Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2014-12-18

H2O Kalmar Mokume Gane PROTOTYPE [CuSn8 + 316L]

By TLex This amazing looking 3000M water-resistant diver is constructed from a special lamination of CuSn8 Bronze and 316L Stainless steel known as Mokume Gane.



H2O Watches, who have become a pioneer in the use of exotic metals in dive watch construction, are the first to use this particular combination of metals for watch-making.



In fact this could be the first time this particular combination has been used for the production of anything!



In modern terms Mokume Gane is simply a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns. Theoretically any combination of metals could be bonded together; copper and Stainless steel, Stainless steel and Titanium etc etc.



The idea is create a distinct contrast between the different layers of metals in a kind of wood-grain effect. Mokume Gane (木目金) actually translates from Japanese as ‘wood grain’ metal and was invented in 17th-century Feudal Japan by Denbei Shoami.



To increase the contrast between the laminate layers many Mokume Gane items are colored by the application of a patina to further accentuate or even totally change the colors of the metal's surface. That’s why bronze makes a particularly nice contrast with steel.



This is only prototype and will sadly not become production model. However, we will see a similar H2O Mokume Gane watches in the first quarter of the 2015 with slightly different designs and of course with many improvements in detail. This prototype is NOT for sale at the moment!

2014-12-15

RALF TECH WRX Edition Manufacture PIRATES

By TLex Introducing the new WRX Edition Manufacture Pirates, one of two new avant-garde creations (that includes the TORPEDO) from RALF TECH's new Novowatch atelier based in Le Locle in Neuchate, Switzerland.
 
The Pirate theme is not an uncommon one with RALF TECH; this is their third model dedicated to the cutlass wielding, rum drinking, plundering scallywags of the high-seas. See also the: WRV C Automatic PIRATES / WRX ''A'' Hybrid black PIRATES



The Manufacture Edition Pirates is powered by the Manual Mechanical Calibre type 77, details of which can be found at the bottom of the post. Its case has been constructed from 316L surgical Stainless steel case that has been treated with a matte black DLC coating. It has a diameter 47.5 mm (without crown). It case design is actually based on a very one of RALF TECH's divers currently in use by more than ONE branch of the French Special Forces!



It features include: a 2.4mm-thick anti-reflective treated Sapphire crystal, a reinforced and protected screw-down crown, a Sapphire crystal exhibition caseback affording a view of the Pirates' manufacture movement with its hand-decorated rotor, a Stainless steel unidirectional divers bezel with a hand-polished Ruthenium dive-time scale and a water-resistance to 300 meters! For reference, Ruthenium is a rare hard white metal and is a member of the platinum group.



Presented on a 26mm black Louisiana alligator strap and in a luxury black wooden box , the WRX Manufacture "Pirates" is issued in a Limited Edition of 5 pieces. It is the second model in RALF TECH’s new Editions Manufacture series, showcasing what the French dive watch brand are able to achieve as an artisan Manufacture!



The Pirates is accompanied by the WRX Edition Manufacture Torpedo - also equipped with a manufacture movement, the mechanical manual caliber Type 63. Both models were officially unveiled at the Parisian Salon ‘Belles Montres’ on November 21st. The following models in the series will be presented at Baselworld 2015.



Manual Mechanical Calibre type << 77 >>
+Manufactured Mechanical skeleton movement
+Manual winding
+Diameter 35.50 mm
+Number of jewels : 17
+Frequency: 3Hz, 21,600 alternations / hour
+Balance Angle 44°
+Spring barrel length 540mm (Ø14,65mm)
+Yoke system with coupling wheel
+Manufactured "slim" bridge anchor
+Manufactured Pawl winding
+Spiral spring type: Spiral of Archimedes
+Inertial Balance wheel: diamond-hardened and gold-plated
+Fully skeletonized Main bridge on dial, decorated with blasted ruthenium coating
+Manufactured barrel bridge, gear train bridge, and gear cock, decorated with blasting with a ruthenium coating
+Power reserve 50 hours

www.ralftech-manufacture.com

2014-12-12

HELBERG CH6 DLC & Bronze GIVEAWAY

By TLex Missed out on the stunning Helberg CH6 DLC Bronze Bezel? Here's your chance to get your hands on the very last one! This month's giveaway comes courtesy of H2O Watches and it's going to be an absolute coup for one lucky OceanicTime reader.



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The giveaway will run from today, December 12th until January 12th 2015. The lucky winner will be chosen at random, and their name will be announced shortly after. Best of luck, folks!



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A personal THANK YOU to OceanicTime friend, H2O Watches, who are sponsoring their 2nd giveaway!

2014-12-10

DOXA Mission 31 SUB & SUB 1500T PA II [more than a SPLASH of color]

By TLex Two Limited Edition dive watches with two completely different color pallets, one in Titanium and one in Steel. The Mission 31 SUB & SUB 1500T Project Aware II - each of them tells its own story, each one with its own distinct look - both are unmistakeably DOXA!



The Mission 31 SUB is a modern Titanium version of the watch that Jean Michel Cousteau and his father wore. It features a new high-tech, light-weight case and bracelet with the strength of stainless steel. It is a 44mm, handmade automatic Swiss watch developed specifically for divers and features a Limited Edition commemorative dial celebrating Mission 31. Approx. 25% of the proceeds of the 331 piece series will be donated to the mission.



Bringing together two Legendary names; DOXA Watches, provided the official timepieces for 'Mission 31' and Fabien Cousteau who set a new submersion record! The Saturation diving marathon was conducted on Aquarius, which is the only undersea marine habitat and lab in the world located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Follow the link HERE if you haven't already read the fascinating Mission31 interview with DOXA Team Member, Ty ALLEY.



The Limited Edition of 300 pieces has been hand assembled in Switzerland. It has a 45mm x 15mm satin finished 316L Stainless case. Of its many divers features is; a unidirectional rotational divers bezel, constructed of solid Stainless steel with US Navy maximum no decompression limit times (engraved in feet), a Helium escape valve, a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective 3mm domed Sapphire crystal, a screwdown crown and caseback and a water-resistance to a depth of 5000 feet.



It is powered by a high grade 25 jewel self-winding Soprod Alternance 10 Swiss made movement with a hacking seconds function, 28'800 alternations per hour (4Hz) and 42 hours of power reserve. The movement has been decorated by DOXA. It is protected by an Incabloc anti-shock system. Functions inc: hours, minutes, seconds and a quick-set date at 3 o'clock. The watch's hands are a replica of the original 1967 SUB's hands filled with SuperLuminova and featuring the DOXA's iconic dwarf hour hand.



Thanks to the strength of the USD at the moment, Doxa are offering a discount of 15% on all models. Follow the link HERE to order the Mission 31. Follow the link HERE to order the order the Project Aware II.

2014-12-09

ULYSSE NARDIN Marine Diver Rose GOLD

By TLex Ulysse Nardin have given the new MARINE DIVER some tasteful 18K Rose Gold highlights. You’re right; Gold isn’t an obvious choice for a diver. In fact, functionally it’s a terrible choice –



aesthetically speaking, though, it’s a whole other story - the result is absolutely breathtaking! And with its anchor emblem, proudly displayed at 2 o’clock and UN’s iconic a wave-pattern dial, it is highly evocative of the marine environment for which it was intended, despite the 18K RG - which can also be seen on the bezel, the crown and the caseback.



The solid caseback has an engraving of a boat surrounded by the inscription; ‘Conquer the ocean'. The dial has an impressive 44mm display with large hour-markers and hands with a white luminescent coating and a red stripe, for perfect visibility. The sub-seconds at 6 o'clock are also over-sized, offering further high-visibility.



The watch is powered by a self-winding caliber UN-26 with a power reserve of 42 hours. In addition to, hours, minutes and seconds, its functions include: a date (window at 6 o’clock) and a power reserve in indicator, at 12 o’clock.



Presented on a rubber diver’s strap, the Marine Diver Gold (in terms of its performance) has the exact same diving capabilities as the steel version. So that’s a water-resistance to 300 meters, made possible thanks to a screwdown crown (claw-shaped rubber molding) and caseback, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel.



Liked this? Read up on the Marine Diver 2014 MONACO Limited Edition and the stunning new Marine Chronometer BOUTIQUE Edition . . .

2014-12-06

EDMOND Pole Guardian 200M [time for PIONEERs]

By TLex Introducing the Pole Guardian, one of two exciting new collections (that includes the SPRAY), from Swiss watchmaker, Edmond Watches, the same people behind the BOOSTER!



Okay, let’s start by getting the obvious out of the way with; the Pole Guardian isn’t a dive watch. However what it is - is a unique open-work adventurer’s watch that pays tribute to the pioneers of the poles and one that is endowed with many of the same great features that we appreciate in a good diver or sports watch; such as: a sturdy case with a tough Sapphire crystal and a crown-protection system, highly-legible lumed hands and markers and a reliable Swiss mechanical movement adjusted for accuracy.



Designed to withstand high latitudes and extreme conditions, the Pole Guardian features Edmond’s new exclusive dial system that indicates time on a 24-hour scale. In addition to this, it also features Edmond Watches’ Smart Locker technology for water-resistance.



The new optimized Smart Locker system is a functional system that protects the crown. It allows the wearer to operate the winder without directly impacting on the crown. Essentially the lever indexes the crown at different positions of adjustment. The crown easily allows the watch to be wound if necessary. It also makes the crown easy to unlock without pulling it into the setting position.



The Pole Guardian's unique dial display indicates (thanks to original kinematics) the real time in succession of days and nights ie.24 hour, 00h, 6h, 9h, 12h, 18h and 21h respectively. This would be particularly useful to anyone living or working in an environment of either perpetual daylight or darkness such as submariners or polar explorers, who might otherwise become disorientated from such extremes.



Technical Specifications of the Pole Guardian include: a 44mm x 14mm 316L Stainless steel case with optional PVD coating, a Sapphire crystal, a Sellita SW200 automatic movement with 25 jewels, a customized Power Ring, 40hrs of power reserve - beating at 28 800 alt/h and with an accuracy tested to within -2 - +3 seconds per day –



a genuine 24hr dial with hands and indexes in SuperLuminova and water-resistance to 200 meters. It is presented on either a bracelet or rubber strap with a double fastening to the case
and a folding clap.



For further details on Edmond Watches’ Pole Guardian collection, follow the link embedded, below . . .

http://www.edmond-watches.com/