Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2014-07-31

CX SWISS MILITARY WATCH Conger Nero AUTO

By TLex I was just wondering when the world's leading manufacturer of deep diving chronographs was going to release something new; it's been a while!



I am very pleased to introduce to you, CX Swiss Military Watch's newest 100 piece Limited Edition diving chrono, the Conger Nero Auto.



It was actually released at Baselworld this year, but somehow went undetected by my dive watch radar. It takes its name from the aggressive, Conger eel, an ocean predator that can grow up to 10 feet long and is endowed with a set of razor-sharp teeth that have on occasion met with a diver who got too close to it!



The Conger Nero is water resistant to 2000 meters and has a stealthy black appearance thanks to its DLC (diamond like carbon) coating that is highly scratch resistant, ensuring that the watch will retain its pristine appearance for many years.



With a formidable looking case that puts me in mind of the 12,000 feet (lots of DNA) and with equally formidable dimensions, the Conger Nero's solid Stainless steel case measures 48.5mm in diameter with a thickness of 22.5mm and has a total weight of 375 grams.



The case boasts an X-large screwdown crown with side-guards, screwdown chrono-pushers and a screwdown caseback with a Limited Edition engraving.



The chronograph pushers are fully operational with unscrewed pushers to a depth of 300 meters. If diving below 300m, the pushers have to be screwed tight to ensure maximum water-resistance.



Further divers features include: an anti-reflective coated Sapphire crystal, a Helium escape valve, a uni-directional rotational divers bezel and a water-resistant to 200 atm, 6600 ft or 2000 meters plus a 25% safety margin in accordance with ISO 6425 norms.



As well as the above, the Conger Nero is fitted with a black DLC coated solid Stainless steel bracelet with hex-screwed lug-ends and links. It features a solid Titanium double pusher folding clasp with a divers safety catch and extension.



So what's powering this swarthy beast? Of course it's a 7750. A chronometer-certified automatic chronograph ETA cal. 7750 Valjoux C.O.S.C. with 25 jewels, 28’800 oscillations/h, a power reserve of 48h -



- an Etachron regulator system, a Glucydur balance bridge, a Nivaflex mainspring, Antichoc with Incabloc shock-absorber and an anti-magnetic ISO 764, 4800 A/m rating.



Functions include: hour; minute; small second at 9h, a chronograph with 30 minute counter at 12h, 12 hour counter at 6h, central second counter and a day/date display at 3 o'clock. Its dial, which can be had in either: black, blue with a sunburst finish, silver or yellow has Superluminova applied hands and markers.


The Conger Nero Auto comes in a Limited Edition of 100 pieces, presented in an XL black lacquered wooden box.



Its list price is 4300USD, but I believe they're being sold for 3450USD on the Charmex site, HERE.

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2014-07-30

ROLEX & COMEX with Henri Germain Delauze

By TLex You might have come across this Rolex DEEPSEA commercial on the National Geographic channel, before.



The late Henri Germain Delauze talks (all too briefly) of his experiences testing Rolex dive watches for COMEX. Fascinating stuff!



Follow the links for live images of DEEPSEA and the incredible Deepsea CHALLENGE watches. More info. plus video HERE & HERE.

T•a•c•t•i•c•o TC3 FAMILY

By TLex This cool looking watch with the power-reserve indicator is the new TC3, the third model to comes from T•a•c•t•i•c•o, Crepas Watches' military division.



It is in fact not one model, but a family of three, sharing the same case, but using different movements, so with quite different looking dials.



The TC3's design is based on a flieger watch, but as scuba diving courses through the veins Crepas, the TC3 has been imbued with a diving spirit.



Its divers features include: 200 meters of water-resistant, a 60 minute scale internal divers bezel, and BGW9 Superluminova applied hands and dial markers.



The dials as mentioned earlier are all quite different from each other owing to the respective functions that each of the three models can perform.



However one common design element is the 'Φ' symbol that replaces the 10 o'clock marker.



Which is a letter of the Greek alphabet, used to represent the 'ph' (f) sound in Ancient Greek. I'm not entirely sure if there is anything else behind it's placement on the dial (a pilot reference perhaps?).



Nevertheless it does further the TC3's already modern military styling, that somewhat puts me in mind of a Bell & Ross, only with a cushion case.



Further features of the TC3 include: 10 layer AR-coated (inner) Sapphire crystal and a soft iron disc placed between the movement and the caseback cover, so that the TC3 has an anti-magnetic shield.



There are two case finishes: bead-blasted steel or black PVD with no less than 3 layers of PVD for a permanent finished. Crepas don't do things by halves! ;)



The TC3.1 is powered by the once ubiquitous ETA 2892-A2 automatic movement.



The TC3.2 is houses an ETA 2834-2 with GMT function that uses a rarely used GMT disc under its dial. It is a Limited Edition of 55 pieces.



The TC3.3 comes with an ETA 2892-A2 modified with a GMT function and a power reserve indicator. It is a Limited Edition of 55 pieces. Follow the link HERE for full specifications plus pricing and availability.

2014-07-29

VintageVDB KAITEN XL

By TLex Here's something a little bit special from VintageVDB; in fact there isn't much that comes out of the Erfurt watch atelier that isn't special. But the Kaiten XL prototype watch might just be the most special of them all!



Starting with its colossal Titanium case that has been treated with a special oxidization process that gives it its chalky dark grey finish. It measures a 56mm in diameter with a thickness of 22mm and a lug to lug measurement of 71mm, which is about as far from here to the moon and back!



Its bezel, which is also in Titanium features large hexagonal bolts; the 12hr marker, which has been filled with vintage lume is particularly impressive. The bolts are in a 5 minute instrumentation with a bidirectional 5min click cycle.



The case if fitted with a 6mm thick Plexiglass acrylic crystal. Below that a stunning grey sandwich dial with its hands and hour markers in beige vintage lume. The dial features an embossed manned torpedo submersible.



The Kaiten's caseback is also in Plexiglass, affording a view of a high-end automatic movement with a 5 day power reserve (possibly Technotime's double barrel caliber). The movement features a custom VDB rotor with Geneva stripes and the text 'Geprüfter Chronometer' (official chronometer).



The Kaiten XL features what VDB call 'NCM (No Crown Mechanic) Technology', where the time is set via the bezel! Finally it is presented on a handmade sharkskin strap with the legendary VDB I buckle.

It's big on features, probably a little too big on the wrist for most, but nevertheless another outstanding piece from VDB!