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2020-08-14

VENTURO Skindiver

This is the Skindiver from Venturo, a new diver’s watch from Venturo with an appealing retro style that is anything but skin-deep.



When it comes to naming a new dive watch, there are in fact already one or two popular name options – one of those is, Skindiver.

Particularly in the past but even today there have been a ton of diver’s models named, Skindiver, so before I tell you about this new one, I thought it might be interesting to look into its name.



Unless you’re as old my Dad (he’s bloody ancient) you’ve probably never refereed to skin-diving as such and that’s because it’s an outdated term (first known usage dates back to 1937) for what we now call, freediving.

According to PADI, skin diving is snorkeling while making breath-hold dives to observe aquatic life, up close and personal.



They say that it’s a great way to explore the underwater realm when you're not able to scuba dive or if scuba diving just isn't your thing.

And according to Collins dictionary: a skin diver is someone who takes part in the sport or activity of diving and underwater swimming without wearing a diver's costume!



For us dive watch nerds, watches named Skindiver should possess some sort of design language that alludes to that era when the term was in use.

And because they are skin divers, you would not expect them to have a particularly high level of water-resistance, either.

So how about the new Venturo Skindiver – does it live up to its name? Here’s what they have to say about it.



With the Skindiver, Venturo has incorporated key design cues from skin divers of times past into a modern and refined timepiece that's immediately recognizable as a Venturo.



Sandwich dial, lancette hands, 12-3-6-9 layout and all, Venturo's Skindiver is an evolution of Gruppo Gamma's Mk I Divemaster, with marked improvements in refinement, accuracy, luminosity and long-term serviceability.



What was once a chunky diver has evolved into a more versatile tool diver, with all the characteristics that made skin divers popular.



PREORDERs will start later this month (August). To be informed ahead of the rest and to receive an attractive offer, please sign up for their newsletter at the bottom of Venturo's website HERE.



Thoughts? I would say that it is worthy of the Skindiver. I 'd like to see it on a Tropic strap, though.

One good looking watch, three subtle variants but which one would you choose?



Technical Specifications

Case: 316L stainless steel, diameter 40mm, lug width 22mm, height 12mm

Bezel: 120-click unidirectional, markers filled with Swiss Super-LumiNova

Crystal: Sapphire, box shaped, anti-reflective

Water resistance: 200m/ 660ft

Movement: Miyota 9 series, 28,800bph, power reserve 42h, automatic and hand-windable

Dial: Matte black, markers filled with Swiss SuperLumiNova

Hands: Silver color hour/ minute and red seconds, filled with Swiss SuperLumiNova

Strap: Stainless steel bracelet, brushed finish

http://www.gruppogammawatches.com/

2020-08-13

OMEGA Seamastar Diver 300M James Bond PLATINUM-GOLD [numbered edition]

Because plain old platinum isn’t nearly good enough for James Bond or indeed his (wealthy) die hard fans!

That’s why this new numbered Limited Edition SM Diver 300M James Bond is made from high-tech, platinum-gold alloy.



There was sweet FA in the PR from Omega, so I loving researched that sh!t for you. Platinum-gold, is an alloy consisting of 90% platinum and 10% gold.

I assume Omega is using the good stuff, a recently (just a couple of years ago) specially engineered platinum-gold alloy believed to be the world’s most wear-resistant metal.



It's supposed be 100 times more durable than high-strength steel, making it the first alloy that can be classified in the same terms of toughness alongside diamond and sapphire.

It is used for electronics such as those in harsh environments such as space where it is used for satellite components, so the perfect material for a 007 watch.



Omega has been equipping James Bond with a Seamaster timepiece since GoldenEye in 1995. This special new release proudly celebrates that partnership, providing yet another new addition to Omega’s 007 collection.

The watch’s 42mm case has been crafted in platinum-gold, with a platinum-gold plate on its side, individually engraved with its Numbered Edition number. The same space-age material has been used for the polished-brushed buckle of the watch’s black leather strap.



Further special features of the watch include: a black ceramic bezel inlay with a platinum dive-time scale in positive relief, as well as a black enamel dial, with the JB franchise’s iconic spiraling gun barrel design in 18K white gold.

As part of the JP collection that was launched last year, this watch also includes a covertly hidden number 50 within the SuperLumiNova of the 10 o’clock index - a nod to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.



You can find a 007 logo at 7 o’clock on the white enamel minute track, as well as 18K white gold features, including the hands, indexes as well as the Bond family coat-of-arms at 12 o’clock.

The watch’s rear end is as equally pretty as its face. There you can find a second Bond family coat-of-arms, which has been laser-engraved and filled with platinum on the sapphire crystal case-back - completed by the finest detailed hand-engraved finishing.



On the other side of the sapphire glass, you will be able spy Omega’ Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8807, certified at the highest standards of precision, chronometric performance and magnetic-resistant to boot.

And for those who manage to get hold of this Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond Numbered Edition, it comes presented in its own Globe-Trotter suitcase, bound by Bond-NATO-inspired straps.

Inside, an additional black rubber strap is included. Swiss MSRP of just shy of 52’500 CHF!



Thoughts? I just remembered that we’re still going to have to wait until November until we can see JB in action again. Well, that’s if you can even go or even want to go to a crowded movie theatre. I suspect, many of us won’t see No Time to Die until its digital release, and God knows when that will be?!

An utterly ridiculous watch btw – ridiculously cool, ridiculously expensive, too. But f#ck it, why not? What do you think – this or a new car?

DOXA SUB 300 Divingstar

Doxa has once again kissed one of its historical diver’s collections with a rainbow. Yes, now the SUB 300 family is more colorful than a pride parade.

For the uninitiated, each of the 6 colors available for the SUB 300 family has a corresponding, historic Doxa name.



So that’s: Aquamarine – not actually aquamarine but turquoise, Caribbean - blue, Divingstar – yellow, Professional - orange, Searambler – silver and Sharkhunter in black.

Doxa launched their SUB concept in 1967; at the time it was considered to be one of the first truly diver-centric designed watches that were made available to the public.



The Doxa SUB was said to have been innovating watch that set several benchmarks for professional diver’s watches.

Water-resistant to a depth of 300 meters, it was the first to feature a unidirectional bezel with dual scales for depth and dive-time to calculate a safe ascent without decompression stops.


But most radical was its now iconic orange dial which greatly improved readability underwater. Which is probably why not surprisingly orange is already SOLD OUT!

Today’s SUB 300 is based on 42.5mm case made from surgical-grade 316L Stainless steel.

Its three-hand automatic movement is a COSC Certified Chronometer and so comes with their guarantee of precision, robustness and reliability.



It also provides a 38hrs of power-reserve and has a date window positioned at 3 o'clock.

The watch of course features a famous Doxa patented unidirectional diver’s bezel with dual indications for dive-time in mins. and depth in meters for calculating no-stop decompression dive-times, just like its ancestors



Further diver’s features include: a screw-down crown and water-resistance rated to 300 meters, or approximately 980 feet.

As a nod to its heritage, today’s SUB 300 is topped with a domed Sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective treatment echoing the shape of the Plexiglas on the 1967 original.



All dive-related markings feature a SuperLumiNova luminescent coating affording readability even in low-visibility conditions.

The 2020 SUB 300 can be specified with either Doxa’s iconic BOR (beads of rice) Stainless steel bracelet or one of Doxa’s newly designed rubber diver’s straps, with its distinctive DOXA cues on both sides, to match the color of the dial.



The folding clasp features the exclusive DOXA fish symbol and has an adjustable diving extension to accommodate the thickness of a wetsuit with the stainless steel bracelet.

The underside of the rubber strap is has ventilation / drainage ribs. MSRP is 2’490USD.

Like this? Why not check out the DOXA Sub 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US DIVERS.

http://www.doxawatches.com/

DOXA SUB 300 Sharkhunter

Doxa has once again kissed one of its historical diver’s collections with a rainbow. Yes, now the SUB 300 family is more colorful than a pride parade.

For the uninitiated, each of the 6 colors available for the SUB 300 family has a corresponding, historic Doxa name.



So that’s: Aquamarine – not actually aquamarine but turquoise, Caribbean - blue, Divingstar – yellow, Professional - orange, Searambler – silver and Sharkhunter in black.

Doxa launched their SUB concept in 1967; at the time it was considered to be one of the first truly diver-centric designed watches that were made available to the public.



The Doxa SUB was said to have been innovating watch that set several benchmarks for professional diver’s watches.

Water-resistant to a depth of 300 meters, it was the first to feature a unidirectional bezel with dual scales for depth and dive-time to calculate a safe ascent without decompression stops.



But most radical was its now iconic orange dial which greatly improved readability underwater. Which is probably why not surprisingly orange is already SOLD OUT!

Today’s SUB 300 is based on 42.5mm case made from surgical-grade 316L Stainless steel.

Its three-hand automatic movement is a COSC Certified Chronometer and so comes with their guarantee of precision, robustness and reliability.



It also provides a 38hrs of power-reserve and has a date window positioned at 3 o'clock.

The watch of course features a famous Doxa patented unidirectional diver’s bezel with dual indications for dive-time in mins. and depth in meters for calculating no-stop decompression dive-times, just like its ancestors



Further diver’s features include: a screw-down crown and water-resistance rated to 300 meters, or approximately 980 feet.

As a nod to its heritage, today’s SUB 300 is topped with a domed Sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective treatment echoing the shape of the Plexiglas on the 1967 original.



All dive-related markings feature a SuperLumiNova luminescent coating affording readability even in low-visibility conditions.

The 2020 SUB 300 can be specified with either Doxa’s iconic BOR (beads of rice) Stainless steel bracelet or one of Doxa’s newly designed rubber diver’s straps, with its distinctive DOXA cues on both sides, to match the color of the dial.



The folding clasp features the exclusive DOXA fish symbol and has an adjustable diving extension to accommodate the thickness of a wetsuit with the stainless steel bracelet.

The underside of the rubber strap is has ventilation / drainage ribs. MSRP is 2’490USD.

Like this? Why not check out the DOXA Sub 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US DIVERS.

http://www.doxawatches.com/

DOXA SUB 300 Searambler

Doxa has once again kissed one of its historical diver’s collections with a rainbow. Yes, now the SUB 300 family is more colorful than a pride parade.

For the uninitiated, each of the 6 colors available for the SUB 300 family has a corresponding, historic Doxa name.



So that’s: Aquamarine – not actually aquamarine but turquoise, Caribbean - blue, Divingstar – yellow, Professional - orange, Searambler – silver and Sharkhunter in black.

Doxa launched their SUB concept in 1967; at the time it was considered to be one of the first truly diver-centric designed watches that were made available to the public.



The Doxa SUB was said to have been innovating watch that set several benchmarks for professional diver’s watches.

Water-resistant to a depth of 300 meters, it was the first to feature a unidirectional bezel with dual scales for depth and dive-time to calculate a safe ascent without decompression stops.



But most radical was its now iconic orange dial which greatly improved readability underwater. Which is probably why not surprisingly orange is already SOLD OUT!

Today’s SUB 300 is based on 42.5mm case made from surgical-grade 316L Stainless steel.

Its three-hand automatic movement is a COSC Certified Chronometer and so comes with their guarantee of precision, robustness and reliability.


It also provides a 38hrs of power-reserve and has a date window positioned at 3 o'clock.

The watch of course features a famous Doxa patented unidirectional diver’s bezel with dual indications for dive-time in mins. and depth in meters for calculating no-stop decompression dive-times, just like its ancestors



Further diver’s features include: a screw-down crown and water-resistance rated to 300 meters, or approximately 980 feet.

As a nod to its heritage, today’s SUB 300 is topped with a domed Sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective treatment echoing the shape of the Plexiglas on the 1967 original.



All dive-related markings feature a SuperLumiNova luminescent coating affording readability even in low-visibility conditions.

The 2020 SUB 300 can be specified with either Doxa’s iconic BOR (beads of rice) Stainless steel bracelet or one of Doxa’s newly designed rubber diver’s straps, with its distinctive DOXA cues on both sides, to match the color of the dial.



The folding clasp features the exclusive DOXA fish symbol and has an adjustable diving extension to accommodate the thickness of a wetsuit with the stainless steel bracelet.

The underside of the rubber strap is has ventilation / drainage ribs. MSRP is 2’490USD.

Like this? Why not check out the DOXA Sub 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US DIVERS.

http://www.doxawatches.com/

DOXA SUB 300 Professional

Doxa has once again kissed one of its historical diver’s collections with a rainbow. Yes, now the SUB 300 family is more colorful than a pride parade.

For the uninitiated, each of the 6 colors available for the SUB 300 family has a corresponding, historic Doxa name.



So that’s: Aquamarine – not actually aquamarine but turquoise, Caribbean - blue, Divingstar – yellow, Professional - orange, Searambler – silver and Sharkhunter in black.

Doxa launched their SUB concept in 1967; at the time it was considered to be one of the first truly diver-centric designed watches that were made available to the public.



The Doxa SUB was said to have been innovating watch that set several benchmarks for professional diver’s watches.

Water-resistant to a depth of 300 meters, it was the first to feature a unidirectional bezel with dual scales for depth and dive-time to calculate a safe ascent without decompression stops.



But most radical was its now iconic orange dial which greatly improved readability underwater. Which is probably why not surprisingly orange is already SOLD OUT!

Today’s SUB 300 is based on 42.5mm case made from surgical-grade 316L Stainless steel.

Its three-hand automatic movement is a COSC Certified Chronometer and so comes with their guarantee of precision, robustness and reliability.



It also provides a 38hrs of power-reserve and has a date window positioned at 3 o'clock.

The watch of course features a famous Doxa patented unidirectional diver’s bezel with dual indications for dive-time in mins. and depth in meters for calculating no-stop decompression dive-times, just like its ancestors



Further diver’s features include: a screw-down crown and water-resistance rated to 300 meters, or approximately 980 feet.

As a nod to its heritage, today’s SUB 300 is topped with a domed Sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective treatment echoing the shape of the Plexiglas on the 1967 original.



All dive-related markings feature a SuperLumiNova luminescent coating affording readability even in low-visibility conditions.

The 2020 SUB 300 can be specified with either Doxa’s iconic BOR (beads of rice) Stainless steel bracelet or one of Doxa’s newly designed rubber diver’s straps, with its distinctive DOXA cues on both sides, to match the color of the dial.



The folding clasp features the exclusive DOXA fish symbol and has an adjustable diving extension to accommodate the thickness of a wetsuit with the stainless steel bracelet.

The underside of the rubber strap is has ventilation / drainage ribs. MSRP is 2’490USD.

Like this? Why not check out the DOXA Sub 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US DIVERS.

http://www.doxawatches.com/