OceanicTime Archives

2019-06-17

IWC Cousteau DIVERS

Okay, so I’m pretty embarrassed to say that I totally forgot to do anything for World Oceans Day which was on June 8th – not good enough really but at least IWC stepped up with a new initiative to support a pioneering ocean environmental project, headed up by their partner, Cousteau Divers.



Cousteau Divers plans to study the effects of climate change by measuring the temperature beneath the ocean’s surface, combining data from precision sensors with measurements taken by thousands of recreational divers. The aim is to give scientists a clearer understanding of how the ocean’s temperature affects biodiversity and climate change.

FYI, the ocean absorbs about 90% of the planet’s heat and produces more than half the oxygen we breathe. It acts as the Earth’s air conditioning system, and feeds the hungry mouths of hundreds of millions of us.



A critical factor in understanding how the ocean stores and releases energy is its temperature; however, scientists still need lots more data in order to build a complete picture of how ocean temperatures vary at depth, especially in coastal ecosystems, which are home to the vast majority of oceanic biodiversity.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau created the Cousteau Society In 1973 as non-profit dedicated to the protection of oceanic life. His life’s work adopts a deep respect for marine life and the willingness to help protect it.



This need to protect endangered species is just as relevant today as ever, and is something that IWC has been lending its support to since 2003. They paid tribute to the ocean-going pioneer with four limited special editions, while a fifth, the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Jacques-Yves Cousteau, celebrated the 100th birthday of the famous researcher and filmmaker in 2010.

IWC has now extended its partnership with the Cousteau Society by supporting Cousteau Divers.



Cousteau Divers BTW was founded by Pierre-Yves Cousteau in 2009 to empower recreational divers worldwide to help study and protect marine life. Cousteau Divers focusses on citizen science, outreach and conservation, working closely with the Cousteau Society.

A team of Cousteau Divers’ volunteer engineers, led by Brad Bazemore and Brendan Walters, have developed a prototype for a portable precision temperature sensor. The device will track GPS and underwater navigational information, and measure the temperature with high degrees of accuracy.



As a systems platform, the device will later be able to include additional oceanographic measurements such as conductivity, optical density and pH. Capiche?

Approximately 50 of these sensors will be deployed to dive centers globally, at locations selected with the help of scientific partners. The entire project is open source, meaning that both the hardware and the software designs are available online, in order to foster innovation and creativity from the global communities of both divers and engineers.



This pilot deployment will last for 18 months to gather user feedback and verify the validity of the data collected before a second, larger deployment takes place. At this point, the online platform will accept a variety of oceanographic data sources.

Thanks to this collaborative effort, Cousteau Divers has the potential to reveal the temperature of the ocean with scientific accuracy, in near real-time, and using cost-effective citizen science.



Shown in these images is Pierre-Yves Cousteau, marine conservationist and founder of Cousteau Divers, who is wearing an Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau ref. IW376805. All photos are by Remy Steiner for IWC.

BTW love the throwback divers outfit with beanie - classic Cousteau!

2019-06-13

YEMA Superman Heritage BRONZE

YEMA has reissued one of its most emblematic diver’s models, a version the SUPERMAN 53.00.16 which was first released in 1970, in Bronze.



New BRONZE wristwatches continue to trickle into the market with each year; and while there is still some debate as its aesthetic appeal;

no one can argue with bronze’s relevance in the nautical world or indeed its suitability to scuba diving.



With a high, tensile-strength and saltwater-corrosion resistance, bronze has been used for maritime applications for literally thousands of years and remains in use to this day –

ship’s propellers, pumps, valves, bushes, bearings, shafts and fasteners as well as its use in the world of offshore and commercial diving.



The Superman Heritage Bronze comes in a 39mm or 41mm in diameter bronze case with a brushed finish.



The case has a water-resistance of 300m – you can see one of the watches proudly sat on the Swiss Roxer pressure-testing equipment in one of the pics shown in this article.



As this is a Superman, Yema’s hallmark bezel-locking mechanism makes an appearance, a devise that has proved itself indispensable for scuba diving.



Other historical references include: round indexes with a SuperLuminova coating, and of course Yema’s iconic shovel-style seconds hand as well as an old school domed Sapphire crystal.



Like any bronze diver, each Superman Heritage Bronze will develop a unique patina over time depending on its use and exposure to different atmospheric and climatic conditions.



Speaking of which, Yema have equipped this new bronze diver with a Stainless stele case-back so as to avoid any unwanted reaction between bronze and your sweat.



Each watch will have a natural vintage look however with all the advantages of modern mechanical diving features.



Designed in close collaboration with professional diver Hugues Vitry, the Superman Heritage Bronze will be available in an exclusive numbered Limited Edition of 1948 timepieces.



The Superman Heritage Bronze has already smashed its Kickstarter target when it debuted earlier this month.



World-renowned diver and vice president of the Marine Megafauna Conservation Organization (M2CO), Hugues Vitry contacted Yema to support his marine scientific expedition called Maubydick Mission, which is aimed at studying Sperm Whale populations in the Indian Ocean.

Yema has pledged 3% of the value Superman Heritage Bronze sold to M2CO to save these gentle giants of the oceans from extinction.



BTW, for anyone discovering Yema for the first time; they sent the first French watch into space; a Yema was the first French dive watch to go deeper than 300m, the first French watch worn on North Pole expedition as well as one being worn by France's Air Force One pilots and renowned transatlantic sailing champions.



Thoughts?

The combination of bronze and blue will certainly prove too much for many to resist while the inclusion of two case sizes will ensure that the Superman Heritage Bronze has an even wider scope of appeal.

This is pretty compelling package for a bronze diver that has true heritage and pedigree. What do you think, you in?



MOVEMENT YEMA's in-house Caliber MBP 1000

CASE & BEZEL 39mm & 41mm - Bronze case, bezel and crown

DIAL & HANDS Blue dial, cream-colored index, bronze hands with Super-LumiNova finish

CRYSTAL Domed sapphire with Anti-Reflection treatment

3 BANDS Brown vintage leather, black rubber Tropic and navy blue nylon NATO

PRICE 1399USD (Kickstarter Price 699USD)

Made in France.

Available for PRE-ORDER as of June 1st, 2019 on Kickstarter.com

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/yemawatches/yema-superman-heritage-bronze-iconic-dive-watch-reissue

https://en.yema.com/

2019-06-12

ZODIAC Super Sea Wolf 53 COMPRESSION ref. ZO9275

Zodiac has released a lovely looking pair of retro divers – this is ref. ZO9275 of the new Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Auto;



Inspired, say Zodiac by the vivid hues of the ocean deep, the exclusive Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression –



embodies the beauty of the open water with its bold blue tones on the bezel and colorful accents on the dial.



Its 40mm x 13mm x 49mm classic brushed Stainless steel case is complemented by a vintage-style black rubber diver’s strap.



This 200m water-resistant case houses Zodiac’s Swiss-made STP 3-13 automatic movement.



It has an MSRP of 1095USD. Thoughts? Great looking old school diver!

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

ZODIAC Super Sea Wolf 53 COMPRESSION ref. ZO9274

Zodiac has released a lovely looking pair of retro divers – this is ref. ZO9274 of the new Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Auto;



Inspired, say Zodiac by the vivid hues of the ocean deep, the exclusive Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression –



embodies the beauty of the open water with its bold blue tones on the bezel and colorful accents on the dial.



Its 40mm x 13mm x 49mm classic brushed Stainless steel case is complemented by a five-link Stainless steel bracelet.



This 200m water-resistant case houses Zodiac’s Swiss-made STP 3-13 automatic movement.



It has an MSRP of 1395USD. Thoughts? Damn pretty!

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

NEW Diver’s Watch category for GPHG

The Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève has opened up a couple of new categories for 2019 of which, The Diver’s Watch Prize will honor a watch linked to this underwater world.

The new GPHG Diver's Watch category is dedicated to watches linked to the world of diving, whose functions, materials and designs are suited to this activity.



The list of watches competing in the 2019 edition will be available online as of July 15th 2019.

The 2019 list of prize-winners will be announced on Thursday November 7th at the Théâtre du Léman in Geneva, Switzerland.


2019-06-11

ORIS Aquis Chronograph BLUE WHALE

Named after the gentle giant of the sea, this is the new Oris Blue Whale, a Limited Edition dive watch based on the Aquis chronograph of which it is the first model to have a 3, 6 and 9 dial layout.



As part of Oris’ ongoing Oceans Project, The Blue Whale LE forms the last piece in the Ocean Trilogy collection of which we have already seen:

the Clean Ocean Limited Edition and the Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III watches which were released earlier this year at Baselworld 2019.



While those divers focused on restoring coral reefs and cleaning the world’s ocean, the Blue Whale Limited Edition is aimed at protecting the world’s largest animal, the Blue Whale.

Six out of 13 great whale species are classified as endangered. Over a thousand whales are killed every year for commercial purposes despite the moratorium on whaling.



Only as few as 10,000 blue whales are thought to be left in our oceans. If we can’t protect them, what hope is there for the health of our oceans?

The Blue Whale Limited Edition has been produced in partnership with WDC AKA Whale and Dolphin Conservation, the leading charity dedicated to the protection of whales and dolphins.



Based on the Oris Aquis diver’s watch, it has a 45.5mm Stainless steel case water-resistant to 500 meters, an aqua blue ceramic bezel and a graduated aqua blue dial.

Inside it is an automatic Swiss Made chronograph movement, powering the first ever Aquis 3, 6 and 9 chronograph dial layout.



Its case-back carries an embossed Blue Whale and the Limited Edition number of 200 pieces.

The Blue Whale LE is only available as part of the Oris Ocean Trilogy set, which comes in a special presentation box made of recycled PET plastic.



Presented alongside the Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III and the Oris Clean Ocean Limited, it has a Swiss retail price of 9600CHF and is available as of June 2019.

2019-06-10

CAVENAGO Acciaiopuro TRILOGY

Italian Swiss watchmaker, Cavenago have released a new diver’s models called Acciaiopuro Automatic which completes a trilogy of Acciaopuro AKA the PureSteel series.



The key differences between this latest automatic variant and the two models that preceded it, is its movement.

This is a Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 automatic with 25 jewels and a beat-rate of (Hz) 28.000 vibrations per hour.



The dial, too is presented in its purest form, cleaner and more minimalist thanks to the deletion the minute markers as well as Arabic numerals from the dial.



Acciaopuro Automatic also features a centralized sweep seconds hand chosen to give the watch a classic look while furthering its vintage aesthetic.

The white hands and index are with Swiss SuperLumiNova.



Characterized by its 10 o’clcok crown position, the especially in-house designed Acciaopuro’s asymmetric case remains.



Hand assembled in Switzerland, the Acciaopuro Auto’s rushed steel case measures 46mm in diameter and is water-resistant to 300 meters.



It is fitted with: a fixed bezel, a domed Sapphire crystal as well as a screw-down case-back and crown.

Finally this unusual yet ultimately desirable diver comes on a hand-stitched leather band. The watch is available now; follow the link HERE for more info.

https://www.w3.cavenagowatch.com/