Dive Watch Releases / Articles


Ralf Tech ACADÉMIE collection

Ralf Tech have released a brand new collection of handsome vintage military and sports watches called Académie (academy).The Académie collection offers five distinct styles:

The California with its California-style dial that mixes vintage-colored Arabic and Roman numerals. This comes on a vintage-style leather strap.

The Diplomate with its matte black dial and block-markers which comes on a black distressed Alligator band.

The Driver with its unique dial markers that seem to echo the dotted white lines of a road. This also comes on a vintage-style black leather strap.

The Ranger with its matte gray dial with mil.-style stenciled Arabic numerals. This comes on a black distressed leather band.

The Royale with its military inspired matte black dial with blue accents. It is presented on an aged tan leather band.

Power for all five variants comes from an RTA003 automatic mechanical movement based on a Seiko NH36.

They also boast screw-down crowns, 2.5mm thick Sapphire crystals and waster-resistance is 200 meters - making them more than seaworthy watches. 


Considered the world’s toughest and longest offshore race, the Volvo Ocean Race has chosen Omega Watches as the event’s Official Timekeeper for 2017-18 season. Setting off from Alicante, Spain on 22 October this year and finishing in The Hague next June.

There will be 11 legs in total reaching 12 landmark host cities. Other stops on the 45,000 nautical mile journey across 4 oceans include destinations as far as Cape Town, Hong Kong and even Auckland, New Zealand.

The official watch for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race will be Oemga’s Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M DEEP BLACK in Red which we have actually seen before.

This watch combines the versatility of a GMT model and a dive watch. Its use of is red is deliberate one as it represents the first color that is no longer visible at a depth of approximately 5m.

Its 45.5mm matt case has been crafted from a single block of ceramic, and for the first time, rubber has been mixed with ceramic to create a unique unidirectional bezel with its 15-min scale in Liquidmetal and the rest of the diving scale in red.

The red theme continues with red rubber injections that have also been used to color the OMEGA logo on the crown and helium escape valve symbol.

On the black ceramic dial, a GMT ring has been added, as well as red Arabic numerals, and hands and markers that are made from 18K White Gold with a white SuperLumiNova coating.

Omega has created an oriented case-back so that the engraved text sits pleasingly in position. This has been achieved through OMEGA’s new and patented ceramic Naiad Lock.

Further features include: an Alveol pattern on the screw-down case-back and a black rubber strap with red stitching and an anti-bacterial treatment!

The Planet Ocean Deep Black is water-resistant to 600M and is powered by the Omega Master Chronometer caliber 8906. In order to qualify for Master Chronometer status, the movement has passed 8 rigorous tests set by METAS (The Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology).





ZRC North ADVENTURE [plunging into the cold]

The GF300 is about to get cold, very cold. This Polar Bear friendly version of the legendary GF300 Re-Edition from 2015 has been taken back to the drawing board in preparation for an epic North Adventure.

Introducing the new ZRC North Adventure watch, a special project tailor made for an Arctic explorer, Alban Michon, who will take his new companion with him on an extreme enviro-scientific journey into a frigid world where temperatures as low as -40°C will be biting at his wrist.

The ZRC North Adventure is an extreme Tool Watch version if you will of the Iconic GF300. Thanks to its sandblasted anti-magnetic Stainless steel case it has an even more utilitarian look than any of its predecessors ever did.

It is endowed with characteristics such as a non-magnetic 316L Stainless steel case, an oversized crown for easier ice-cold temperatures manipulation and a 4mm thick, anti-reflective treated Sapphire crystal with a further anti-fogging and condensation treatment.

The reason why the original crown had to be modified with a bigger diameter is an obvious one – it needed to be easier to manipulate so that if Alban needs to rewind or adjust the date or time, he will be able to perform such a task even while wearing his gloves.

In addition to the above, as a GF 300 family member also boasts ZRC’s developed and patented (NO. 1462496) ECS, a unique system for cleaning the inside of the bezel by circulating freshwater that dilutes and evacuates sea salt and dust –

as well as ZRC’s Crown Protection System that prevents water immersion, thanks to its exclusive bracelet system using retractable lugs, so that it is impossible to go underwater without screwing the crown back to its original position.

The North Adventure’s face has been specially fitted with a massively over-sized handset in white, a date window at 3 o’clock framed in white, a line of red North Adventure text and Alban’s Polar Bear logo proudly displayed above it.

The dial and the bezel indexes were treated with pure white SLN™ - X1 in order to achieve the best possible visibility during his dive beneath the ice-pack.

The ZRC North Adventure watch is equipped with an ETA 2824-2 elaborate-grade movement precise to +/- 7sec/day. To ensure it functions properly under ice cold temperatures ZRC were forced to modify it by using specialist joints & oil.

In order for the North Adventure watch to fit Alban’s wrist, it has been equipped with an XL black NATO strap. It will therefore be possible to wear it over his specialist Artic gear thanks to a single buckle closure-system that facilitates its manipulation.

At the 6H side of the NATO strap is a white Polar Bear logo symbolizing Alban Michon’s initials, there as a constant reminder of his new neighbors but also to help him keep motivated and focused when things get tough.

The ZRC North Adventure watch is not only important, it will become a vital part of Alabn’s equipment and nothing could suit it better than plunging into the biggest science laboratory ever: the North Pole!

So, how to get your hands on one of these incredible watches? For the first time ZRC have taken a project to the crowdfunding sphere where you can back the project via a Kickstarter campaign and not only secure your North Adventure watch but can show support to a committed enviro-scientific adventure.

Everything else you could possibly wish to know about this (literally) cool project and epic
adventure can be found at the following dedicated ZRC North Adventure site.

So what do we think, folks? Impressive isn’t it. I didn’t think I’d need another GF 300 variant but just in case it gets cold this winter, I might just have to get one. ;)


TRITON Subphotique NAVY GREEN ‘’Triple Black’’

This is the new 63 piece Limited Edition SUBPHOTIQUE Navy Green ‘’Triple Black’’, tribute to military divers watches, with its matte army green dial, its black seconds hand, its triple line of black text and of course least we forget the cool canvas strap in Navy-green.

Below is another Special Edition Subphotique – the DLC Black Redline TR-01 with its matt black dial and single line of red text and black DLC-coated case.

I must admit, I really like the Subphotique; however I just feel that if you’re gonna go for this style of diver, ZRC’s GF300 Re-Edition is a far more interesting prospect. Not only is packed with loads of tech but it comes in a full 2000euro under and that’s with its bracelet.



ORIS Divers Sixty-Five MOVEMBER

Just in case you were worried that the Divers Sixty-Five from Oris was lacking in variation, here’s another to add to the collection and this time it’s in the name Men’s Health and the Movember Foundation to which Oris will make donation based on sales of the Special Edition watch.

Oris has created a Movember Edition, a special edition watch made in partnership with the international men’s health charity. The watch is based on Oris’s runaway success, the Divers SixtyFive, a heritage dive watch inspired by an Oris diver that was first introduced in 1965.

The Movember Foundation was founded in 2003 and tackles some of the biggest health issues facing men, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Its mission is to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives and to stop them dying too young.

Every November, it encourages men to grow moustaches to raise money in support of the 1,200 health projects it runs around the world. The event enjoys worldwide backing and is supported by numerous celebrities in sport, comedy and fashion.

The Movember Edition has a number of features linking it to the organization. The watch’s applied markers and hands are framed with a Rose Gold plating, tying the watch in with Movember’s color codes, and simultaneously creating yet another special look for the Divers Sixty-Five collection.

The 1960s Oris logo engraved on the case back is framed by the words ‘Oris Movember Edition’ and the Movember Moustache logo. The same logo is heat-stamped into the watch’s brown leather strap at 12 and 6 o’clock. It is presented in a special heritage box and comes with a tricolour Bordeaux red, beige and dark brown NATO strap that features the Movember logo on the metal loop.

During the month of Movember, Oris will host a series of fundraising events across European cities, including shavedowns, poetry slams, Movember walks and an auction of an Oris Movember Edition. Details will follow via Oris’s social media channels and via the hashtags #ORISMOVEMBER and #ORISCHANGEFORTHEBETTER.

The Oris Movember Edition is supplied with a tri-color NATO textile strap. The strap’s metal loop is engraved with the Movember Moustache logo.
The watch has a number of special touches, including hands and indices edged with rose gold plating and the Movember Moustache heat-stamped into the leather strap