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SEIKO Prospex Auto Diver 200M KING TURTLE

Seiko gives the humble Turtle its biggest upgrade since – well, at least since its last upgrade whenever that was.

In fact the Seiko faithful feel that this upgrade is so significant that they have gone as far as dubbing, nay crowning this new Turtle, the King Turtle.

The new regal Turtle has been bestowed with several considerable upgrades that include: a Sapphire crystal with magnifier over the day-date, a diver’s bezel with ceramic inlay and a hobnail-style / tiled dial à la AP or PP.

There are three new kingly references: SRPE03K1 which is with a classic black dial and bezel inlay. It comes on a steel bracelet priced approx. 670USD.

Then we have SRPE05K1 with Khaki green dial, black ceramic bezel inlay and color-matched Khaki green rubber diver’s strap. It has and MSRP of approx. 650USD.

Finally SRPE07K1 which is a “Save the Ocean” models so gets a special 3D wave-pattern dial with écru-colored lumed hands and hours. It has an MSRP of approx. 650USD.

In every other respect these new Turtles are like any other Turtle so their 45mm Stainless steel cases are water-resistant to 200m and house a Seiko Japan Caliber 4R36.

Thoughts? Nice upgrades but they come at a premium, not quite a king's ransom (get it?) but still quite dear for a Turtle, king or not.    




Orient is celebrating their 70th anniversary with a “Revival” collection. Within that collection there is this new internal bezel diver known as the King Diver Weekly Auto 70th Anniversary LE.

The 70th anniversary collection includes 4 dial colors: classic black, dark green, burgundy and graduated golden brown.

The watches are equipped with Japanese made automatic movements, F6922 caliber with day-date indicator in Japanese Kanji.

Diver’s features include: and inner rotational timing bezel with elapsed dive-time scale operable via the crown at 2 o’clock and 200 meters of water-resistance.

The watch case which is in Stainless steel and measuring 43.8 mm in diameter and 14mm thick is fitted with a mineral crystal and solid steel case-back with diver motif.

Additional features include; anti-magnetic resistance and hands and markers with luminous material. MSRP for JDM is ¥49’500.



AQUADIVE Bathyscaphe 100 HARD BLUE

Forget that it’s made from German made 316L hardened Stainless steel, forget that it now boasts (for the first time on a BS100) –

applied faceted dial markers, an addition that along with its tough new exterior vastly elevates Aquadive’s most junior of models.

Forget that it’s an Aquadive at all, this Bathyscaphe 100 is called “Hard Blue” and that’s name that you know you want strapped to your neoprene-clad wrist on your next dive!

Here’s a second look (with better images) of the new BS 100 Hard Blue Edition AKA True Blue from Aquadive!

And while we’re on the topic of color, the Hard Blue’s gorgeous new blue face is known as “Classic Blue” –

which according to the world’s leading color-matching experts, Pantone; is their color of the year.

Diver’s features include: 1000 meters of water-resistance, a Helium Release Valve covertly positioned at 6 O'clock between the bottom lugs –

a flat, AR-coated Sapphire crystal, a dual gasket system for the crown tube and case-back, a 120-click diver’s bezel, fitted with a fully lumed ceramic bezel insert, and C3 Superluminova.

The BS100 Blue Edition’s 42.9mm in diameter case is machined from 316L hardened Stainless (49mm lug-to-lug, 12.5mm thick). This is home to a shock-resistant ETA 2824-2 automatic movement.

The BS 100 Blue Edition is sold with 2 genuine ISOfrane straps in matching blue and black.

It can be ordered from AQUADIVE.com for 1’590USD, a special pre-order price discounted from 1’890USD. Shipping begins imminently.

Thoughts? Tough and good looking - it would appear that this new Bathyscaphe 100 Hard Blue has the mettle metal to back up its good looks! What do you think?


DEEP BLUE Watches kicks of 2020 with a new DayNight Diver!

This is the new DayNight Scuba T100 Swiss Auto. The watch gets Deep Blue’s famous lumed bezel and Tritium emblazoned dial that includes 17 Tritium Gas Tubes.

The dial has unique sunray wave pattern. This comes in four colors: black, deep blue, blue or white.

In addition, the DayNight Scuba is powered by a Swiss made automatic movement, the Sellita SW-200-1 with 26 jewels and a beat-rate of 28,800vph.

Basic spec. includes a 316L Stainless steel case measuring: 45mm in dimeter with a lug-to-lug measurement of and a thickness of 15.mm.

The case which is water-resistant to 500m if fitted with: luminous (BGW9) 120-click unidirectional diver’s bezel with a ceramic inlay and an (inner) AR-treated Sapphire crystal.

Additional diver’s features include: a screw-down case-back and crown. The case-back features an etched design with a diver.

The new DayNight Scuba T100 Swiss Auto comes on Stainless steel link bracelet. The bracelet tapers from 22mm at the lugs to 20m mat the clasp.

It also comes with: 3x micro adjustments, half links, full links, screw in links, a thickness of 4.5mm and a diver’s safety clasp with a push-button deployant clasp.




The SCURFA Bell Diver 1 is back!

The Bell Diver 1 makes a return for 2020 with a sharp new look that is available in two case finishes and retaining all the features that have made it one of the brand’s most popular models.

Headed up commercial deep sea diver, Paul Scurfield; the UK’s SCURFA Watches is a brand built around creating reliable timepieces for those working in the offshore diving industry;

however the brand’s no-nonsense approach to watchmaking, fair pricing and high-level of quality has helped them garner a large following outside the world of commercial diving.

For 2020, the Bell Diver 1 stands out from the crowd with its polished steel markers, ceramic bezel and high-impact red accents that create a striking contrast against the watch’s gloss black dial.

The new look includes: a bright red minute-track, a red lollipop sweep-seconds hands, and the “BELL DIVER 1” name also emblazoned in red.

The Bell Diver 1’s watch case which measures 43mm in diameter by 16mm thick and with a lug-to-lug measurement of 51mm and is available in satin finished Stainless steel or with a PVD coating.

While the HEV is largely considered a superfluous feature on those dive watches that have one, the Bell Diver 1’s demographic includes Saturation Diver’s –

and as such has a functional Heliox Escape Valve (tested in-house down to 151m of decompression) on its left lateral side at 9H.

Further divers features include a large signed 8mm in diameter screw-down crown and a unidirectional rotational diver bezel with a high-tech ceramic insert with matching BGW9 SuperLuminova markings.

Powering the Bell Diver 1 is the Japanese made Miyota 9015 automatic movement, chosen for its robust build and reliability.

In order to shield the 9015 from the low levels of magnetism experienced offshore that could interfere with it, the Bell Diver 1’s movement has a brass cover.

The movement is covered by a solid Marine Grade steel case-back cover while the dial is protected by a large domed Sapphire crystal.

The Bell Diver 1 comes on a custom “SCURFA” embossed rubber diver’s strap priced £364 – £406.

Follow the link HERE or the one embedded in the logo, below for more on the Bell Diver 1.



RADO Captain Cook BRONZE

In addition to their ever growing Stainless steel Captain Cook collection, Rado has jumped on a familiar bandwagon for 2020 with a trio of new Captain Cook models in you guessed it, bronze!

The new bronze models are based on the Captain Cook 42mm that has 300 meters of water-resistance. There are some (also new for 2020) 42mm models with 200M.

As such case material aside the Captain Cook Bronze has the same specifications, so gets an automatic movement with up to 80 hours of power-reserve.

In addition to the new 200m models, Rado has also added a trio of 37MM Captain Cooks. These comes on Rado’s new bead of rice bracelet.

The bronze collection includes 3 models with either; blue, brown or green sunburst dials and color-coded bezels.

The new Rado Captain Cook Bronze comes on a hand-stitched leather strap in its corresponding dial color. It has an MSRP in the UK of £2,415.

Thoughts? Diver’s watches generally lend themselves very well to BRONZE, particularly vintage inspired models.

Imo the Captain Cook works very well in Bronze - a perfect match, but I would have preferred Rado to have based it on their 200m variant which has a slightly cleaner dial.

What do you think? Are you a fan of bronze or do you think diver’s watches are best left in classic steel?

RADO Captain Cook 200M [GREEN]

RADO continues to expand its popular 60s vintage inspired diver family, the Captain Cook.

Now, some 25 models strong, the Captain Cook offers a wealth of diversity within the line. I should mention that not all models are available in all regions.

If you want to see the see the entire lineup of 25 Captain Cook models – head over to Rado’s UK website.

For 2020, Rado has released a trio of Cpt. Cook BRONZE models, a trio of 37MM models on BOR bracelets and these new 42MM 200m models.

BTW 42mm is now Rado’s largest case size – there appears to be, no more 45MM.

The new 200m models have slightly slimmer cases with a thickness of 12.1mm whereas the 300m models are 12.3mm thick – so not much in it.

These watches (like the 37mm models) have cleaner dials thanks to the deletion of their depth-rating text.

They are delivered in a rugged leather travel pouch. The kits include:

the watch itself on a BOR (bead of rice) bracelet, a NATO strap which has been matched in a similar color to the dial plus a hand-stitched dark greenish brown leather strap.

The Rado Captain Cook 200M is also offered with a personalized case-back engraving. It comes in four colors: black, blue, grey and green. It has a UK MSRP of £2,000.