OceanicTime Archives

2018-10-17

DINO ZEI OROLOGI [a legendary name returns]

Fans of the former Italian dive watch brand, Anonimo will have no doubt heard of Dino Zei who had his own nimo’ signature collection which included the magnificent, San Marco famously worn by Tom Cruise.



Dino Zei, a former Italian naval officer and CEO of G. Panerai & Figlio from 1972 to the 1990s where he was responsible for models such as the Luminor, Egiziano, Radiomir and Mare Nostrum –



is a name that is deeply rooted in the history of both the Officine Panerai and Anonimo Firenze brands.

This great name has returned with a brand-new watch brand, Dino Zei Orologi which has launched with a collection of new models plus the possible return of the legendary San Marco.



The collection currently includes 6 models: the Sauro Chrono released this July, the Todaro Submersible with its Pam-style bezel and brightly colored highlights, its Russian variant, the Akula Submersible and the Seawolf SM available in Bronze or Steel.

The Torado and Akula Submersible models as well as the Seawolf  models all have 49mm cases.



In addition the Ariete GMT which has some Anonimo Millimetri DNA, and last but not least, the Sparviero the likely successor to the San Marco. There is no spec. on the Ariete GMT and so far no pics of the Sparviero.



Thoughts? It’s great to see the Dino Zei name living on.

I have mixed feelings about the lineup, the 49mm models are imho too large for this day and age, the Ariete Gmt shows promise if the size is around 42mm but it has quite a modern style.



However the Sparviero AKA the new San Marco should be a big hit. I wish I had an original San Marco but I do have THIS.

What do you think? I wonder what the prices will be like. Follow the link embedded, below for the full Dino Zei story.

https://www.dinozeiorologi.com/en/

CITIZEN Promaster Diver NY008 Asia LIMITED

The Promaster Diver NY008 has been introduced in 6 different Limited Edition variants that will only be available at key authorized dealers in Asia.



Basic spec. includes a 200m water-resistant case with diver bezel and a Citizen Cal.8203 automatic movement with a day / date display.



Shown here with its gold case and green bezel is the Singapore and Malaysia Edition which is Limited to 500 pieces.



All Promaster Diver NY008 Asia Limited Editions get a special case-back with a Japanese Fugu fish AKA Pufferfish design on their case-backs.


2018-10-15

SEIKO Prospex SAVE the OCEAN SE collection

Here’s a quick shufty at the new Seiko Prospex’s Save The Ocean SE collection in its entirety. We have previously looked at the US refs.



These are the JP refs. along with their respective JPY MSRPs. Oh, and their case-backs with their AIR DIVER’s 200m Special Edition engravings.



First up we have the Turtle ref. SBDY021 / SRPC91K1 which has an MSRP of 57,000JPY + tax. Basic spec. includes: a H47.7mm x W45mm x D13.4mm Stainless steel case with Hardlex, 200m and 4R36 Auto.



Then we have the Sammy ref. SBDY019 / SRPC93K1 which has an MSRP of 63,000JPY + tax. Basic spec. includes: a H48.4mm x W43.8mm x D13.4mm Stainless steel case with Hardlex, 200m and 4R35 Auto.



Finally, the Solar Diving Chrono ref. SBDL055 / SSC675P1 which has an MSRP of 52,000JPY + tax. Basic spec. includes: a H50mm x W43.5mm x D13.8mm Stainless steel case with Hardlex, 200m and V175 Solar.



All watches of the SAVE the OCEAN collection are characterized by their special blue wave-pattern dial and matching blue bezels.



Always heartening to see attention being drawn to the state of our oceans; judos Seiko. Thoughts? Nice looking bunch – the Sammy would be my pick. What about you?

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

2018-10-12

MAEN Watches HUDSON

Who doesn’t like a simple, classic style? Here’s a great example of just that in an offering from MAEN Watches, a new brand started by 2 Dutchmen.



They have three models of which one, the Hudson Automatic (named after the New York river of the same name) is a diver.



The Hudson Automtic is available in two case sizes - 38 or 42mm, two colors - jet black or midnight blue, and with two strap options - a black NATO or a Stainless bracelet.



The Jet black variant comes with either a black or white rehaut which is known as the Jet Black WR. The dial is covered with a domed Sapphire crystal.



Speaking of WR, the Hudson Automatic has a water-resistance of 200m or 100m depending on whether or not you option the sapphire case-back.



Powering the all variants is a Swiss made ETA 2824-2 Elaboré grade automatic movement. Regardless of size, color or strap options, the Hudson Auto is priced €399.

https://www.maenwatches.com/

2018-10-11

LACO Squad ATACAMA 2

It may be named after the driest desert in the world, the Atacama Desert which spans 1000km from the Pacific coast to the Andes Mountains,



but this 50 ATM water-resistant member of LACO’s Squad collection is a proper adventurer’s watch brought back to life and designed (in part) with the close cooperation of the German Army and its special units.



Designed with the military as well as members of the police and emergency services in mind plus lovers of the great outdoors (which includes the OCEAN), the new Atacama 2 is a watch that has a couple cool tricks up its sleeves.



Or should I say engineered with sleeves in mind, specifically the wrist part of them because not only does it boast an unusual but not unheard of (Anonimo Militare, Triton Spirotechnique, VDB 2012) 12 o’ clock crown position but it also has hinged lugs.



This means that despite its generous 46mm diameter it should fit snuggly and comfortably against all wrists. In addition, the winding-crowing which is typically a sport watch’s Achilles Heel is safely nestled in-between the lugs.



Other special features of the Atacama 2 include a black PVD coated Stainless steel case fitted with a knurled rotational bezel with a backwards anti-clockwise countdown function, which is said to be particularly useful when coordinating joint deployments.



Tough Sapphire crystals on the front and back of the watch protect its inner-workings while its hands, numbers and indexes are coated with brightly-glowing SLN.



Powering the Atacama 2 is a Laco 24 automatic movement, based on the Swiss caliber ETA 2824.2. MSRP is 930€ (1130USD). Estimated date of delivery is October 2018.



Thoughts? I think I have a bit of crush on this one; design heritage, engineered quirkiness and German ruggedness all rolled in one – I love it! What do you think?

https://www.laco.de/en

CRONUS Prototype 2 DESERT SAND

Here’re a couple of scorching hot pics of the 2018 German Design Award nominee in the category for excellent product designs, the CRONUS Prototype 2.

Seen here on its canvas strap on the baking sands of the Namib Desert, Namibia, the Prototype 2 looks to be the ultimate dune diver but make no mistake this watch is far happier getting wet.



Equipped with a patent-pending crown locking system controlled axially by a spring, and a red safety ring that warns wearers of unsafe conditions, this robustly built waterproof watch is highly stress-resistant and unaffected by external influences.



Every watch is ‘Made in Germany’ with its case manufactured by Glashütte watchmakers and assembled in strictly limited batches.

Power comes from a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement with a stop-seconds function and a power reserve of 40 hours.



Follow the link embedded below for more info. plus follow these links to read my in-depth REVIEW and to see the BLACK edition.

https://www.cronus-watches.de

2018-10-09

STEINHART Ocean One PINK GOLD

Get your bling on with the latest Ocean One, now available with a tasteful 316L Stainless steel Pink Gold coated satin and polished case.



Basic spec. includes: an ETA 2824-2 Elaboré grade automatic movement, Sapphire crystal, 300 meters of water-resistance and BGW9 lume.

MSRP is 480. Follow the link embedded, below for more on this and other divers models form STEINHART.

TUSENÖ Blackwater SSRS

This is the Tusenö Blackwater, a unique dive watch project made for the Swedish Sea Rescue Society.

The Swedish Sea Rescue Society is involved in 80% of all sea rescue operations in Sweden with over a century of saving lives at sea.



The Blackwater was designed to withstand the rigors of daily life in the SSRS.

It features a complex design with an integrated bracelet, molded case-back and Tusenö’s new signature wave pattern.



On the dial and case-back you will find the SSRS logo, exclusive to the Limited Edition Blackwater.

Limited to 300 individually numbered pieces, the Blackwater was designed in Sweden but will be made in Switzerland.



Basic spec. includes a Stainless steel case with 40.5mm diameter x 50mm lug-lug, 300m, AR Sapphire crystal, 120 click bezel, BGW9 lume, Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement.



The Blackwater is priced 10.000 SEK approx. 1100USD.

For every one sold, Tusenö will donate the equivalent value of a one-year membership to the SSRS.

https://tuseno.com/

CERTINA DS Action GMT Powermatic 80

This good-looking trio will join the other DS Action models that make up Certina’s Aqua Collection, bringing the family up to 7 members.



The GMT Powermatic 80 comes in three striking looks that includes: a brushed Stainless steel model with a black and red Coke-style GMT inner-timing bezel and two black-PVD models with either green or orange GMT scales, hands and dial markers.



Basic spec. includes: 43mm x 12.6mm cases, 200 meters of WR and automatic movements.

Each of the watches in the collection are delivered on their own straps / bracelets which include: a brushed and polished 5-link Stainless steel bracelet, a tan leather band and green fabric strap.



The watches are available for pre-order form Certina ADs, worldwide. MSRP circa 1000USD.

https://www.certina.com/

2018-10-08

SEIKO Prospex DIVERSCUBA ref. SBDC065

This is the NEW Seiko Prospex Diverscuba Coral ref. SBDC065 with its gorgeous sunburst blue dial which may or may not be graduated?

Features of the watch include: a 44mm x 13.5mm x 50.1mm Stainless steel case featuring Seiko’s super-hard Dia Shield coating and a Sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective coating.



Divers features include: magnetic-resistance, divers bezel, screw-down case-back and crown, Seiko LumiBrite hands and markers and 200 meters of water-resistance.


Power comes from an automatic with manual winding Seiko 6R15 movement a power reserve of 50hrs and a static accuracy of -15 to +25 seconds per day.



This is a Japan ref. where it has a retail price of 120,000 JPY+TAX.

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