OceanicTime Archives

2021-11-30

OBRIS MORGAN Port [The Dapper Diver]

Dive into the future with the new Obris Morgan Port! Introducing the Port from Obris Morgan; a non-conformist diver’s watch with a fresh new perspective that strikes a happy balance between sports and dress codes. The Port’s design language creates a watch face that is absolutely pristine; it mightn’t possess those typical design elements that we expect from our diver’s but at its core it is still very much a dive watch – but perhaps from some other time or world. For example the dial has eight brightly lumed segmented strips laid out in 5 minute incriminations; four on top and four on the bottom. In addition to this the dial has large diamond-tipped hands also with bright lume; the minute hand btw is larger allowing you to easily distinguish between the two. Meanwhile Port’s rotational bezel also has an all-important lumed 12hr marker, so too a prominent lumed sweep seconds hand that will let you know that the movement remains operational while submerged. The diver’s bezel btw as well as featuring pronounced teeth (allowing for a good amount of grip) and having engraved graduations boasts a further unique feature, the watch’s water-resistance markings engraved and shown in feet (660) and meters (200). Further features of the Port include: a matte micro textured dial, Swiss SuperLuminova BGW9, sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective coating, a screw-down crown and case-back as well as screw-type lug bars.

The dial is offered in black as well as three further soft colors such as blue, olive and sand. 

Power comes from a Japanese made Miyota 9015 automatic mechanical movement with a beat-rate of 28,800vph and an autonomy of 42 hours.

Finally the watch can easily be adapted with a strap of your choice thanks to its end—link adapters. For more info. on pricing, availability etc. please follow the link HERE or the one embedded in the Obris Morgan logo, below. Thoughts? The new Obris Morgan Port intrigues with its avant-gardist meets post futurism design codes yet despite its outwardly stylish appearance; it is not for one moment lost on you that this indeed a diver’s watch. But what do you think?

2021-11-26

H2O Kalmar 2 25000M [BLK FRI]

H2O Watch continues with its release of special models for their Black Friday SALE with two epic über divers. Here are two new dials variants never before seen on H2O’s mega-diver, the World record holder for the mechanical wristwatch with the highest water-resistance. Both dials have polished appliqué-style 3D indexes combing batons with Arabic numerals; one in jet black sunburst and the second in graduated blue to ink black. If you want to know more on the hows and whys of this mind-bending, depth defying leviathan of the deep read my article on the OceanicTime 10 MILES watch which the 25000M is based on. Meanwhile here’s a rundown on this incredible watch’s spec. a Grade 5 Titanium case measuring 42.5mm in diameter with laboratory tested and certified water-resistance, exceeding 25’000 meters. No, that’s not a typo! A standard version can be spec’d. with a Swiss made Sellita SW300 automatic movement for 990 Euro or 1290 Euro there’s a Swiss ETA 2892 caliber in TOP GRADE delivered with an H2O Titanium writing instrument. Both models come with H2O’s epic turbine bezel that looks like it could bore a hole right through the ocean bed; the black dial variant is in black DLC (diamond like carbon) while the blue is in brushed Titanium.

Finally, like all the H2O Watch 25000M models; these two Black Friday offerings come presented on custom CNC engraved rubber diver’s straps with “25000M’ on one lug and the H2O Watch logo on the other. 

 

LeJOUR Le Mans CHRONO [new colors]

Two racy new colors for LeJOUR’s racing chronograph hit the track! 

The 89th 24 Hours Le Mans LMP endurance race might be behind us until next year but it’s always race-day somewhere in the World and with that said –

LeJOUR has introduced two handsome new colorsways for their LE MANS Chronograph collection. 

First up is the LJ-LM-009 with its sky blue sunray dial complete with three counters and tachymetric bezel finished in maroon.

Sky blue and maroon are a natural pairing complementing each perfectly; I can’t think of any racing liveries using this combination of hand but you can’t help but think of those two Premier League Clubs, the Hammers and Villa whose club colors are recalled here. Next up is LJ-LM-010 with its matte white dial and black sub-dials with a snailing – the popular classic Panda-esque colorway that never fails bring excellent levels of contrast as well as striking visuals on the wrist.

But which is your favorite??

MSRP is 1’380USD. Follow the link HERE for more info. on this and other models from LeJOUR.

 https://www.lejourwatches.ch/

2021-11-24

G.A.W. Lince TURQUOISE by GRUPPO ARDITO

Gruppo Ardito has released a Limited Edition of their LINCE model with a unique case-side feature that will surely brighten your day! 

In addition to the striking case-side engraving, this Limited Edition known as the Lince Turquoise has twice the water-resistance of other models bearing the same name.

Gruppo Ardito watches btw are totally handmade in Italy using artisanal methods. The special “Turquoise” engraving has been hand etched, painted with enamel and then glazed. So to the watch’s Degradé petronas dial and of course the watch’s robust case – painstakingly machined from tough Grade 5 Titanium. The case which measure 42mm in diameter has been fitted with a 4mm-thick domed Sapphire crystal as well as a Titanium screw-down crown and solid G5 Ti case-back attached via 5x bolts. The case-back as an engraving of an Italian naval submarine; sadly I couldn’t find anything on it but there was an Spica-class, Italian torpedo boat named Lince that was built for the Regia Marina in the late 1930s. During the Second World War, Lince was involved in several naval actions before she was sunk in August 1943 by a British submarine. 
 
I’m not if there’s a connection? I digress. Powering this turquoise emblazoned, Grade 5 Titanium constructed, 2’000 meter Italian diver is a reliable Swiss Sellita SW200 automatic movement. The Lince Turquoise is presented on a blue sharkskin strap with hand-stitched a Tricolor and a Titanium buckle. Lei è bellissima! 
 
Follow the LINK for more details.

 https://sites.google.com/site/gruppoarditowatch/

2021-11-23

H2O Watch Kalmar 2 CARBON [TIMASCUS + ZIKONIUM]

H2O Watch kicks of their 2021 BLACK FRIDAY SALE in style. Something that is very cool about H2O’s Black Friday sale is that all the models on offer were specially created for the sale. You can expect to find plenty of exotic materials and finishing as well as had-finishing, hand-polishing and etching. I will be featuring five of the models over the coming days which include: this Kalmar 2 Carbon along with the Kalmar 2 25’000M and Kalmar 2 in Mokume Gane –

in addition to the stunning Helberg CH1 Blue Ocean and my pick of the bunch the CH1 Bronze Vintage. 

Btw only a few examples of each of the CH1 models are available.

The Kalmar 2 Carbon boasts a made from forged carbon. It measures 44.5mm in diameter and is water-resistant to 2’000 meters. The watch comes with a very special sandwich dial created using Timascus (Titanium Damascus) and Zirconium (ceramic) with Swiss Super-LumiNova BGW9.

Power comes from a Swiss Sellita SW300 automatic movement with a beat-rate of 28.800vph. 

Its Black Friday Sale price is 990euros. 

 

2021-11-22

DEEP BLUE Watches DAYNIGHT Diver PC TRITIUM AUTOMATIC

Check out this new model from Deep Blue Watches; it might be the ultimate daily/nightly beater. 

Here’s why – the PC in DAYNIGHT Diver PC Tritium Automatic’s name stands for polycarbonate a resilient, lightweight thermoplastic that is widely used in engineering.

PC gets its strength from its incredibly strong chemical structure where its molecules possess tremendously strong bonds in high numbers, giving it its unique levels of resistance. Polycarbonate btw has a typical tensile strength of between 55–75 MPa (force per unit area). The Daynight Diver PC has a 45mm diameter case with 200m of water-resistance.

I own and wear (probably more than most of my other watches) two PC watches (both Luminox Navy SEALs) because for example, if you’re; 

surfing, diving, washing the car, chasing down bad guys or even sleeping; PC watches can take a load of abuse and you hardly know they’re there. But my PC watches nice as they are quartz.

Plus they are fitted with K1 crystals. The new DAYNIGHT Diver PC from Deep Blue has them beat with its reliable Japanese SEIKO Cal. NH 35 automatic movement with date and Sapphire crystal. 

And despite the added weight of a mechanical movement and a Sapphire crystal, the DN Diver PC Auto weighs just 3 ounces!

As is typical of DB’s Tritium-lumed models; there are tons (17) of tubes on the hands and indexes as well as one of the bezel’s 12hr marker.

The tubes are available in either: blue, green, orange or yellow; although some colors may have already sold out. 

MSRP is 499USD; however most models are currently ON SALE from as little as 199USD. 

 http://www.deepbluewatches.com/

2021-11-19

AQUASTAR Deepstar II [perpetuating past form]

Just a year on from the brand’s celebrated return, Aquastar with its storied PAST writes a new chapter featuring a young protagonist; 

every bit as handsome as the DEEPSTAR Chronograph Re-Edition, the hero of 2020s story (which btw sold out in only a few short days) yet more ergonomically and economically viable.

Meet the Deepstar II; a new three-hand Deepstar model measuring 36.7mm in diameter and powered by a Swiss-made Sellita SW-290 (Top Grade) automatic; 

he might be the junior of the family but he retains all those design traits that made his grandfather, the 1962 Aquastar chronograph such a legend.

For example in order for him to bear the Deepstar name, this modern successor has retained all those features unique to the Deepstar such as the look of the mono-compax time display – 

(an innovation of Aquastar founder, Frederic Robert) a single chronograph dial layout that has been moved over to (9hr) the left of the dial and re-imagined as a sub-seconds counter.

So too the Deepstar’s multifunction bezel, a memento from those trailblazing days of scuba diving when your dive watch was all that stood between you and a potentially fatal miscalculation – 

that as well as tracking elapsed dive-time offers an additional safety feature that allows it be used with a dive-table to calculate your required decompression times for safe repetitive dives.

Just as its bigger brother did, the new Deepstar II extols the virtues of those pioneering aquanauts, ocean explorers and divers who wore those innovative watches looking much like it does on their most daring forays into the deep. For the man stood at the helm of the modern Aquastar brand, Rick Marei the Deepstar II is the retrospective successor to the OG Deepstar Chronograph if not for the advent of the quartz movement in the '70s and early '80s which all but killed off the mechanical wristwatch. With the quartz crisis safely (decades) behind it, the new Deepstar II carries on the traditions of the past with a Swiss-made Sellita SW-290 automatic mechanical movement in Top Grade form which powers hours, minutes and a sub-seconds in the counter at 9 o’clock. The historic Deepstar was dateless so the movement on the Deepstar II has been stripped if its date wheel allowing for a more authentic diver-centric dial layout.

The movement is housed in watch case whose dimensions are truer to those bygone days. Measuring a modest 36.7mm in diameter it is made from marine-grade Stainless steel and is water-resistant to 200 meters. 

The Deepstar II’s diameter while modest on paper is said to be very wearable even on larger wrists. Its dimensions precisely echo those of the OG Deepstar Chrono from 1962.

The Aquastar Deepstar II will be available in three dial options: Steel Grey, Vintage Black, and Blue Ray, with each limited to an opening series of 300 individually numbered pieces. 

The watch is provided with a genuine Tropic diver’s strap color-coded to the dial but it can be fitted with a stunning BOR (beads of rice) Stainless steel link bracelet for an additional 100USD.

The Aquastar Deepstar Chronograph has a full retail price of 1,890USD, but it can be pre-ordered during the brand’s launch period for 1,490USD. 

It is available exclusively from AQUASTAR.ch

Thoughts? The Deepstar II with its modest dimensions, 3-hands setup and pre-order price-tag of 1’490USD is a happy substitute for the now sold out Deepstar Re-Edition; it is blessed with the same good looks but at roughly half the price. It’s the watch that in an ideal world should have launched alongside the Deepstar Re-Edition last year but it’s here now, an authentic reinterpretation of the watch that could have been.

Meanwhile the Deepstar’s full potential remains untapped – for example what would the OG Deepstar have looked like if it had been spec’d for the Swiss military? 

Imagine it with matte black finishing, a matte khaki dial and perhaps even an orange minute hand. But what do you think?

DEEPSTAR II SPECIFICATIONS: 

 - Case: 36mm 316L Stainless steel 

- Movement: Swiss-made Sellita SW-290 automatic (hours, minutes, small seconds, date wheel removed) 

- Water resistance: 200 meters - Crystal: Sapphire with AR coating 

- Dial: Steel Grey, Vintage Black, Blue Ray. Applied stainless steel markers & indices, high-density “Old Radium” style SuperLuminova application 

- Bezel: Rotating, stainless steel with ceramic bearings and decompression engravings Pioneered by Aquastar for calculating repeated “no decompression” dives. Tables calculated according to French Navy dive tables. 

- Straps: Pre-Order includes both TROPIC® Rubber and stitched Horween leather. Stainless steel beads-of-rice bracelet sold separately 

- Retail price: $1,490 (Pre-Order Price: $1,890) - Delivery: November / December 2021