Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2018-07-13

MIDO Ocean Star [wot no bronze]

In this day and age, does the absence of a bronze model in your lineup of divers or nautical watches mean that you are out of touch?



Rolex with their clinical style for example have steered well clear of the material – god forbid, the thought of a submariner with patina!



Whereas other manufacturers have for the most embraced the material, offering at least one or two special editions in bronze for their diver’s collections.



I was just about to say kudos, Mido when I saw their newest Ocean Star with what appeared to be a bonze case and read the word ‘’patina’’ in the PR,



(a reference only to the watch’s leather strap) but alas, it’s pink gold PVD all the way for these two new Ocean Star divers.



There’s nothing wrong with a bit of RG PVD, but it just got me thinking – what are your thoughts on Bronze vs. Gold PVD?



On to the Ocean Star refs. M026.430.36.091.00 & M026.430.36.041.00, two nautical-inspired timepieces that have joined Mido’s Ocean Star collection; each with their own distinct personalities.



The first comes with a luxurious green grained dial and a leather strap that will acquire a patina over time – offering a vintage style and color scheme that is evocative of the seaside.




The second model takes its inspiration from the maritime world with its deep blue dial and fabric-style strap in the same shade, reminiscent of boat rigging.



The two nautical watches are fitted with robust Stainless steel cases with polished and satin-finished pink gold PVD treatment and feature aluminum unidirectional rotational diver’s bezels in green or blue.



Reliable companions for all fans of nautical activities, these Ocean Star watches combine robustness, elegance and accuracy.



They are water-resistant to 200 meters and are equipped with the Calibre 80, a next-generation automatic movement which gives them a power reserve of up to 80 hours.



You get also friendly starfish engraving in relief on the case-backs of watches as reminder of where you ought to be this summer – the beach!

2018-07-12

Aquaitico BLUE ANGLES 100M

As a dive watch enthusiast, do you own an aviation watch, yet?



Perhaps you are unwilling to fork out big dollars on say an IWC or Zenith pilot’s watch when they mightn’t be any more than a passing appreciation.



With a mere 199USD price tag, the new Blue Angles 100M from Aquaitico could be the perfect timepiece for your first foray into the world of aviation watches.



Taking its inspiration from the well-known IWC pilot, the Blue Angel’s 316L Stainless steel case is water-resistant to 100 meters.



It measures 40mm in diameter with a lug-lug of 52mm and thickness of 10.5mm. It houses a Seiko NH35.



Its dial and hands are with C3 SuperLuminova. They are protected with a K1 hardened mineral crystal.



On the reverse side, the Blue Angles exhibition case-back sports fighter jet. The watch comes on 22mm leather band and is available, now from Aquaitico.



Follow the link embedded, below for more on the Blue Angels and other models from Aquaitico.



Not a fan of pilot watches? Check out the new Sea Star form Aquaitico by clicking, HERE.

http://www.aquaticowatch.com/

2018-07-04

CRAFTER BLUE Mechanic Ocean [coming SOON]

Here’s a quick look a new diver from Hong Kong based diver strap manufacturer, Crafter Blue.



The Mechanic Ocean (I think Ocean Mechanic might have had a better ring to it) is the brand’s debut diver’s model.



Although the watch makes a pretty bold statement on its own, it’s the lovely straps that do much of the talking for this new dive watch.



Paired with either; all-back, blue and red or grey and orange bi-colored bezels, the straps have a striking look thanks to their contrasting undersides.



Choose between black or blue with a red underside or grey with orange. The straps are made from Vulcanized rubber and are vented.



They have also been designed with curved-ends so as to fit flush against the watch case at the lugs.



In addition, they feature 15 holes, double the amount that are typically found on straps, offering increased flexibility in their length.



There are a total 6 variants of the Mechanic Ocean on offer, 3 with rubber straps and a further 3 with full steel bracelets with impressive looking clasps.



Special features of the Mechanic Ocean include: a left-handed crown set-up and an automatic Helium Escape Valve.



Serving as reminder of the watch’s 300 meters of water-resistance and said HEV which is located at 3 o’clock, is a circular steel ring that surrounds the crystal.



Here you will see engraved text for both of the above diver’s features least we forget them and the Mechanic Ocean’s intent as a professional dive watch.



Further diver’s features include a large screw-down crown and case-back, a domed Sapphire crystal, and a unidirectional diver’s bezel with a green-glowing luminous 12hr pip.



Complementing the bi-colored bezels and straps are a selection of texturized dials. They have BGW9 blue-glowing hands and markers.



Powering the Mechanic Ocean is the specially adjusted Crafter Blue caliber 3531, based on Seiko Japan automatic movement.



The movement is housed in the Mechanic Ocean’s 45mm Stainless steel watch case. Its price is 425USD (PRE-ORDER price).



Follow the link embedded below for more info. on Crafter Blue and the Mechanic Ocean.

https://www.crafterbluewatches.com/

2018-07-03

SEIKO PROSPEX Marinemaster Professional 1000M L.E.

This is SBBN042, a special Tuna 1000M Quartz for the Japanese domestic market. It is a Limited Edition of just 800 pieces as indicated in the white text on its case-back.

Special features incl.: a gold shroud and blue water-resistance text on its dial.



The watch is powered by a highly accurate (±15 seconds per month) Seiko 7C46 Quartz caliber with a battery-life of approx. 5 years.

Its shrouded watch case that gave way to its Tuna can nickname measures: H49.4mm x W49.4mm x D15.3mm. It is fitted with a Sapphire crystal.



Divers features incl.: diver’s bezel, a screw-down case-back and crown, magnetic-resistance and water-resistance to 1000 meters. The watch’s hands and markers are with Seiko LumiBrite.

SBBN042 comes on a black articulated rubber diver’s strap. It is delivered in a special presentation box.



Its Japanese MSRP is 300,000 JPY+TAX. Not a fan of Quartz? Check out SBDX014G.

https://www.seiko-watch.co.jp/prospex/

SEIKO PROSPEX Marinemaster Professional 1000M

This is SBBN040, the Japanese equivalent of Ref. S23626J1. The watch is a Limited Edition of 1978 pieces, referencing the year in which the first Tuna was born.



The watch is powered by a highly accurate (±15 seconds per month) Seiko 7C46 Quartz caliber with a battery-life of approx. 5 years.

Its shrouded watch case that gave way to its Tuna can nickname measures: H49.4mm x W49.4mm x D15.3mm. It is fitted with a Sapphire crystal.



Divers features incl.: divers bezel, a screw-down case-back and crown, magnetic-resistance and water-resistance to 1000 meters. The watch’s hands and markers are with Seiko LumiBrite.

SBBN040 is delivered in a special presentation box. Each of the watches in the LE series gets its serial number engraved on its case-back.



Its Japanese MSRP is 240,000 JPY+TAX. Not a fan of Quartz? Check out SBDX014G.

https://www.seiko-watch.co.jp/prospex/

2018-06-29

Vintage VDB 2018 BLASTED

Vintage-VDB 2018, continue their 10th Anniversary celebrations with the next installment of their popular serial models. If you are new to the brand, they are a must have for any serious collector.



This is the VDB 2018 which comes in 5 variants allowing you to choose from: a Carbon GMT, Bronze, Polished, Blasted or Black PVD model.



The watch gets a Swiss EAT automatic movement and 300 meters of water-resistance. Further divers features include: a timing bezel, sapphire, screw-down crown and case-back.



Special features include an additional crown at 10 o’clock that forms part of the watch’s bezel-locking device. The crown's face is signed with the ''2018 Lock''.



At the bottom of the dial at 6 o’clock the name Efurt proudly sits as a reminder to the region where VDB’s small atelier is in Germany.

The VDB 2018 Blasted is limited to 50 pieces and is currently available at a special pre-order price: 1090 euros until July after which it is will go up to it regular price of 1290euro.



Thoughts? Another chunky VDB serial diver - what's not to like; however I can't help wondering what they could come up with in terms of something a little sleeker.