Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2016-07-26

DAVOSA Argonautic AUTOMATIC gunmetal PVD REVIEW

BACKGROUND Based in the Swiss Jura between Geneva and Basel, Davosa are a Swiss brand that can trace their roots back more than 130 years to 1883 when Paul Hasler one of six sons of a silver watchcase maker, Abel Frédéric, set up his own watchmaking company, Paul Hasler Terminages d'Horlogerie specializing in watch assembly for well-known watch brands.



More than 100 years on, the company created a small collection under the name of DAVOSA, which features chronographs with Valjoux 7750 and 7751 movements as well as other specialities like power reserve and regulators.



DAVOSA is predominantly a retail brand with a substantial collection of divers watches of which the Argonautic Automatic gunmetal PVD belongs. - on top of this they are also involved in the world of freediving with 'Nik' Linder, who is their brand ambassador.



DIAL The Argonautic Automatic has a matte black dial with large white baton shaped markers and an oversized triangular mark at 12 o’clock. The dial is clean and simple with only a few lines of white text the name Argonautic in red. There's a date window at 3 - yes, it's white - not such a fan of that but it has also been double framed in white in case it didn't already stand out.



HANDS If you look at pretty much any of DAVOSA’s divers models, they are distinguished by original handset designs that follow typical design codes for dive watches in that the minute and hour hands are clearly distinguishable from each other.

In the case of the Argonautic’s hands we have a long prominent sword for minutes and a large arrow-head for hours. Like the dial they are of a clean and modern style. A long thin white lumed line takes care of seconds.



CASE The Argonautic is quite a sober looking thing. You can see that great care has been taken to insure that it sits comfortably on the wrist as the lugs have been carefully angled off. There's a manually operated Helium Release Valve at 10 o’clock and more angles on the other side of the case where the crown guard is.



PVD The case has lovely gunmetal gray PVD coating that not only gives the watch a pretty cool look but helps to keep the case protected from scratches and reflection free.



BEZEL While the bezel has some nice grip to it - I'd prefer it to have just a tad more height. On the plus side, the bezel’s action is super smooth with a lovely springy sound to it. The inlay is in a high-tech ceramic with engraved and lume filled markets. At 12 o’clock is lume filled capsule.



CROWN The Argonautic Automatic is fitted with a screw-down crown. This has been signed with the Davosa brand logo. Open it up to discover a solid crown stem and tube with multiple gaskets.



CASEBACK This is super simple with a high-polish and some laser-engraved spec., serial numbers etc. The caseback is a screw-down type.

WR The Argonautic Automatic had a water-resistance of 300 meters. No complaints. ;)



LUME The hands, dial, markers and dive time scale on the bezel have been applied or filled with Swiss C3 SuperLumiNova which glows green. The lume is bright and long lasting. I’d rate at Very Good - Excellent.



MOVEMENT The Argonautic automatic is powered by the DAV2824 - no prizes for guessing what that's based on! It as a custom Davosa rotor. I'm not sure if it was regulated by Davosa but it has been keeping excellent time.



BRACELET The Argonautic Automatic is fitted with a gunmetal PVD treated Stainless steel bracelet with: solid end-links and a divers clasp with trip-lock and diver extension. The bracelet is a simple five link style with a slight taper.



FIT ’n’ FINISH This is really where the Argonautic excels. From the PVD that coats the case and it's components to the beautiful crisply printed dial markings, the precisely engraved dive time scale on the bezel, the carefully filled lume capsule or even the lovely sound that it makes when operated - the solid over build quality - this is a very well put together dive watch.



On The WRIST At 42mm the case of the Argonautic is of optimum size. It sits low and comfortably on the wrist.

PRICE < 800USD. This is a pretty reasonable price from an established Swiss brand.


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OVERALL The Davosa Argonautic Automatic with it's understated styling probably won't grab the kind attention that some Swiss divers do but it exudes quality. Yes, it is by no means an exciting looking diver but it's probably the one you'd be most glad of when it really counts - 25 meters below the surface of the ocean, where you'll be able to count its dependability.

2016-07-25

STRANGER Ocean Predator COLLECTION intro. VIDEO

By TLex Stranger Watches has made a short video to introduce their new Ocean Predator collection.



You can read all about the Ocean Predator collection HERE or by following any of the links, below.



The Stranger Ocean Predator collection was launched on KICKSTARTER last month and is now winding down, so this is your last chance to pre-order.

https://strangertime.com/

ULYSSE NARDIN Lady DIVER

By TLex New design, new performance; the Ulysse Nardin Lady Diver Collection has been in existence for over a decade, now –



and while the ‘’lady’’ in Lady Diver is loud and clear this is still very much a reliable diving instrument with proper diving credentials.



In keeping with the ever evolving aesthetics of UN’s Diver collection, these latest models embody the brand’s diving DNA.



Divers features include: a unidirectional rotational bezel with a rubberized inlay allowing for necessary adjustments with one easy motion – a critical function for any diver,



an anti-reflective Sapphire crystal allowing a clear view of the dial, and a screwdown crown that helps prevent water from penetrating the watch up to 300 meters, below the ocean’s surface.



Powering the Lady Diver is the in-house UN-320 movement, which features UN’s revolutionary Silicium technology via its Silicium hairspring and anchor escapement,



providing excellent accuracy, as well as simple forwards and backwards setting of the date which is located at 6 o’clock.



In this same location, we can also make see a sub-seconds indicator. The dial with its large luminous hands and hour markers at 12, 3 and 9 o’clock further help readability.



There are a total of eight different versions. Mother of Pearl can found on some dial with a deep black on others.



UN believes that diamonds are a girl’s best friend – whether Stainless steel or 18K Rose, diamonds can be found on the bezels and dials of all models!

2016-07-24

TUDOR Heritage Black Bay 36 AKA Baby BLACK BAY

By TLex Aww, this has to be the cutest watch I’ve posted; it’s the new Baby BLACK BAY which Tudor hope will bring their Heritage Black Bay to a wider audience specifically to those with a slimmer wrists!



The Heritage Black Bay 36 retains the same vintage lines of the Black Bay family of divers while simply reducing its proportions.



With its 36mm diameter, the steel case is particularly versatile. It acts both as an introduction to the Black Bay for smaller wrist sizes or as a more formal option for those who might want something even dressier than the Heritage Black Bay already is.



Like other models in the Black Bay family, the Black Bay 36 features shiny black dial is inspired by the TUDOR dive watches that were produced during the 1950s. It also borrows their iconic angular Snowflake hands that appeared in the Tudor’s 1969 catalogue.



A fixed smooth steel bezel replaces the rotational divers bezel. Water-resistance is respectable 150 meters.



The Heritage Black Bay 36 comes with a choice of a steel bracelet or a lightly distressed beige-colored leather strap with a steel folding clasp, each Heritage Black Bay 36 is also supplied with an additional strap in urban camouflage fabric.



Made in the Jacquard technique according to traditional methods by a hundred-year-old family business from the St-Etienne region of France, this strap is a signature feature of TUDOR’s Heritage line.



So why do you think – is 36mm an acceptable size for a man’s wrist or would this better suited on a boy’s or ladies’ wrist?



Prices are from 2400CHF.

JS Watch Co. Sif - N.A.R.T. & BEN STILLER

By TLex Any Ben Stiller fans, here? Who saw the “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”? If you did, you probably already knew that much of the breathtaking scenery in the film was actually shot on location in Iceland.



Yes, even the places that you thought were in the wilds of Afghanistan, frozen Greenland or the Himalayas where all shot in Iceland. Apart from its stunning landscape and being home to the football team that sent the England squad packing from Euro 2016 with their tails between their legs, Iceland is also home to a pretty special watch company called, JS Watch Co. –

who were lucky enough to have the American actor, comedian and filmmaker, Ben Stiller stop buy their workshop in downtown Reykjavik when he recently visited Iceland. So what did he pick up? Well it isn’t a diver per se, but it has a water-resistance of a 1000 meters.



His watch of choice was the Sif N.A.R.T a classicly-styled rescue watch that was specially designed by JS Watch Co. for the Icelandic Coast Guard. It has a 40mm bushed steel case with a black dial with Arabic, a Swiss Made Mechanical movement “Execution Top” with automatic winding, 25 jewels, custom decorations, blue screws and a Rhodium plated finish.

Liked this? Check out the MESH version of the Sif N.A.R.T, see the Sif N.A.R.T in action with Jens Johnson on a 160M deep sea dive!

2016-07-22

BAMFORD Heritage MILSUB

By TLex Surely this is the ultimate homage watch! Bamford Watch Dept. have taken a brand new Rolex Submariner and have given it a face lift so that it looks just like –

a 1970s Milsub Ref. 5517 of the type that was issued as standard equipment to the British Ministry of Defense standard issue equipment.



And if you’re ever lucky find a good example of one - at auction you’d be looking at the best part of £100,000!



Special features of the Bamford Heritage Milsub include a tridot that glows blue, a metal bezel and watch case with fixed lugs bars (NATO version) as these were originally only worn on NATO straps, as well as steel military hands featuring a blue lume.



The outside of the Milsub’s case has been coated in MGTC, Bamford's proprietary military grade Titanium coating which as a tough matte grey finish.



A number of dial letters were available to choose from; however it seems that the letter B is all that is left. The Heritage Milsub by Bamford Watch Dept. will set you back £12500.



Follow the link HERE for more on the Heritage Milsub . . .

http://www.bamfordwatchdepartment.com/

2016-07-20

LINDE WERDELIN Oktopus REEF 1/1

By TLex Linde Werdelin are watchmaker who are not only at the top of their game but have one of the firmest (tentacle-like) holds on the underwater world that there are in the luxury watch industry –



this has been beautifully illustrated in a one of one special edition of the their divers model, the Oktopus which in its own right is an incredible dive watch with its family of members boasting cases constructed from some of the most cutting-edge materials currently being used in watchmaking.



3DTP™ Carbon, ALW Alloy, Ceramic, DLC, Titanium and Rose Gold have all been used for the Oktopus whose case was once even given a special new look thanks to a world-class tattoo artist.



Today LW have turned to the extraordinary talents of Johnny Dowell a gun engraver by trade at one of Britain’s most prestigious gun engravers, who has meticulously realized by hand (in a process that took up to 100 hours) an underwater world with bubbles, coral and – well it wouldn’t be a proper Oktopus if there wasn’t a tentacle or two!



The Oktopus Double Date Rose Gold which was the base model for this special edition has three-part case construction in 18K rose gold (5N) and Titanium grade 2; with satin, polished and microbillé finishing.



It is water-resistant to 300 meters and can be transformed into an uber modern diving instrument with the attachment of the Linde Werdelin REEF dive computer. It is priced 22000CHF.