Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2018-06-21

ORLO Ticonite [head-turner come head-scratcher]

Is this really the world’s first scratch-proof Titanium diver? Danish watch brand, ORLO Watches believe so.

And that’s pretty cool but before we discuss the technology behind this claim there are a couple of glaring anomalies that have left me scratching my bonce.

This is supposed to be a diver with a groundbreaking scratch-proof technology yet it has an otherwise inferior aluminum bezel inlay, what a crying shame.



It is also Miyota 9015 powered diver which has been assembled in the prestigious German watch-making region of Glashütte; for the privilege ORLO have given the Ticonite an eighteen hundred dollar price tag – WTFFF!

Sorry, did I just stutter – even with its pre-order price of 900USD, this is still an ambitious ask for a 9015 powered Kickstarter diver. There must be more to it than meets the eye.

Speaking of which, the Ticonite is fairly easy on the eyes thanks to its vintage cushion case and its nicely thought out dial which comes in two pretty colors that include green and blue.



So how about its 42mm, 120m water-resistant case that has been constructed from typically scratch-prone Titanium;

ORLO partnered with the Materials and Surface Engineering Department at the Technical University of Denmark which spent seven years researching and testing a new Titanium hardening technology:

Ticonite is a revolutionary, completely scratch-proof Titanium material made with a patented surface hardening technology using heat and certain gasses in a highly controlled manufacturing environment.



This gives Ticonite a surface hardness of 1200HV, without changing its appearance, and makes Ticonite 3 - 5 times harder than untreated conventional Titanium and Stainless steel. Because Ticonite is hardened Titanium it maintains its superior properties in terms of strength, extreme corrosion-resistance, and incredible light weight.

Thoughts? No ceramic, only 120m, high price, but it is a handsome-looking boy that boasts Glashütte assembly, scratch-resistant Ti and is Danish made.

What do you think???

https://eu.orlowatches.com/

UNIMATIC U1-NU x NOUS

Unimatic of Italy have released a special edition Modello Uno ref. U1-NU in a Limited Edition of 50 pieces for Parisian fashion retailer, NOUS, founded by Ex-Colette workers.



It features a highly legible matte black dial with California-style maxi marker in white C1 SuperLumiNova lume to match the single 12hr pearl on the aluminum bezel insert plus an off-white open seconds / minute scale and graphic trim.



Time is displayed thanks to the matching phantom ladder hands set and a black reverse lollipop seconds hand with an off-white tip.



Divers features include: a double domed anti-reflective Sapphire crystal and solid 316 brushed Stainless steel finished with a scratch resistant black DLC diamond-like carbon coating case and with a 2mm-thick screw-down case-back with NOUS logo, and an 8mm in diameter crown with high quality gaskets - providing an individually tested water-resistance to 300m.



Timing accuracy is provided by the NH35A automatic movement which they have tuned to 21600bph with 41h power reserve and hacking seconds hand.

U1-NU x NOUS comes on a 22mm Unimatic Fluoroelastomer nylon strap plus a black Unimatic silicone rubber one-piece strap with a DLC-treated Stainless steel signed custom buckle.



The case-back features Unimatic’s signature conversion scale engraving along with the watch’s individual LE number. MSRP is €650.

http://www.unimaticwatches.com/

ULYSSE NARDIN Deep Dive HAMMERHEAD & Alex Caizergues

Ever seen one of those YouTube vids where some poor sod is being flung up and down in the air, dragged along the beach and then onto the rocks as he tries to tame an unwieldy kite?!



Meet French kitesurfer Alex Caizergues, unlike the above mentioned he has does have excellent control of his kite and charges some the world’s gnarliest of waves.



He currently holds the World Sailing Speed Kitesurfing record, with a run averaging 107.3 km/h, or 57.98 knots (over 500m).



He is UN’s latest extreme sports brand ambassador and as such has been equipped with the Swiss brand’s most extreme of sports watches, the UN Diver Deep Dive AKA Hammerhead diver.



Follow the links to read about FEARLESS FRED and the HAMMERHEAD.



2018-06-20

OBRIS MORGAN Nautilus

They say that, the devil is in the detail – if this is so then this new bronze diver from Obris Morgan is positively evil!
Stylish and playful, the CuSn8 constructed, Nautilus is OB’s first project for 2018. It offers a sensibly sized 41mm by 11.2mm thick bronze case with 200m of water-resistance.



Its uniquely styled bezel looked to nature for its inspiration with a polygonal design based on a Nautilus Shell.
If we turn our attention towards the watch’s sunburst enamel dial we are greeted with pops of orange from the Nautilus text underling the OB logo and the all-important prominent orange minutes hands.

Other special features of the watch include anti-magnetic resistance as indicted by dial text, and a sturdy-looking operating crown also in CuSn8 bronze.




Powering the Nautilus is trusty Japanese movement, the Miyota 9015 Cal.

Thoughts? Some nicely merged design influences and styles culminating in a good-looking bronze diver that is neither derivative nor too polarizing in its design.

Follow the link HERE or the one embedded below for more on the Nautilus. Follow OB on FB HERE.

CARL F. BUCHERER Patravi SCUBATEC SFA Special Edition

A quick honorable mention in light of the World Cup in which are in midst of, in particular the Swiss team’s recent excellent performance in which they staved off Brazil in the Group E first round, resulting in a 1 – 1 draw.

The Patravi ScubaTec brings together two very different environments – the ocean’s depths and the football pitch.



The watch has 44.6mm by 13.45mm Stainless steel case, ceramic bezel, automatic Helium Escape Valve, screw-down crown, Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides and a water-resistance to 500m.



Special features include: a jet-black dial and its engraving of a group of players who only become clearly visible when we take a closer look.



And a ceramic inlay in the colors of the Swiss national team together with its logo at the 6 o’clock position.

Parmigiani Fleurier PERSHING 002 CHRONO

Check out the cute lil’ starfish sub-seconds indicator – oh, and check out the cute 45,500USD price-tag!

The ocean is far from being an exclusively male domain and so for the ladies, Parmigiani Fleurier has dreamed up this sporty chic, sensual and feminine creation.

In an effort to do its part for the #metoo movement, OceanicTime will be posting an equal and proportional balance of ladies and gents divers, here’s one to kick things off with.



Born from a meeting between the eponymous superyacht builder, Pershing and high-end wristwatch Parmigiani Fleurier, the Pershing collection’s newest member is –

the Pershing chronograph 002 a watch that was designed for use in a marine environments. Its unidirectional rotational bezel measures immersion time, its hands are coated in luminescent material, and it is water resistance down to 100 meters.

The tachymetric measurement indication, based on 3 meters, makes it an ideal on-board instrument.



Being a ladies diver, it has of course been given a famine touch. Its dials are adorned with mother-of-pearl and painted at the back in azure while its sub-second is represented by a cheeky starfish AKA asterid, which marks the time that passes from his five arms.

The counterweight of the second hand is in the shape of an octopus.



Powering the watch is the Caliber PF334, an automatic chronograph movement, finished with bridges angled by hand and “Côtes de Genève” decoration. Its two series-coupled barrels ensure 55 hours of power-reserve.

Its pendulum beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Comprised of more than 300 components, this caliber allows for the display of hours, minutes, seconds and the date, together with its chronograph features with a large second in the center as well as hour and minute counters.

IWC Portugieser Yacht Club CHRONO

IWC offers a splash of summer - sea and sun for your wrist that isn’t a diver. They have launched a new edition of the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph as part of their Summer Editions collection.

With a water-resistant Stainless steel case, a blue dial and a durable blue rubber strap, this sporty yet elegant chrono is the perfect non-diver for the warmer months to ahead.



In addition to the above, IWC has also launched a special collection of matching fabric NATO-style straps, offered in trendy blue and light grey which are available from all IWC boutiques.

These chic straps are designed to accessorize selected watches from the Pilot's Watches, Portugieser and Portofino ranges and will only be available for a limited amount of time. Though, I have not heard of any being offered for the Aquatimer – a missed opportunity imo.



Back to the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Ref. IW390507 with its water-resistant Stainless steel case with integrated crown guard and its sporty blue rubber strap designed (say IWC) as the ideal companion for your next sailing trip – or whatever summertime escapades you might have planned.



The blue dial with white counters, rhodium-plated hands and the red secondhand of the chronograph produce an overall look that's deliberately nautical. The 89361 manufacture caliber with flyback function indicates the measured hours and minutes together on a sub-dial at 12 o'clock, while the quarter-second scale that surrounds the dial allows for precise measurement of shorter time periods.



Its see-through case-back in Sapphire crystal offers a crystal clear view of the mechanical inner workings of the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph.

What do you think; does this float your boat? Strictly a diver guy? Check out IWC’s newest AQUATIMER.

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.