Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2015-05-27

STUCKX The Bull 1stLOOK

By TLex Stuckx goes Bull’s Deep! The new 200m Bull from Stuckx is a tribute to the more daring case designs of the 70's that included the iconic sports chronograph watches known as Bull Heads because of their unusual placement of the chronograph pushers on the top of their cases.



Having the crown and pushers on top of the watch case gives the Bull a distinctly sporty yet vintage look.



While The Bull’s appearance is unmistakable, its most striking feature has to be its uniquely styled two-tone polished CNC machined ceramic bezel.



The two-tone theme is repeated with an elegant dial design with contrasting sub-dials at 3 and 9. Stuckx will be offering their usual choice of trendy color combos from the Dutch with its striking orange and black to the cute Panda with its white face and black sub-dials. I think there are a total of 6 variants.



While The Bull’s horseshoe-shaped, 42mm x 13.5 (13mm Quartz) 316L sun-burst finished Stainless steel case has reasonable dimensions, it was designed to sit comfortably on most people’s wrist.



Divers features include: a unidirectional rotational divers bezel, a flat Sapphire crystal and 200 meters of water-resistance.



The Bull will be available in 3 different movement variations: a high-end Seiko/TMI NE-88 mechanical chronograph movement with column wheel and vertical clutch, running at 28.800 bph.



And two VK meca-quartz movements; the VK64 with 3 sub-dials and no date and the VK67 with 2 sub-dials and a date.



The mecha-quartz movement designed and manufactured by Seiko combines the best of both worlds. The benefits of a very accurate, high quality quartz movement with the exact mechanical feel of watches from a different price range.



Finally a tri-colored striped 22mm NATO complete The Bull’s look!



Stuckx’s The Bull is being launched through KickStarter. They will receive production samples very soon and we will launch the campaign as soon as possible after having checked the samples and making pics/movie for the campaign.



The Automatic will probably start at 699USD for true early birds, going up quickly after that, but probably staying below the 1000 dollar mark. A 250 euro early bird price will be offered for both Quartz versions.



Interested parties should follow the link HERE to subscribe to Stuckx The Bull news updates.

www.stuckx.com

2015-05-25

BREITLING Superocean Chronograph M2000 in BLACK STEEL

By TLex The new Superocean Chronograph M2000 in Black Steel is every bit as dark as the abyss that it was created for. It is the latest limited series belonging to Breitling's M2000 Chronograph family, the world’s only diving chrono that is fully functional to a depth of 2000 meters!



The Superocean Chronograph M2000 is equipped with an exclusive magnetic pushpiece system. This patented device enables the chronograph controls to be handled via the metal of the case, making this model the world’s only chronograph to be water-resistant and entirely functional to an impressive depth of 2000 meters (6,600 ft), without any risk of water seeping into the case.



Already available in a polished steel version, the Superocean Chronograph M2000 is now available in a 250-piece Limited Series featuring a satin-brushed steel case with a black color achieved by a high-resistance carbon-based treatment.



Its matching black dial allows for optimal readability with oversized hands and hour-markers that have been generously filled with a luminescent material. A black rubber-molded unidirectional rotational divers bezel ensures an excellent grip even used with a divers glove.



Its rugged case is equipped with a built-in decompression valve to vent Helium, and is fitted with a 4mm thick anti-reflective coated Sapphire crystal. Housed inside is a SuperQuartzTM movement, chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) that ensures a very high level of precision that is 10 times higher than that of regular quartz.

The Superocean Chronograph M2000 Blacksteel is equipped with an exclusive contrasting white-edged black leather strap. Very cool! :)



2015-05-21

OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M ETNZ for 35th AMERICA's CUP

By TLex These SM300's keep getting better and better! OMEGA has introduced a sporty new Seamaster Diver 300M ETNZ for the forthcoming 35th America’s Cup in 2017 and it's a beauty!

A Grade 5 Titanium constructed case with G5 Ti red and black chrono-pushers, a black ceramic bezel, a sand-blasted G5 Ti dial and a reversible black and red rubber divers strap allow for as bold or as subtle a statement as you would like for your wrist while celebrating a long term partnership between OMEGA and the yachtsmen of Emirates Team New Zealand that dates back to 1995 with Sir Peter Blake's American's Cup winning campaign.



Let's get straight to the sand-blasted Grade 5 Titanium dial; ultra-modern, super clean and somethig really rather special. It has applied markers that have been coated with white BGW9 SuperLumiNova that emits a blue light. A silvery chronograph seconds track can be found on the outer edge of the dial; inside this ring is a matt Titanium minute track.



There are three sub-dials on the dial: a small seconds indicator at 9 o’clock, a 12-hr recorder at 6 o’clock and a 30-min recorder at 3 o’clock which also indicates a five-minute countdown to the start of a regatta.



Now to the 44mm brushed Grade 5 Titanium case with its pushers at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock, which are highlighted with a red alumina ring and a matt black ceramic ring respectively. To keep all chrono-operations as simple as possible all of its elements have been colored in red. Further features include the SM 300's signature manual Helium Escape Valve in its usual home at 10 o'clock. This has been cleverly integrated a date corrector.



The OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M ETNZ has water-resistance of 300 meters. Further divers features include a black ceramic unidirectional rotational divers bezel with a polished dive-time scale whose indications have been created in relief using laser ablation. There is a white C3 SuperLumiNova which emits a green light at the top of the bezel at 12 o’clock.

The Seamaster Diver 300M ETNZ is presented on a red and black reversible rubber divers strap with a foldover clasp. The top part of the strap is black and has a subtle ribbed pattern, while the underside of the strap is red and has a design that is reminiscent of the sails on the team’s boat. This pattern ensures that water and air can pass freely underneath allowing the skin to breath. Very nice!



Embossed on the screwdown caseback is the ETNZ logo – a special detail that showcases the watch's connection to the world of sailing. Protected by this caseback is the Co-Axial calibre 3330, a chronograph movement complete with an Si14 silicon balance spring.

Liked this? Check out 007's new WRIST-ATTIRE for the upcoming film, Spectre, Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial . . .

2015-05-20

SEIKO Prospex MARINEMASTER 1000M 50th ANNIVERSARY

By TLex The Seiko Prospex Marinemaster has been celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with the release of two very special divers offering new advances; the Marinemaster Professional 1000m Diver's and the Marinemaster Professional 1000m Hi-Beat 36000 Limited Edition.

Seiko produced its first ever divers watch back in 1965; and with half a century's worth of achievements in arguably one of, if not, the most challenging of areas of watchmaking - from the first use of a Titanium for a dive watch cases to the invention of the articulated divers strap and the dual-layer watch case -



to the design of dial markers and hands that set new standards in legibility, Seiko has been a true pioneer in the field of dive watches. It was Seiko's own high standards that were used for the development of the ISO 6425 standards for divers watches and 50 years on Seiko dive watches are still a benchmark in the industry.

The Marinemaster series has long been renowned for the security and precision that the professional diver requires. Two new timepieces in the Marinemaster series embody the very best of Seiko’s 50 years of experience in serving the needs of divers and once again push back the boundaries of diver’s watch technology.



Like its 1975 predecessor, the new Marinemaster Professional 1000m Diver's has a dual-layer case construction that is now the trademark of Seiko’s professional diver’s watches. Thanks to the strength of the inner case structure, the specially designed L-shaped gasket and the screw-down glass fixing ring, the watch is effectively impermeable to helium and can be safely used for saturation diving to great depths.

The use of ceramic for the outer shell enhances shock resistance and also prevents any unintentional rotation of the bezel. In September 2014, Seiko professional diver’s watches of the same case construction were subjected to the most extreme test imaginable. Affixed to the exterior hull of KAIKO 7000 II, a remotely operated undersea research vehicle, they performed perfectly down to a depth of 3,000m.



This new creation incorporates a mechanical caliber specially adjusted for a diver’s watch. The movement is caliber 8L35, and it is made and assembled, as is the complete watch, by Seiko’s leading craftsmen at the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio. The hands and markers are coated with a new version of Seiko’s Lumibrite, which glows for 60% longer than in the past. The strap is made of extra-strength silicone for greater durability.

This is a diver’s watch worthy of a fifty year anniversary. Its design echoes that of Seiko’s very first hibeat diver’s watch from the 1960’s, but its specifications are the most advanced in the field. It has a one-piece titanium case and, thanks to this, the L-shaped gasket and other features, it is impermeable to helium and suitable for saturation diving.



The rotating bezel is securely fixed to the case with four screws next to the 12 and 6 o’clock positions.

It has the new Lumibrite for enhanced legibility. The 8L55 movement is specially optimized and adapted for use in a diver’s watch with this structure. This caliber beats at 36,000 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of 55 hours, and it is also assembled by Seiko’s leading craftsmen at the Shizuku-ishi Watch studio. Each watch comes with both a titanium bracelet with extender, and a black extra-strength silicone strap. Offered in a special presentation box, just 700 pieces will be made, each with its own serial number.

http://www.seikowatches.com/collections/prospex/

2015-05-18

STUCKX RocK SAPPHIRE

By TLex We know all too well about those pesky manufacturing delays that can arise in the middle of an already long wait for a pre-order.



As Stuckx had to wait longer than expected for some of the ROCK's components (especially the dial), they decided to use of the time delay to their advantage -



by adding a new feature that they had actually wanted to incorporate into the RocK all along while rewarding their pre-order customers with a free upgrade!



They decided to change the bezel's Titanium relief to one with lumed markers under a very thick Sapphire bezel insert.



So existing pre-orders customers will get the RocK with the new Sapphire bezel for the old pre-order price of 495€excl. VAT (599 incl. VAT).



The new pre-order price will be 577€excl VAT (699 incl VAT). The final price after the pre-order period will be 660€excl. VAT (799 incl. VAT).



A deposit of 250€(206 excl. VAT) will be required for pre-orders.



Stuckx are awaiting the pre-production samples, which are due any day, now. After okaying the samples -



they will immediately proceed with the first small series production that should take maximum of 8 weeks.



Just as before, pre orders can be ordered via www.stuckx.com



Deposit customers will receive regular updates about the production process by email and/or Stuckx FACEBOOK page.



Full Stuckx RocK Specifications can be found, below . . .












- Titanium grade 2 lug-less case in blasted finish
- Lug-to-lug 52mm
- 44,8 mm diameter at the top
- 21mm high from case back to sapphire top
- 1000m Water resistance
- 5 Color combinations
- Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement
- C3 Luminova on hands & indices
- Sapphire bezel insert with C3 Luminova and black lume markers underneath
- 6mm thick sapphire crystal with AR coating (inside)
- 4mm thick screw-in type case back
- 120 clicks uni-directional bezel
- Will be supplied with dedicated leather Zulu strap 24mm wide
- Leather Zulu/Nato up to 3 mm thickness will fit
- Watch comes in a luxury watch box
- 24 Months warranty

www.stuckx.com