Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2018-08-13

ZODIAC Super Sea Wolf 68 LE 50th Anniversary SET

Did I just hear someone let out a little howl of joy? I can hardly blame you because –



Zodiac’s latest release, a Limited Edition of their Super Sea Wolf 68, marking the 50th Anniversary of the original Super Sea Wolf is a real belter and in more ways the one!



First of all the series has been limited just 182 pieces making it a proper LE., so none of your thousands of pieces LE.



Then there’s the fact that Super Sea Wolf 68 LE 50th Anniv. is presented in a lovely leather roll-case along with two additional straps.



The watch is already equipped with an adjustable Stainless steel Milanese mesh bracelet with a divers clasp.



But additional straps offer some diversity. There’s a tropic-style rubber divers strap for a classic vintage look or a sporty black and orange textile strap (my choice).



However the coolest feature of the Super Sea Wolf 68 LE 50th Anniv. is and orange insert on the case-back with the iconic Sea Wolf character complete with SCUBA tank and fins etc.



I’m not sure what the insert is made of; possibly ceramic or perhaps enamel? The Sea Wolf was used on advertising material for the launch of the original Sea Wolf.

Would love to have also seen him featuring on the dial.



Power comes from a COSC-certified STP 3-13 movement contained in a Stainless steel case with a newly designed locking top-ring.



The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Watch Set ref. ZO9507 has an MSRP of 1995USD.

http://www.zodiacwatches.com/store/Zodiac/en_US/shop/zodiac-watches.html

2018-08-10

RICHARD MILLE RM 25-01 Tourbillon ADVENTURE Sylvester STALLONE

Is this the ultimate preppers watch?



If you have close to a million dollar budget and are in the market for something a little very bonkers with one or two unique survival functions thrown in,

then Richard Mille’s RM25-01 Tourbillon Adventure watch developed in collaboration with Sylvester Stallone might be just the thing!



Tourbillon aside, the RM 25-01 Adventure boasts several previously unseen (on a wristwatch) innovations that are there to help get you out of any tight spots that you might find yourself in.

You know, in case of an economic meltdown, the zombie apocalypse or to assist you when you’re scaling the jungle gym at your local playground.



The RM 25-01 is fabricated from state-of-the-art Carbon TPT, an exclusive material with a unique damascene appearance.



Its remarkable surface displays extremely regular striations, as Carbon TPT is composed of many layers of parallel filaments obtained by dividing carbon fibers.



The case is water resistant to 100 meters, ensured by two Nitrile O-ring seals.

It is assembled with spline screws in Grade 5 Titanium and abrasion-resistant washers in 316L Stainless steel.



Special features of the RM 25-01 Adventure include: 2 interchangeable bezels so that it’s possible to swap out the bidirectional bezel for the compass bezel.

Made of Grade 5 Titanium, the compass is equipped with a bayonet mount. Its mirrored cover with a slot at 12 o’clock improves the accuracy of sighting with the compass needle.



Also machined from Carbon TPT, a plate can be fixed to the RM 25-01’s compass bezel for more precise orientating using a map.



Then there’s a torque-limiting crown. This added security system prevents accidental over-winding of the watch, which can cause damage to the winding stem or place extreme pressure on the barrel spring.



A Titanium-cased Spirit level makes it possible to hold the watch perfectly level—essential for ensuring the accuracy of sightings with the compass needle.



5 water purification capsule contained in a hermetically-sealed compartment in Carbon TPT are each capable of making a litre of any water safe to drink within 30 to 120 minutes, depending on the level of pollution.



Power comes from a manual winding tourbillon movement with 24-hour display, minutes and chronograph function, power reserve, torque and function indicators.

RM’s engineers spent several months of R&D reducing the weight and optimizing the caliber, especially the precision of time calculation over the long term.

This has allowed for a number of innovations, such as the design and manufacturing of several Titanium parts, such as the levers, which reduce inertia thus lower energy consumption by 50%.



MSRP is 983’000USD. Thoughts? Shouldn’t the RM 25-01 have been weaponized?!

http://www.richardmille.com/en/home/

2018-08-07

LACO Atlantik 1stLOOK

Here’s a quick look at an upcoming release from Laco. The Atlantik will be officially released this autumn and is the German watchmaker’s first dedicated dive watch release in a number of years.



No official details have been released about the watch but I can give you these basic details so far – the Laco Atlantik takes its name from the German spelling of Atlantic, as in the ocean.

The Atlantik with its blue elements such as its dive-time-scale, 12 and 6hr indexes, minute hand and lollipop sweep seconds indicator echoes the blue of its namesake.



It has 300 meters of water-resistance and is powered by a Swiss automatic mechanical movement. More details will follow when the Atlantik gets its official release.
What do you think?

https://www.laco.de/en

DAVOSA Argonautic Automatic BRONZE BLUE

Here’s a sneak peek at an upcoming release from Davosa. The Arogonautic Bronze Ref. 161.581.4 will be out this October.

It will come with a bronze case, blue ceramic bezel inlay and matching blue dial with contrasting vintage orange markers and hands.



The watch will be a Limited Edition of 300 pieces as identified by the nameplate on it left lateral case-side– very nice! What do you think?

2018-08-03

DAVOSA Ternos Pro BLACK SUIT

Davosa has some black on black for fans of stealth. They have taken their popular Ternos Professional diver and have –



(for want of a better word) tarted it up with a luxurious black texturized dial with black: text, markers, and a satin-ised handset for that desirable black on black look.



The hands and markers of the Black Suit have been applied with black SuperLuminova and going by the images, below still have a good glow to them.



Working off of a 42mm in diameter, surgical-grade Stainless steel case with height of 15.5mm, the Black Suit is delivered in two variants. Choose from a traditional brushed steel finish or go full stealth with black DLC.



Powering the Black Suit is a Swiss made automatic movement, the DAV 3021, based on a Sellita SW200 which is on par with an ETA 2824.



Divers features included: a screw-down crown and case-back, a flat Sapphire crystal, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel with a matte black ceramic inlay, an HEV and 500 meters of water-resistance.




The case-back of the Black Suit has offers one final unique feature, a carbon-look engraving with etched carbon-fiber weave – not too sure what inspired this?



Limited to 500 pieces, the Ternos Pro Black Suit has an MSRP of 898euro (STEEL) / 948 euro (DLC). Both variants are presented on full Stainless bracelets with: screwed links, a safety clasp and a diver’s extension. They are available from specialist retailers, Worldwide.



Thoughts? There’s no escaping the derivate style of the Ternos; it’s one of those Rolex Sub-styled divers that Germanic Swiss watchmakers, Davosa and Steinhart do so well.



However unlike their competitor, Davosa would be appear to be a little out of touch when it comes to pricing.



In my mind, a sub clone with an SW200 does not equate to neigh on 1000euro, stealthed-out or not. They’re nice looking watches, but are lacking in originality are a little pricey for what they are.

Davosa can do original, they can do well-priced – check out their APNEA Diver, a favorite of mine.

2018-08-01

RALF TECH WRX "A" Automatic CHRONOs

I’m not sure how new these big bruisers are, but I haven’t come across them before so chances are you haven’t either.



The WRX « A » Automatic Chrono is the big brother of the « A » Automatic; it combines Ralf Tech’s Franco Swiss traditions with their military expertise, resulting in a rugged 300m water-resistant diving chronograph.



Ultra-tough and perfectly readable in any light condition, the WRX « A » Automatic Chronograph uses an automatic chronograph movement, the RTAC001 based on the reputable famous Valjoux 7750.



The collection offers 4 variants: each with a generous 47.5mm Stainless case, a 5.9mm-thick domed anti-glare Sapphire crystal, screw-down reinforced and protected crown, solid Stainless steel case-back and rotational diver’s bezels.



Choose from the brushed steel case of Day, polished steel of Noon, Gold PVD of Sunset or Black PVD of Night.

2018-07-31

LINDE WERDELIN 3 Timer OCEAN

Linde Werdelin has released a new addition which will join their classic collection. The 3 Timer Ocean evokes the very spirit of the ocean with its mesmerizing Ocean blue dial while reflecting the brand’s strong diving heritage.

The timepiece features an Ocean blue dial with a matching Ocean blue rubber diver’s strap, ideal for splashing around in the pool this summer or even for mounting your LW Reef onto for a spot of SCUBA.



Originally launched in 2009 the Linde Werdelin 3 Timer was an evolution of – LW’s first ever watch – the Biformeter (Elemental and Two Timer).

The watch retains the Biformeter’s sporty style, although every single detail of the 3 Timer was redesigned in a more refined and subtle fashion:



from the shape of the hands and Luminova indexes to the new dial with its guilloché texture emulating the line of latitude and longitude on the globe.

Power comes from a Swiss made ETA 2893. The watch is available to order in a Limited Edition of 33 pieces with a circa 4 weeks delivery lead-time. MSRP is 7250USD!!!

2018-07-26

PATEK PHILIPPE Aquanaut CHRONO Ref. 5968A

Anyone who has been following OceanicTime for more than a year or so will know that it gets a bit quiet during the summer months;



there’s the Swiss watchmaker’s annual holidays, exciting new models are few and far between and when you’re in a niche such as I am you have to do more than the usual amount of legwork to create content which in the past has lead to me posting one or two questionable watches :-/



It’s time to be a little more aspirational, folks, time to see what the upper echelon have got slapped on their wrists and find out if this 43,700USD sports chronograph from Patek Philippe is a worthy proposition for your coin or indeed you wrist.



Patek’s Aquanaut and Nautilus are the maunfactures’ sportiest models; while they aren’t divers, per se, their names are at least evocative of the ocean and for me there has always been an appeal. Both models are offered in Stainless steel with the Nautilus considered the brand’s entry level model.



The 2018 Aquanaut Chronograph’s use of orange for its hands, markings and additional composite strap, its generous 42.2mm by 11.9mm Stainless steel case with 120 meters of water-resistance further adds to that appeal.



Despite its screw-down crown and tough Sapphire crystal, it’s by no means diver but it is nautical timepiece with an ambition that goes beyond the confines of a tailored shirt cuff – it wants to get wet and who are we to deny it, its right to be worn with neoprene.



Sat proudly at the pinnacle of watch-making, PP have a reputation as one of the finest manufacturers of luxury mechanical wristwatches – in the world (insert Jeremy Clarkson voice over), so it should come as no surprise that this Aquanaut Chrono is endowed with a top notch movement.



The PP Caliber CH 28-520 C mechanical self-winding movement with: chronograph, 60-minute counter, sweep seconds hand (chronograph hand) is comprised of 308 parts, 14 Bridges, 32 Jewels and a maximum power reserve of 55 hours.



Visible through the watch’s Sapphire case-back is a central rotor in solid 21K gold with Patek Philippe’s hallmark seal. It also boasts a Gyromax balance and Spiromax balance spring (as you do); vibrations per hour are 28 800 (at 4 Hz).



Its specially embossed dial is in sporty matte black with white gold applied numerals with luminescent coating.



The watch comes presented on a black ultra-resistant, composite strap with an Aquanaut fold-over clasp in Stainless steel; however it is supplied with an additional orange composite strap.



Thoughts? This possibly makes my ROO Scuba feel a little shabby – AP who?! What do you think; does it appeal to the casual dive watch enthusiast, is it potential grail material???

https://www.patek.com/