OceanicTime Archives

2021-05-07

CHRISTOPHER WARD C63 Sealander ELITE

Christopher Ward debuts a new sports diver with hidden talents! A first for the Anglo-Swiss brand, the newest model from Christopher Ward makes use of a retractable winding crown – which btw is said to be one of only two or three of its type in use in the watch industry. The crown of the new C63 Sealander Elite has been neatly recessed into the side of the watch’s case thus maintaining its silhouette but more importantly increasing comfort because naturally there is no possibility of the crown riding against your wrist.

Another key feature of this elitist little pseudo diver is its brand-new 40mm Light-catcher™ case which has been crafted from Grade 2 Titanium making it a featherweight, weighing in at a mere 45g. 

In addition to the aerospace material the case is also said to very wearable owing to is ergonomic design.

The new case and crown technology is backed up by a finely detailed, hand-finished dial which sports a set of cut-out ‘windows’ around its perimeter allowing you to see through the watch and into its inner-working but also reducing weight at the same time. 

Seriously; weight saving? Hmm, I wonder just how many milligrams were shed?

Meanwhile a subtle black date aperture can be found at 6 o’clock on this intriguing new dial which btw is finished in a utilitarian, texturized (sandpaper-like) matte black. 

The dial is also fitted with high-visibility hands. The indices and hands – have been directly influenced by those found on the C60 Trident diver’s watch range – and have been filled with Super-LumiNova® Grade X1 BL C1.

Being an “elite” variant, this Sealander is powered by an elaboré-finished Sellita SW200 automatic chronometer movement with a Colimaçoné-decorated rotor which can be viewed through a Sapphire exhibition case-back. 

Water-resistance btw is limited to 150m as this isn’t technically speaking a diver.

Thoughts? Crowns can dig into your wrist but honestly I’m not sure I’d want them to be tucked away into the case. Imo a watch silhouette that lacks a protruding crown is a bit of a bizarre look but then again so is also true of so called (by me) big-f#ck-off crowns. 

With that said I certainly appreciate the innovation and obvious attention to detail lavished on this neat little watch. It’s all very nice but perhaps more suited to snowflakes than shark wranglers! 

But what do you think; CW certainly hasn’t allowed the grass to grow under their feet – they are steaming ahead.

2021-05-06

ZELOS Hammerhead 3.0

ZELOS has just dropped a new hammerhead diver’s model and like its namesake - it’s utilitarian in its design, it loves the ocean and it has big teeth! Zelos first introduced the Hammerhead in 2016; 

it was a diver’s model that had been designed from the ground up yet recalled those funky watches of the 1970s; 

however it was made using the latest in watchmaking technologies. Today Zelos has introduced the third generation of the Hammerhead, which is now slimmer and so even more wearable than before but that’s not all.

With 300 meters of water-resistance and CNC-machined diver’s bezel with nicely pronounced teeth it is a watch that has been designed to handle whatever abuse might be thrown at it above or below the waves. 

It is also even easier to read in the murky depths thanks to refined hands and indexes which allowed Zelos to use even more lume than before.

The Hammerhead with its distinctive cushion-shaped case has also received an angular facelift thanks to new CNC machined facets which have been given alternating finishes to further accentuate all those angles. 

Meanwhile a highly double domed Sapphire crystal tops off the Hammerheads case adding that final vintage touch while an ergonomically-designed oversized, lumed crown (offset for comfort) could even be opened with gloves on.

There are 8 versions of the new Zelos HAMMERHEAD - here are its key updates at a glance: 

*Reduced overall thickness, from over 17.5mm for the V2 to 13.5mm 

*Angular bracelet design reminiscent of the V1 bracelet 

*Quick adjust clasp to allow for easy bracelet length changes 

*Simpler hands and indices for larger and brighter lume area 

*Mixture of sandblasted and brushed surfaces for a rugged presence

Thoughts? Same great watch (which btw I still have a 2016 version of) but with some interesting new design elements such as the alternating brushed and blasted facets and technical enhancements such as increased lume. Which is your favorite?

 http://zeloswatches.com/

2021-05-05

ORIS Aquis Depth GAUGE 2.0

The next time you lose your rubber ducky in the bathtub or have to dive to the bottom of your pond to unclog the water pump you’ll be able to know just how deep you went. 

In fact you’ll be able to know exactly how deep all your dives are from now on thanks to Oris’s new and improved Aquis Depth Gauge - the second-generation of which has just been launched.

Introducing the new Aquis Depth Gauge, arguably one of the world’s most innovative depth-meter watches, it works from the scientific principles of the Boyle-Mariotte Law to create a gauge that clearly measures depth during a dive.

Ori’s patented system works by allowing water to pass through a hole cut into the watch’s sapphire crystal at 12 o’clock and into a channel milled around the outer edge of the crystal. 

This creates a watermark that corresponds to a gauge clearly indicated in yellow on the dial.

While the new model still works off of the very same science as the gen. one it has and refined the functionality of the original thus delivering even higher level performance thanks to three key improvements. 

So what are these three key improvements that have been implemented into the latest generation of the Aquis Depth Gauge?

Firstly there’s the Depth gauge system itself – with the new watch, the process used to mill the channel into the outer edge of the crystal has been refined so that accuracy and legibility of the gauge has an increased.

Then there’s a Meters to Feet conversion chart – this can be found of the watch’s case-back which has been re-engineered so the meters to feet conversion chart is always set at 90 degrees to the 12 o’clock position. 

For divers relying on the chart on a regular basis, this should greatly enhance their experience of the watch.

Finally Oris has equipped the new Aquis Depth Gauge with the new patented Quick Strap Change system allowing you to switch from stainless steel bracelet and rubber diver’s strap quickly, safely and securely without the necessity of a tool.

In addition to the above – Oris has also scaled down the case size from 48mm (old model) to 45.8mmm. 

The dial text btw now is all in white and yellow whereas before I believe their was a line of red text.

Powering the new Aquis Depth Gauge is an Oris 733 Cal. automatic movement with hours, minutes, and seconds plus a date window at 6 o’clock with an instantaneous date, date corrector, stop-second functions and a power reserve of approx. 38 hours. 

The watch is available as of May 2021. It has a Swiss retail price 3’700CHF (steel) or 3’600 CHF (rubber) and is presented in a waterproof Pelicase dry-box.

Thoughts? It’s good to know that at least someone is still offering a mechanical depth gauge in their current lineup. 

This one isn’t quite as technical as say an IWC Deep Three or JLC Diving Geographic but it’s actually available to buy and it’s priced realistically. 

Meanwhile if you have 30K or more knocking about, you could get yourself as used Blancpain X-Fathoms.

 

2021-05-04

BELL & ROSS BR 03-92 DIVER MILITARY

It’s time to bust out your khakis, folks; Summer is on the way – and here’s the perfect watch for all you military and ex-military chaps, wannabe G.I. JOEs and Action Men – a military diver with killer looks and military spec. to match. Discretely dressed in drab olive green this is the new BR 09-92 Diver Military from Bell & Ross with its trademark square-shaped case, inspired by an aircraft’s instrument panel and echoing the same anti-reflective finish, its case has been made from matte black ceramic making it not only incredibly lightweight, but also highly scratch-resistant and resistant to corrosion. The technical and functional features of this watch echo a set of military specifications while meeting the requirements defined by international standard ISO 6425. Considered as essential qualities, the BR 03-92 Diver Military is qualified in three fundamental areas: water-resistance, legibility and reliability. Water-resistant to 300 meters, the watch is armored with a steel interior and ceramic exterior case to withstand the rigors of life in the field or indeed underwater exploration. Its case is reinforced with a thick back, once again guaranteeing its water-resistance as does its Sapphire crystal with antireflective coating which is an impressive 2.85 mm thick, compared to the 1.50 mm on the classic BR03-92.

Screwed down to withstand pressure at depths, the crown of the BR 03-92 Diver Military is equipped with a guard that guarantees complete protection against impacts and optimal water resistance. 

The carefully designed crown is also fitted with a rubber insert for improved ergonomics.

The watch features time indications that must be readable at 25cm in the dark with luminescent markers, according to the above ISO standards, so its olive drab dial features indexes in skeletonized metal applique filled with green Super-LumiNova® C3 for enhanced legibility.

The hour and minute hands contain green Super-LumiNova® C3, allowing them to be visible at a glance; the minute hand is also used to calculate the dive time. 

Finally, the second hand is also filled with green Super-LmiNova® C3 to provide an ultra-legible indication that the watch is running smoothly, even underwater.

At daytime, the time indicators bear a pale almond color which will fully turn into a phosphorescent green when reaching depth and darkness. 

Thanks to this most resistant, intense, and innovative variant, the black contour of the indices and hands contrast perfectly to obtain optimum legibility.

Powering the BR 03-92 Diver Military is a Swiss self-winding mechanical movement with proven robustness and accuracy. 

The BR03-92 Diver Military is supplied in a water-resistant PELICAN® dry-box, along with two straps: the first one is made from woven black rubber with a PVD coated stainless steel pin buckle.

The second is using an ultra-resilient olive drab synthetic fabric, allowing the watch to be quickly and ergonomically adjusted over the suit thanks to a Velcro closure system. 

This new model – limited to 999 pieces.

Thoughts? What can I say I’d love one of these! How about you? 

 http://www.bellross.com

2021-04-30

H2O Kalmar 2 CARBON BLACK RACING

"Ka-chow!" You might not know who said that (answers on a postcard, please), but his namesake famously raced a Porsche 917 wearing one of the most widely recognized motorsport liveries of all time; synonymous with the aforementioned German racecar, the iconic Ford GT40 and legendary motor racing series such as; Le Mans, the Indy 500, F1 and the Dakar Rally. Now, H2O Watch of Germany has once AGAIN looked to the formidable powder blue and orange stripes for their latest crossover model, the Kalmar 2 CARBON Black Racing which it wears on its dial along the number “8” for good luck. In addition to the above, the Kalmar 2 Carbon Black Racing boasts a case made from solid carbon which is fitted with a stunning turbine bezel also machined from Carbon, so would not look at all out of place in the world of motorsport – while its remarkable level of water-resistance (3’000 meters) and diver-centric features such as is ergonomically designed divers bezel and prominent orange minute hand and large applied indexes make it a the consummate diver’s companion. This very cool new model from H2O naturally comes with an engine befitting of such a timepiece and so is powered by a Swiss made ETA 2892 Top Grade automatic which is viewable through the watch’s carbon DLC and Sapphire crystal case-back. The H2O Kalmar 2 CARBON Black Racing comes on a full-carbon link bracelet of the likes which is almost unseen in the watch industry and ships in a luxurious black leather pouch along with special 10YEAR H2O anniversary pricing.

Please follow the link to ORDER your H2O Kalmar 2 Carbon Black Racing. Full specifications and pricing can also be found there.

2021-04-29

CARL F. BUCHERER Patravi ScubaTec MALDIVES Edition

Here’s a watch that is truly evocative of sun-soaked ocean waters like those you might find in the Maldives where the majestic manta rays roam.

This is the latest model to join Carl F. Bucherer’s diver’s family; the Patravi ScubaTec Maldives dive watch which celebrates the Swiss brand’s ongoing partnership with the Manta Trust thus creating awareness of the trust’s commitment to preserving endangered manta rays as well as their habitat.

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of each model was donated to the foundation, and a contribution from the sale of the Patravi ScubaTec Maldives is specifically dedicated to the Manta Trust’s new floating research station project. The Patravi ScubaTec Maldives is one of these diver’s models that has a true diving aesthetic with a striking 44.6mm Stainless-steel case and a unidirectional rotating stainless-steel bezel with blue and white ceramic inlays. Meanwhile its bold 60-min. dive-time scale with luminous markings makes it easy to calculate elapsed time underwater – serving as a back up to your dive-computer while its bright blue dial comes with a lacquered wave decoration underscoring its diving heritage – oh, and not a manta motif in sight this time round! The color of the non-slip bezel was chosen to perfectly match the color of the bright blue, finely textured dial, whose applied indexes and hands have been coated with Super-LumiNova, which naturally glow blue when dark. This new Maldives Edition watch is presented on a unique blue strap made of natural rubber; its fabric insert is made of 100% recycled bottles recovered from the Mediterranean Sea, a further clarification that Carl F. Bucherer is a lover of the sea and its creatures.

The strap is fitted with a finely adjustable folding diver’s clasp that extends the length of the bracelet so that it will close comfortably over a wetsuit. The Patravi ScubaTec Maldives is also available with an optional stainless-steel bracelet, also with a folding diver’s clasp. 

Like the strap, the bracelet features a fine adjustment function, which means that it can be extended to precisely the length the wearer desires.

The Patravi ScubaTec Maldives has a lot more going on than merely an aesthetic that evokes the ocean - with its screw-down crown and solid case-back (with obligatory engraved manta motif), automatic Helium Escape Valve, and water-resistance to 500m, it is ocean ready. 

Beating inside its case is an automatic caliber CFB 1950.1, a COSC-certified chronometer with a power reserve of 38 hours. 

MSRP is approx. 5’200euro.

Thoughts? Chances are if you buy a luxury Swiss diver’s watch these days – they’ll be some sort of tie in to ocean conservation, save flipper, save the shark, the whale, mermaids etc. etc. 

And we know in our hearts that it’s just marketing but it’s better than nothing, I guess. I mean it’s a fact that ocean critters sell dive watches, so it makes sense that we should give back to them, right? Just think more of us should do even more - I mean while we can.

Meanwhile I’m looking forward to the day when someone else besides the big Swiss brands start producing these lovely textile straps made from old fishing nets – we need some affordable options, please. 

But what do you think?