Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2018-06-19

BLANCPAIN Fifty Fathoms OCIII

BLANCPAIN has launched a third Limited Edition series of Blancpain Ocean Commitment dive watches – introducing the Fifty Fathoms OCIII which now proudly wears the BOC logo on its dial.

On the occasion of World Oceans Day, Blancpain unveiled the world premiere of their third series of Blancpain Ocean Commitment (BOC) Limited Edition diver’s watches.



By purchasing one of the 250 dive watches, each customer contributes to Blancpain's participation of the cause of ocean protection with the brand committing 1000 euro from the sale of each watch, a total of 250,000 euro donated.

The Fifty Fathoms is considered to be the first modern dive watch, first introduced in 1953 by Blancpain who have maintained an unfaltering commitment to exploring, preserving and achieving a better understanding of the world's oceans since.



During the past 65 years, Blancpain’s dedication has been intensified and diversified through multiple joint-partnerships. Four years ago, in addition to Blancpain's annual support to expeditions and major oceanographic projects, the brand introduced a first series of Limited Edition BOC diver’s watches.

Following the success of this dive watch and the positive message it conveyed, the Swiss Manufacture extended this initiative in 2016 and is now unveiling the third BOC timepiece for 2018.



The Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment III being based on the re-edition of the 1953 FF retains its key characteristics, characteristics which have defined some of the greatest dive watches for the entire dive watch industry, since.

Built with more than a strand or two of DNA from the original FF, the BOC timepiece houses a reliable and robust automatic movement, the caliber 1151, which boasts four-days of power reserve. Its balance is fitted with a Si silicon hairspring, a material totally insensitive to magnetic fields.



Because of this, the movement is thus protected without need of a Faraday cage (an inner soft iron case), which was the solution used in the past.

The case is also equipped with a Sapphire case-back affording views of the movement's fine Côtes de Genève decoration, as well as of the gold winding rotor engraved with the inscription Ocean Commitment and featuring a NAC finish (an alloy notably composed of platinum).



The BOCIII has a water-resistance to 30 bar, the equivalent to approximately 300 meters, and has a unidirectional rotational divers bezel, a must-have for a dive watch. With its blue color, a reference to the oceans, the bezel is topped by a scratch-resistant Sapphire inlay, an innovative feature introduced by Blancpain in 2003.

Its large markers are in SuperLumiNova, as are the dial's markings and hands, thus ensuring optimal readability in underwater conditions. The deep blue color used to style the bezel is also found on the dial of this Limited Edition diver bearing the BOC logo in white at 6 o'clock.



The new Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment III is offered in a 40mm satin-brushed Stainless steel case, an exclusive diameter reserved only for limited edition Fifty Fathoms. It is delivered on a sail-canvas strap and comes with an additional NATO strap, both matching the color of the dial and the bezel.

The 250 watches of the BOCIII series will all be individually numbered. Each customer will receive a corresponding hand-numbered copy of the Edition Fifty Fathoms book, which like OceanicTime will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.



Thoughts? What’s not to like! Well perhaps the logo could be considered a bit of an eye-sore, but it’s what the BOC is all about, right?

A 40mm FF is going to be appealing prospect to some too, but imho, the Bathyscaphe already has it all and would be my Blancpain model of choice especially the ceramic version, but this is nice if not too small.

DEEP BLUE Daynight GUARDIAN & Rudy REYES

DB Watches have a appointed, Rodolfo "Rudy" Reyes a former United States Marine, martial arts instructor, and actor who is best known for portraying himself in the HBO TV series Generation Kill – as their new brand ambassador.

DB have been searching for years for a brand ambassador that meets and exceeds all aspects of their brand. When we met Rudy Reyes, a USMC Recon veteran, combat diver and man of the world; they knew he was the perfect fit for them.



Rudy Reyes wears a DB Daynight Guardian diver’s watch constructed from a durable yet lightweight polycarbonate. The watch is powered by a Seiko Nh35 Automatic movement and in typical DB-fashion is adorned with a bunch of brightly glowing Tritium Gas Tubes.



The Daynight Guardian is presented here on a stylish black NATO with a white pinstripe down its middle, but can also come on black rubber or a full bracelet, priced 499USD.

http://www.deepbluewatches.com/

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.