OceanicTime Archives

2020-01-28

OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M WHITE CERAMIC & Stainless STEEL

This is the Seamaster Diver 300M White Ceramic & Stainless Steel, one of TWO new additions to Omega’s ever evolving Diver 300M family.



Its 42mm in diameter case has been crafted from Stainless steel which is offset by a glossy new white ceramic [ZrO2] dial.



Behind the white dial is a Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8800 which is visible behind the watch’s Sapphire crystal case-back.



Wrapped around the dial is an iconic scalloped diver’s bezel with a shiny black ceramic inlay. The dial is with blackened hands and indexes with the Seamaster name proudly highlighted in red.



The watch is fitted with a polished-brushed bracelet, integrated with the 42mm case. This includes Omega’s patented extendable fold-over rack-and-pusher, as well as a diver extension.



As with all models in the collection, power comes from a Master Chronometer movement, officially certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).



Thoughts? Another great looking Diver 300M from Omega; it’s really hard to separate these watches but my personal preferences would be the TITANIUM variant. How bout' you?

OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M BLUE CERAMIC & Sedna™ GOLD

This is the Seamaster Diver 300M Blue Ceramic & Sedna™ Gold, one of TWO new additions to Omega’s ever evolving Diver 300M family.



Its 42mm in diameter case has been crafted from 18K Sedna™ Gold which is offset by a polished blue ceramic bezel boasting an Omega Ceragold™ dive-time scale.



The golden case integrates with blue rubber diver’s strap with a buckle, also in 18K Sedna™ Gold.



Polished blue ceramic [ZrO2] has been repeated for the dial, which features a laser-etched wave patter and a date window at 6 o’clock.



The dial is with skeleton hands and raised indexes, again in 18K Sedna™ Gold and filled with white SuperLumiNova.



Powering the watch is an Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8801 with a special luxury finish in 18K Sedna™ Gold.



Diver’s features include: a unidirectional diver’s bezel, an automatic Helium Release Valve (10 o’clock) and of course 3000 meters of water-resistance.

2020-01-27

CARL F. BUCHERER Patravi ScubaTec BLACK

Here’s another black edition from Carl F. Bucherer, who you might remember released their BLACK MANTA Special Edition last summer –

as well as the lesser known one of kind blacked-out ScubaTec STEALTH EDITION worn by Sly Stallone in RAMBO Last Blood.



Sly’s ScubaTec and the Black Manta Special Edition were the inspiration for the striking design of the new ScubaTec Black, which will be available as of April 2020.

The ScubaTec Black is based on the regular ScubaTec so has a water-resistance to 500 meters and is certified chronometer.



Further diver’s features include: a screw-down crown and automatic Helium Release Valve.

The ScubaTec Black features an ultra-light 44.6mm Titanium case which has a matte black DLC coating, as does its unidirectional rotational diver’s bezel.



The bezel is also equipped with scratch-resistant ceramic inlay with 60-minute dive-time scale, and luminous markers.

Its black, finely structured dial is with large black hour markers which have been coated with BGW9 or similar blue glowing SuperLumiNova.



The hour, minute, and second hands have also been treated with the same luminous coating. They are accompanied by a date window at 3 o’clock.

In addition to the watch’s stealthy aesthetic it has been designed and built sustainably AKA polar bear-friendly or should we say manta-friendly.



One example of this is its black rubber and PET-textile and strap made of 100% recycled plastic bottles removed from the ocean. A second version comes with a regular black rubber strap.

The ScubaTec Black (say CFB) is dedicated to protecting the oceans and to the brand’s partnership with the Manta Trust charity.



CFB has been cooperating with the Manta Trust for several years now, helping to conserve manta rays and their habitats.

Finally the ScubaTec Black is powered by the CFB 1950.1 caliber automatic movement with a power reserve of 38 hours.



The caliber has been officially certified by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC) independent Swiss chronometer testing institute.

Each watch is accompanied by an individual COSC certificate.



Thoughts? I’m a sucker for black editions so this speaks to me; I’m also getting a bit of a Batman vibe;

however I feel that they could have gone even further and used black lume and done the date and dial text in black too.

2020-01-24

CITIZEN Promaster Diver CAPTAIN AMERICA

"Doesn't matter what the press says".... here’s the new Promaster Diver Captain America from Citizen!



Celebrating the First Avenger, Captain America, is this new Special Edition Promaster dive watch from CITIZEN.



Reppin’ Cap’s speed and endurance as a super-soldier, the 200 meter water-meter-resistant, ISO-compliant dive watch has been crafted from Citizen’s Super Titanium™!



It is 40% lighter and five times more durable than Stainless steel. Drawing inspiration from Captain America’s armor, the shield emblem appears on a blue dial,

the “A” insignia appears at the 12 o’clock index with luminous circles outlined in red representing the markers.



The Captain America emblem also appears on the case-back. Power comes from a Citizen Eco-Drive technology, powered by any light source.

MSRP is 595USD.



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CITIZEN Promaster GMT NEW

This is the new Promaster GMT Diver from Citizen, available in three colorways: classic red and blue AKA Pepsi, orange and . . .

sorry, suddenly felt a bit queasy . . . green and blue.



The GMT diver is powered by light thanks to Citizen’s patented Eco-Drive technology with the ability to show dual time zones.



Diver’s features include: an anti-reflective Sapphire crystal, dive-grade luminous hands and markers, anti-shock, anti-magnetic, and water-resistance up to 200 meters.



The watch is delivered with a Stainless steel band offset with a black and bezel and face, accented with a bright pops accent colors: green ref. BJ7128-59G (green/blue) BJ7129-56E (orange) BJ7128-59E (Pepsi).

MSRP is 525USD.



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2020-01-21

EDOX SkyDiver Military Limited Edition BRONZE

The Edox SKYDIVER is back and this time it’s BRONZE!



Based on a mysterious, nay spurious drawing found in Edox’s historic archives dating back to the early 70s, the Skydiver is the brand’s take on the iconic Submariner.



This time round the fabled Skydiver gets a new bronze case protected by an anti-fingerprint nano-coating whatever the heck that is?



And in an attempt to shy away from the watch’s obvious derivative style, it even has a new hour hand; Edox’s play on the iconic Mercedes hour hand.



The new Limited Edition SkyDiver Military is powered by an automatic three-hand Swiss movement caliber 80, Sellita SW200 base.



Diver’s features include: a 2mm-thick AR-treated Sapphire crystal, 300m of water-resistance, a new scratch-resistant ceramic diver’s bezel and a parachute motif-engraved Stainless steel case-back.



The bronze case is offset by a graduated black dial (with Superluminova X1 on its hands and indexes) and black leather strap. An additional brown leather strap is also included.



Like the historic / fictional model from 1973, the new SkyDiver Military is a strictly Limited Edition to 555 pieces. It comes in a leather roll-pouch.



Thoughts of course we should take the story with a large pinch of salt, but there is kinda’ cheekiness to the Skydiver that appeals –



and yes the style is highly derivative but just look their version of the iconic Mercedes hand, it's pretty cool.



The only thing (back story aside) that leaves me scratching my head is this anti-fingerprint nano-coating cos’ Edox say the watch will still get a patina. How’s that gonna’ work?

2020-01-17

DELMA Blue Shark III LAKE BAIKAL Ice-Diving EXPEDITION

Live vicariously through underwater brand photographer, Alfred Minaar, his ice-diving team and the DELMA Blue Shark III –



as they descend into the bone-numbingly icy depths of Siberia’s Lake Baikal, the Worlds’ largest, oldest and probably coldest lake.



Lake Baikal is also the World’s deepest lake with a depth of 1,642 m (5,387 ft) – not a problem if a Blue Shark III found its way to the bottom but certainly a challenge to retrieve it.



It is considered among the world's clearest lakes, too with a stunningly clear ice-sheet of cracks and trapped bubbles beneath its surface.



Alfred Minaar AKA Alfie, who as well as being a dive instructor based in Indonesia’s Gili Islands is a brand photog for both Delma Swiss watches –



and the famous Swedish scuba-gear manufacture, Poseidon had the opportunity to seriously test his mettle in the frigid waters of Lake Baikal.



Delma were also able to put their new flagship über diver, the Blue Shark III with its 4000 meters of water-resistance to the ultimate test as it accompanied Alfie & co on their Siberian ice-diving adventure.



Lake Baikal is no stranger to diver’s watches; Oris only recently released a special LAKE BAIKAL edition of their Aquis;



however this particular ice-diving expedition would read its dive-time via Delma and their Blue Shark III.



The expedition btw came to be when Alfie attended the dive show, BOOT where he discussed his plan with Jonas Brandt, CEO of Swedish dive gear brand, Poseidon.



Poseidon who are well known for their dry suits, re-breathers and regulators, have previously supported excursions in the North Sea oil rigs and complex Arctic Search and Rescue missions.



Meanwhile, Alfie soon discovered that Jonas is also friends with a former Soviet military diver, Andrey Dimitrevich, who agreed to join the expedition as long as they went on a rigorous ice-diving course.



The final piece of the team’s ice-diving puzzle fell into place when German adventure videographer, Nicolai Deutsch who was also present at BOOT agreed to come along and film the expedition.



10 days later the whole team took off for Moscow followed by an additional 5,000 km flight to Siberia. You can read how they got on Delma’s official website.



Meanwhile you can check out all the watches that were worn on the expedition such as the Shell Star which Delma has recently released in BRONZE and of course the BLUE SHARK III, here.



Thoughts? HERE’s a link to the full Lake Baikal Ice-Diving Expedition article – well worth a read especially if you like reading about such exploits form the comfort of a warm chair.



The Blue Shark III comes in six different dial and bezel configurations but which one would you choose to accompany you for an ice-dive or better still a whiskey and ice?

https://www.delma.ch/