Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2015-03-31

LONGINES Heritage DIVER 1967

By TLex For those that can’t get enough of re-editions, here’s another beautiful reproduction that remains faithful to the original while making one or two technical updates, and it shouldn’t break the bank either. I also think it's a much better looking watch than last year’s Heritage Diver AUTO & CHRONO models were, don't you think?!



Longines continues to explore its rich watchmaking history with an elegant new heritage model called the Heritage Diver 1967. With literally decades of diving heritage to draw upon, Longines newest divers model takes us back to the 60s, when scuba diving was still very much in its hay day. For reference, Longines produced the very first ever divers watch, known as the Longines Royal Navy watch from 1943.



With a design that dates back to 1967, the year that the original model was first produced (which btw currently resides in the Longines museum in Saint-Imier), the new Heritage Diver’s most prominent feature is its graduated divers bezel with its Bordeaux-red aluminum inlay, which contrasts so perfectly with its black opaline dial and silver-colored hour-markers.

As well as a timing bezel, the watch is also equipped with a tachymeter function, which can be read from the scale of the internal ring. It is used to calculate the speed of the diver: the chronograph must be triggered at the starting point and stopped once the distance of 1km is completed. Then the hand will indicate the divers average speed.



The Longines Heritage Diver 1967’s 42mm Stainless steel case houses an automatic L688.2 (ETA A08.231) chronograph movement that features a completely original design, reflecting the model that inspired it.

In keeping with the divers theme, the hands and hour markers are coated in SuperLumiNova while the caseback and crown are both screwed to ensure water resistance of up to 30 bar, the equivalent of 300 meters.



The watches are fitted with either, a Stainless steel bracelet, a black leather band or rubber divers strap. An engraving of a diver adorns the caseback as a reminder of the first divers watches produced by Longines.

http://www.longines.com/

U-BOAT Batisfera AKA the CAPSULE Watch

By TLex Coming from the Italian for Bathysphere, the new U-BOAT Batisfera AKA the Capsule Watch is the latest creation designed by Italo Fontana. It was directly inspired by the shape of the earliest deep-sea capsules, specifically those from the 1930’s.



U-BOAT’s Italo has always been fascinated by bathyspheres from the early 30s, and so designed the Capsule Watch to exhibit their typical characteristics, such the rounded shape of the porthole windows that were bolstered by thick pressure-resistant glass to ensure that the occupants could survived the treacherous dives.

Made from strong glass, these spherical portholes were clamped to the external hull of the capsule using a system of levers to ensure water-resistance.

The Capsule watch uses a similar patented system to clamp the glass to the watch’s Grade 5 Titanium case by means of a system of external fixing levers that are guaranteed to withstand the pressure exerted by both internal and external forces.



The two main levers, blocked in place by a third one positioned at 3 o’clock and by special safety screws, press the domed glass in Hesalite against the waterproof gasket beneath. This system secures the watch in the event of any changes in pressure.

The entire process of opening and removing the glass can be performed without dismantling any of the watch’s main components (usually the bezel must be removed), but only the crystal.



The watch comes in a Limited Edition 288 pieces with two different variants, which are with either a black or beige colored dial. It’s pretty cool concept, but I’m not sure I really get the execution and with just 100 meters of water-resistance, it kind of misses the whole point of a deep sea capsule inspired watch.

From what I’ve read online, even as far back as the 30s, there were bathyspheres that were capable of reaching 10 times the water-resistance of this. I like THIS a whole lot more!

2015-03-26

Sinn U212 S E DIVING Watch

By TLex Big and bold! Sinn go big with their latest model, the new U212 S E, which combines a high-quality Black Hard Coated 47mm case with vintage-style ivory-colored hours, hands and bezel markings to create striking contrast.



It is the first model in Sinn's collection with a diameter of 47mm, making it their biggest dive watch to date.



Constructed from high-strength seawater-resistant German Submarine Steel with a Black Hard Coating on a TEGIMENT Technology basis, the Sinn U212 is a certified diver with credentials.



It has been tested based on European diving equipment standards and certified by DNV GL, who certified its pressure-resistance to 100 bar (DIN 8310).



Further features include: Sinn's captive diver's bezel with minute ratcheting, Ar-Dehumidifying Technology for enhanced fog-free readability and an anti-reflective coated Sapphire crystal. Further divers features include: a screwdown caseback and crown,



The Limited Edition of 300 units is powered by a Swiss SW 300-1 automatic movement with 25 jewels, 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour, seconds stop function, shock-resistance as per DIN 8308 and anti-magnetic as per DIN 8309. Its functions include; hours, minutes, seconds and date display.

2015-03-24

ROLEX Yacht-Master NEW

By TLex Boasting a new 18ct Everose Gold case with a contrasting black Cerachrom bezel and matching black dial complete with sporty red 'Yacht-Master' text and Rolex's new Oysterflex bracelet - this the latest version of Rolex's nautical Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master and what a beauty it is!



Offered in two sizes: 40mm or a new 37mm diameter, the new Yacht-Master’s Oyster case, has a guaranteed water-resistance to a depth of 100 meters (330 feet). I know it isn't a diver, but I think even the most basic nautical watches should push for at least 200m.




Housing a high-precision automatic movement, the main case has been constructed from a solid block of 18ct Everose gold, that was cast by Rolex in their own foundry. Its fluted caseback and winding crown have been fitted with Rolex's Triplock triple waterproofness system – that screws everything down securely against the case.




Divers features include: a screwdown crown with integrated crown guard and a rotational timing-bezel with a new Cerachrom inlay in black ceramic with highly polished raised numerals and graduations, which not only look amazing against the matte insert, but allow the wearer to easily read elapsed times of up to 60 minutes.



A Sapphire crystal with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock allows for easy reading of the date. Like its namesake (the mythical beast), it's pretty ugly, but is a well known hallmark of the Yacht-Master and other Rolex sports models; if left out, it would surely be missed!



The matching (with the bezel) matte black dial is a first for the Yacht-Master - it is fitted with a set of highly-contrasting broad Chromalight hands and hour markers that have been filled with a BGW9 SLN, which emits a long-lasting blue glow.



The new Yacht-Master has been fitted with a new Oysterflex bracelet, developed and patented by Rolex. It offers a sporty alternative to a metal bracelets without compromising robustness, water-proofness or reliability. Aesthetically and in terms of suppleness and comfort, it just like a rubber strap. However its resistance is comparable to that of a metal bracelet thanks to a superelastic metal blade that lies at its core - which is over-moulded with a high-performance black elastomer, a viscoelastici (having both viscosity and elasticity) polymer.



For extra comfort, the inside of the Oysterflex bracelet is equipped with a patented longitudinal cushion system that stabilizes the watch on your wrist. The bracelet is fitted with an 18ct Everose gold Oysterlock safety clasp that prevents any accidental opening. Sounds pretty amazing - all we need now is one that can retro-fit to our DS, Subs ad SDs.

2015-03-23

ORIS Divers SIXTY-FIVE

By TLex Dive back 50yrs in time with Oris, who just have released a new retro-diver named the, Oris Divers Sixty-Five, which gets it looks from the 1960s original, only with a one or two modernized tweaks using 21st century watch-making techniques.



Oris’s original 1965 diver’s watch featured a chromium-plated brass case with a Plexiglas acrylic crystal, a bi-directional rotating bezel, and a versatile black plastic ‘tropic design’ strap. Most importantly, it was water-resistant to 10 bar/100m.



The re-edition’s case is now a more contemporary 40mm in diameter, and is made of anti-corrosive Stainless steel. It is fitted with a vintage-inspired bubble-curved Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on its inside to reduce glare and increase legibility underwater.



Divers have long relied on accurate and robust wristwatches for keeping track of dive time and measuring decompression stops. One significant update is the new watch’s unidirectional rotating bezel, which has a black aluminum inlay with a 60-minute scale.



The original’s tritium-filled hands and indices have also been updated, and are now filled with “Light Old Radium” SuperLumiNova that contrasts with the black dial for better legibility.



The new watch is still only water-resistant to 10bar/100m and has a screwdown Stainless steel crown. Housed inside is an automatic Oris Calibre 733, which powers hour, minute and central second hands and a date function at 6 o’clock.



The steel caseback is engraved with the same historical Oris emblem as the 1965 original, and the watch’s details are complemented by a black textile or rubber ‘tropic-style’ divers strap with a Stainless steel buckle.

2015-03-22

BALL Watch Co. Engineer Master II SKINDIVER II

By TLex This is the all-new Engineer Master II Skindiver II, unveiled at Baselworld, this week. It pays homage to the 1962 vintage BALL Skindiver watch as well as the US Coast Guard reserve.



Being a modern dive watch its 43mm Stainless steel case has a larger diameter than the vintage Skindiver I and has been fitted with a number of contemporary divers features that include:



a divers bezel with a polished side in Clous d Paris and a ceramic luminous inlay, an automatic Helium release valve and 500m of water- resistance.



Despite its slim profile at just 14mm thick, the new Skindiver II can withstand up to 5000Gs of shock and is anti-magnetic to 4800A/m.

It comes in a special presentation box-set with steel bracelet and a black rubber divers strap.

http://www.ballwatch.com/

BALL Watch Co. Fireman NECC

By TLex Ball Watch Co. have announced a new addition to their Fireman collection, the new Fireman NECC Watch has been made in honor of the US Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC).



It features ultra-tough 42mm case that has been made from Steel Carbide. It has all the usual divers features: a rotational bezel, an anti-reflective treated Sapphire crystal and screwdown crown and caseback with the inscription ‘Precision Under Fire’.



Its Steel Carbide case can withstands to 5,000Gs of force and has a water-resistance to 300 meters. The dial has a circular (snailing) pattern and is available in either black, blue or silver.

http://www.ballwatch.com/

2015-03-20

H2O Kalmar II OceanicTime Special Edition 8000M

By TLex Here are the first images of the production model, H2O Kalmar II OceanicTime Special Edition 8000M, one of deepest and most accessible production mechanical divers watches available in the world, today!



Both watches, this and the previously seen, 6000M water-resistant version are available to order NOW from H2O Watches online-store (please follow the links, HERE (6K) and HERE (8K)).



Both the 6K and 8K versions are currently being assembled in Germany and are just a few short weeks away with an expected delivery date from the end of April. Features and specifications of the 8000M version are as follows:



Its dial is in a high-gloss deep-black with the H2O Kalmar’s signature double hour markers, which have been generously filled with Swiss BGW9 SLN. There is a choice of either a gloss-orange minute-hand, or full chrome handset.



The hour markers, the H2O cresting wave logo and the OceanicTime Diver icon are all in chrome, creating a visually stunning effect when paired with the chrome handset, mentioned above.



Both minute-markers and the date window have been removed from the dial to keep it as clean and elegant looking as possible. All the hands have also been filled with Swiss BGW9 SLN.



A single line of gloss-orange ‘8000M’ text stands out against the glossy black of the dial, serving as a stark but proud reminder of the watch's staggering level of water-resistance.



The Swiss made, ETA 2892 that powers the Kalmar II OceanicTime SE 8000M is just over 3.5mm in height, so while the watch has a 6mm thick solid Grade 5 Titanium caseback and a 8.25mm thick raised Sapphire crystal, it remains wearable.



Grade 5 Titanium was specifically chosen by H2O's engineers when developing the Kalmar II OceanicTime SE as it is almost twice as hard as 316L Stainless steel and 40% lighter! It has been used for the main case and its components.



For reference, Grade 5 Titanium has a hardness of 349 Vickers. By comparison 316L Ss has a hardness of 152 while G2 Ti is 149 Vickers. Another benefit of Titanium is that it is hypoallergenic, meaning that, it will not react with your skin to cause any irritation.



The watch’s dimensions are as follows; the case has a diameter of 42.5mm, the bezel a diameter of 44mm while the overall-length is 53.4mm and the total thickness of the watch (including its 8.25mm thick crystal) is just 21.6mm.



This is almost 7mm thinner (6.9mm to be precise) than the famous CX Swiss Military 20,000FEET and more than 5 and ½ millimeters thinner (5.6mm) than the HELBERG CH1 (also from H2O Watches), which both have 2000M less WR.



Divers features include: an automatic Helium Escape Valve (9 o’clock), a Grade 5 Ti divers bezel with a black ceramic inlay and BGW9 luminous dive-time-scale, a solid screwdown Grade 5 Ti caseback engraved with the OceanicTime diver motif and an 8mm OT diver signed screwdown crown.



Pressure-resistance is up to 800 bar, the equivalent of 8000 meters. Testing was conducted by a leading German research company that is the only facility of its type in Germany capable of pressure testing to 4000 bar!



This is one of, if not the deepest Swiss powered, European built production mechanical divers watches available, today. It is also has one of, if not the best depth-rating to case thickness ratios, and is certainly the most affordable and most obtainable extreme diver of its kind.



Standard accessories of the watch include: a handmade 5mm thick black calfskin strap with white contrast stitching, an H2O CNC Grade 5 Titanium buckle, a hex-screw driver, a security case and a warranty card.



Optional accessories include: a 5mm thick and ultra-strong H2O Grade 5 Titanium bracelet with hex screws and micro-adjustment clasp.



Pricing for the Kalmar II OceanicTime SE are as follows: PRE-ORDER PRICING until 30.04.2015: 6000M: 949 Euro (excl. 19% VAT) / $996 (excl. 19% VAT) 8000M: 1190 Euro (excl. 19% VAT) / $1250 (excl. 19% VAT).



Optional bracelet: 250 Euro (excl. 19% VAT) / $262,50 (excl. 19% VAT) Premium UPGRADE Package for the H2O KALMAR 2 OceanicTime SE 6000M incl. ETA 2892 and 4 high quality leather straps: 200 Euro (excl. 19% VAT) / $210 (excl. 19% VAT) 19% VAT only for EU customers.