Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2016-06-22

GRUPPO ARDITO Kraken 5000M

By TLex Unleash the Kraken, the latest deep ocean dwelling beast from Italian dive watch engineers, Gruppo Ardito.



With its case in blasted Grade 5 Titanium and measuring 46mm in diameter by 60mm tall and 18mm thick the Kraken like its namesake is a bit of a monster.

It can be found lurking at depths of up to 5000 meters!



Fitted with a massive: Sapphire crystal, caseback and fixed bezel that have been bolted to its case with 12 allen-screws, 6 on top and 6 at bottom –

there is no question about the Kraken’s intent as the latest hyper-diver to come onto the market. But the Kraken is not a design for the masses.



It has been precision engineered and hand-crafted in Italy with love and passion by a fastidious group of divers and engineers and is made in small quantities on demand.

While the Kraken has a body of a robustly engineered ocean dweller, its dial is simple and functional.



Constituting of a dual layers, the sandwich dial is complimented by semi-skeletonized hands, and for touch of Italian flair, a sporty orange swoosh to underline the name of the beast!



Beating at the heart of this 5000 meter , Grade 5 Ti deep sea creature is a Swiss automatic mechanical movement, the GAW001.

The Kraken comes with two straps, one black shark and one articulated natural rubber with multi-piece roller-buckles.



Its price is around 3100USD. For further details, please contact Fabio directly, HERE or follow the link HERE to discover other models from Gruppo Ardito.

Liked this? Check out the NumeroZERO ZeroBRONZE

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

SQUALE Tiger FINAL EDITION

By TLex This little beauty is the Squale Tiger Final Edition, limited to just 200 pieces it is the final and last variant of the Squale Tiger family that started life in 1987. For obvious reason, it was affectionately known by its nickname, Baby PLOPROF!

The Tiger Final Edition is a mix of modern and vintage style that gives what is a very recognizable and eye-catching dive watch a special character and little more attitude.

If for whatever reason, you didn’t get the Ploprof reference – look no further than the Tiger’s distinctive push–to-release button in bright red as well as the heavily texturized cashback.



The push- to-release button is a simple yet effective safety-feature that prevents the position of the bezel from being accidently knocked thus giving a false and potentially dangerous dive-time reading.

The bezel itself has been given a beautifully hand-finished brushed treatment while the position of the markers have been made for safe and easy reading of dive-time. They have been filled with a High-Luminescent Ceramic.



A scratch-resistant Sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective treatment furthers the Tiger’s excellent readability while protecting it up to 300 meters below sea-level, the equivalent of 30 atmosphere of pressure.

The Squale Tiger is powered by the tried and tested Swiss ETA 2892 automatic movement, which provides reliable and accurate timekeeping even under the toughest circumstances.



At the end of the day, the Tiger is a purpose-built diving instrument, something that Squale have been famous for, for several decades – Swiss made reliable, elegant, unique, affordable and easy to service.

The Tiger Final Edition is available in three dial colors: Black, Sunburst Blue and with a Luminova White dial that is fully luminescent in the dark.



Technical spec as follows: a brushed 316L Stainless steel case with a 44mm Diameter 44mm, 51mm Lug to lug size and just 11mm thickness, 60 clicks unidirectional bezel with High-luminescent Ceramic markers,

316L Steel screwdown caseback and signed crown, Sapphire Crystal with AR coating and Swiss ETA 2892 automatic movement with 38 to 40 hours of power-reserve.



The Squale Tiger Final Edition comes on either: an Isoprene Tropic, NATO or Milanese bracelet – giving a weight of just 95 grams.

2016-06-20

ARCHIMEDE DeckWatch BRONZE

By TLex After establishing themselves as one of only a handle full of German watchmakers producing high-quality bronze watches with the release of the SportTaucher BRONZE, based on their popular divers model, Archimede have once again turned to this specialist case material for a nautical watch.



The new DeckWatch Bronze by Archimede uses a high-quality Bronze case manufactured by ICKLER in Pforzheim. It has the same type of properties found on other bronze models from ICKLER, which means that overtime it will develop the all the charm an charisma of a vintage patina.



Specifically this Bronze case is in CuSn8 with a polished and brushed finish, a diameter 42mm, a thickness of 10.5mm, a lug-to-lug length of 51 mm, a Sapphire crystal with AR-coating, a screwdown see-through caseback, a signed Bronze crown and a water-resistance to 5 ATM.



Further features include: a silvered dial with heat-blued steel hands and a Swiss made ETA 6498 hand-wound movement that can be viewed through the DeckWatch’s exhibition caseback.

The ARCHIMEDE DeckWatch Bronze is presented on a hand-stitched leather band with a bronze buckle priced 960€ (incl.VAT), 807€ (exe. VAT). It can be ordered from the ARCHIMEDE OnlineShop.

2016-06-17

ANDERSMANN Oceanmaster I [deeply understated]

By TLex This is the Oceanmaster I Ref. ANN0832 from Andersmann, which boasts a number of really lovely aesthetic features.



Starting with its dial; this is a special texturized sandwich dial in matte black with luminous markers.



The dial’s design is quite minimalist with the only hour markers, a few simple lines of text and the smallest hint of color from the water-resistance text, which is in red; a possible nod to those special edition Submariners from COMEX and of course the blue of the seconds indicator.



The watch case is in high-grade Stainless steel with a matte black DLC (diamond-like-carbon) coating. The case has a simple design with flat sides on the right where the crown guard is and more rounded feel on the other side.



For a change we see a modern diver that has not felt the need for such superfluous features as an HEV; helping to maintain the clean lines of the watch.

The case measures 47mm in diameter with a thickness of 17.6mm, a lug-to-lug measurement of 56mm and a lug-width of 26mm.



Divers features of the Oceanmaster I include: a screwdown crown, a 4mm thick double curved Sapphire crystal with a smoked anti-reflective coating and an anti-clockwise unidirectional rotational black DLC divers bezel.



The divers bezel has an engraved dive-time scale with a polish silver circular 12hr marker that has been with a vintage-orange luminous material.
Water-resistance is to 1000 meters.



On the caseback is yet another 4mm thick smoked Sapphire crystal; only this time it is flat. Beneath it is a custom Andersmann rotor that has been decorated with pearlage.
This rotor powers a Swiss made ETA 2892-A2 automatic movement with hours, minutes, seconds and a 42 hours of power-reserve.



The Oceanmaster is priced 1480CHF. It has a limited production of just 100 pieces per year.



It comes on a personalized natural rubber divers strap with a steel buckle with a matte black DLC coating.



Please follow the link below to discover more about Andermann Swiss made divers watches.

http://www.andersmann.com/

2016-06-15

OMEGA Seamaster PLANET OCEAN 600M Master Chronometer DEEP BLACK [video]

By TLex Check out OMEGA’s state-of-the-art new diver, the Planet Ocean DEEP BLACK; designed with a combination of high-tech materials and technologies –



that make it quite unlike any other dive watch on the planet! Not sure who the narrator is, pretty dramatic ;)



2016-06-14

OMEGA Seamaster PLANET OCEAN 600M Master Chronometer DEEP BLACK

By TLex OMEGA has just unveiled a state-of-the-art new 4 piece Planet Ocean collection called Deep Black!



State-of-the-art? I hear you ask! Well, this is probably OMEGA's most technically advanced divers collection to date and that is because, as well the use of existing technologies such as the 18K Sedna™ gold found on one of the models,



or the special blend of rubber and ceramic found on the blue and red models, OMEGA have used for the first time, watch cases that have been carved from single solid blocks of black ceramic - as well as a new patented ceramic technology called ‘’Naiad Lock’’ that keeps engraved wording perfectly positioned.



The two colored models feature bezels with a blend of ceramic and colored rubber (red or blue model depending) that highlights the 15 minute portion while Liquidmetal® completes the rest of the dive-time scale.



The reason, Omega say that red and blue were used is: if you dive to just 5m red is the first color to disappear, blending stealthily with your divers wetsuit.



Not sure how cool that is but red is certainly a popular color choice for accenting dive watches.



But if you venture much deeper to 275m, the last color you’ll see is blue. At a depth of 300m, everything goes black, except of course the SuperLuminova that has been applied to the hands and dial markers of your lovely new PO Deep Black!



Most of these watches will only see desk diving action, if they’re lucky they’ll fulfill their densities a dive watches on the wrist of recreational scuba divers who are unlikely to dive much beyond 30m or so.



You gotta love how these watches companies keep using color to sell us dive watches. They get me every time. At least OMEGA has taken a slightly bolder route than ORIS did with Aquis ORANGE & YELLOW that we saw, yesterday!



The two colored models have cases with a matte finish in an effort to reduce any unwanted reflections while the all black and black and 18K Sedna gold models have had their cases polished for a slightly more luxurious feel.



All four models are proper Planet Ocean Divers and as such are fitted with the following features: Sapphire crystal with multi-layer anti-reflective coatings, manual Helium Release Valves, unidirectional rotational divers bezels and 600 meters of water-resistance.



The 45.5mm solid ceramic Planet Ocean Deep Black cases house the latest Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer GMT calibers. To achieve Master Chronometer status, it has passed the 8 rigorous tests set by METAS (The Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology).



The red and blue models have color-coded GMT hands. The new Planet Ocean Deep Black collection will be available in stores from October 2016.



I have to admit that this model has one again established OMEGA has an absolute force to be reckoned with when it comes to making high-end / luxury Swiss mechanical divers watches.



Follow the link to watch the Seamaster Planet Ocean DEEP BLACK video. Also check out the new Seamaster PLANET OCEAN 600M Master Chronometer CHOCOLATE . . .