Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2018-08-17

CHRISTOPHER WARD C65 Trident BRONZE SH21 Ltd. EDITION

Christopher Ward has for the second time chosen BRONZE for their latest Trident diver.

Along with the C65’s specialist CuSn6 Bronze case, this new Trident gets a special hand-wound movement.



The 150-piece Limited Edition is powered by a Christopher Ward in-house chronometer, Caliber SH21.



The hand-cranked mechanical movement is a certified chronometer with 120 hours of power from fully wound.



Every Caliber SH21 has been passed by Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, who test each in a variety of temperatures and positions.



Special design features include: small second sub-dial with snailing, gold-plated baton-shaped hands and Old Radium SLN.



Its UK MSRP is £1850.

Thoughts? A great looking hand-cranked, retro-styled bronze diver with plenty of fine details to boot – its begging to be put on mil-style striped NATO. You like?

BALL Watch Co. ENGINEER Hydrocarbon SUBMARINE WARFARE

Here’s a diver with serious name, Submarine Warfare, the latest Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon diver.



Equipped with a Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph caliber, a ceramic bezel, several Ball exclusive divers watch innovations and 300 meters of water-resistance –

the new Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Submarine Warfare Ceramic Chronograph is on the warpath! Its MSRP circa 3650USD. What do you think?

http://www.ballwatch.com/

2018-08-16

The MEG the DIVE WATCHES

There are NO SPOILERS contained within this article – happy reading!



I just caught this summer’s blockbuster, The Meg, an entertaining B-movie that’s loosely based on Steve Alten’s novel of the same name.



Because I’m shameless dive watch nerd my eyes were naturally peeled for any dive watch appearances.



Carl F. Bucherer had an official product placement relating to Chinese actress, Li Bigbing’s character, Suyin, who wore one of their lovely Stainless steel and RG Patravi ScubaTec divers.



But what was the Stath wearing? Jason Statham didn’t disappoint; he was casually rocking a very special Limited Edition IWC Aquatimer Galapagos watch.



The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition La Cumbre Volcano is a 500 piece Limited Edition with an MSRP of circa 10700USD.



So what else did I spot? I could have sworn Dr. Heller, a character played by Australian actor, Robert Taylor was wearing a Jaeger Le-Coultre Master Compressor Diving GMT on Compressor Velcro strap.



I won’t be able to confirm this until I watch the film again after its digital release so I can freeze-frame that scene (what, like you’ve never done that, before?!) ;)



There were some other watches, but those were the ones that I saw. Did you see anymore? Was I right about the JLC?

2018-08-13

ZODIAC Super Sea Wolf 68 LE 50th Anniversary SET

Did I just hear someone let out a little howl of joy? I can hardly blame you because –



Zodiac’s latest release, a Limited Edition of their Super Sea Wolf 68, marking the 50th Anniversary of the original Super Sea Wolf is a real belter and in more ways the one!



First of all the series has been limited just 182 pieces making it a proper LE., so none of your thousands of pieces LE.



Then there’s the fact that Super Sea Wolf 68 LE 50th Anniv. is presented in a lovely leather roll-case along with two additional straps.



The watch is already equipped with an adjustable Stainless steel Milanese mesh bracelet with a divers clasp.



But additional straps offer some diversity. There’s a tropic-style rubber divers strap for a classic vintage look or a sporty black and orange textile strap (my choice).



However the coolest feature of the Super Sea Wolf 68 LE 50th Anniv. is and orange insert on the case-back with the iconic Sea Wolf character complete with SCUBA tank and fins etc.



I’m not sure what the insert is made of; possibly ceramic or perhaps enamel? The Sea Wolf was used on advertising material for the launch of the original Sea Wolf.

Would love to have also seen him featuring on the dial.



Power comes from a COSC-certified STP 3-13 movement contained in a Stainless steel case with a newly designed locking top-ring.



The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 68 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Watch Set ref. ZO9507 has an MSRP of 1995USD.

http://www.zodiacwatches.com/store/Zodiac/en_US/shop/zodiac-watches.html

2018-08-10

RICHARD MILLE RM 25-01 Tourbillon ADVENTURE Sylvester STALLONE

Is this the ultimate preppers watch?



If you have close to a million dollar budget and are in the market for something a little very bonkers with one or two unique survival functions thrown in,

then Richard Mille’s RM25-01 Tourbillon Adventure watch developed in collaboration with Sylvester Stallone might be just the thing!



Tourbillon aside, the RM 25-01 Adventure boasts several previously unseen (on a wristwatch) innovations that are there to help get you out of any tight spots that you might find yourself in.

You know, in case of an economic meltdown, the zombie apocalypse or to assist you when you’re scaling the jungle gym at your local playground.



The RM 25-01 is fabricated from state-of-the-art Carbon TPT, an exclusive material with a unique damascene appearance.



Its remarkable surface displays extremely regular striations, as Carbon TPT is composed of many layers of parallel filaments obtained by dividing carbon fibers.



The case is water resistant to 100 meters, ensured by two Nitrile O-ring seals.

It is assembled with spline screws in Grade 5 Titanium and abrasion-resistant washers in 316L Stainless steel.



Special features of the RM 25-01 Adventure include: 2 interchangeable bezels so that it’s possible to swap out the bidirectional bezel for the compass bezel.

Made of Grade 5 Titanium, the compass is equipped with a bayonet mount. Its mirrored cover with a slot at 12 o’clock improves the accuracy of sighting with the compass needle.



Also machined from Carbon TPT, a plate can be fixed to the RM 25-01’s compass bezel for more precise orientating using a map.



Then there’s a torque-limiting crown. This added security system prevents accidental over-winding of the watch, which can cause damage to the winding stem or place extreme pressure on the barrel spring.



A Titanium-cased Spirit level makes it possible to hold the watch perfectly level—essential for ensuring the accuracy of sightings with the compass needle.



5 water purification capsule contained in a hermetically-sealed compartment in Carbon TPT are each capable of making a litre of any water safe to drink within 30 to 120 minutes, depending on the level of pollution.



Power comes from a manual winding tourbillon movement with 24-hour display, minutes and chronograph function, power reserve, torque and function indicators.

RM’s engineers spent several months of R&D reducing the weight and optimizing the caliber, especially the precision of time calculation over the long term.

This has allowed for a number of innovations, such as the design and manufacturing of several Titanium parts, such as the levers, which reduce inertia thus lower energy consumption by 50%.



MSRP is 983’000USD. Thoughts? Shouldn’t the RM 25-01 have been weaponized?!

http://www.richardmille.com/en/home/

2018-08-07

LACO Atlantik 1stLOOK

Here’s a quick look at an upcoming release from Laco. The Atlantik will be officially released this autumn and is the German watchmaker’s first dedicated dive watch release in a number of years.



No official details have been released about the watch but I can give you these basic details so far – the Laco Atlantik takes its name from the German spelling of Atlantic, as in the ocean.

The Atlantik with its blue elements such as its dive-time-scale, 12 and 6hr indexes, minute hand and lollipop sweep seconds indicator echoes the blue of its namesake.



It has 300 meters of water-resistance and is powered by a Swiss automatic mechanical movement. More details will follow when the Atlantik gets its official release.
What do you think?

https://www.laco.de/en

DAVOSA Argonautic Automatic BRONZE BLUE

Here’s a sneak peek at an upcoming release from Davosa. The Arogonautic Bronze Ref. 161.581.4 will be out this October.

It will come with a bronze case, blue ceramic bezel inlay and matching blue dial with contrasting vintage orange markers and hands.



The watch will be a Limited Edition of 300 pieces as identified by the nameplate on it left lateral case-side– very nice! What do you think?

2018-08-03

DAVOSA Ternos Pro BLACK SUIT

Davosa has some black on black for fans of stealth. They have taken their popular Ternos Professional diver and have –



(for want of a better word) tarted it up with a luxurious black texturized dial with black: text, markers, and a satin-ised handset for that desirable black on black look.



The hands and markers of the Black Suit have been applied with black SuperLuminova and going by the images, below still have a good glow to them.



Working off of a 42mm in diameter, surgical-grade Stainless steel case with height of 15.5mm, the Black Suit is delivered in two variants. Choose from a traditional brushed steel finish or go full stealth with black DLC.



Powering the Black Suit is a Swiss made automatic movement, the DAV 3021, based on a Sellita SW200 which is on par with an ETA 2824.



Divers features included: a screw-down crown and case-back, a flat Sapphire crystal, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel with a matte black ceramic inlay, an HEV and 500 meters of water-resistance.




The case-back of the Black Suit has offers one final unique feature, a carbon-look engraving with etched carbon-fiber weave – not too sure what inspired this?



Limited to 500 pieces, the Ternos Pro Black Suit has an MSRP of 898euro (STEEL) / 948 euro (DLC). Both variants are presented on full Stainless bracelets with: screwed links, a safety clasp and a diver’s extension. They are available from specialist retailers, Worldwide.



Thoughts? There’s no escaping the derivate style of the Ternos; it’s one of those Rolex Sub-styled divers that Germanic Swiss watchmakers, Davosa and Steinhart do so well.



However unlike their competitor, Davosa would be appear to be a little out of touch when it comes to pricing.



In my mind, a sub clone with an SW200 does not equate to neigh on 1000euro, stealthed-out or not. They’re nice looking watches, but are lacking in originality are a little pricey for what they are.

Davosa can do original, they can do well-priced – check out their APNEA Diver, a favorite of mine.