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2019-03-25

RALF TECH WRV Chronograph FIRST LOOK

Franco Swiss brand, Ralf Tech who are premium, diver’s and military watches specialists have just released something rather special for Baselworld 2019.



I don’t have too many details (no details at all, actually, so I’m gonna’ wing it) but the new watch, the WRV Chronograph joins Ralf Tech’s successful vintage-inspired, WRV family.



There appear to be several variants; at least two dials: black with white sub-dials or white black sub-dials, two case finishes: black or brushed and polished steel and two bezel options.



The first bezel has a traditional diver’s 50-min scale while a second has some sort scale plus a calculations for “Units Per Hour’’ of air, I assume. (any diving geeks please let me know what this is for).



The watches are supplied on either a RALF TECH embossed rubber diver’s strap or with a vintage-style leather band.



Thoughts? These look absolutely awesome. They are going to be very popular. Can’t wait for info on these. Stay tuned.

TUDOR Black Bay S&G 41

There’s more Steel & Gold coming to Tudor’s popular Black Bay family.

Tudor has expanded the line to include a new fixed bezel Black Bay S&G in 32, 36 and 41mm sizes. This is the 41mm variant but I believe size aside they are indistinguishable from one another.



The BB S&G’s watch case combines polished Stainless steel and yellow gold satin-brushed surfaces, a yellow gold fixed bezel and winding crown as which are matched to a new 5-link Stainless steel bracelet with also with gold center links.



There are two dial options for the Black Bay S&G; you can choose from either a matte black or satin-brushed champagne-colored face – both with gold hands, markers, min-track and text.



This is a Black Bay model and as such it gets Tudor’s iconic Snow Flake handset which dates back to 1969 as well as the famous oversized crown, an historic Tudor diver reference.

It’s not really a diver per se but it still has a reasonable amount of water-resistance at 150 meters.



Powering the Black Bay & S&G family is a 2824 automatic movement with38hrs of power-reserve.



Thoughts? You guys are probably gonna’ tell me this is some sort of heinous abomination but remember there are plenty of other Black Bay options in steel and with proper diver’s bezels.

Personally it isn’t for me, but it does look pretty (the black dial version that is, the champagne is kinda’ hideous).

SEIKO Propex Divers NEW SUMO REFS.

Here’s a very quick look at a couple of new Prospex Divers for 2019; refs. SPB101J1 which is in black and SPB103J1 which is in green.

These are updated Sumo Divers, if you will that Seiko will be officially releasing sometime soon. The updates include new movements and new crystals.



The movement will be 6R35 caliber with 24 jewels, a beat-rate of 21,600bph and 70hrs of power-reserve.

The 6R35 will be housed in the same 45mmm x 13.5 x 52.5mm lug-lug Stainless steel case which will be fitted with a new Sapphire crystal. Not sure if the cases get Dia Sheild or not?



Water-resistance is 200m. Expected MSRP will be circa 960USD.

BTW if you were ever wondering where the Sumo nickname came from – the 12 o’clock index is said to resemble a Sumo’s mawashi.

https://www.seiko-watch.co.jp/prospex/

2019-03-24

BREMONT Supermarine S2000 YELLOW

As Bremont’s most robust diver, the S2000 boast a Stainless steel case, the largest in the Supermarine family –



with a diameter of 45mm and also the deepest with a water-resistance of 2000 meters.



The Supermarine S2000 has always had a distinctive sober look and feel but has just brightened up with the introduction of two new model variants; the S2000 RED and Yellow.



The professional diver gets a sporty new look for 2019 thanks to a new Sapphire bezel with a brightly colored Yellow 20-min scale and matching accents on its dial.



In addition to the red 20-min scale, the S2000 Yellow has new a yellow-tipped minute and yellow depth-rating text stating it’s water-resistance of 2000m.



The dial also features a new cross-hatched center portion while the sleeve of its screw-down crown has also been anodized in black.



Turn the S2000 Yellow over and it also has an updated case-back design showcasing a stamped submarine propeller.



Powering the S2000 Yellow is a BE-36AE automatic chronometer with 38-hours of power-reserve.

BREMONT Supermarine S2000 RED

As Bremont’s most robust diver, the S2000 boast a Stainless steel case, the largest in the Supermarine family –



with a diameter of 45mm and also the deepest with a water-resistance of 2000 meters.



The Supermarine S2000 has always had a distinctive sober look and feel but has just brightened up with the introduction of two new model variants; the S2000 Red and YELLOW.



The professional diver gets a sporty new look for 2019 thanks to a new Sapphire bezel with a brightly colored red 20-min scale and matching accents on its dial.



In addition to the red 20-min scale, the S2000 Red has new a red-tipped minute and red depth-rating text stating it’s water-resistance of 2000m.



The dial also features a new cross-hatched center portion while the sleeve of its screw-down crown has also been anodized in red.



Turn the S2000 Red over and it also has an updated case-back design showcasing a stamped submarine propeller.



Powering the S2000 Red is a BE-36AE automatic chronometer with 38-hours of power-reserve.

2019-03-23

ORIS Aquis GMT DATE

You would have thought that there would already be an Aquis GMT, right?

Oris’s flagship diver family is pretty diverse but this is in fact the first time that an Aquis has been equipped with a diver’s bezel with a 24-hour scale.



The significance of this is that the watch can now display the time in three separate time-zones on the go:

one via a traditional central hour and minute hands; the second via the yellow-tipped central hand; and a third read off against the diver’s bezel.



And despite the watch’s globetrotting attributes, it is very much a diver. Its 43.5mm multi-construction Stainless steel case is water-resistant to 300 meters and is equipped with:

a screw-down crown with protection, and it is offered with a range of straps and a metal bracelet that are come with extending folding clasps for wearing over a wetsuit.



But the best is about the Aquis GMT is its gorgeous graduated blue dial which is surrounded by a black ceramic inlay with said 24hr scale.



The new ORIS Aquis GMT Date Ref. No. 01 798 7754 4135 has a Swiss retail price 260CHF and will be available form April this year.



Thoughts? Oris has resisted the urge to go for a two-tone bezel. I wonder how this would look with a Pepsi bezel? What do you think?

TUDOR Black Bay Bronze SLATE GREY

Three years after it debuted at Baselworld 2016 with its chocolate brown dial, Tudor’s award-winning heritage model, the Black Bay BRONZE is back.



You might have seen the odd Black Bay Bronze or two floating about since then but those were special editions such as the one-off piece created for ONLY WATCH in 2017 or that sexy BUCHERER BB Bronze model.



For 2019 the Black Bay Bronze is back in production, boasting a cool new colorway in a subdued slate grey which has been used for its vintage–style domed dial and its anodized aluminum bezel insert.



The 2019 BB Bronze Ref. 79250BA gets the same 43mm case made from high-performance Al Bronze. Al Bronze is actually the toughest of bronze alloys and is widely used in the maritime industry.



The satin finished Bronze case features a domed Sapphire crystal and an Al Bronze winding crown; it is home to the latest Tudor Manufacture Caliber MT5601, which is COSC-certified and equipped with an Si balance spring and 70hrs of power-reserve.



The Manufacture Caliber MT5601 that drives the 2019 Black Bay Bronze model measures 33.8 millimeters, the widest diameter of all TUDOR's calibers.



Its openwork rotor is satin-brushed with sand-blasted details, and its bridges and plate have alternating polished sand-blasted surfaces and laser decorations.



The MT5601 is protected by the watch’s solid Stainless steel case-back. Tudor has IP treated it with Bronze-colored PVD. Water-resistance, BTW is 200m.



Finally the 2019 watch comes on a color-coded slate grey NATO woven jacquard strap with a single gold pinstripe running through its center, or an optional aged slate-grey leather strap.



Thoughts? It looks stunning what else is there to say?

Other than, Tudor should consider giving the BB a matte ceramic bezel inlay rather than aluminum. Just holds up so much better.

2019-03-22

ORIS Aquis GREAT BARRIER REEF III Limited Edition

What, another watch from Oris tied to ocean conservation; it is certainly a running theme with the brand but here’s the sad thing, the state of our oceans may have already passed the critical tipping point beyond which there is any chance of recovery (at least not in our lifetimes, anyway).



Oris is one of a growing league of luxury watchmakers who are getting involved in some degree or other with ocean conservation.

Doxa have famously supported “Project Aware”, among other ocean conservation projects that include one where they teamed up with Fabian Cousteau;

while Seiko Prospex has recently released 2x ‘’Save the Ocean’’ collections including this one in BLACK.



Blancpain not too long ago released the third generation of their Ocean Commitment watches, the BOC III.

Carl F. Bucherer are working with the Manta Trust charity and Breitling just recently hooked with Outerknown to supply a special watch with a NATO made from ECONYL® yarn created from nylon waste.



Last year Certina released a special DS Action Diver for Sea Turtle Conservancy, Ulysse Nardin have been doing their bit for hammerhead shark conservation.

The list goes on. Even smaller brands like Deep Blue for example have just teamed up with FORCE BLUE for an ocean conservation project.



But the biggest props has to go to Oris because of all the brands, they are probably the ones who have been the most consistently involved with ocean conservation. Kudos!



I mentioned yesterday about a poor whale that was found dead with 40kg of plastic waste in its stomach –

only today to read that a Great White shark caught by (cretinous expletive c*@#) fisherman just of the coats of Yilan where I live in Taiwan was found with 70kg of plastic in her gut –

oh, and the 4 meter long mother was pregnant with a litter of shark pups. This folks; is why from time to time I use my platform to have a bit of a rant. Thanks for listening.



Back to the watch; Oris has just released the Great Barrier Reef III Limited Edition watch.

As the name suggests, it is the third watch Oris has linked to the world’s largest and most diverse reef system (so big it can be seen from space), spanning 2,600km.



Since their last Great Barrier Reef watch, the situation has far from improved. In fact, it’s got worse.

Two hot summers in 2016 and 2017 led to back-to-back coral bleaching events, leaving vast areas of reef, all over the world devastated.



The Great Barrier Reef is around 8,000 years old and home to 1,500 species of fish, more than 400 types of hard coral, a third of the world’s soft corals, and six of the world’s seven species of threatened marine turtles.

Oris is not alone in recognizing the scale of the problem. They have partnered with a non-profit social enterprise set up in 2016, the Reef Restoration Foundation.



Using knowledge shared by the Oris-backed Coral Restoration Foundation, the foundation has begun a coral planting project off Fitzroy Island near Cairns.

The program is in its infancy, but with support from individuals and companies such as Oris – which installed its first coral tree off Fitzroy Island in 2018.




In partnership with the foundation, Oris has created the Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition III, a diver’s watch based on the latest generation Oris Aquis.

The new model, is a Limited Edition of to 2000 pieces, has a beautiful graduated blue dial and an aqua blue ceramic inlay in its diver’s bezel, recalling the colors of the reef waters.



Housed its 43.5mm Stainless steel case is an automatic movement that provides it with a sub-seconds and a circular date window. It’s water-resistant to 300 meters.

Its Stainless steel case-back has special engravings of corals and the Southern Cross, a star constellation found on the Australian Flag.



The Great Barrier Reef III Limited Edition watch has a Swiss retail price of 2450CHF and is available from June 2019.