OceanicTime Archives

2019-07-16

DIFICIANO Marlin LAST CALL

The DIFICIANO Marlin Kickstarter campaign is coming to an end. If you haven't already got in on the action - you have just a few hours left.



If this is your first time hearing about it, this is a new dive watch project from Hong Kong newcomer, DIFICIANO.


Lots more information and images can be found on the Marlin’s campaign page HERE or on the official website embedded, below.

https://www.dificianowatches.com/

ORIS Diver Sixty-Five HODINKEE LE

If you’re anything like me, you probably need to hear about another Divers Sixty-Five like you need a whole in the head; however this one happens to be rather special.



First of all it was commissioned by the guys at HODINKEE, purist vintage watch nerds that they are they have soberly yet tastefully tweaked the Divers Sixty-Five in such a way that it outshines all LEs!

It gets a slimmer 40mm case, a hand-wound movement, a no-date soft black dial, a faded grey bezel, and a tapered rivet-style steel bracelet.



The Divers Sixty Five HODINKEE has been produced in a Limited Edition of just 250 individually numbered pieces. Thoughts?

While I’m not a huge fan of hand-cranked movements, in this instance the inclusion of a special version of Oris’ caliber 730 (Sellita 210-1 base) further adds to the vintage charm and appeal of the Divers Sixty-Five.



All are currently SOLD OUT however there is a waiting list for more. Plus HODINKEE have an upcoming BLANCPAIN Diver colab’ coming out any day now.

TISSOT Seastar 1000 Chronograph BRONZE?

This newly released Seastar 1000 Chrono Bronze has it all – all except the bronze that is!

Here’s another bronze-colored diver for fans of the look; and this one even has a faux patina.



Ref. T1204173705101 is one of 9 versions of the Seastar 1000 Chrono, Tissot’s watersport watch, with its water-resistance up to 300m, Sapphire crystal, screw-down crown and case-back and unidirectional ceramic diver’s bezel.



Its 316L Stainless steel case is with an ‘’antique’’ bronze PVD coating. Power comes from a Swiss Swiss quartz ETA G10.212 Quartz cal.

MSRP is 595USD.

https://www.tissotwatches.com/

2019-07-15

PANERAI Radiomir CERAMIC

One of Panerai’s most historic old school diver’s goes high-tech for 2019!



That’s right the new Radiomir 48MM AKA PAM 00997 is based on one of the brand’s most historic diver’s watches, the Radiomir, a prototype of which was created at the dawn of WWII –

for use by the frogman commandos of the First Submarine Group Command of the Royal Italian Navy whose historical archives show that just ten prototypes were produced in 1936.



For the uninitiated, the Radiomir with its lack of diver’s bezel and mere 100 meters of water-resistance mightn’t appear to be a diver per se but make no mistake; this has more diving pedigree than most.



The Radiomir 48MM not only gets a new high-tech matte black ceramic case but also a more than fitting new military green dial – given the watch’s military heritage.



The stunning military green dial is with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers as well as a sub-seconds at 9 o'clock.



While on the reverse side of the watch is a Titanium case-back with a smoked Sapphire crystal affording views of the P. 3000 caliber.



Choose between hand-stitched Italian leather or textile straps. MSRP is 13,300 USD excl. sales tax or 12900€. Smoking hot!

2019-07-11

SQUALE 50atm Edition ANNIVERSAIRE

Squale are celebrating their 60th Anniversary with the launch of a special edition dive watch.

Known as the ‘’Anniversaire’’, this model is based on their classic 50atm case, the same one that made a name for Squale and Charles Von Büren.



Squale have only produced 60 watches, all of them with their individual serial number engraved on their case-back.
Housed inside the 500m water-resistant case is an ETA 2824-2 Élaboré automatic moment.

Special features include a black dial which has been hand-crafted with the sixtieth anniversary logo with ‘’Milano 60° ANNIVERSAIRE’’, above and 1959 Neuchâtel 2019, below.



This version is also said to have amore refined 120 click-type bezel rather than a simple 60 click version. MSRP is 860€.

Thoughts? Can’t say I’m blown away –seems a little restrained for a 60year watch. Most people won’t dig the massive dial logo either, but it's still a classic Squale. 

2019-07-10

ALPINA Seastrong Diver HERITAGE

Here’s some more faux bronze from Alpina who have just released these two bronzed beauties into the Seastrong Diver Heritage family.



But these guys are rocking fake tans because their deeply bronzed bodies (sexy as they are) are in effect spray on, not the real thing.



The new Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage has a 42mm in diameter bronze color PVD Stainless steel case with dual compressor-style screw-down crowns at 2 and 4 o’clock.



The top crown has cross-hatching and is used to adjust the rotating inner diver’s bezel while the bottom crown is signed with an Alpina logo; it is used to set the time and date.



The watch resists water pressure up to 30 bar, corresponding to a diving depth of 300 meters.



The Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage uses an automatic movement based on a Sellita SW 200 movement modified by Alpina and named; the AL-525 caliber.



This is a 26-jewel self-winding caliber with a 38-hour power reserve and 28,800/h frequency.



The watches are available with an elegant brown color dial which features either a brown or cream colored rotating inner diver’s bezel with brown or beige markers.



There’s a date window at 4 o’clock, rose gold-plated indexes and hands with white luminous treatment.

Thoughts? These look very pretty, it’s true but they aren’t real bronze only a colored IP coating.



If you don’t like the organic nature of bronze then perhaps PVD is a good fit but otherwise – get one of the steel versions.

EDOX SkyDiver FAIRYTALE?

When is a diver not a diver? When it’s a Sky Diver?

Look beyond the obvious derivative style with its Mercedes hour hand and such and this new offering from Edox perhaps has the making of a rather nice looking dive watch.



That is though, if you can overlook one further digression from the brand’s marketing department who have released the watch along with an intriguing yarn about the watch’s origins.



A mysterious drawing was said to be found in Edox’s archives.

This was a sketch of a long-lost wristwatch, the SkyDiver which came along with a scrawled note reading: “1973 special production in strictly limited edition.”



A long-retired Edox watchmaker shed light on the story. The SkyDiver, he said, was rumored to be a secret project for a mysterious, wealthy Swiss colonel.



The anonymous colonel wanted an exclusive timepiece for elite mountain paratroopers under his command. The watch had to be dependable and rugged – just like his troops.



He chose Edox because of the brand’s exceptional water-resistant watches, able to handle any situation the paratroopers might face - on land, air or sea. The colonel insisted on total secrecy.



Wow, I thought it was only brands like Invicta and Uboat who enjoyed telling fairy tales and other bedtime stories.



Is this perhaps Edox’s tongue in cheek way of saying we recognize our watch’s close resemblance to the Submariner.



Regardless, Edox has released the new SkyDiver, in celebration of its 135-year-long history and for aficionados of fine military watches.



Powered by an automatic three-hand Swiss movement caliber 80, the 300m water-resistant SkyDiver features a divers' bezel and a parachute motif-engraved case-back.



Its 2mm-thick Sapphire crystal and the Superluminova X1 on hands and indexes guarantee scratch-resistance and readability in poor light conditions.



Like its mysterious 1970s predecessor, the 2019 SkyDiver is a strictly limited edition to 555 pieces.

It has been presented in a special leather pouch, with an additional vintage leather strap.



BTW, it is said that on August 1 1973, the Edox SkyDiver was handed over to each paratrooper at a ceremony in the Swiss Alps.

But to this day no-one really knows if the tale is fact or fantastic fiction.



Thoughts? Actually I quite like the watch, and the yarn gave me a bit of chuckle over my morning coffee.



Now, if Edox would be good enough to present me one of these watches in a secret ceremony in the Swiss Alps I will gladly attend at their earliest convenience.

2019-07-09

CITIZEN Promaster MARINE SuperTitanium LE

Citizen is celebrating none other than its 50th Anniversary of sales in the EU with the release of two Limited Edition Promaster divers.



This is the Promaster Marine Super Titanium ref. NY0076-10EE; the other being NY0087-13EE. What could be better than a Diver constructed from Titanium?



Try Super Titanium; as well as being lightweight and particularly seawater corrosion-resistant, watches boasting Citizen’s Super Titanium™ Technology possess up to 5 times the hardness of their Stainless steel counterparts.

Its Super Titanium case measures 44.3 by 13.4mm and is equipped with a diver’s bezel, a mineral crystal glass and 200m of water-resistance. The watch is ISO6425 certified.



Power comes from a Citizen cal. 8203 AKA Miyota automatic with 21 jewels and a beat-rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour.
It has a European MSRP of 399€.

CITIZEN Promaster AUTO DIVER Limited Edition

Citizen is celebrating none other than its 5th decade of sales within Europe with the release of two Limited Edition Promaster dive watches.



This is the Promaster Diver Automatic ref. NY0087-13EE; the other being NY0076-10EE.

It’s always good to have some Citizen content on OT, if you’re a fan you can check THIS out, too which was released earlier this year.



In the meantime here’s a rundown of spec. for this model: it has a Stainless steel case measuring 44.3mm in diameter by 13.4mm.

This is equipped with a diver’s bezel, a mineral crystal glass and 200m of water-resistance. The watch is ISO6425 certified dive watch.



Power comes from a Citizen cal. 8203 AKA Miyota automatic with 21 jewels and a beat-rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour.

It has a European MSRP of 259€.