Dive Watch Releases / Articles


AQUATICO Dolphin 3000M

Could this possibly be the world’s deepest diving dolphin?! With a water-resistance of 3000 meters under its belt, I suspect so.

Introducing the Aquatico Dolphin 3000M, a new affordable bronze diver from HK based startup, Aquatico whose cute lil’ dolphin logo inspired this bronze beast’s name.

Its case is constructed from CuSn8 Bronze alloy. It measures 44mm in diameters with a thickness of 14mm and a lug-to-lug length of 52mm.

The dials and bezels of the Dolphin are offered in three colors which include: black, brown or green. 

Divers features include: an AR-coated Sapphire crystal, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel with a Sapphire inlay and BGW9 lumed dive-time scale and a Helium Escapee Valve.

Power comes from an automatic, Japanese made Miyota 9015 caliber.



This is rather apt; just as Halloween is approaching, Seiko release an orange Samurai! Very few orange Seiko Divers come to mind other than the obvious, the Monster, so this is likely to grab some attention and deservedly so.

Its 44mm in diameter case is made from Stainless steel. It is fitted with a black rotational diver’s bezel with an orange 15-min scale, and a Hardlex mineral crystal. The case has a water-resistance up to 200 meters.

Powering the Orange Samurai is an in-house, Seiko Japan automatic 4R36 caliber with 24 jewels, a beat-rate of 21,600 vph and a power reserve of 41 hours. Its dial is in orange with black Seiko LumiBrite filled hands and white markers.

The Prospex Diver Ref. SRPB97 comes on a Stainless steel bracelet but is also supplied with a black silicone divers strap with a Stainless steel buckle.

By the way, the Samurai gets its name from it Katana-like (sword) minute hand. Its MSRP is 575USD. Expect to see it hit the shelves as of next month.




Here’s another look at Damasko’s debut divers watch, the DSUB1 which is exclusively available from Gnomon Watches. This special diver is made in-house by Damasko and produced in limited quantities.

Its 300m water-resistant case, too is made in-house by Damasko and is the first model to be use what Damasko calls Deutscher U-Boat-Stahl or German Submarine Steel. Its measures 42mm x 11.8mm.

U-Boat Steel is a high strength steel alloy used extensively in the construction of German submarines and naval ships. It offers significant corrosion resistance compared to 316L Stainless steel.

All of the DSub1’s components: the bezel, caseback and crown machined from the same U-Boat steel as its case. While its unidirectional divers bezel uses precision ceramic ball bearing ratcheting system.

Its black insert has been treated with Damest for added strength and scratch-resistance. Besides its increased strength and corrosion-resistance, another characteristics of U-Boat Steel which is a dark titanium grey color.

Further features of the watch include: a double domed Sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective treatment and a special screw-down equipped with Damasko’s patented lubrication. This has been engineered, to screw directly into the case and is sealed with Viton gaskets.

Powering the DSub1 is an ETA2824-2 which has been tuned and tested by Damasko to higher level of precision. It comes on a Hirsch made cartouche strap. Follow the link HERE to order.


ZRC GF300 1964 Spirit VINTAGE

This beauty is the new 1964 Spirit Vintage from ZRC. The watch is based on the 2015 GF300 Re-Edition watch revived from the 1960s.

It has many of the same aesthetic and functional features as that watch; such as its characteristically wide hands as well as its specialist diver’s features like the patented ESC system found on its bezel.

Typically when a watchmaker is going for an authentic vintage look, they will use aged-look lume for the hands and markers which ZRC have done here in an old-radium color like you might expect to find on an original piece that had survived from the 60s.

However they haven’t stopped at the hands and markers, they have continued the vintage theme by giving the watch’s black dial a stunning faded effect which really helps to evoke a feeling of the passing of many decades.

Above the aged dial is 4mm thick box-shaped Sapphire crystal, another vintage inspired feature of the watch that helps to distinguish it from the more contemporary 2015 GF300.

The 1964 Spirit Vintage has three different looks – you could chose from a high-tech ZRC extendable divers bracelet, an aged brown leather band or Nylon military style strap.

The new ZRC 1964 Spirit Vintage offers a nostalgic peek through a window of time while retaining all the reliability and functionality of the cutting-edge tool watch.

Personally, I absolutely love it and would go for the Nylon strap as I already have a 2015 Re-Edition on a bracelet. How about you – leather, nylon or steel???

Liked this? Check out ZRC’s Kickstarter campaign for the very cool North Adventure watch project – HERE.



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. ;)