Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2018-06-14

CREPAS Watches HYDROGRAHER 1942M by OceanicTime

CREPAS Watches of Spain and British dive watch blog, OceanicTime proudly present their first collaborative project, the HYDROGROGRPHER 1942M AKA the Crepas HS by OceanicTime.



As OceanicTime closes in on its milestone, 10 Year Anniversary this October, it has partnered with Crepas Watches, a Spanish based boutique brand renowned for their flawless executions of history’s most iconic dive watches, which they not only breathe new life into but modernize with the latest dive watch technologies so that they can be enjoyed by both contemporary and vintage dive watch enthusiasts.



Their latest project follows a design brief set out by OceanicTime to resurrect and modernize, Britain’s most legendary dive watch, a World War II veteran that had been languishing in the past, a fragile museum piece unsuitable for wearing owing to its size, its solid Silver construction and its cumbersome crown design and that’s only if you were lucky enough to acquire one.


©Antiquorum [Longines HS Watch]

That watch, an extremely rare, military diver from Longines, known as the Hydrographic Survey Watch which was made for the British Royal Navy, whose frogmen wore on manned human-torpedoes missions during the Second World War.

You could say that the Hydrographic Survey Watch was Britain’s answer to those Panerai’s worn by Italy’s Decima Mas who were wreaking havoc on the Royal Navy and their allied forces during World War II.



The Royal Navy Frogmen who later went on to form Britain’s most special of special forces, the SBS (Special Boat Service) piloted Chariots (manned torpedoes) striking back with some success at the Italian Navy - were supplied with these primitive diver’s watches made only from solid Silver.



Crepas Watches and OceanicTime have brought this fantastic piece of military dive watch history out of retirement –

Introducing the SWISS MADE, Crepas Hydrographer 1942M by OceanicTime, a dive watch that pays tribute to the original HS Watch yet has been engineered to not only look and wear better than its ancestors ever could but also meet the high standards expected of a modern tool-watch.



Its case is in 316L Stainless steel measuring a modest 45mm in diameter by 15mm thick with a utilitarian bead-blast finish.

It is fitted with two historical features: a large crown (a vastly reined-in take on the historic model’s impractical canteen crown with chain) and a rotational diver’s bezel with notches at 6 and 12 o’clock.



Its dial a simple matte black canvas for modern interpretations of the historical model’s iconic Cathedral hour hand and Syringe minutes hand and combination of Arabic markers at 3,6, 9 and 12 o’clock with batons – all with Old Tritium-colored SuperLuminova.

Powering the Hydrographer is a Swiss made and modified in Switzerland, ETA 2892-A2 movement.



Special features of the Hydrographer include:

> 45MM Stainless steel case with specially engineered wire lugs and utilitarian sand-blasted finish.

> 1942M water-resistance text engraved in between the lugs at 6 o’clock, an historical nod to the HS’s first year of active service.

> Historic-style rotational diver’s bezel with notches at 12 and 6 o’clock.

> Modernized protruding crown device.

> Engraved 1940s vintage script “by Oceanictime” between the lugs at 12 o’clock recognizing OceanicTime’s roll in the project.

> Case-back with engraved iconic Broad Arrow symbol, LE# and unique rear-mounted Helium Escape Valve placement.

> Made to measure, calfskin leather strap from Jacobs Straps of Spain.



Divers features include:

a screw-down case-back and crown with Viton and Tefzel gaskets, a 5.5mm thick Sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective coating, 1942 meters of water-resistance, a rotational divers bezel and an automatic Helium Escape Valve.



The Crepas Hydrogrpher by OceanicTime will be a crowdfunded project with the first 100 pre-order pieces being offered at a special offer price of 699euro after which, the watch’s full price will be listed at 850euro.



PLEASE NOTE at this early stage we only have mocked-up photos of the pre-prototype watch. Once Crepas have the working prototype in their hands, they will release proper and extensive images of the Hydrographer.

Please follow the link HERE or the one embedded, below to pre-order your Hydrographer.

Bremont WATERMAN & Mark Healey

This is the new Waterman from Bremont, the ultimate waterman’s watch by name and nature. The 300 piece Limited Edition with its GMT hand and deep-blue applied markers has been beautifully engineered by the British watchmaker and tested rigorously in the harshest of ocean environments by their new brand ambassador, Mark Healey.



The Waterman is the latest model to join Bremont’s Supermarine family and so utilizes their S500 (as worn by numerous military units and explorers, the world over) for its core architecture.



Divers features include: a screw-down crown with integrated crown-guard, an open Sapphire crystal case-backed, 500 meters of water-resistance, a Helium Escape Valve, an anti-shock vibration mount and a scratch resistant Sapphire unidirectional diver’s bezel.



Celebrating life on and above the waves, the Bremont Waterman has been designed with ocean protection and preservation in-mind. Being an all-purpose Limited Edition dive watch, it hopes to add to the increasing awareness of the issues that the oceans are facing, globally.



Plastic debris accumulates in 5 ocean garbage patches, the largest one being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This plastic has already had a detrimental effect on ecosystems, health and economies. Solving it requires a combination of addressing the source, and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean.



Started in 2010, ‘Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii’ is a grassroots, local non-profit organization run by a small team of dedicated staff and supported by passionate volunteers.



The charity inspires local communities to care for their coastlines through fun, hands-on beach cleanups as well as coordinating educational programs, team building corporate clean-ups, ocean plastic recycling, waste diversion services and public awareness campaigns.



The Bremont Waterman will be available in late Summer 2018. Thoughts? Nice watch indeed. Looks best on the bracelet, imo. I wonder if Bremont will be donating any of the watch’s sales proceeds to the above cause?

2018-06-12

EXTÁTICO Juntor BRONZE

A few words on this fantastic bronze offering from EXTático of Spain - especially for those people in a quandary over which version to get - ALUMINUM or Bronze?



As I have already covered the Juntor Al in some detail, I will try not to discuss so much the traits that they share in common - rather any differences that they have beyond the obvious aesthetic features.



If you are unfamiliar with EXTático as a brand, they are a family run business producing handmade (in Spain) wristwatches.



Pretty much, each and every component has been drawn up, realized as a 3D rendering and then built from scratch in EXTático’s workshop.



None of the Juntotr’s parts are off-the-shelf; main case, bezel, case-back, crown, buckle even the specially molded and dyed rubber strap that it is fitted with has been produced in-house by EXTático.



That in itself is pretty amazing but what's better; unlike many other horological workshops producing such timepieces, these watches won't break the bank with prices starting at 1200euro – 1275euro (bronze).



The Juntor as a watch concept was initially designed to offer diversity through its many different anodized components but also something that would be strong and lightweight which is why aerospace-grade aluminum was chosen for its construction.



However EXTático quickly realized that the Juntor would lend itself equally well to bronze and so the Juntor Bronze was born.



The Juntor is not a dive watch per se, rather a sports watch with some diver's features such as its solid rotating bezel with engraved 10 min scale and its tough Sapphire crystal.



It possesses neither screw-down crown nor case-back but instead uses a simple push-down crown closure with gaskets while its case-back is secured via 4 large screws allowing the Juntor to have a water-resistance of 200 meters.



The Juntor Bronze has quite the toolish appearance with its matte sand-blasted finish and chunky overall style.



Naturally it weighs quite a bit more than its Aluminum sibling, by exactly how much I am not sure but it has almost twice its heft which will be something to take into consideration if pitting it against the Al version.



Despite its extra weight, the Juntor Bronze still feels good on the wrist. The rubber strap does much to ass to the watch’s overall comfort as it is soft and light and wraps perfectly around your wrist.



In this instance the Juntor Bronze has been paired with burgundy colored rubber strap which imho is the perfect match.



However as EXTático make all their own rubber straps they could produce pretty much any color you wish – olive green or brown would work well with bronze as would navy blue.



All Juntor models share the same complex sintered grey dials and hand-wound movements, a Swiss made ETA 6498-1.



Overall thoughts? The Juntor Bronze is a great proposition for anyone looking to get something a little different from the usual mass-produced offerings.



Because the watches are produced in such limited numbers, they feel very special – not quite handcrafted like your typical artisanal diver, not as refined as a branded Swiss diver, perhaps somewhere in-between.


©OceanicTime

Follow the link HERE or the one embedded, below for more information on the EXTático Juntor & Diver models.

2018-06-08

G.A.W. Kraken 2.0 9500M L.E.

Allow me to address the elephant in the room – this is a mechanical wristwatch with 9500 meters of water-resistance; that’s 950 bar of pressure and 31,168 ft deeper than my usual soak in the bathtub, and for argument’s sake 9470 meters deeper than even the most seasoned scuba divers typically reach, so what’s the bloody point?



If you’re scratching you head at this point in the conversation, it’s probably because you feel this overkill and it is, but it’s just numbers, folks, numbers that indicate to us just how tough this beautifully engineered, handcrafted Italian diving instrument happens to be.



If that is, the 70s inspired, artisanal charms had somehow escaped you and you only saw a brick. A beautifully sculpted brick constructed from the strongest Grade 5 Titanium and boasting a G.A.W. modified Swiss ETA 2824/2 automatic mechanical movement at its heart.



We could discuss at length the virtues of such a watch vs. real world necessity, you could ask a Pagani owner about fuel economy or boot-spcae if you like, too, but if you are someone who has an appreciation of engineering and a fondness for handcrafted Italian watches, look no further.



The G.A.W. Kraken 9500M has been limited just 10 pieces. Interested parties should contact Gruppo Ardito Watches directly and ask for Fabio.

https://sites.google.com/site/gruppoarditowatch/

ALPINA Seastrong Diver GMT

Just a quick look at these cos they’re nasty ol’ quartz watches (he says with a quartz casually slapped on his wrist – I didn’t say they weren’t convenient!).



Alpina has expanded its Seastrong Diver collection to include a lineup of semi-affordable, useful grab and go quartz GMT divers.



These are the models of the Seastrong Diver GMT collection which have 44mm Stainless steel case with Titanium PVD coating.



The Seastrong Diver GMT collection offers diversity through its wide range of bezel, dial and strap colors.



Choose from a bold blue dial and strap combo, topped off with a bright orange bezel or a more subdued grey on grey look with a matte finished bracelet.



Powering the models is an Alpina AL-247 Quartz caliber with a single and a battery life of 25months.



As members of Alpina’s Seastrong Diver family, these guys are fitted with rotational divers bezel, screw-down case-backs and crowns and have 300 meters of water-resistance.



Further features include: GMT hand, lumed seconds hand, black date window at 3 o’clock. The watches are presented on either Titanium-PVD bracelets or tropic-style rubber.



MSRP is 795USD.

Thoughts? Really not bad looking watches BUT so much more interesting options out there in this price category plus I have always found Alpina a little uninspiring as a brand (don't troll me, please).