OceanicTime Archives

2019-09-24

MAGRETTE Moana Pacific WATERMAN GMT

Damn, this is a classy looking addition to Magrette’s popular Waterman lineup; it is also the Kiwi brand’s first series to feature a GMT complication.



Available in both Stainless steel and CuSn8 bronze the new Waterman is equipped with the legendary ETA Caliber 2893-2 Swiss automatic GMT movement.



The watch is available in choice of bezels: blue ceramic or Pepsi blue and red aluminum, each fully lumed for legibility in low light.



Full specifications are, below . . .



Movement: Swiss Made ETA Caliber 2893-2 GMT

Case dimensions: 42mm excluding the crown, 50.7mm lug-to-lug, 14.5mm tall, 22mm lug width

Case finish: Brushed stainless steel or CuSn8 bronze, each with stainless steel engraved case-back

Bezel: Engraved ceramic or two-tone aluminum, both fully lumed with Swiss SLN

Crown: Screw-down crown, signed with Magrette shield

Crystal: Sapphire (box style), AR coating

Dial, hands & Bezel: Contrasting Swiss SLN blue (local time) and green (GMT time)

Water-resistance: 500m/1650ft water resistance. Viton gasket used on case-back.

Strap: Vintage minimal stitch leather and TROPIC™-style blue rubber, each with signed buckle

Limited release: 150 pieces per case initial issue includes Magrette custom travel case.

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LUMINOX Sport Timer 30th Anniversary 0900 SERIES

I think I might have more pics than words, so I’ll do my best to tell you about this new model from Luminox without too much waffle.

This is the Sports Timer 0901, Luminox’s 30th Anniversary Limited Edition watch.



I’m not sure what the significance of the unit number is, but just 730 pieces are available, worldwide.



The design of the watch is vintage inspired; details such as the syringe-style hands and coin-edged bezel are combined with modern elements such as Luminox’s-



signature oversized circular 12hr bezel marker and of course the use the brand’s 25 years-long-lasting LLT illumination technology.



The LLT sees green Night Vision Tubes on the hands and hour markers while contrasting orange tubes are used for the min-hand, 12hr marker as well as the bezel 12hr marker.



Basic spec. includes a Stainless steel case measuring 42mm in diameter by 12mm thick and a Swiss Quartz caliber.



Unusually for a Luminox Quartz model, the Sports Timer 0901 is fitted with a Sapphire crystal. This has an anti-reflective coating on its inside.



Diver’s features include: a screw-down case-back and crown, a unidirectional rotational diver’s bezel, a Super-LumiNova green seconds indicator, and 200m of water-resistance.



The crown is safely nestled between an integrated crown-guard and is signed with the brand’s logo while the case-back gets a special star motif.



Proudly stamped in the center of the star is a ‘’30 YEARS’’ text which is flanked either side with 1989 -2019.



The Sports Timer is delivered on a choice of dark brown webbing strap or a Stainless steel 3-link bracelet with diver’s security clasp.



Thoughts? My initial thoughts were – wot, no auto for a 30th anniversary model then I remembered that Luninox are primarily a Quartz brand.



I really like the looks; the overall styling reminds me somewhat of a North American competitor of Lumniox, the brown NATO really makes it imo. What do you think?

2019-09-23

MAURICE LACROIX Aikon Venturer LIMITED EDITION

This is the Aikon VENTURER 43mm Limited Edition watch.

We saw the release of the Venturer, a more robust diver’s version of the ML Aikon sports watch released earlier this year.



The Limited Edition Venturer is really the same watch albeit with one or two cosmetic enhancements that give the Venturer more of a diving aesthetic than before.



Specifically by way of its new bold orange appliqué hour-markers that adorn its sun-brushed blue dial.



The same orange has been repeated in the stitching of a special, additional blue calf-leather strap that is supplied along with the Venturer LE in a special presentation box.



Basic spec. includes a 43mm Stainless steel case with 300m. Power comes from an ML 115 automatic movement based on a Sellita SW200.



The Aikon Venturer Limited Edition ref. AI6058-SS002-431-1 comes on a Stainless steel multi-link bracelet with a butterfly clasp.

It has an MSRP is 2,490USD and can be pre-ordered from ML, directly.



Thoughts? It’s nice but honestly there is so much out there from more diver-centric brands such as Omega, Oris, Tudor or even Breitling that outshine this. What do you think?

2019-09-21

AQUADIVE Bathyscaphe 100 GMT POSEIDON [blessed by the god of the sea]

Once again two iconic heritage dive brands are united beneath the waves; DOXA’s Sub collaboration with POSEIDON was an instant success.



Today it’s another popular historical dive watch brand, Aquadive that receives a blessing from the god of the sea –
as the famous Swedish scuba equipment brand (first established in 1958) team up with Aquadive to create a very special Poseidon Edition of their popular Bathyscaphe 100 GMT.



Proudly sporting both, Aquadive and Poseidon branding, the Aquadive Poseidon GMT pays homage to the wealth of fantastic dive watches ordered by the major dive-gear manufactures of the 60s and 70s.



Names such as Aqua Lung (formally Spirotechnique) and of course Poseidon the nom du jour, whose excellent rep’ within scuba diving community makes their logo one the most coveted additions to any dive watch dial.



Inspired by the OG Aquadive Timedepth from the 70s, this ocean exploring, ocean crossing dive watch AKA the Aquadive Poseidon follows the design codes of the Bathysphere 100 GMT.



The highly capable diver boasts 3’300 feet of water-resistance as well as dual-time zone functionality – all neatly housed within a 42mm by 12mm thick Stainless steel case.



Poseidon’s signature yellow livery can be found on the 24hr chapter-ring that encircles the perimeter of the dial, perfectly complementing the Swedish brand’s historic logo at 9 o’clock.



The watch is fitted with a Poseidon Yellow ISOfrane strap. The soft, yet durable ladder-style rubber strap was designed to quickly shed water when wet. It is another that can trace its roots back to the 70s.



The Aquadive Poseidon is powered by a Swiss-made ETA 2893-2 automatic movement with up to 40 hours of power-reserve, which simultaneously displays time in both 12-hour, and 24-hour formats.



The watch itself is CNC-machined from a solid block of Stainless steel, and is water resistant to 1000m. It is finished with a flat, AR-coated Sapphire crystal.



The bezel is also constructed from a single machined block of Stainless steel, and is topped with a scratch-resistant ceramic ring, which has been engraved with a fully luminous dive-time scale.



Just 300 pieces of the Aquadive Poseidon Edition will be produced. The watch has a full retail price of 1890USD, however it can be pre-ordered with a 25% discount for 1395USD.



Anyone who pre-orders one will receive an exclusive Poseidon mission patch plus two ISOfrane rubber straps: classic black, and Poseidon yellow. It is available exclusively from www.aquadive.com



Thoughts? The BS100 GMT is a watch that has traditionally made excellent use of color with its chapter ring and pronounced GMT hand –



in this instance the inclusion of the famous Poseidon logo along with the Poseidon Yellow ISOfrane takes the watch to the next level all the while underscoring its proud diving heritage.

2019-09-19

ACADÉMIE Automatic VETREAN

RALF TECH honors veterans of war, in particular World War II vets with a special version of their Academie military-sports watch.

WWII was arguably one of the most destructive conflicts in modern history. The Battle of the Bulge alone saw the death of more than 80K US troops.



During World War II, British RAF had huge casualty rate, in part due to Britain's bombing campaign against Germany.


With 55K air crewman killed on these bombing missions, the RAF's loss rate was the highest of any of the British armed forces during the WWII.



Being the most classically-styled Ralf Tech, the Academie is the obvious choice for such a watch.

This version solemnly celebrates the Vetéran of all wars and especially those of the Second World War through its dial inspired by those adorning the RAF pilots' watches.



In addition to its dial, a further special feature of the Academie Vetéran is a special "Marine Nationale" vintage-mil NATO strap.

Basic spec. of the watch includes: 41mm Stainless steel case tested to 200m, a 2.5mm old school box-shaped Sapphire crystal an RTA003 automatic movement based on an NH36.



The Academie Vetéran is a Limited Edition of 100 pieces. It is available in 4 different designs: veteran, sunrise, road king, out of range, and is proudly made in France.



Thoughts? My grandad was one of those brave men who flew bombing missions over Nazi controlled Germany. I think this is a really cool watch!

2019-09-18

TUDOR Black Bay Chrono DARK

There seems to be a bit of dive watch drought at the moment, so rather than posting a load of rubbish divers just for the sake of it;

OceanicTime will instead be featuring some of the latest Swiss sports models for your delectation.



Talking of which, here’s a brand-new sports model from Tudor, the latest member of their Black Bay family and the second model from the DARK series.

Introducing the new Tudor Black Bay Chrono Dark; made to mark the Rugby World Cup 2019 and celebrate its partnership with New Zealand's national rugby team.



Tudor has released a black version of its Black Bay chronograph in a Limited Edition with the same number of timepieces as All Blacks players since the team's creation.

An additional model will be added every time a new player is selected.



Key features of the BB Chrono Dark include: a satin-brushed steel 41mm case and bracelet with a black PVD coating.



The BB family’s signature "Snowflake" hands, first introduced by Tudor in 1969 plus red 200m water-resistance text and red-tipped arrow chrono-hand.



Power comes from a Tudor Manufacture chronograph Caliber MT5813, which has been officially certified by the COSC.

It boasts a silicon balance spring, up to 70 hours of power-reserve, column wheel and vertical clutch.



The Limited Edition is with the same number of timepieces as there have been All Blacks players since the team's creation, its LE# is engraved on the case-back.



Thoughts? Couldn’t give a monkeys about the All Blacks, it’s a BB with chronograph and a black coating, which is good enough.

Personally DLC would have been pref. on the other hand PVD does allow for a bit of wabi sabi if you’re into that sorta’ thing.