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2020-07-06

TUDOR Black Bay FIFTY-EIGHT

Tudor has released a new Navy Blue version of their flagship diver’s model, known as the Black Bay Fifty Eight, a watch for the faithful.



The BB Fifty-Eight presented in traditional Navy Blue color codes takes its moniker from the year that Tudor’s first diver’s watch was born; 1958.



The OG Tudor divers’ watch is a bit of legend in certain circles. The 200 meter water-resistant dive watch, known by its reference number: 7924 or simply as Big Crown, was first presented in 1958.



The 2020 BB 1958 recalls several aesthetic historic design features, such as its modest 39mm case diameter which is not only in line with 1950s trends, but also today’s.



While the size is ideal for a smaller wrist, there is this growing trend among those with a more purist approach to vintage and retro wristwatches that prefer a more compact size.



Talking once again of color, Navy Blue doesn’t quite date back as 1958 as it was 1969 that Tudor introduced a divers’ watch with a blue dial and bezel.



The other sports models in the collection were soon also dressed in blue, immediately creating a lasting aesthetic signature which came to be known as Tudor Blue.



That watch was soon adopted by the French Navy during the 1970s, who continued to receive service watches is the famous Navy Blue livery.



This is a colour that Tudor have employed on the BB 1958’s synthetic soft-touch fabric strap. Below are all the Key Features of the Black Bay 1958 Navy Blue:



The 39mm watch case is in 316L Stainless steel. The dial is domed as in a Navy Blue with a matt grained finish with applied hour-markers.



The dial comes with Tudor’s legendary Snowflake hands, a hallmark of all Tudor divers' watches, since 1969. These are with grade A, Swiss SuperLumiNova.



Power comes from a Tudor Manufacture Calibre MT5402, COSC-certified automatic mechanical movement with an Si (silicon) balance spring and an autonomy of up to 70hrs.



Actually I am not sure on MSRP, but I can tell you that the watch comes with three straps/bracelet options: a blue Jacquard fabric with a silver band, blue soft touch, and riveted steel.



Thoughts? If I was in the market for a new watch – this one makes me wish I had a smaller wrist. Although I wear a Rolex as my daily, I feel that the BB perhaps is a classier option.

I imagine that Tudor fanboys are running round with the legs crossed for fear of wetting themselves but despite the classic style and tasteful colour codes it’s a quite a familiar look and you know what familiarity does.



But what do you think? Is it too small or does it hit the sweet spot with its 39mm size and Navy Blue?

2020-07-03

YEMA Superman Heritage 63 FISH SCALES BRACELET

Yema pays tribute to the very first Superman from 1963 with the release of the new Superman Heritage 63 which they have launched in cooperation with Jason Washington, a professional scuba diver and underwater photog.



Jason was the 2017 International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame honoree, and his underwater photography has been featured in many print publications including the National Geographic.

He is responsible for pics like the one shown a little further down with the très joli derrière!



He is also an iconic figure in the Cayman Islands underwater community, where he's at the origin of several projects which aim at protecting the delicate marine life found in the waters of the Cayman Islands and promoting sustainable tourism.



For this unique release, the Superman Heritage 63 was designed and thoroughly tested with the support and input of Jason.



What’s more Yema will be equipping some special versions of the watch with their historic “fish scales” bracelet which the OG watch was also supplied with.



In addition to the special bracelet the watch gets two further characteristic, unique to the Superman family. Namely its famous bezel-lock and of course the iconic “shovel” seconds hand.



Water-resistant up to 300m, and equipped with its iconic bezel-lock mechanism, the Superman Heritage 63 also comes with the same vintage“Skin Diver” hands as the OG model.



However in order to differentiate the new Heritage 63, the watch also gets said “shovel” seconds hand as well as a new Sapphire bezel inlay echoing that of the OG’s glossy Bakelite bezel.



Here’s some brief history on the Superman. In the early 60's, Yema began work on a professional diver’s watch project designed for the civilian use.



In 1963 they launched the very first 990ft water-resistant, non-military diver’s watch, nicknamed Superman owing to its special feats of engineering.



This Superman Heritage 63 Limited Edition pays tribute to the historic model by recreating the OG design while the professional diving features have been updated to current standards found on most dive watches.



The screw-down crown, the crown guards and Yema's proprietary bezel-lock, designed as a triple underwater safety feature, made of the Superman a unique diver back in the 1960's.



The unique Superman bezel-lock at 3 o'clock has proven very useful to professional divers and is found on all Superman models since 1963.



The Superman Heritage 63 also features a high-quality double domed Sapphire crystal offering better readability underwater as well as enhanced shock-resistance.

Meanwhile an anti-corrosion 316L Stainless steel band with secure-lock comes with a diver’s extension so you can adjust it quickly and easily over a diver’s wetsuit



The 316L Steel case-back proudly displays Yema's historic crest, embossed with a hydraulic press. Each of the two diameter variants are engraved with a unique number from 0001 to 1000.



The "Skin Diver" inscription pays tribute to Yema’s first dive watches from the 1950's which inspired the creation of the Superman 1963 dial.



The hands, dial markers and bezel graduation have all been treated with Swiss SuperLumiNova so as to offer perfect readability in low lighting conditions.



The Superman Heritage 63 is powered by a Swiss automatic, the Sellita SW200-1 with 26 jewels, a beat-rate of 28,800 A/h and a power-reserve of 38 hours.



There will be 500 exclusive Super Heritage 63s available to Yema Privilege members until July 31st 2020. This offer will then be made available to the general public as from August 1st 2020.

MSRP is 1’249USD. Shipping starts in November 2020.



Thoughts? There are some very cool vintage features on this watch. With the Sapphire bezel and special fish scale bracelet, this has to be Yema’s best looking and retro diver to date. What do you think?

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2020-07-01

MIDO Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 LIMITED EDITION

Mido has released a trio of new Ocean Star diver’s watches this summer; one of which is this quirky faced watch, the Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition which joins the new Ocean Star Chronograph and Ocean Star GMT.

The Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 faithfully recalls the vintage charms of the Ocean Star Skin Diver Watch, a popular 1960s Mido model that remains to this date, one of the brand’s most sought-after OG wristwatches.



To the casual observer, there might be a question or two with regard to the quirky board game / dartboard-like dial configuration.

This is of course is none of the above, rather a vital diving tool manifested in a multicolored display of decompression stops.



Mido say of the watch, that it makes use of the best of current tech to revive the codes of the 60s, namely a rotational bezel with countdown timer and a colored table beneath a ‘glassbox’-style Sapphire crystal.

Its case is in Stainless steel with a diameter: 40.5mm, a height: 13.43mm and a lug-width of 21mm. Water-resistance is 200 meters.



The watch is powered by a Mido Caliber 80 (base ETA C07.621), which offers a power-reserve of up to 80 hours and a date at 3 o’clock.

The watch comes on a Stainless steel Milanese shark-mesh bracelet along with two additional interchangeable black leather straps with multi-colored stitched elements.



The new Ocean Star Decompression Time 1961 LE Ref. M026.807.11.051.00 has a Swiss MSRP of 1’130CHF (incl. VAT).

Thoughts? This quite an unexpected release from what is quiet a conservative and sober brand. I like it; however they should have put a bit of lume on the seconds hand. What do you think?

MIDO Ocean Star Chronograph DLC

Mido has released a trio of new Ocean Star diver’s watches this summer; one of which is this, the new Ocean Star Chronograph which joins the new Ocean Star GMT and Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition.

The Swiss brand present the Ocean Star as a chronograph version, the first and only diving-chronograph to join the existing family.



The chronograph function is there to calculate things such as yacht-racing using a nautical tachymeter scale in miles.

The case is in Stainless steel with a black DLC coating and ceramic bezel, a Sapphire crystal with double sided anti-reflection treatment and screwed crown and chrono-pushers.



The case has a diameter: 44mm, a height of 15.6mm, a lug-width of 22mm. with Water-resistance is 200 meters.

The Ocean Star Chronograph is powered by a Mido automatic Caliber 60 (base ETA A05.H31) with chronograph and date functions and a power reserve of up to 60 hours.



The watch comes on a black rubber strap along with an additional, interchangeable black fabric strap.

The new Ocean Star Chronograph Ref. M026.627.37.051.00 has a Swiss MSRP of 2’290CHF (incl. VAT).

Thoughts? Would prefer to see this is in brushed steel. What do you think?

MIDO Ocean Star GMT

Mido has released a trio of new Ocean Star diver’s watches this summer; one of which is this, the new Ocean Star GMT which joins the new Ocean Star Chronograph and Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition.

The Swiss brand which falls under the Swatch Group, has decided to expand its Ocean Star diver’s collection with a new version equipped with the practical GMT function clearly displaying the time in two different time zones: home time and local time.



Rather than the go the route of a world-time, which some view as a little obtrusive on a diver's watch face, Mido has opted to engrave the world's time-zone indications on the watch’s case-back.

The case is in Stainless steel with a ceramic bezel and a Sapphire crystal with double sided anti-reflection treatment.



The watch is powered by an automatic Mido Caliber 80 base (ETA C07.661) with date and GMT functions as well as a power-reserve of up to 80 hours or more.

The case has a diameter of 44.mm, a height of 13.3mm and a lug-width of 22mm. Water-resistance is 200 meters. The watch comes on a blue fabric strap with white contrast stitching.



The new Ocean Star GMT Ref. M026.629.17.051.00 has a Swiss MSRP of 1’130CHF (incl. VAT).

Thoughts? Mido watches tend to be a little nondescript, however they seem to upping their game. This is pretty nice; I’m a fan of the case-back engraving. What do you think?

2020-06-30

ORIS Aquis CARYSFORT REEF Limited Edition STEEL

Oris continue with their noble crusade to save the oceans, one dive watch at a time (well, at least they’re doing something, right) which also means we get another cool new Aquis model to coo over.

In this instance they are continuing their ocean conservation project with the release of the Carysfort Reef Limited Edition. I am not sure if you caught it, but the Carysfort Reef was previously released in solid GOLD of all things.



Yes, a conservation watch for ballers. I’m not sure if the two go hand in hand but nevertheless we now thankfully have this rather nice looking Stainless steel specimen on offer.

Case material aside plus perhaps one or two minor aesthetic details, the watch is the same as its golder (it’s a new word) brother.



The Limited Edition has a GMT function and like its gold sibling was also made to celebrate the planting of 30'000 new corals to date in partnership with the Coral Restoration Foundation in Florida.



While the Limited Edition diver is a member of the Aquis family, the Coral Restoration Foundation that it was made in support of, is an organization said to be bringing change for the betterment of the world’s oceans. Amen!



BTW, this is in fact the third watch that Oris has produced in support of the Coral Restoration Foundation.



While isn’t quite as glamorous or exciting as say a shark-themed conservation watch (I do a good shark watch), it is perhaps even more important as coral bleaching has a knock on effect that will ultimately wipe out thousands upon thousands of ocean species including all those cool sharks.



Powered by an Oris 798 automatic movement, the watch can show the time in three time zones simultaneously using the 24HR GMT scale laser-engraved into its bi-directional rotational blue and black (day/night) ceramic bezel.

The watch is based on a 300m water-resistant, multi-piece Stainless steel case measuring 43.5mm in diameter.



This is equipped with said ceramic bezel with GMT scale, double domed inner AR-treated Sapphire crystal and screw-down crown and solid steel case-back with special Carysfort Reef engraving.



The dial is in blue gradient, the soup de jour of dive watch dials. This is with Super-LumiNova luminous material on its hands and indices.



The watch comes on either a Stainless steel link bracelet, or on an orange rubber diver’s strap, both of which come with a Stainless steel security folding clasp with a diver’s extension for fitting over a wetsuit.



The new Carysfort Reef is a Limited Edition of 2’000 pieces, each of which are presented in a special box made using dolphin-friendly algae.

It has a Swiss retail price of 2’850CHF on steel or 2’650CHF on rubber. The watch is available as of June 2020.



Thoughts? This thing looks properly cool on orange rubber! What do you think?