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RADO Tradition Captain Cook MKII

I absolutely love this watch – it has a really appealing vintage design, it has heritage, it’s made by a great Swiss brand, it is even has a reasonable diver’s spec.

– and with an MSRP of 2150CHF, it won’t bankrupt me, either. But sadly I will never own one, owing to a tiny reason;

at just 37mm in diameter, it is an absolute tiddler. And although it really is a beautiful men’s diver, and it is a men’s diver, its size is a good 3mm off even the smallest watches I’d ever consider wearing.

With that said, if you are someone who prefers a watch that is of a more meek stature, then Rado’s Captain Cook MKII is a belter.

Spec. includes a Stainless steel case with said 37mm diameter and a rather more substantial height of 14.4mm.

This case is fitted with an internal diver’s bezel, sapphire, crystal and is water-resistant to 220m. It is comes on a BOR-bracelet but is also supplied with a black NATO.

So what do you think; would you wear something this small?


OMEGA Seamaster DIVER 300M Ceramic & Titanium

Basel 2018 saw Omega reestablish the Seamaster DIVER 300M once again as one of its most important diver families.

The Diver 300M that dates back to the mid-90s was revitalized with a load of new features that included:

a re-engineered manual HEV, a new ceramic bezel inlay and ceramic dial with engraved wave-pattern and of course an updated 42mm case housing a METAS-certified, Master Chronometer Caliber 8800.

The Swiss brand which belongs to the Swatch Group will not be attending Basel 2019, so here we have a well-timed release just after SIHH and leading up to Baselworld –

with a new addition to the already 12 strong Diver 300M collection, that is bigger, lighter and dare I say it even better suited to diving.

The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Ceramic & Titanium comes in a new 43.5mm form factor which imho is the absolute optimum size for a diver’s watch.

With its case made from black ceramic with a brushed finish, and a bezel and case-back both made of Titanium Grade 5, this new variant is also possibly the most high-tech Diver 300M we have seen.

Diver’s features include: Sapphire crystal glass and exhibition case-back, screw-down Ti G5 case-back and crown, Ti G5 bezel with ceramic inlay and enamel dive-time-scale, manual HEV and 300m.

The Diver 300M Ceramic and Titanium ref. is powered by a Chronometer-Certified, Omega Caliber 8806. Its hands and markers are with SLN. It will have an MSRP of 8100USD and will be available this Spring.

Thoughts? I absolutely love the look and imagine that the feel would be just as impressive – it’s a BIG yes from me. What do you think?



Here’s a quick look at new variant of the Khaki Navy Scuba Auto now offered with a blue: 15-min scale, minute-track and seconds hand.

The blue accented Scuba Auto / ref. H82315331 joins the two 2017 launch MODELS, of which one was with orange details and the other was with white accents.

The Khaki Navy Scuba Auto has a 40mm in diameter Stainless steel case which is equipped with:

a unidirectional rotational divers bezel, a Sapphire crystal and a screw-down case-back and crown.

Water-resistance however, is restricted to 100 meters. Surely 200m would have been just as easily achievable, no?

The watch comes with a choice of either: a solid 3-link Stainless steel divers bracelet, a black Nylon strap with a blue underside and Stainless steel buckle, or an embossed black rubber diver’s strap.

MSRP is 690USD for the NATO variant while the Steel and rubber versions have a price of 745USD.

Thoughts? This is a really nice-looking entry level Swiss diver. Both orange and blue variants are equally nice, particularly on their NATO straps, but why only 100m?



Actually we had a brief look at the new DIVER collection from Franck Dubarry, last year.

The collection consists of 4 models, 3 of which have carbon composite cases and one, DIV-02 with a Damascus steel case.

The watches feature oversized minute and hour hands which have been fully tattooed with a Maori pattern.

The divers bezels are made of composite carbon, while the skeletonized dials are made of an innovative translucent epoxy resin, a material used for the first time in watchmaking.

The watches are shock-proof and water-resistant to 300 meters.

Specially designed Big Date wheels are powered by a Dubois Depraz DD/14580 automatic movement with custom galvanic treatment on date wheels and perlage.

Prices are from 10,900USD. Thoughts? Frank Dubarry is a new brand, launched in 2016. While I appreciate the use of high-tech materials, I’m not really digging the high-tech look.



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Here’s a new nautical inspired collection called the Classico Manara from UN that was made in collaboration with classically trained, Italian artist, Milo Manara using the art of micro-painting.

The collection of 10 watches depict aquatic scenes with Great White Sharks, mermaids and beautiful damsels in distress who end up in a scenario (that for my mind) could happen all too easily.

Pretty girl goes sailing, decides to take a quick dip to cool off, is met by hungry Great White, is rescued by passing mermaid, girl and mermaid become the best of pals.

Unveiled for the first time at the SIHH 2019, the series was painstakingly created by UN’s artisans who had to miniaturize each of the drawings on the dials, a surface which is ten times smaller than the original water colors.

From the deep blue of the sea to the color of the mermaid’s lips, all have been painted by hand using a brush the width of a single eyelash. To enhance the scenes, a lacquer has been applied as a topcoat on the acrylic painting.

Made of polished Stainless steel, these Milo Manara special editions will also be manufactured in 5N rose gold. Ten pieces per drawing will be produced in stainless steel and ten pieces in rose gold, making the series limited to a mere 200 pieces in total.

The collection is powered by the UN-320 self-winding manufacture movement. Only the hours and minutes are displayed in order to leave a maximum amount of space on the watch faces for the artwork.

The hands are discreet, leaving the drawings to star on the face of each watch. These Classico Manara in 40 mm will be set on dark blue alligator straps to align with the color tonality dictated by Manara.

As a special gift from Ulysse Nardin, each watch purchase will be accompanied by an original numbered Milo Manara print, signed by the artist himself.

MSRP is: Stainless steel: 26’900USD. Rose gold 34’ 400USD. Thoughts? What’s not to like. ;)


SEIKO Prospex PEPSI Diver for PADI

Here’s a new PADI diver; it doesn’t have the typical special PADI pattern dial but does have a rather nice Pepsi diver’s bezel.

Ref. SBDC071 boasts a Seiko DiaShield coated Stainless case measuring 44mm in diameter by 13.1mm thick and with a lug-to-lug measurement of 51mm.

Diver’s features include: said Pepsi bezel, a Sapphire crystal with inner AR-coating and, screw-down case-back and crown, magnetic-resistance and 200 meters of water-resistance.

Powering the watch is a 23 jewel, automatic Seiko Caliber 6R15 with manual winding while its hands and markers are with Seiko LumiBrite.

Ref. SBDC071 is a PADI Special Edition and as such its caseback is engraved, "SPECIAL EDITION". It has a Japanese MSRP of 100,000 JPY+TAX.



Here’s another one of those new Prospex “LADIES” divers – although as you’ll see it’s 43mm case is actually quite ample.

Said 43mm case is constructed with an inner-Stainless steel module, shrouded by an outer casing in hardened black plastic, and is fitted with a curved crystal.

Diver’s features include: 200m of water-resistance, anti-magnetic-resistance, a one-way bezel and a screw down crown and case-back.

Power comes from a Solar-driven Driving system, the Seiko Caliber V147 which has an accuracy of ±15 seconds per month and an operating time of for approx. 10 months from fully charged.

V147 functions include an overcharge prevention function as well as a quick-start function. Further features of the watches include: hands and dial markers with Seiko LumiBrite.

Total case dimensions incl. a height of 43mm, a width of 42.7mm and a depth of just 11.5mm. Total weight is 72g.

This new SEIKO Prospex Solar Diver for LOWERCASE joins 8 other Ladies references, of which there are some like this that are Special or Limited Editions along with regular models.

STBR015 with its black and silver case and dial, blue bezel insert and blue seconds’ counterweight has an MSRP is 40,000 JPY+TAX.




This year has been another fantastic showing for the Italian watch brand that boasts a rich history intertwined with the Italian Navy.

Several lovely new models have been presented at SIHH 2019 that will test the wills of even the most frugal Paneristi (if such things exist).

In order to further the experience of Panerai ownership, a number of these models will afford their new owners the opportunity to venture into those actual environments that their watches were designed for (god forbid!) –

of course with the guidance of trained professionals, of likes of the COMSUBIN, Commandos of the Italian Navy, among others, such as Mike Horn and Guillaume Néry!

One of those models is PAM00961, released along with another model under the historic Marina Militare name - returning in the form of a new Submersible Carbotech.

Conceived for the Italian Navy, the Panerai Submersible Carbotech Marina Militare professional diver’s watches are made entirely from Carbotech as are the bezels and crown-locking devices that they are also equipped with.

There is PAM00979 with its 47mm Carbotech case and black Carbon dial with white markers which is delivered on black rubber.

This model has a special case-back engraving with an Italian Frogman with the words SURVIVAL INSTRUMENTS above him.

Then there is PAM00961 which for me was the absolute star of Panerai’s SIHH 2019 releases.

Its 47mm Carbotech case comes on a special mil.-green rubber strap to match its mil.-green dial markers and 12hr bezel marker.

This model’s case-back sports the insignia of the COMSUBIN, Commandos of the Italian Navy. Damn – this is such a cool watch!

Owners of this Limited Edition of just 33 pieces will have the opportunity to participate in a spectacular experience that includes two days of training with the COMSUBIN, Commandos of the Italian Navy.

The number of pieces produced is in honor of the number of gold medals earned by COMSUBIN for Military Valour, 33.

BTW PAM00979 has an MSRP of 20’500USD excl. sales tax so the 33 piece edition is bound to be very expensive indeed!