OceanicTime Archives

2021-01-17

SEIKO Prospex PADI Special Editions SSC795J1 & SPB181J1

Here’re a couple new Special Edition Prospex PADIs for you! Ref. SSC795J1 (JP ref. SBDL067) which is Solar Chronograph and SPB181J1 (JP ref. SBDC121) which is an auto. As watches made in partnership with PADI (The Professional Association of Diving Instructors) they come with two-tone red and blue AKA Pepsi bezels and black dials with the PADI logo. The chrono is powered by Seiko’s Solar-powered V192 cal. which has an accuracy of ±15 seconds per month. Meanwhile the auto model is powered by Seiko’s cal. 6R35 with an accuracy of +25 to -15 seconds per day. Diver’s features for both models include: Stainless steel cases which are water-resistant to 200m, sapphire crystals, hands and markers with Seiko Lumibrite and steel link bracelets with diver’s trip-lock clasps. The auto btw has magnetic-resistance. Prospex ref. SBDL067 has a Japanese MSRP of 81,400 JPY inlc. tax or 74,000 JPY excl. tax; while ref. SBDC121 has an MSRP of 96,800 incl. tax or 88,000 JPY excl. tax.  

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SEIKO Prospex x NEIGHBORHOOD ref. SBDY077

Japanese street-wear brand, NEIGHBORHOOD turns up the contrast on the Prospex Tuna for hungry hypebeasts. This is ref. SBDY077, NEIGHBORHOOD’s good looking take on Seiko’s famous Tuna Can diver, nicknamed so for its plastic case shrouding. The watch is based on the current Diver’s 200m Auto which is powered by the cal. 4R35. Accuracy btw is +45 to -35 seconds per day. The watch has been given a few tasty styling tweaks plus the prerequisite branding as found on the dial in bold red, on the rubber diver’s strap’s steel keeper and of course on case-back along with its LE#.

The Limited Edition of 1’000 pieces (likely sold out by the time you read is) is JDM only model. It has an MSRP 75,900 JPY (incl. tax) / 69,000 JPY excl. tax) 

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2021-01-11

NIVADA GRENCHEN Depthmaster 1000 PAC-MAN [prototypes]

Ever feel like you’re being chased by ghosts while you’re trapped in maze, and all you have to eat are these small white dots and the occasional cherry? 

Then you probably need to get out more, but it’s gonna be okay cos’ help is on the way – well, it’s almost here. 

What we have here are the first glamour shots of Nivada Grenchen’s eagerly anticipated Depthmaster 1000 in its hottest form – Pac-Man! 

Btw more traditional dial variants will release alongside this as part of the Depthmaster 1000 collection.

Fyi (just in case you live in cave) this isn’t an officially licensed Pac-Man watch (hopefully you knew that); in fact it has pretty much sod all to do with the iconic 80s arcade character of the same name but – 

watch geeks being who they are (geeks) affectionately nicknamed it such because parallels were drawn between the watch’s quirky indexes which are in fact art-deco inspired and the cherry chomping, pizza-shaped dude we all know and love.

NG have just received their final Depthmaster 1000 proto-types, and they are very pleased. This means that production will go ahead soon (Feb 2021). 

This means we might have one of these little guys on our wrists just in time for the summer (June 2021). 

Here are the final specifications: the case will be in brushed Stainless steel measuring 39mm in diameter with a lug-to-lug measurement of 47mm and a height of 13mm.

Diver’s features include: a domed sapphire crystal, unidirectional diver’s bezel with a red 15-min scale, an automatic HEV (9 o’clock) and 1’000 meters of water-resistance. 

Powering the Nivada Grenchen Depthmaster collection will be a Swiss made Sellita SW200 automatic movement. The Depthmasters will be offered with either retro or modern lume colors. 

They will be optioned with several straps that will include the black Tropic and leather ones shown. MSRP will 1’000USD.

Thoughts? As much I ’ve been absolutely loving all the vintage diving chronographs such as NG’s Chronomaster Aviator SEA DIVER, Aquastar’s DEEPSTAR and the upcoming NAVICHRON from Ollech & Wajs – it’s tool divers that really speak to me. 

There is no official word yet on an Aquatar Benthos re-issue as the Deepstar is still a relatively new release but one should be on the cards in the next year or so. 

Until that day, this is going be the must-have historic tool-diver re-issue. What do you think?

 https://nivadagrenchenofficial.com/

2021-01-08

LeJOUR Heritage Model

LeJOUR embrace the World’s architectural heritage as well as their own with this new artdeco inspired model which comes right of the left field. While this new Heritage model is named as such; I don’t believe it is based on any one particular model form LeJOUR’s highly eclectic historic portfolio. If like me you have taken the opportunity to even vaguely research LeJOUR’s past models, you’ll discover more than a couple of old school oddities. The closest thing I found was the Jourvac – but if you really want to find something more comparable to this new offering, Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques American 1921 might be closest. You can pick up one of those Vachers in platinum for around 36’000USD or you could get this Swiss made beauty with its 42mm in diameter case in Stainless steel for just 800USD! This WIS among will no doubt be familiar with a cushion case but unless you’re au fait with more unusual non-divers, you’ve probably never come a crown placement like this before. Placed between 1 an d 2 o’clock at the top right hand corner of the case is a cabochon-style crown which is fluted, polished and topped with a black gemstone. The watch dial which is offered in 5 sunburst colors that includes champagne has been appointed with polished appliqué Arabic numerals, a white railway-track for the mins and a set of polished cathedral-style hands – an apt choice given the Heritage model’s specially engraved case-back design which features a beautiful depiction of Notre Dame Cathedral. The Heritage model gets two further vintage features: a scratch resistant domed, Sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective coating and a Stainless steel mesh bracelet integrated with a quick release system.

The new LeJOUR Heritage model is powered the time-tested 26 Jewel, Swiss Made Sellita SW200 Automatic movement. Water-resistance btw is 50m. 

MSRP as mentioned above is 800USD. 

https://www.lejourwatches.ch/

DEEP BLUE Master 1000 Vintage ARROW

Deep Blue is on a retro roll – here’s another vintage inspired diver from the NY, USA based dive watch specialists. 

Introducing the Master 1000 Vintage Arrow collection taking its name from its prominent arrow-head hours hand.

In addition to the striking handset, the watch’s enamel dial is punctuated by three oversized triangular markers which imo gives the watch a really cool retro look. Measuring 44mm in diameter and a height of 15mm, the Master 1000 Vintage Arrow’s case is in Stainless steel. It is water-resistant to 300m meters (1’000ft). The case is equipped with a Sapphire crystal, a unidirectional diver’s bezel as well as a manual Helium Release Valve. This is a Deep Blue so in addition to the dial, hand indexes colors on offer, there are also several colored lumed ceramic diver’s bezels on offer.

Power comes from a Japanese made Seiko NH 35 automatic movement which can be viewed through the watch’s exhibition case-back.

 http://www.deepbluewatches.com/

DEEP BLUE Alpha Marine 500

There are some lovely vintage touches on this new diver from Deep Blue Watches. 

This is the new Alpha Marine 500, a 500 meter water-resistant diver powered by a trusted Japanese auto.

Measuring 44mm in diameter with a lug-to-lug measurement of 52mm and a height of 15mm, the Alpha Marine 500’s case is in Stainless steel. The case is equipped with a Sapphire crystal, a unidirectional diver’s bezel as well as an automatic Helium Escape Valve. The dial which comes in a slew of color combos is fitted with striking handset that includes: a sword for mins, a harpoon for hours and arrow seconds pointer. The dial has features some rather nice vintage script with the watch’s name “Alpha Marine 500” while a small date aperture can found at 3 o’clock. This is a Deep Blue so in addition to the dial, hand indexes colors on offer, there are also several colored lumed ceramic diver’s bezels on offer.

Power comes from a Japanese made Miyota 9015 automatic movement which can be view through the watch’s exhibition case-back. 

 http://www.deepbluewatches.com/

2021-01-07

EDOX North Sea 1978 Automatic Historical SPECIAL EDITION

Nicknamed the watch of The Inverse Moon Landing, this is Edox’s second North Sea collection watch, the North Sea 1978 which joins the 1967. While the moon landings that spanned from 1961 to 1972 attracted the world’s attention, an equally daring landing of a different kind took place deep underwater. In 1978 the North Sea divers entered the record books with a 320 meter deep dive into the icy waters of the Skånevik Fjord off the Norwegian coast. The accomplishment was nicknamed The Inverse Moon Landing and was the deepest dive ever performed in the North Sea. These deep sea pioneers of SCUBA diving contributed to the discovery of huge oil riches reserves once again paving the way for Norway to invest in even more social and environmentally friendly projects. The North Sea 1978 Special Edition from Swiss watchmaker Edox, pays homage to this exceptional historic achievement with a brand new and exclusive watch. Just like its 1967 bronze, sibling the North Sea 1978 is also water-resistant to 320 meters paying tribute to the epic dive of the same depth made in 1978. The watch’s 43mm in diameter case is made from Stainless steel which has been coated in black Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC). Housed safely in the case is the Caliber 80 automatic movement which is based on a Sellita SW200. Meanwhile the watch’s hands and indices have been coated with Superluminova for enhanced visibility at night or in the depths of the North Sea. The watch’s case-back features the North Sea Divers’ official logo – a stylised dive helmet in addition to the words, The Inverse Moon Landing. The watch comes in a waterproof travel-case and comes with two straps – one exclusive dark brown leather strap and one black custom made nylon strap that you can use in water. The watch comes in two series. The official series goes by the name Edox North Sea 1978 Collection. But since Swiss Time owns the rights to the North Sea brand and is behind the design of the watches, a separate series is produced in only 70 pieces for the Norwegian market – the North Sea 1978 Collection. This series of 70 pieces is sold exclusively from swisstime.no – this unique watch is not sold anywhere else in the world. The North Sea brand is owned by Swiss Time AS in all EU countries, Norway and Switzerland for the past 13 years. Btw both Bremont and Steinhart have produced watch models named North Sea, which Swiss Time AS disputes the legality of. Swiss Time AS maintains that only they are entitled to the brand North Sea, and only Edox has been licensed to produce the Edox North Sea Collection.

Legal action is being taken by Swiss Time AS and Edox to stop the above mentioned watches.