Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2018-01-16

JAEGER-LeCOULTRE Polaris AUTOMATIC

For 2018 JLC have created a brand-new Polaris collection which includes: an auto, a DATE, a CHRONO and a special MEMOVOX edition with an alarm.



Taking its inspiration from the 1968 Memovox Polaris, the new JLC Polaris Automatic in steel is equipped with either a leather band or steel bracelet, and is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters.



The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date is finished in a sporty, casual style; it boasts a delicate case-band integrated with short lugs. The elongated numerals and hour markers, as well as the baton hands, are coated with a luminescent finish.



Basic spec. includes: a 41mm by 11.2mm Stainless steel case which is water-resistance to 10 ATM – (so it would seem that the 100m WR is due to the slimmer style of this model whereas others in the collection get 200m)

Power comes from an automatic, self-winding, Cal. 898E/1, single Barrel with 28800 vph.



It has a JLC’s classic compressor-style case with Twin-Crowns, positioned at 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock, one to turn the rehaut and one for adjusting the time and winding the movement.



The watch’s sleek dial, is available in black, grey or in different grades of blue with brushed-polished finish of the case and readability of the luminescent coating make the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic with a steel strap or leather band.



MSRPS 6300USD (leather) – 7600USD (steel)

JAEGER-LeCOULTRE Polaris DATE

For 2018 JLC have created a brand-new Polaris collection which includes: an AUTO, a date, a CHRONO and a special MEMOVOX edition with an alarm.



Taking its inspiration from the 1968 Memovox Polaris, the new JLC Polaris Date in steel is equipped with a calendar, either a rubber or steel strap, and is water-resistant to a depth of 200 meters. It brings a welcome contemporary touch to the Grande Maison classic design.



The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date is finished in a sporty, casual style, it boasts a delicate case-band integrated with short lugs. The elongated numerals and hour markers, as well as the baton hands, are coated with a luminescent finish.



Basic spec. includes: a 42mm by 13.1mm Stainless steel case which is water-resistance to 20 ATM – (so finally a so called high-end dress diver gest a proper 200m WR!)

Power comes from an automatic, self-winding, Cal. 899A/1 made up of 219 components and with 28800 vph and 32 jewels.



Its case-back bears an engraving of a delicate stylized diving helmet, a nod to the original model that hid this same symbol inside its case.



It is equipped with a tri-folding buckle engraved with the Grande Maison logo, the textured black rubber strap imparts the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date with a contemporary, sporty look.



MSRPS on demand - from JLC, not me ;)

JAEGER-LeCOULTRE Polaris MEMOVOX 50th Anniversary ALARM

The JLC Memovox is back and this time it isn’t a tribute watch as such, it’s an actual new watch, a contemporary re-design of a Grande Maison classic from 1968 but with all the latest JLC mechanical tech.

So, yeah, it is a kind a tribute to the iconic Polaris Memovox from a bygone era and yes, it’s more very nicely redone vintage from JLC, I am not exactly gushing, but to be fair, it is an exceptional watch with some really nice modern touches.



Basic spec. includes: a 42mm by 15.9mm Stainless steel case which is water-resistance to 20 bar – (holy sh!t finally a proper 200m WR, I’m shocked!)

Power comes from an automatic, self-winding, Cal. 956 made up of 268 components and with 28800 vph and 23 jewels.



And now to the best part – the 2018 Polaris Memovox watch is equipped with an alarm, indicated by a small triangle on a rotating disk in the center of the dial.

Simply, pull the crown at 2 o'clock and turn it counter-clockwise to rotate the disk and align the triangle with the desired time. To wind the mechanism, push back the crown and turn it clockwise.



Its case-back bears two engravings: a delicate stylized diving helmet, a nod to the original model that hid this same symbol inside its case; and a 50th anniversary an inscription to commemorate the date the Memovox Polaris timepiece was created in 1968.



I was hoping for an update of the JLC Diving collection, perhaps that will come next year. So until then we’ll have to make do with the incredible new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox which is a Limited Series of 1000 editions and has an MSRP of 12600USD.

2018-01-10

XICORR Garfish READY to DIVE

It’s been almost 4 years since we last looked at the Polish diver, the GARFISH, a project by Xicorr. The Garfish dive watch project has finally reached completion and is available, now for PRE-ORDER.



If you haven’t heard of Xicorr or the Garfish before, Xicorr are watch brand from Poland who work in close collaboration with Polish technical diver, Darek Wilamowski.



Darek not only co-develops for Xicorr but also field tests all of Xicorr’s diver’s models which include the latest Garfish model.



Darek has even taken a Xicorr diver on an epic 243m deep scuba dive into the depths of Italy’s lake Garda.



Named after the North Atlantic fish of the same name, the Garfish was designed to be a diver first and foremost. Yes, it’s a pretty cool looking watch but, Xicorr and Darek Wilamowski have the belief that a dive watch should do exactly what it says on the tin (so to speak).



Technical specification of the Garfish includes: a generous 52mm Stainless case with a lug-to-lug measurement 54mm and a thickness of 17mm. The large case diameter should be evocative of a diving instrument.



Divers features of the Garfish include: a combination brushed and sand-blasted, Stainless steel rotational diver bezel with black DLC coating and engraved and painted white dive-time scale.



Its water-resistance is 1000 meters/ 100atm. Further divers features include: S Sapphire crystal, an automatic Helium Valve, and screw-down crown.



Special features of the Grafish include: engraved dials, sub-dials with snailing, bezel, lugs and case-back all secured with hex-bolts and a Garfish depicted on the watch’s case-back.



Powering the Garfish is a reliable, Japanese made Miyota 8218 automatic mechanical movement with a beat-rate of 21600 vph, a power reserve and a power-reserve of 40 hours.


The Xicorr Garfish comes in four variations that include: a turquoise green, an orange and two dark grey dial variants.



The turquoise and orange dials come with black handsets while the grey dials can be chosen with either a blue or orange handset.



Please follow the link HERE or the one embedded below for details on the Garfish including all PRE-ORDER information.

ORIS Carl Brashear CHRONOGRAPH Ltd. 1stLOOK

ORIS have released, their first new model of 2018, a new chronograph version of their debut bronze model, the Carl BRASHEAR. It is the second limited edition watch made in his memory, a bronze-cased, two-counter chronograph.



Carl Brashear was one of the most inspirational figures of the 20th century, defying not only racial tensions and disability to become the U.S. Navy’s first African American and first amputee Master Diver.



The new Carl Brashear Chronograph has a solid Bronze case measuring 43m in diameter, a blue dial and of course an automatic chronograph movement with two chrono-counters. Water-resistance is 100M.

It comes presented on a leather strap inside a Special Luxury Wooden Box in a Limited Edition of 2000 pieces, Worldwide.