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2020-09-19

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 DIVER ORANGE

I think I might have unwittingly become a bit of a fan of the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver. Admittedly only coveting from afar thus far but maybe one day! 

Did you see their new FULL-LUM watch? Pretty damn nice, so is this Vitamin C-packed addition to BR 03-92 Diver, simply known as the BR 03-92 Diver Orange.

The watch will only be available from Bell & Ross' boutiques and e-boutiques. It is a Limited Edition of 250 pieces. Special features of the watch include: a bright lifeboat orange dial which has been appointed with appliqué metal indices with Super-LumiNova inserts.
The dial also gets metal skeletonized Super-LumiNova-filled hands while the date wheel (found between 4 and 5hr) has been subtly finished in the same orange as the dial. Powering the watch is a Bell & Ross caliber BR-CAL.302 automatic mechanical movement with hours, minutes, seconds and date. The watch’s 42mm in diameter case is in satin-finished and polished Stainless steel. Water-resistance is 300 meters. It is fitted with a unidirectional rotating steel bezel with 60-minute scale and black anodized aluminum insert and a Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. Finally this watch comes with two straps: a woven black rubber and an ultra-resilient orange synthetic fabric. Both are with satin-finished and polished Stainless steel pin buckles. The new BR 03-92 Diver Orange Ref: BR0392-D-O-ST/SRB from Bell & Ross has an MSRP of approx. 4’240USD. Thoughts? This is such a GREAT looking diver – however I’m left scratching my head because it has an aluminum bezel inlay. 
 
Ceramic inlays aren’t expensive to produce these days and they hold up a million times better than aluminum ones do. 
 
No self-respecting diver’s watch should be using such outdated materials, especially when they have a contemporary design and are sold at this sort of price-point. What do you think?
 
http://www.bellross.com

2020-09-17

H2O KALMAR 2 RACING EDITION

Gentlemen, start your engines!



H2O Watch might just have created the perfect crossover model, a new diver’s watch for drivers.



The dial of the new Kalmar 2 Racing gets the same iconic powder blue and orange stripes once seen on Le Mans legends such as the Porsche 917 or Ford GT40.



In addition to the racing livery, the blue and orange stripes are flanked by swirls of perlage reminiscent of that found on the aluminum dashboards of vintage racing cars such as the Bentley.



One further racing feature is the color-matched blue and orange cross-stitching on the Kalmar 2 Racing’s custom handmade Italian calf leather band.



If you aren’t proponent of leather, fear not as the Kalmar 2 Racing also comes with a set of racing-harness / seat-belt inspired NATO straps in matching race colors.



Otherwise, it’s business as usual for this rather unusual 3000 meter-water-resistant automatic diver’s watch. All you need now is the car!



Okay actually that’s not quite true (about the business as usual that is) because in addition to a dive-time bezel, a sterile bezel, H2O has a new Heart Rate Count bezel!



Follow the link below or the one HERE for more details including pricing plus a full list of technical specifications for the new Kalmar 2 Racing.



Thoughts? Something quite unexpected from H2O Watch but then again, they are the master s of surprise. If this proves popular – what’s next for the Kalmar 2 Racing?



My money’s on a black DLC variant inspired by the iconic John Player Special's black and gold livery – I’d eat that one right up!

E.C. ANDERSON Calypso Denise DATE

Introducing the new Calypso Denise Date from Gothenburg, Sweden-based, E.C. Anderson; a quirky yet ultimately charming Scandinavian diver.



Despite the new Denise Date being more functionally complex than its predecessors, its design is said to be even more harmonious than they were.



Although its design is largely utilitarian with: a large calendar display, power-reserve indictor, compass and time with - hours, mins and secs; it was designed so as not to be too eye boggling.



Despite all of that, it does appear to have a remarkably balanced design. Certainly quirky with features such as its square (sometimes triangular) indexes and (you know what I’m gonna’ say)

that big f#ck off date wheel which is reminiscent of the Wheel of Fortune’s wheel, but ultimately cool, calm and collected.



Said incorporated calendar function is a first for a Denise watch; I think it’s safe to say it’s a first on any diver’s watch.



The calendar-eye is slightly recessed into the dial to create a feeling of depth while the matte finish inside contrasts against the otherwise lacquered black dial.



The skeletonized hands are an eclectic bunch displaying hours is a large arrow-head, minutes and seconds pointer with an elongated diamond design and a dwarf sword for the power-res.



In order to maximize legibility, the hands have been bead-blasted, so they should be more or less reflection free.



The lume on the tips of the hands has been generously applied to ensure visibility well into the night, in fact it is said to be 5x longer lasting than those of previous Denise models.



The power-reserve’s + and – indications are also in red. The indicator itself has been seamlessly incorporated with the center stem and is subtly viewed around the calendar with a red pointer.



In order to not be mistaken by the hour-hand, the pointer has been colored red with a polished frame.



The watch’s scratch-proof ceramic bezel is dual purpose thanks to a set of cardinal points serving as compass or dive-timer.



The watch comes on either a solid bead-blasted bracelet with screw attached links or Italian rubber strap, both with a completely new micro-adjustable diver’s clasps.



The 200 meter water-resistance Calypso Denise Date is powered by what EC Anderson call a precision certified automatic movement. COSC? Follow the link embedded, below for more info.



Thoughts? Very nice indeed, I like something a bit different but I also like something with a bit of substance to it; this appears to have both - but who tf is Denise when she's home???

https://www.ecandersson.com/

CHRISTOPHER WARD C60 Lympstone

Gunmetal PVD-coated, marine-grade Stainless steel, brushed-ceramic, forged carbon fiber, 600 meters of water-resistance and a COSC certified automatic movement -

this is the new C60 Lympstone and like the men (and women since 2017) that its namesake turns out – it’s hard as nails!



Named after the Royal Marines’ Commando Training Centre at Lympstone in Devon, the C60 Lympstone brings together elite Swiss watchmaking with a build quality that ensures it can survive the harshest of conditions. At sea. Or on land.



The C60 Lympstone is the first Christopher Ward watch to be quipped with an inner-compass bezel allowing you to orientate yourself by using its cardinal points in conjunction with the sun.



Meanwhile its outer 120-click, diver’s bezel which is in brushed ceramic bezel has had its numerals deep-filled with SuperLumiNova Grade X1 GL C1.



However, one of the watch’s proudest features is its dial which is made from chopped carbon fibers infused with resin (there are around 500,000 fibers per square inch), an ultra-tough, moldable material with a marbled, camouflage-like finish.



The C60 Lympstone’s forged carbon dial’s indexes, hands as well as the bezel markers have been filled with SuperLumiNova Grade X1 GL C1.



Only after every part of the watch had been scrutinized and approved by the British Ministry of Defence were CW allowed to use the Royal Marines’ official insignia which was laser-etched into the case-back of the Lympstone watch.



Aptly its 42mm x 13.8mm case is constructed from Marine-grade Stainless steel; it case has two crowns, one for rotating the compass, the other for winding the watch and moving the hands.



The case is finished with gunmetal PVD coating eliminating unwanted reflections that could draw unwanted attention during combat.

The C60 Lympstone is powered by a COSC-certified version of the Sellita SW200 calibre, which puts it in the top six percent of Swiss mechanical movements for accuracy.



The watch is delivered on either an all-black or black and orange CW Hybrid rubber and fabric strap, priced 1’000USD.

2020-09-16

ZRC 1964 GRANDS FONDS 300 French Navy Re-issue MILITARIA

The new GF 3000 TITANIUM isn’t the only new model that ZRC has released for 2020; there’s a new GF 300 and it might just be the coolest one so far.



In addition to the aforementioned GF 3000 which btw is available in 3x finishes (satin, sand-blasted and sand-blasted DLC) ZRC has released a new mil.-style diver;

the 1964 Grands Fonds 300 French Navy Re-issue Militaria the special features of which include: a matte finished military green dial with stenciled Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12.



This is paired with one ZRC’s brand-new rubber diver’s straps which launched alongside the GF 3000 earlier this year.

Apart from the above, it’s business as usual so the new Militaria gets ZRC’s ECS™ Patent pending (Easy Clean System) as well as their Crown Protection System™.


The ECS™ is a technical solution to an issue encountered by the mine clearance divers of the Marine Nationale during their many dives: salt crystallizing in the gaps between the bezel and case, thus impeding its rotation.

For the 2015 re-issue of the Grands Fonds 300, ZRC has developed and patented a functional solution – the ECS™ was born.

A unique system for cleaning the inside of the bezel by circulating fresh water that dilutes and evacuates the sea salt. The ECS™ is the ultimate tribute to the original Grands Fonds and is perfectly in tune with the brand’s identity.



100% safety is guaranteed thanks to this exclusive strap system using retractable lugs. It is now impossible to place the watch in water without screwing the crown back into its original position.

If the crown is not screwed down, the strap cannot be correctly re-positioned. This effective method prevents oversights that can lead to technical difficulties.


Power comes from either an ETA 2824-2 elaborated movement or SELLITA SW200-1 elaborated with of 25-ruby wheels, on which Incabloc shock protection was used.

Extremely precise, the balance performs 28,800 half-oscillations per hour. With a mechanism diameter of 25.6 mm, it offers a power reserve of 38 hours.



As mentioned the new Grand Fonds Militaria is equipped with a brand new rubber strap compatible for both single & butterfly buckles.

The design was inspired by ZRC’s metal band and is said to be extremely comfortable. It is available in several colors.

https://zrc1904.ch/en/