Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2016-04-28

ZRC Grands Fonds 300 Sport Chic CHOCO

By TLex ZRC are releasing three very special new versions of their flagship diver, the Grands Fonds 300 2015 Re-edition this May.



This model the, Grand Fonds Re-edition 300 Sport Chic Choco with its chocolate brown color palette gives the watch entirely different feel which in my opinion is absolutely killer!



New chocolate brown elements include: the dial with new golden hand-set, the bezel inlay, the crown indicator (arrow) and a handmade / handstitched Louisiana alligator strap.



The watch remains exactly the same in every respect as any other GF 300 Sport Chic, so has the same slew of innovative dive watch technologies as any other GF300.

Where the Sport Chic differs is mainly to do with its handset, which is less dramatic when compared to French Marine Nationale version of the GF 300.



In addition to the new aesthetic enhancements the Sport Chic Choco is also available with the an ETA 2824-2 Elabore movement with +/-7sec/day accuracy.

Liked this? Read my in-depth REVIEW the ZRC Grand Fonds 300 Re-edition French Marine Nationale.

http://www.zrc.fr/

ZRC Grands Fonds 300 Re-edition Black PHANTOM

By TLex ZRC are releasing three very special new versions of their diver, the Grands Fonds 300 2015 Re-edition this May.



This model the, Grand Fonds Re-edition 300 Black Phantom with its DLC (diamond like carbon) coating and stealthy all matte black color palette takes the GF300 to the next level!



It is presented on a black nylon NATO strap with DLC treated steel components.



Apart from its blacked-out components, the Black Phantom is exactly the same in every respect as any other GF 300, so has the same slew of innovative dive watch technologies.



Liked this? Read my in-depth REVIEW the ZRC Grand Fonds 300 Re-edition French Marine Nationale.

http://www.zrc.fr/

ZRC Grands Fonds 300 Re-edition Full 18K GOLD

By TLex ZRC are releasing three very special new versions of their diver, the Grands Fonds 300 2015 Re-edition this May.



This model, Grands Fonds 300 Re-edition Full 18K Gold is surely a dive watch for King Midas himself. Its case is in solid 18K Gold!



But make no mistake this is still a high-tech and very much serious divers watch despite its precious metal exterior.



Divers features include: SLN-coated hands, a 3mm-thick Sapphire crystal, ZRC’s ECS System and CPS System technologies and a water-resistance of 300 meters.



It is powered by Swiss made ETA 2824-2 Elabore automatic mechanical movement with an accuracy of +/-7sec/day.



Presented on a genuine black Louisan alligator strap with an 18K Gold buckle, the ZRC Grands Fonds 300 Re-edition Full 18K Gold has a price tag of 29900€.



Just 10 pieces were made in an ultra-Limited Edition. As far as I know just 2 pieces are now available.

Liked this? Read my in-depth REVIEW the ZRC Grand Fonds 300 Re-edition French Marine Nationale.

http://www.zrc.fr/

2016-04-26

RALF TECH WRX A Hybrid O STEEL & the TRANSAT BAKERKLY

By TLex RALF TECH is the official timekeeper of THE TRANSAT BAKERKLY solo transatlantic race which sets sail from Plymouth on May 2nd on a 3000 mile course across some of the most inhospitable waters on the planet – finishing in New York with the fastest boats expected to reach land by May 9th.



RALF TECH are no strangers to adventure; their watches are worn by some the world’s most elite fighting forces, have been worn during record-breaking scuba dives, on the wrists of transatlantic rowers and round-the-world sailors –



their WRX A Hybrid O Steel is more than capable of facing any storms, freezing fog and dangers of ice that might be encountered on their upcoming adventure!



Specifications of the WRX Hybrid O Steel are as follows: a 47.5mm cushion-shaped Stainless steel case, a unidirectional rotating steel divers bezel with a black aluminum inlay, a thick domed Sapphire crystal, a solid steel screwdown caseback and crown and 500 meters of water-resistance.



Power come from RALF TECH’s specialist Hybrid Quartz movement, Ralf Tech Hybrid RTH 002 with autonomous battery recharge offering up to 3600 hours of power-reserve. Its price is 1690€

2016-04-25

BRERA ProDIVER [no fashion diver]

By TLex Since they first launched in 2008 Brera Orologi, have been making a name for themselves with their stylish timepieces which are known for offering contemporary Italian styles combined with Swiss reliability but at an obtainable price-point.



Brera have been particularly successful in Japan, one of the world’s most savvy watch-buying markets and one that is not willing to compromise, particularly when it comes to their dive watches.



In short Japanese consumers will only consider a watch bearing the name “diver” if it is certified as such.



This pushed Brera to totally rethink their dive watches or should we say divers-styled watches (as they were back then);



and so began almost 3 years of development of a professional divers watch that would not only appeal to the Japanese consumer but would be able to proudly stand alongside any other professional divers model.



The new Brera PRODIVER is that watch, a diver with a premium build that blends both modern and vintage styles while achieving ISO 6425 compliance for an official diving instrument certified by the International Organization for Standardization as defined by the rigorous criteria laid out for dive watches that insists upon –



a dive-time preselecting device protected against inadvertent manipulation; legibility of the dial and visibility in the dark; magnetic-, shock-, and chemical-resistance; strap durability, and — most important of all



— water and pressure resistance, which in the case of the Prodiver is a respectable 30ATM.



The Prodiver has an imposing 47mm case with beveled angles that have been sculpted from high-grade 316L Stainless steel that has been either sandblasted finished or has a matte grey or rose gold IP-treatment –



while its components such as the chrono-pushers, crown and bezel have contrasting high-polished surfaces.



The chrono-pushers have been anodized to color-match elements such as the dial, hands or bezel track. I must admit I’m really digging the grey IP version – very unique!



On to the dial with its multi-level construction and wave pattern that has been designed for maximum legibility - so important that ISO has clearly delineated which elements must be absolutely clearly legible at a distance of nearly ten inches:



the time (with the minute hand obviously distinguishable from the hour hand), elapsed time on the timing bezel, and an indication that the watch is running (via a visible end-of-life indicator).



Finally, a powerful Swiss ISA 8371/2010 movement promises precision, safe under an extra-thick Sapphire crystal and protected against the elements by a screwdown crown system and chrono-pushers that have all been threaded to fit into the case precisely.



Please follow the link below for more info. on the PRODIVER as well as other models from Brera Orologi,



who incidentally are based in sunny Miami Florida with the backdrop of the blue Caribbean ocean, the perfect setting for inspiring new dive watch designs.

https://breraorologi.com/

ZRC Grands Fonds 300 NEWmodels

By TLex ZRC have decided to expand the GF300 family with 3 new models that will be released next month. [REVIEW] [FREE-DIVE]



Starting with the ultra-Limited Edition version of the GF 300 in solid 18K Gold that will see just 10 pieces produced. It will come on a handmade Louisiana Alligator strap with a matching solid 18K Gold buckle.



Apart from its incredible case – this version will be exactly the same in every other respect as any other GF300, so will benefit from all the same diving technologies. Its MSRP will be just shy of 30,000€.



A second new model, the one that I'm most excited to see is a stealthy all-black DLC-coated version of the GF300. It will be presented on black nylon NATO strap with DLC loops and buckle.



Finally, ZRC will be releasing a new version of the GF300 Sport Chic with a Tobacco Brown color scheme that includes: a Tabacco brown dial, crown marker and Louisiana Alligator strap.

http://www.zrc.fr/

CLERC Hydroscaph H1 CARBON & C1 VANCOUVER BAY Chronometer EDITIONS

By TLex Here’s a pair of exciting new Special Edition Hydroscaph models from CLERC. The Hydroscaph H1 Chronometer Carbon Edition and the Hydroscaph C1 Chronometer Vancouver Bay Edition.

The H1 Chronometer Carbon Edition boasts a deep black ultra-light, carbon fiber case while the H1 Chronometer Vancouver Bay Edition, is made from high-density steel.

It celebrates the first underwater expedition marking the partnership between Clerc Genève and the manufacturer of private submersibles, Sub Aviator Systems.



Its 81-part case is one of the most complex on the market. Each of its components have been individually machined!

In terms of both development and testing, both watches have benefited from cutting-edge technologies and trials in extreme conditions, performed in the R&D lab of the world leader in marine technology.

Their 43.8 (or 48mm including case protectors) diameter cases are topped by CLERC’s signature octagonal rotational divers bezel with its exclusive locking device.



All Hydroscaph H1 Chronometer series are designed to meet all the demanding criteria of the ISO6425 norm governing the diver’s watch label.

They have successfully passed a series of strict tests relating to traction, shocks, visibility, magnetism, water-resistance in deep waters, as well as resistance to seawater and corrosion. They are water-resistant to 500 meters.

Their perfectly accurate cutting-edge movement is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

RSW Chasseral Dive AUTO

By TLex RSW have new divers model for 2016. You may or may not remember the futuristic Diving TOOL. I liked it but it was certainly of a polarizing design.



You could say that the Chasseral Dive Auto with its crisp, clean lines offers a more classically styled divers alternative from RSW. The Chasseral Dive Auto has a total of 16 versions.

Basic spec. of the Chasseral Dive includes: a 42mm Stainless steel case with; a ceramic bezel and a water-resistance of 300m. Powering the watch is a Swiss made ETA 2824-2 automatic.