Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2018-05-26

LONGINES HydroConquest USA EXCLUSIVE EDITIONs

Here’s something for my cousins across the pond, a USA Exclusive Edition of Longines’ recently UPDATED HydroConquest Diver in a Limited Edition of 1000 pieces per color.



Its 41mm case comes in either brushed Stainless steel, black or grey (Titanium-color) steel PVD and is fitted with typical HydroConquest diver’s which include: an AR-treated Sapphire crystal and a unidirectional rotational diver’s bezel with matching black, blue or grey ceramic inlay.

If you look closely at the inlay, you’ll notice that the 15-min portion of the dive-time scale has been matted-out? Why? Well because it looks cool, but perhaps more critically it is better off reflection-free. Water-resistance is 300m.



Another special feature of the USA Edition is of course the case-back which features an engraved American flag motif.
Powering the collection is a Longines caliber L888.2 (base on an ETA A31.L01) with 21 jewels, a beat-rate of 25,200 vph and a power-reserve of 64 hrs. Its functions incl.: hours, mins, seconds, and date.



Of the dial colors available are, Sunray blue, Black, or Titanium, with USA text neatly tucked between 4 and 5 o’clock. The hours are made up of Arabic numerals and 10 cabochons, all with SLN and a red minute-track. The Rhodium-plated hands are also with SLN.

The watches come on Stainless steel bracelets, but are also supplied with additional blue, black, or grey NATOs strap with case-matching buckles. They come in special presentation boxes.

http://www.longines.com/

2018-05-25

DEEP BLUE DayNight TRITDIVER T-100 Auto COKE ‘n’ PEPSI

Just add ice and a slice – DEEP BLUE watches have got the ultimate cola taste challenge for you?



Within weeks of Rolex and Tudor’s new GMT models being unveiled at Baselworld earlier this year, the rest of the watch dive industry began busying themselves with their answers.



Here are two thirst-quenching GMT models in Coke (red and black) and Pepsi (blue and red) flavors from DB. Both models boast dual-color ceramic inlays.



In addition to the colorful bezels, the watches are decked out with Tritium Tubes: 12 o’ clock = 2 orange tubes, 3,6,9 = 2x green tubes while all other hour markers have single green tubes.



The hour, minute and second hands also have single green tubes.




The DayNight TritDiver is based on a 44mm (in diameter) by 51mm (lug to lug) by 16mm (thick) 316L Stainless Steel case which has 500 meters of water-resistance.



The watches are characterized by their Stainless Steel 120-click unidirectional diver’s bezels, with bi-color ceramic inlay and luminous 12hr pips.



Further divers features inc. sapphire crystals, screw-down crown and case-back and a choice of either a rubber diver’s strap with the option to have color-coded DB lug logos,



two NATO straps or a full a 4.5mm thick, 22mm Stainless steel link-bracelet with 4 micro-adjustments, full links, and tension pins.



Powering the watches are reliable Japanese made, Seiko Cal. NH 35 automatic movements with
21,600 VPH, 24 jewels and date function.

http://www.deepbluewatches.com/

DAVOSA Ternos Ceramic Auto ROSE GOLD

I know these watches are highly derivate, they aren’t exactly oozing originality are they, but that doesn’t stop them from being damn sexy looking.



If you aren’t on a Rolex budget, but still demand quality then these new Ternos Ceramic Autos from Davosa are one hell of an interesting proposition.



Their 40mm Stainless steel cases house a Swiss automatic movement, the ETA 2824 and are fitted with high-tech ceramic bezel inlays and Sapphire crystals.



Water-resistance is 200m. Further divers features include: screw-down case-back and crown and unidirectional divers bezel.



These new variants come with a sand grey dials and Rose Gold colored partial PVD plate: bezels, crown and center-links.



Before you sniff at the PVD plating, this is no different form Tudor’s BB S&G. These three new variants of the Ternos Ceramic will be available from end May / June.



The only thing that potentially kills it for me is the hulking great big cyclops – quite literally an eyesore; what do you think?

2018-05-24

ZELOS Mako 500M BRONZE

Hot on the heels of the Mako STEEL is this new beauty from Zelos, the Mako Bronze which has been built form CuSn8 bronze.



The Mako is a retro offering with an intriguing design and some recognizable design cues but also with one or two little quirks to keep things interesting.



Take for example the dial with its wave pattern fanning out from the center, the neatly placed date black window at 6 o’clock, the double markers at 3, 6 and 9 and 12, the rows of tiny circular minute markers and the corn-dog seconds indicator.



Then there’s the case which is in CuSn8 Bronze measuring 40mm in diameter with a lug-to-lug length of 46mm and a thickness of 13.5mm.

This is characterized by an elongated crown guard which reaches from the middle to the top.



Divers features include: C3 and BGW9 lume, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel with nicely pronounced teeth and ceramic inlay, an old school box-shaped 2.5mm thick Sapphire crystal, and 500 meters of water-resistance.



The new Zelos Mako Bronze is powered by a Swiss made Sellita SW200 automatic movement.



It has a LAUNCH price of 429USD and which will eventually increase up to around 800USD or so.



Thoughts? Another good-looking diver with a slew of lovely design features to add to portfolio.



My personal pref. is still gonna’ be steel, but I guess Zelos had to answer the demand for a bronze version.

http://zeloswatches.com/

VIRIBUS UNITIS Airborne

Here’s something a little different from Austrian startup, Viribus Unitis whose debut collection called Airborne offers a unique take on a military watch showcasing some familiar aeronautical design elements with some more unique features.



The Airborne collection will be followed by a further two collections, Land Bound and the Seaborne for skippers and seafarers which will be released at the end of the year.



Taking its inspiration from military aviation history particularly the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, the Airborne is a solid sports watch built in either Stainless steel with 300 or Bronze with 200 meters of water-resistance.



While the watch makes no claims as a diver, it does possess; both screw-down crown and case-back as well as a diver’s bezel and Sapphire crystal. Powering the watches of the Airborne collection is a very un-Austro-Hungarian-like yet ultimately reliable, Japanese auto, the Miyota 9015.



There are four models within the collection, each of them named after military aircraft. Prices start form €390 inc. VAT.

Thoughts? It’s good to see something new. These aren’t really divers or even nautical watches per se but they should still appeal. There are some real pics. on their website. Looking forward to the Seaborne collection! ;)

https://www.viribusunitis-watches.com/

2018-05-21

PANERAI Luminor Base Logo 3 Days STEEL US online EDITION

Here’s a rather nice looking entry level Pam, a Luminor Base Logo which unfortunately has only been made available to those purchasing from Panerai's online boutique in the US.



The Luminor Base 3 Days Acciaio AKA PAM00774 is characterized by its minimalist design and striking blue Officine Panerai logo and and canvas strap with matching blue stitching.



The blue OP Logo consists of the interlinked letters O and P with two arrows pointing up and down, this logo refers to Officine Panerai’s two historic vocations, the sea and the sky as they created optical and other precision instruments for the Royal Italian Navy, not only for underwater operations but also for soaring in the sky.



Powering this new Luminor Base Logo is the P.6000 caliber, hand-wound with a power reserve of three days. Further spec. includes a 44mm Stainless steel case with 100 meters of water-resistance.



MSRP is 4750USD.

Thoughts? If you’re looking to get into your first Pam, this is an excellent starting point. While it isn’t a diver per se, it does have great nautical heritage plus this special logo will go up in value too. I want one.

OMEGA Seamaster PO 600M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chrono DEEP BLACK Volvo Ocean Race

I’m not a huge fan of these Volvo Ocean Race POs if I’m honest, their names are getting a bit too long, aren’t they - besides I find them a little garish, but that’s not to say they aren’t nonetheless impressive because they are.



In celebration of Omega’s continued role as the Official Timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race, this year’s PO Ref. 215.92.46.51.01.002 is once again based on a PO Deep Black model and so boasts a 45.50 mm black ceramic case and bezel with red rubber 15 mins while Liquidmetal has been used for the rest of the dive-time scale.



More red rubber has been used for the chrono-pushers, the Omega logo on the crown, and for the He symbol on the Helium Escape Valve.



Its face is in brushed black ceramic with contrasting 18K White Gold hour-minute hands and markers. On the sub-dial at 3 o’clock, Omega has included a red Volvo Ocean Race ring that features the watch’s Limited Edition number as well as red-colored hands and number 12.



As well as having a Volvo Ocean Race logo on its solid case-back (unlike the GMT, no exhibition back), the watch includes a Master Chronometer Caliber 9900 and is presented on a black rubber divers strap with red stitching.



Owing to the famous race’s inauguration in 1973, just 73 examples of this OS have been made.

2018-05-17

PANERAI Luminor Submersible 1950 AMAGNETIC & Guillaume Néry EXPLORE the DEPTHs

Record-breaking, specialist in constant weight free-diving, Guillaume Néry has joined Officine Panerai as brand ambassador as of 2018.



Guillaume Néry broke the freediving world record four times, in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 and won the world champion title twice, in 2008 and 2011.



He wowed us with his 2010 film, Free Fall in which flung himself off the edge of an underwater precipice and plummeted into the abyss, was previously a Ball Watch Co. brand ambassador.



Today he has binned his Ball (don’t hate on me, I’m only kidding, I’m sure it’s safe in his watch-box, somewhere) in favor of a lovely new Pam which he can be seen exploring the depths with.



Retired from competition, Guillaume continues to train and free-dive like a professional, devoting himself to passing his passion onto others while exploring the natural wonders hidden beneath the sea.



Guillaume wears a Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanion 47MM AKA PAM01389.



The watch has 47MM Titanium case with 300 meters of water-resistance as well as a high level of anti-magnetic resistance.



It is powered by an automatic P.9010 caliber. Price-tag is 11000USD.