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ALPINA Seastrong Diver GYRE

This is the Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic which comes with a pledge from Alpina to protect the oceans, and for the first time in the brand’s history it features a case made from a special composite plastic consisting of 70% plastic debris derived from fishing nets collected in the Indian Ocean which has been strengthened with 30% fiberglass to make it more durable.

Due to be officially launched in support the World Ocean Day on June 8th of this year, the new Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic is a technological innovation that has literally been crafted from plastic waste, which is a first for a watch case as far as I know.

BTW between 8 and 10 million of tones of plastic waste are dumped every year – which is truly shocking!

In addition to the watch itself, Alpina has also announced a new partnership with the start-up Gyre Watch, which is responsible for sourcing the recycled material, and with Surfrider Foundation Europe, a non-governmental organization which has become a reference in the fight for the preservation of the ocean and its users.

Gyre Watch was founded in The Netherlands in 2017 with the aim to produce a watch made out of recycled ocean plastic. After 2.5 years they found the solution by using recycling ghost fishing nets, saved from the Indian Ocean.

Local fishermen collect the fishing nets from the sea and deliver them to the recycler. For this they receive a fee, which means Gyre also contributes to the local economy. The nets are then cleaned and made into pellets for the watch case.

The Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic range comprises five variants, including: 3x 44mm men’s models and 2x 36mm ladies models. They share three dial finishes designed to be evocative of the reflections of the sea, in blue shades, turquoise and dyed mother-of-pearl, complete with luminescent hands.

The seconds hand is finished with the famous triangle from the Alpina logo, which also features as an index hour marker at 12 o’clock.

Completing the look are three two-tone NATO style straps made from recycled plastic bottles. In addition, Alpina is offering a black vegetable leather strap comprised of recycled apple waste with every men's model.

Each model is powered by the AL-525 automatic movement featuring three hands and the date, housed in a black composite case (70% PA6, 30% fibreglass) and presenting a unidirectional bezel that recalls the nautical pedigree of the Seastrong collection. Each piece is certified water-resistant to 300m.

These timepieces will be made in strictly limited series of 1,883 pieces each, in reference to the year that Alpina was created.

They will be presented in an exclusive and Eco-friendly gift set comprising an inner box of FSC Mix paper housing a case made entirely from recycled plastic (ABS) with lining made from recycled plastic bottles (rPET). Completing this gift set will be a single leaflet (guarantee and certificate of authenticity) printed on FSC Recycled paper.

To reduce its ecological footprint further still, Alpina has also opted for a paperless user manual, accessible via a QR code. The latter will direct buyers to a dedicated site presenting the concept behind their watch and its materials, as well as the instruction and maintenance manual.

ALSTA Nautoscaph Superautomatic On iconic PORTHOLE BRACELET

You’re gonna’ need a bigger wrist!

Alsta’s Nautoscaph Superautomatic AKA the Jaws Watch is finally complete thanks to the addition of the final and perhaps one of the watch’s most integral design elements.

Alsta had designed the modern-day Nautoscaph Superautomatic to look as close as possible to the OG model but it was always lacking something.

Now, after more than 3yrs on the market the modern-day version of the watch famously worn by Richard Defyuss’, character Hooper in the 1975 blockbuster, Jaws

has at last been fitted with that iconic porthole bracelet – and it’s a bloody beauty!

In addition to the stunning bracelet with its four large portholes, the diver’s clasp gets a small Jaws engraving.

The cuddly Carcharodon Carcharias AKA Great White shark can also be found on the watch’s case-back.

The Alsta Nautoscaph Superautomatic is Limited to 1975 pieces and has an MSRP of 795GBP.

Follow the link embedded, below for a full list of specifications.




6/4/20 UPDATED with movement and pricing info.

Following on from the recent announcement of Nivada Grenchen’s REBIRTH along with the release of the Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver comes some even more exciting news for fans of vintage diver’s watches.

Nivada Grenchen have resurrected one of the rarest and most sought after cult dive watches outside of the Rolex Submariner single red or SD COMEX.

This is the Nivada Grenchen Depthmaster Pac-Man a very special variant of the Depthmaster 1000.

The OG Depthmaster Pac-Man was produced in the 1960s – there were several Depthmaster variants but this was the most famous.

It wasn’t until much later that it earnt its Pac-Man nickname taken from Tory Iwatani’s iconic arcade game that was developed and released by Namco in 1980.

The watch was characterized by its unusual dial markers – which were based on an Art Deco design that gave rise to its affectionate moniker.

IMPORTANT if the Pac-Man dial is too much of an acquired taste for you, don’t worry a more sober dial variant with classic Arabic numerals will also be available.

The Depthmaster’s dial is shown here in matt black but green and orange will also be available – there are also two hand/marker colors – these include old school Tritium color or white.

NG have decided to keep the Depthmaster’s dimension faithful to the original so; a diameter of 38mm, a case thickness of 14mm, a lug width of 20mm and lug-to-lug measurement of 47.5mm or so.

Diver’s features include: a screw-down case-back and crown, a unidirectional rotational diver’s bezel with a red 15-min scale, an automatic HEV positioned at 9 o’clock and like the OG model from the 1960s - 1000 meters of water-resistance.

While the OG watch was powered by an ETA 2472 automatic, the 2020 model gets a modern Sellita SW200 automatic movement.

Strap options include: a black Tropic –style rubber diver’s strap with a Stainless steel buckle, tan or black leather as well as a Stainless steel Milanese mesh bracelet.

Thoughts? Wow, this is ridiculously cool – with pricing around 950€, I would imagine that people are gonna’ be all over this. Once again 38mm is on the small side but NG wanted to remain faithful to the OG model in every respect so fair play to them.




The Frogman’s gone analog! Yes, that’s right one of the most iconic digital diver’s has gone and got itself a whole new analog setup – genius or confused – you be the judge!

Casio’s dedicated ISO-certified, 200m water-resistant diver, the famous G-SHOCK Frogman might have just undergone its biggest transformation to date.

The Frogman with its asymmetric design which allows for unrestricted wrist movement underwater has been released for 2020 as a new GWF-A1000 series of three.

The GWF-A1000 is the first FROGMAN to feature an analog display. It comes as three striking models - GWF-A1000-1A2 in blue while designation A4 is in red and 1A is in classic black.

So why all of sudden has the Frogman opted for an analog dial? Because, for many for divers an analog face allows you check dive-time at a glance – that’s it.

In addition to the new analog setup, the Frogman is also packed with new watch module and construction advancements.

Its case is made of carbon fiber reinforced resin, which provides both the lightweight properties of resin with a tensile strength similar to metal.

The monocoque design, with seamless integration of the case and case-back, further enhances the robust, lightweight specifications.

The fluoroelastomer band also resists staining and deterioration due to reaction with water, which means this new Frogman can be worn for many years without worry.

In diving mode, the user checks can quickly and easily check dive-time thanks to the new analog dial –

the hour and minute hands overlap and move in unison to form a single hand, making the time spent underwater easy to see and intuitive.

In order to quickly switch the hands from the current time to the elapsed dive time, Casio has developed a new module with three dual coil motors.

The Super Illuminator supports the user even in a dark spot. The watch can also automatically log diving spots and times.

Once it is paired with a smartphone running a dedicated app, the user is able to review a record of their diving activities.

Ever since the series launched all Frogman models (including this) proudly sport the frog icon engraved on their case-back.

The design on the new model features a playful frog with a prominent watch hand, symbolizing its premiere as the first analog model in the series.




DELMA Cayman Worldtimer AUTOMATIC

While world travel mightn’t be at the forefront of our minds given the current status quo –

there is no reason why we shouldn’t be looking optimistically towards (a hopefully not too distant) future where we will once again be free to globetrot.

But until that day comes why not live vicariously through the abilities of a wristwatch that will allow you travel to 24 cities and dive to 500 meters.

A vintage inspired maritime, world-timer that could accompany you as you explore the vastness of our blue planet.

Based on Delma’s vintage diver, the new Cayman Worldtimer celebrates the diversity and beauty of the oceans; it is one of only a handful of diving world-timers.

Referencing 24 cities, one for each time-zone, the watch’s bidirectional riveted bezel compliments a polished sunray-brushed dial in nautical black abyss, deep blue or lustrous silver.

Luminescent hands and indexes accompany a distinctive triangular 24-hour hand to effortlessly indicate multiple time-zones relevant to the wearer.

Faithful to the vintage design codes of the Cayman collection beyond the case design, the Cayman Worldtimer also shares the same old school Milanese, Stainless steel mesh bracelet or leather strap with contrasting stitching.

Available as either an automatic, decorated movement with a Delma personalized rotor which can be seen through a Sapphire case-back or a Quartz.

MSRP is 2’190USD for an ETA 2893 automatic with 500m on a Stainless steel mesh or 825USD for a Quartz Ronda 515.24H 200m also on mesh.

Thoughts? World travel and diving are two pursuits that often go hand in hand so for me a the Cayman Worldtimer makes an interesting proposition for anyone looking for a dive watch that does more than simply tell the time and read dive-time. The silver dial is absolutely stunning!



WEMPE Iron Walker Automatic DIVER

Wempe has a new internal bezel diver’s watch – inspired not by the ocean but by a world as equally awe inspiring and as far removed from the terrestrial world that we inhabit, and perhaps a good deal more inviting of danger –

a daunting world, hundreds of feet up that was once the workplace of fearless construction workers working on New York’s skyscrapers during the 1920s and 30s.

Those guys were known as “Iron Walkers” and they were utterly badass!

The new Wempe Glashütte I/SA Iron Walker pays tribute to them with a collection of 16 models among them are these two great-looking diver’s watches.

The Iron Walker Automatic Diver’s Watch with its center seconds hand, date display, and internal rotating bezel fulfills all stringent criteria of the ISO and DIN standards for diver’s watches.

Its 42mm Stainless steel case with a height of 11.70mm has a water-resistance to 300 meters and features a either a black or blue dial.

Further diver’s features include: a 2x screw-down crown, an internal rotational diver’s bezel with 15min scale, a Sapphire crystal and a solid screw-down case-back.

Brightly glowing Swiss Super-Luminova has been coated on the hands and hour markers to ensure perfect readability in the dark.

Power comes from a self-winding ETA 2892-A2 movement. The watch is presented on a solid Stainless steel link bracelet with a trip-lock diver’s clasp. MSRP is 3’450USD.

Thoughts? At a glance there’s a bit of an Aquatimer vibe – most likely from the dive-time scale but on further inspection we have a good-looking new diver.

Not utterly unique but with lovely clean lines and a contemporary masculine aesthetic.

I particularly like the solid piece of steel that sits in-between the two crowns – gives the watch a such a purposeful look. What do you think?