Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2014-04-20

Carl F. BUCHERER Patravi ScubaTec BRAZIL 2014

By TLex Scuba diving and the beautiful game? Not, your typical bedmates, are they; but with the 20th World Cup due to kick off in Brazil in just a few weeks, football fever has already reached the Manufacture of Carl F. Bucherer in Sainte-Croix, Switzerland -



where the brand has teamed up with the Swiss Football Association to produce a Special Edition of the Patravi ScubaTec bearing the colors of the Swiss Football Association.



Made especially for the 2014 World Cup, the ScubaTec swaps out its blue livery for a striking new red, which has been used for the ceramic inlay of its divers bezel, the ring on its crown and the details of its custom, black ScubaTec, rubber divers strap. The Swiss Football Association motif can be seen as a pattern on the dial as well as on the 30-min marker on the bezel.

2014-04-18

GRAFF ScubaGraff chocolate DLC

By TLex Confectionery references aside, I quite like the ScubaGraff. I would love to see one in either brushed Stainless steel or Titanium - of course, sans the unnecessary bling, but then it probably wouldn't be a true Graff, would it?!

Still it's a pretty cool looking piece with a top-notch build quality; and if you scratch beneath the surface, you'll discover that it's a pretty capable dive watch with one or two cool tricks up its sleeves!



The new 300 piece Limited Edition of the ScubaGraff has been constructed from 18kt Rose Gold and Titanium with a chocolate DLC coating. It measures 47mm in diameter and is fitted with an AR-coated Sapphire crystal.

Divers features include: a mechanical 30 minute dive-time indicator (6 o'clock), a rotational divers bezel with 18kt Rose Gold dive-time scale, a Helium Escape Valve (9 o'clock), a diamond-tipped screwdown crown, and a water-resistance to 300 meters.



The caseback has been hand-engraved with a really cool giant octopus motif. There's also an 18k RG plate with the watch's Limited Edition #.

The watch is powered by a Swiss made, Graff in-house Calibre 2 automatic movement, which has been hand-assembled in Geneva. Spec. includes: 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 50 hours.



Its dial is in chocolate brown with a sun-burst finish and a triangular-cut emerald set at 12 o'clock. It features raised applied Rose Gold numerals and Rose Gold hands that have been applied with luminous material.

The ScubaGraff comes on lovely looking brown crocodile strap with rubber and a Gold and Titanium chocolate DLC folding clasp with a hand-engraved octopus motif.

2014-04-17

PANERAI Luminor SUBMERSIBLE 1950 3 Days Automatic TITANIO ‘Classic Yachts Challenge’

By TLex Officine Panerai have launched a classic-looking new Submersible in celebration of the ‘Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge’.



The Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio AKA PAM00571 will be made in exclusive run of just 50 pieces with the 10 ‘Years of Passion’ logo on their casebacks.



The PAM571 features a classic Panerai 1950 case design recalling the Florentine brand’s historical ties to the Italian Navy Special Forces. The 47mm case is constructed from Titanium with a brushed finish.



The case is fitted with a 4mm thick Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, and a screw-down, brushed Titanium caseback with: ‘10 Years of Passion 2005 – 2014’ engraving.



The 571’s dial is a traditional sleek and super clean black dial with luminous Arabic numerals and applied hour markers, a date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock. It features applied luminous hour markers and semi-skeletonized, luminescent hands.

Further divers features include: Panerai’s trademark crown locking guard lever, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel with classic studs and a water-resistance of up to 30 atmospheres - approximately 300 meters.



The Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio is powered by a Panerai manufacture P.9000 automatic caliber. Functions include: hours, minutes, small seconds and date.



The Panerai P.9000 caliber has been entirely by Panerai. Spec. includes: 13¾ lignes, 7.9 mm thick, 28 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour, an incabloc® anti-shock device, a power reserve of 3 days and two barrels. It is comprised of 197 components.



The watch comes on a custom Paneai rubber divers strap with their famous pre-Ven-style buckle in brushed titanium. It is supplied with a second interchangeable strap, a tool for changing the strap and a steel screwdriver.



What’s not to like about the PAM571, it’s another timeless Italian mil-diver from the best that there at doing this sort of watch. Remind me a lot of my 243. Though, I must admit, I would have much preferred a view of the P.9000 than a boring caseback engraving.



Follow the link to see the new Luminor Submersible Left-Handed Titanio . . .

2014-04-16

OBRIS MORGAN Pradata [pre-ORDER]

By TLex Obris Morgan have started taking pre-orders for their latest project, the PRADATA, which will be available from the middle of June 2014. Prices start from 279USD - 299USD. Pre-ordered watches will ship on June 15th.



Diving features of the Pradata include: a 316L Stainless steel case, a 120 click-type unidirectional rotational divers bezel with elapsed dive-time, a screwdown Stainless steel crown and caseback -



a 3.5mm thick Sapphire crystal with AR-coating on its inside, an automatic Helium Escape Valve (operable at 5atm insie pressure) and a water-resistance to 30atm / 300 meters.



The Pradata is powered by a Japanese Miyota 9015 automatic caliber, beating at a frequency of 28,800 bph and with an accuracy of +0 to +10 sec/day. The movement holder is in 316L Stainless steel.



The Pradata's dial is with C1 / C3 SuperLuminova applied hour markers, skeleton hour hand, minute hand and sweeping second hand - also filled with C1 / C3 Superluminova.



Dimensions inc: a 44mm diameter bezel, a 43mm main case (exc. crown guard), a lug to lug width of 52.6mm, a 4.5mm thick bezel, a 6mm main case and a 2.2mm caseback. Total thickness is around 12mm thick. The lug width is 22mm.



The Pradata comes on a Bracelet 4.2mm thick, 5-link bracelet. The toatal weight of the watch on its full bracelet is 236g.



Each watch is shipped with: a spare screw bar & screw, 1.4mm heavy duty blue or desert colored 5 ring Zulu and an instruction manual an warranty card. The Pradata's listing price includes worldwide shipping by FedEx.



Wow, that's a lot of watch, for not a lot of money! Follow the link HERE for more on the Pradata . . .

2014-04-15

AQUADIVE Bathysphere 100 GMT TURQUOISE

By TLex AQUADIVE have a released a third color variant of the Bathysphere 100 GMT, which is now available with either a yellow, white or turquoise chapter ring and GMT hand. The watch is based on an original design that dates back to the early 70s.

It has been combined with the most advanced manufacturing technologies and materials available, today; such as German CNC machining, scratch resistant sapphire and ceramic, Viton seals, and an iconic ISOfrane strap, arguably one of the best rubber divers straps available, today!



Its case has been turned and CNC machined in Germany out of a single solid block of German 316L surgical grade. It measures 43mm in diameter (excluding crown), has an overall length (lug to lug of 49mm and a thickness of 15mm.

The case is water-resistant to 1000 meters / 3300 feet. It features a Stainless steel screw down crown and case back, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel with a ceramic inlay and an integrated automatic Helium Release Valve (HRV) at 6 o'clock.



It is powered by a Swiss made ETA 2893-2, automatic mechanical movement with a ball bearing rotor, date, corrector, stop second device regulator system, ETACHRON and regulator corrector.

Further spec includes: 21 jewels, shock protection, a 51 degree lift angle, 28,800 bph, a power reserve 42 hours, a hacking seconds hand, hour, minute, central seconds hands, quick-set date, 24-hour hand. Size: 11.5 ligne. accuracy, adjusted in 5 positions with an individual certificate that accompanies each watch.



The Bathysphere 100 GMT is a Limited Edition of 500 pieces, engraved ***/500. Retail price: 2490USD. However it has a special pre-order price of 1990USD. Expected delivery is by end of April.

2014-04-14

VintageVDB Troop DARK GREY

By TLex introducing the new VDB Troop Series, handmade in the ateliers of Vintage-VDB, Erfurt Germany. The special handmade series comprises of three color models: the Troop 'Dark Grey Sparkle', the Troop 'Coral Marine' and the Troop 'Fast Britain'.



This is the Dark Grey Sparkle; its case is in Stainless steel with a special surface coating. It measures 45mm in diameter with a thickness of 19mm and lug to lug measurement of 56mm.



The case is fitted with a charcoal grey rotational bezel with 5 minute-click increments and a circular 12hr marker, and a Plexiglas acrylic crystal. Its dial is in matching grey with its hands and markers applied with vintage lume.



The Troop Series watches are powered by Swiss made NOS Universal Genève Microtor automatic mechanical movements. They are presented on handmade leather straps with large Stainless steel VDB buckles. Price: 3750€.

VintageVDB Troop FAST BRITAIN

By TLex introducing the new VDB Troop Series, handmade in the ateliers of Vintage-VDB, Erfurt Germany. The special handmade series comprises of three color models: the Troop 'Dark Grey Sparkle', the Troop 'Coral Marine' and the Troop 'Fast Britain'.



This is the Fast Britain; its case is in Stainless steel with a special surface coating. It measures 45mm in diameter with a thickness of 19mm and lug to lug measurement of 56mm.



The case is fitted with a British racing green rotational bezel with 5 minute click increments and a circular 12hr marker, and a Plexiglas acrylic crystal. Its dial is in matching green with its hands and markers applied with vintage lume.



The Troop Series watches are powered by Swiss made NOS Universal Genève Microtor automatic mechanical movements. They are presented on handmade leather straps with large Stainless steel VDB buckles. Price: 3750€.

VintageVDB Troop CORAL MARINE

By TLex introducing the new VDB Troop Series, handmade in the ateliers of Vintage-VDB, Erfurt Germany. The special handmade series comprises of three color models: the Troop 'Dark Grey Sparkle', the Troop 'Coral Marine' and the Troop 'Fast Britain'.



This is the Coral Marine; its case is in Stainless steel with a special surface coating. It measures 45mm in diameter with a thickness of 19mm and lug to luge measurement of 56mm.



The case is fitted with a coral rotational bezel with 5 minute click increments and a circular 12hr marker, and a Plexiglas acrylic crystal. Its dial is in matching coral with its hands and markers applied with vintage lume.



The Troop Series watches are powered by Swiss made NOS Universal Genève Microtor automatic mechanical movements. They are presented on handmade leather straps with large Stainless steel VDB buckles. Price: 3750€.

2014-04-13

H2O Watches PLAYBOY shoot

By TLex Here are some cool images from the H2O Watches feature in the May edition of German Playboy magazine.



There's some imaginative photography by Manuel Übler. I especially like the the Orca series with Airfix model kit.



Watches shown include: the Helberg: CH1 bronze & steel and CH6 bronze and steel. The H2O ORCA series and Kalmar MkI fixed bezel divers in Tungum & Damascus steel.



Follow the link to check out the new KALMAR II.



Follow the links to read my in-depth review of the CH1 STEEL and read about the new CH1 TUNGUM.

2014-04-11

STEINHART Triton Military BRONZE

By TLex Arm yourself with a Steinhart! Introducing the new Triton Military Bronze



- striking the perfect balance between luxury and utility with a beautifully decorated Swiss mechanical movement and a combination of solid bronze, deep black and military green.



Its case is made from solid bronze. It has a diameter of 45mm, a thickness of 14.5mm and an overall length of 56mm.



The solid bronze case is topped with a contrasting sleek black DLC coated unidirectional rotational diver bezel with a 120-click cycle and a single lumed marker in Swiss C3 SuperLumiNova.



Further divers features include: a DLC-coated screw-down crown, a DLC-coated see-through case back, a flat Sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating on its inside and a water-resistance of 30 ATM / 300M.



Powering the Triton Military Bronze is a self-winding movement, the Soprod A10 with 25 jewels and a gold STEINHART custom rotor with cut-out crown motif.



An embossed matte green dial in with matte black hands and a gold seconds hand offers excellent legibility. Both dial markers and hands have been applied with Swiss C3 SuperLumiNova.



A matte green rubber divers strap with a bronze-colored butterfly clasp completes the look of this handsome mil-diver. I have to say, it is one sharp looking watch! Follow the link embedded below for more info.