Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2014-09-18

RALF TECH WRX «T» Millenium HYBRID for Nageurs de COMBAT

By TLex RALF TECH were sponsors of a very special event that took place this summer. On the 23rd of July the French Navy celebrated the official issue of their 1000th Combat Diver Certificate for the Marine Nationale.

An official ceremony was held at the l’École de Plongée du Marine Nationale in Saint-Mandrier in Vars, opposite the harbor of Toulon - with French heads of state and high ranking military officials present.



Founded in 1952, the French Navy Diving School trains France’s Elite Special Forces for submarine operations on behalf of the Commando Hubert and the DGSE, the French secret service.

RALF TECH have been a proud supplier to the French Special Forces since 2010 providing dive watches to the units of the Nageurs de Combat , who this year were issued with the WRX « T » Millenium Hybrid, a new RALF TECH divers model, designed and developed especially for them.



Among those present, who had contributed to the history of the Nageurs de Combat were the creators of the l’École de Plongée du Marine Nationale, Bob Maloubier and Claude Riffaud, who both received their new WRX "T" Millenium watches from the hands of RALF TECH President, Frank Huyghe.



Condensing all of the brand’s technology and know-how, the WRX « T » Millenium was developed with the help of the operators of the Marine Nationale, and is primarily intended for intense military use.



Starting with its case, which has been constructed from Grade 1 Titanium T35, which is 99.8% pure - specifically chosen to accompany the members of the French Special Forces as it offers ideal technical characteristics such as increased resistance and elevated ductility under extreme conditions.



Grade 1 Titanium is also used in the petrochemical and engineering industries as well as in the production of aircraft because of its optimal deformability. It also offers exceptional resistance to corrosion from seawater and so is used in marine and off-shore environments making it a natural choice for RALF TECH!



It has a density of 4,51g/cm3 compared with Stainless steels 7,9g/cm3 o making it 40% lighter, a great benefit for a divers watch such as new WRX « T » Millenium. Its bio compatibility is also far better than that of Stainless steel as it is hypoallergenic and so provides greater safety and comfort for the skin.



Finally, another feature of this metal is that it develops a unique patina over time on its surface, without any doubt in a few years, all of the WRX "T" Millenium will look different from one another which guarantees their owner with complete uniqueness and exclusivity.



A divers bezel in the same Titanium T35 as the case is fitted to the watch. It has a Ceramfine® insert (an innovative alloy consisting of 92% Titanium Grade 4 and 8% ceramic) giving it a particularly attractive characteristic while maintain a high torsional resistance with regards to shocks.



In addition a specific surface treatment helps protect the bezel from a host of external aggressive substances such as saltwater, sweat, solvents, petrochemicals and acids making it perfectly resistant to fingerprints.



The unidirectional divers bezel rotates counter-clockwise against the movement of the hands, so that accidental shocks don’t affect or change the accuracy of the measurement of the dive-time. Further divers features include; a water resistance to the equivalent of 1000 meters that has been duly tested in real conditions.



The WRX « T » Millenium is powered by the latest generation Hybrid RTH002® movement, itself protected by an anti-magnetic shield that complies with Swiss Watch Industry standards (NIHS) 90-10.

Thanks to two latest generation accumulators of energy it’s possible to store a power reserve of up to 180 days inside the WRX « T » Millenium. This means that the watch can continue to work when fully charged for up to 6 months after the last time it was used. This constitutes a record for a watch without a battery.



If Hybrids aren’t your thing, the WRX « T » Millenium can also be had with a RALF TECH Automatic Movement, the RTA002®.

The Marine Nationale and the DGSE chose to equip their operators watches with the ultra reliable and effective Hybrid RTH002® movement; beside the hybrid version, the watch will be also available on sale to the general public with an automatic movement before the end of 2014.



The WRX « T » Millenium has been already operational since the 23rd July and will be available to the general public in RALF TECH boutiques in a limited edition of 77 pieces from September 2014. The reference fro this new model is WRX 1005.

- Hybrid Ref. WRX 1005 RRP: 2490€ 55 piece LE
- Auto Ref. WRX 4001 RRP: 3490€ 22 piece LE
- Auto Ref. WRX 4002 RRP: 3490€ 11 piece LE

2014-09-17

AQUADIVE Bathysphere 500 2ndLOOK

By TLex Here's another fantastic German engineered diver with yet another fantastic high-end Swiss manufacture movement at its heart. Like all modern Aquadive models, the Bathysphere 500 has plenty of 70s rich DNA coursing through its veins.



It has been built using the very latest in manufacturing techniques and boasts a slew of high-end features and specifications in the form of its twin barrel, self-winding Vaucher Manufacture movement from the masters of Horology, Parmigiani Fleurier.



Aquadive are doing something rather unique in the watch industry with models such as this and the Bathysphere 300 MODEL 51, they are making Haute Horology far more accessible to dive watch aficionados by offering models with high-end Manufacture movements at a mid-range price point – pretty amazing, really!



The Bathysphere 500 is being offered with a special pre-order price for all OceanicTime readers and Aquadive forum members at 2590USD. Its regular price is 2990USD. Shipping will start in January 2015. For more details, please follow the link HERE



VintageVDB Troop SE TANTAL

By TLex Introducing the VintageVDB Troop SE from VDB's custom handmade series. Special features of this fine watch include a handmade case in Tantulum and a vintage Rolex caliber!



Its Tantulum case measures 47mm in diameter with a thickness of 18mm and a lug to lug measurement of 55mm. Tantalum AKA Tantalium (Ta), is a rare metal. Besides its lovely bluish gray color, it is prized for its ductility, strength, and corrosion resistance. It is extremely heavy.



It is also extremely expensive. Here's a for instance - Helson produced a Tantulum version of their sub -1000USD Shark diver with a price tag of 6000USD. It has been used by Audemars Piguet, Harry Winston and Montblanc for some special divers models.



VDB are no stranger to this exotic metal and have used it for the case construction of the T-Edition TANTAL and Tantalum 'Son of ZEUS', for the dial of the CUSHION and the caseback of Arnie's bespoke diver, the AS - THE ONE.



Powering this amazing watch is a vintage Rolex 1570 caliber with 26 jewels beating a low beat-rate of 19,800 bhp as is typical of such old school movements. It is decorated with blued screws. Power-reserve is 42 hours.



Furthers features include: a rotational bezel (not sure on its spec.), a crown placement at 8 o'clock and a handmade VDB Troop SE embossed dial in grey fitted with orange vintage handset and 'Erfurt' text (6 o'clock) for its origin.



There isn't much that isn't appealing from VDB, but this one really speaks to me - outstanding; another one for the connoisseurs!

2014-09-16

T•a•c•t•i•c•o TC.3 GIVEAWAY

By TLex It's time for another superb OceanicTime giveaway courtesy of Crepas Watches, who will be giving one lucky OceanicTime reader one of their fantastic TC.3 flieger watches from their military label, T•a•c•t•i•c•o.  




One lucky OceanicTime reader will be able choose their TC.3 (time and date), which is powered by a Swiss made ETA 2824-2 automatic movement to come with either a steel bead-blasted or black PVD finish.



HOW to WIN the T•a•c•t•i•c•o TC.3

* Simply leave a comment about the 'TC.3' at the bottom of this post. You must click on the post or HERE and scroll down to find the comments box.

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* The giveaway will run from today, September 16th until October 16th 2014. A lucky winner will be chosen at random, and their name will be announced shortly after. Best of luck, folks!

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A quick reminder about the OceanicTime giveaway icon located along with the social media icons on the left of the page; simply click this to be taken to details of the latest giveaway - winners will be announced there. 



A personal THANK YOU to OceanicTime friend, Crepas Watches, who have given away several of their fantastic divers to OceanicTime readers over the years. This will be the third model under their T•a•c•t•i•c•o label!


2014-09-15

T•a•c•t•i•c•o TC.3 UPDATE

By TLex Crepas have made a few changes to their forthcoming flieger watch, the the TC.3 that they would like you to know about.



Here are the changes . . .

- All gloss paint has been changed to matte
- The blue color has been toned down so that it is now closer to blue/grey
- The blue paint on the seconds pointer has now been changed to BGW9 lume.



When Crepas designed the TC.3 family of watches, they wanted a pilot-style watch of the type that any professional diver would like to own. For this type of watch, its divers features are really excellent, better than some so-called 'true divers'!



The TC.3 has been dubbed a 'poor man's Bremont' by some, and in fact Crepas are quite proud of this compliment. I can see some B&R influences, myself. Nevertheless it's another cracking model from Crepas! Please, see below for key features and measurements of the TC.3



the FEATURES

· Swiss made ETASA 2824-2 movement.
· Hours, minutes, seconds, date and manual 60 minutes counter.
· Water-resistant up to 200 meters.
· Anti-magnetic: 70.000 A/m
· 10 layers of anti-reflective treatment.
· TC3.3 numbered edition.



the MATERIALS

· Case, crowns, case back cover and bezel made of 316L quality Stainless steel.
· Sapphire crystal.
· I-ring gasket made of Tefzel and O-ring gasket made of Viton.
· Straps made of nylon.
· SuperLuminova BGW9 on hands, dial and bezel.



the DIMENSIONS

· Bezel outer diameter: 40.00mm
· Bezel inner diameter: 34.50mm
· Case diameter: 43.00mm
· Thickness: 13.70mm
· Length: 48.00mm
· Crystal thickness: 1.80mm
· Crystal diameter: 35.00mm
· Distance between lugs: 22mm
· Crowns diameter: 7.00mm
· Outer bezel thickness: 1.80mm
· Case back cover thickness: 2.00mm



the KIT

· T·a·c·t·i·c·o genuine leather folder.
· Custom Nylon strap.
· Cordura and leather strap.
· Warranty card.
· Brochure.
· Suede.
· Straps tool.
· Extra spring bars.



Delivery of the TC.3 will be between December and January 2015. Follow the link embedded below for more details on this and other models from T·a·c·t·i·c·o

STUCKX Infinite EIGHT video

By TLex Check out this slick rendered video of the forthcoming Infinite Eight from Stuckx. The video gives the best impression so far of how the finished watch will be.



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STUCKX Infinite EIGHT [going DUTCH]

By TLex Okay, so there isn't much chance of going Dutch on new diver, but at 399euro, you couldn't go far wrong with this handsome vintage styled model from Dutch newcomer, Stuckx, the same company that wowed us with their ROCK concept diver (hopefully that will become a reality in the not too distant future).



Taking its name from the symbol for infinity, Stuckx's debut diver, the Infinite Eight with its clean and elegant retro styling will likely garner a fair amount of attention. Sure there’s a familiarity to it, as there are with many of these modern cushion cased divers, but at the end of the, they are of oh-so-appealing!



Its case is in 316L Stainless steel with vertically brushed sides and a polished finish on top. It has a diameter of 44mm (without crown), a thickness of 15.5mm and a lug-to-lug measurement of 48.7mm. Taking into account its dimension, the downwardly curved lugs and the overall curvature of the case, this promises to be a very wear-able watch.



Divers features include: a 120 click-type unidirectional rotational bezel with a dive-time scale and a 12hr luminous pearl, a screwdown crown and caseback with signed ‘Stuckx’ logo in relief and what Stuckx call, a boxed shaped ‘sexy plexi’ acrylic crystal. There is a 70euro option for a Sapphire crystal. Water-resistance is 20 bar / 200 meters.



The dial is available in either blue or grey with a sunburst effect and applied 3D hour markers and Infinite Eight logo. The hands and markers have been applied with C3 SuperLuminova. Under the hood is a reliable Seiko NH35 automatic movement with 24 jewels beating at at 21.600bph. Features of NH35 include: a hacking seconds hand, manual winding and quick day/date setting.



The Infinite Eight will come with either a black or a blue 22mm signature rubber divers strap and nylon Zulu strap as well as these there will be an optional steel bracelet, which is currently in development. All Stuckx watches have a 24 months warranty.



Stuckx have opened pre-orders for the Infinite Eight. They need 100 orders before they can start production. The Infinite Eight is priced at 399euro. If production goes ahead (likely it will), Stuckx expect delivery in the first quarter of 2015. For further inquiries please contact Stuckx HERE, or follow the link embedded in the Stuckx logo at the bottom of the post.



Follow the link to see the Stuckx's slick rendered video of the Infinite Eight on OceanicTimeTV and HERE to see images of the first prototype watches.



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