 years ago Schaumburg Watch presented the Aquamatic 1, which by all accounts was a very successful release. The case used for the AQ 1 was shared by a number of boutique and private labels. For my knowledge Schaumburg Watch was the first to come out with the design.



The AQ 2 was one of those legendary 2000 meter factory case divers that was used by absolutely everybody under the sun, and is still is by one or two, today. The AQ 3 was an unremarkable internal bezel diver sharing its case with one of the (now defunct) San Antonio Watch Co. divers.



This is the fourth generation of the Aquamatic, as previous generations it is equipped with all the requirements needed for a professional divers watch, so what’s new? Well, everything basically, but more interestingly; it would appear that for the first time, the Aquamatic’s case is unique. It has one or two interesting features, too.



The lugs of the AQ 4 have been hollowed out on the sides. They appear to be detachable from the case. The crown guard, which has a similar design has an unusual configuration with only one side protecting the crown. I wonder how functional that is?



The AQ 4's matt steel case is fitted with a divers bezel with some nice coin edging and a wave pattern on its top side, that is reminiscent of a UN diver. Its 12hr pip is made out of Ceranova (Ceramic Superluminova). The 45mm x 14 mm case can withstand pressure up to 800 meters.



However Schaumburg Watch certified the case with only 500 meters. Before delivery each case is tested up to 80 bar in-house. Further features include an AR-coated Sapphire crystal and a solid steel caseback attached via six screws and engraved with the brand’s new logo.



There are four different dial options for the AQ 4; these are: a black full-lume dial that glows blue, an orange full-lume dial that glows yellow, a black carbon fiber dial and 2 3D dials, one in black and one in black with a wooden ring!



The AQ 4 is powered by an automatic, SW20A caliber (not sure what that’s based on, I believe SW stands for Schaumburg Watch not Sellita). It is supplied with an automatic watch winder as well as a handmade leather strap with an option for a steel bracelet.

http://www.schaumburgwatch.com/

2014-07-16

PANERAI Luminor SUBMERSIBLE 1950 LEFT-HANDED 3 Days Automatic TITANIO

By TLex Here’s a proper second look at the stunning Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Left-Handed 3 Days Automatic Titanio - AKA PAM 569 (in case that was too much of a mouth-full). The watch, which we previewed (in not too much detail) HERE, earlier this year, is a Limited Edition of 1000 pieces.



The PAM 569 has a 47mm case in brushed Titanium. Panerai actually use two different types of Titanium in their watches; Grade 2 and Grade 5. Grade 5 is more widely used for dive watch cases as it has a very high tensile strength with relatively low ductility. It is also impervious to corrosion by salt water and has exceptional resistance to a wide range of acids, alkalies, natural waters and industrial chemical products.

Light, strong and hypoallergenic, the corrosion-resistant qualities of Titanium have made it one of the most valued materials in fine watchmaking. Equally as strong as steel yet 40% lighter, it is also the metal of choice for aerospace, aeronautical and military applications. Besides this, it wears extremely comfortably on the wrist.



The PAM 569 has a 'destro' crown configuration, with its winding crown at 9 o'clock on the left hand side of the case. Historically, Panerai has used this configuration since the 1940s, when the first model with this feature was created for Italian Navy commandos.

It is perfect for right-hand wear, meeting the needs of commandos, who had to wear other instruments, such as compasses and depth gauges on their wrists. These models continue to be highly regarded by those with a preference for right-hand watches or, those who simply like the fact that their watches have and interesting quirk to them.



Its divers bezel, is inspired by the Egiziano, the 1950s model created by Panerai for the Egyptian Navy. Its screwdown caseback boasts an engraving of a ‘Slow-running torpedo’, an underwater vehicle created by the Italian Navy to allow commandos to perform their underwater missions with agility and as effectively as possible. Water resistance is guaranteed to 30 ATM (a depth of around 300 meters).



Its black dial features a Clous de Paris (Paris hobnails) or waffle decoration with applied circular and baton hour markers applied with vintage-colored SuperLumiNova. A date window is at nine o'clock, while a sub-seconds counter is at three o'clock.



It is powered by an in-house Officine Panerai P.9000 caliber with 3-days power reserve. Its rotor rotates in both directions for more efficient winding of its dual barrels, when the watch is worn. Spec. includes: 13¾ lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 28 jewels, Glucydur balance, 28,800 alternations/hour, Incabloc anti-shock device, a power reserve 3 days, dual barrels and a total of 197 components.

The new Luminor Submersible 1950 Left-handed (PAM00569) is a Special Edition that is presented on a natural brown leather strap with ecru stitching and comes in a luxury pear wood presentation box along with a rubber replacement strap, a strap replacement tool and a steel screwdriver.

Also check out the new Luminor Sumersible1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio‘Classic Yachts CHALLENGE

2014-07-14

STUCKX The RocK

By TLex Here's a first look at a cool upcoming project from a new boutique label called, Stuckx. The RocK with its brawny charms was designed to be a little extreme looking, something that would get noticed.



Here are a few early details – everything is subject to change. The case will be Titanium measuring 54mm in diameter at its base and 45mm at the top of its bezel. The height from wrist level to top is 21mm.



Of the Rock’s special features are dual helium escape valves. Yes, they’re pretty much a superfluous design feature if you aren’t a SAT diver, but they're also ‘oh so cool’!



Further features include: a 6mm thick crystal, 100 bar of water-resistance and an automatic movement. The RocK will come on a 26mm strap. Its price should be sub 1000 euro.



Stuckx will also make more regular looking 70’s inspired watches, but now and then they hope to surprise people with fresh concepts and designs such as the RocK.



Its creators say that its design should polarize between lovers and haters, but in fact I think that it potentially has a far broader appeal. I can see one or two influences in its genetic make-up, but it is a fresh design that is in no way derivate.



If I had a hand in its design; I would probably move the crown to 4 o’clock (which given the shape of the case) should allow for a wider and more substantial crown design that would reflect the chunkiness of the bezel.



If you would like to follow the progress of the RocK, please click the link for the STUCKX Facebook page.

2014-07-11

VintageVDB 2014 POLISHED from Erfurt to L.A.

By TLex Ralf Möller from the film Gladiator, shows off his new VDB 2014 Polished.



Ralf has a number of VDB models, which include the entire 2014 collection and the VDB Chrono among others.



I'm sure he's looking forward to the VDB 2015 us much as we are, so here's a teaser of the highly anticipated watch!



Check out VintageVDB's latest, the VDB I Handmade 2009.



2014-07-08

CITIZEN Promaster Marine Eco-Drive AQUALAND

By TLex CITIZEN has a new Aqualand and it’s quite the looker! Fantastic durability, superb functionality, and the capacity to capture the imagination of diver fans around the globe; you probably don’t need one unless you’re a real diver, but you know you want one all the same!



The new J250 Eco-Driven Aqualand from the Japanese watch brand’s Promaster Marine line offers a level of toughness and visibility that’s hard to beat at its price point and is capable of measuring depths up to 70 meters!



The latest Aqualand follows in the footsteps of a line of electronic depth gauges that date back to 1985, when Citizen launched the very first Aqualand, which incidentally was the world’s first dive watch to incorporate an electronic depth meter.



Spanning more than 30 years, Citizen has continued to build on this achievement, developing various dive watches that incorporate sensor technologies for use by professionals.



The Promaster Marine family, which epitomizes this proud history, has earnest itself a reputation as consistently being the dive watch of choice by the vast majority of divers. Forget all your Swiss brands, if you’ve ever been on a dive boat, you’ll know what I’m talking about – Promasters all round!



The new Eco-Drive Promaster Aqualand watches feature a number of enhancements designed for all types of divers; from recreational to seasoned professionals. Their cutting-edge specifications have been upgraded for the highest level toughness such as the use of DLC (Diamond Like Carbon).



Large hands and markers are applied with highly luminous material to ensure excellent visibility. The unique shape of the hands makes it easier to recognize dive-time and depth, even when all the hands converge at the same position.



Different colored lume has been used on the time display and depth meters, respectively, so that it’s easier to read the information when underwater. Wide distance indexes — ranging from 0 to 40 meters - enable wearers to easily read the markers while enjoying the dynamic movement of the hands.





The shape of the case, which is inspired by a clam shell furthers the feeling of protection. It packs robust functionality in a stylish design, thoroughly safeguarding the watch’s internal mechanisms from any accidental damage.

The new ISO compliant Aqualand is available in three versions: BN-2024-05E (steel case, DLC bezel, blue hand), BN-2021-03E (steel case, steel bezel, yellow hand) and BN-2025-02E (IP case, DLC bezel, orange hand).

2014-07-07

DEEP BLUE Depthmeter AnaDigi Depth GAUGE

By TLex Here's a new model that Deep Blue first presented at the Basel fair this year; the new Deep Blue Depthmeter AnaDigi Depth Gauge Watch.



As its name suggests, Deep Blue's latest Depth Meter makes use of a traditional quartz analog display for time readings whereas water temperature, dive-time, current and maximum depth are shown in the digital displays at 12 and 6 o'clock.



Specifications include: a 45mm Stainless steel case, an anti-reflective treated Sapphire crystal and a 120-click unidirectional rotational divers bezel with dive time scale. Water-resistance is 200meters or 660 feet.



Further divers features of the watch include: a Diving Mode that is automatically activated as soon the watch the senses water, Superluminova hands and hour markers, a dive log for 4 dives, a dive alarm and a secondary digital time display.



The watch is available in either Stainless steel or PVD with 4 dial colors that include: black, blue, orange, white / orange or a full lume dial. They are presented on a colored silicon divers strap with ND Limits decompression table.

http://www.deepbluewatches.com/

LUMINOX Dive Chrono 8150 & 8350 SERIES

By TLex Here's something new from Luminox. The Dive Chrono 8150 & 8350 series belongs to Luminox's 'Sea' dive family. The watch has a 44mm in diameter 'black brushed' Stainless steel case.



Divers features inc: a unidirectional rotational divers bezel, a screw down crown and caseback, a Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and a water-resistance of 200m / 660ff / 20atm.



It is powered by a Quartz Ronda 5050.B with a Chrono Big Date function. The dial features Luminox's illumination 'Night Vision' tubes that are capable of glowing for up to 25 years. The watch is presented on either a black rubber PU strap or a steel bracelet.

2014-07-03

HUBLOT King Power 48MM Oceanographic 4000 & EXOSUIT

By TLex Hublot has sponsored the next-generation of ADS (atmospheric diving suit) AKA the Exosuit for the team that is exploring the site where the ancient Greek calendar, the Antikythera device was found.



Hublot actually released a Limited Edition titanium constructed tourbillion, the MP-08 Antikythera Sunmoon that was inspired by the original device. It wasn’t a diver, so it wasn’t discussed here. However, it was a diver of sorts – a one man submersible pilot wearing an Exosuit that allowed for such deep sea excavation that lead to its discovery.



Much like the famous JIM or Newtsuit ADSs that were used for work on ocean drilling rigs, pipelines and salvage jobs; the sci-fi looking Exosuit (piloted by Michael Lombardi in the video below), resembles a suit of armor, only with highly sophisticated computerized controls and robotic arms;



one of which was sporting a HUBLOT King Power 48MM Oceanographic 4000 with a water-resistance of 4000 meters – more than 13 times higher than the Exosuit’s 300 meters! My thanks to Cal of Timemachinist for bringing this cool story to my attention. ;)



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