Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2017-07-21

ROLEX Submariner DESERT Issue by SFI

There are certain things in life that you simply don’t mess with and that’s because they’re already perfect, the Sistine Chapel, a Jaguar E-Type, the humble Submariner.

However sometimes there’s a good reason why it is acceptable to tinker with perfection – this is one of those. It’s called the Dessert Issue Submariner.



It has been re-styled to pay a respectful homage to historical military watches of the past such as the Rolex 5517 issued to British SAS & SBS divers during the 1970s, then further enhanced to meet the exact needs of the modern day UKSF.

All watches offered by SFI have been designed in collaboration with a delegation of former members of the UK Special Forces, tested in the same conditions as the current modern UK Special Forces operate and are currently worn by former members of the UK Special Forces.

SFI military Submariners have been exclusively re-designed tested and are worn by members of the UKSF. SFI are the official suppliers of modified military specification watches to former badged members of the UK Special Forces.



Here’s a look at what has actually been done to the watch:

- Military fixed bars
- Bead Blast case finish
- Tactical 'Desert Sand' coating
- 'Submariner' dial text overprint in 'desert sand'
- Custom Sword hands
- Custom rubber continuously graduated 60 minute bezel with luminous markings
- Unique individually numbered case back engravings
- Issued on an extra durable NATO strap (Desert Camo)
- Delivered in a waterproof pelican case with 3 extra straps

Its MSRP is £13500. If I had that knocking about, I’d get one of these in a heartbeat. BTW, donations are made to UKSF charities along with the Princes Trust from the sale of SFI watches.

https://www.specialforcesissue.com/

2017-07-20

AQUATICO Super CHARGER 300M

Here’s a something different – a new 300m water-resistant nautical watch from a new Italian strap-up known as Aquatico, a sort of non-diving diver if you will.



The watch which has a pretty dynamic name, Super Charger is distinguished by its square multiple-piece case.

This case is of course in Marine Grade 316L Stainless steel – it measures 44mm with a lug-lug to measurement of 54mm and a thickness of 16mm which includes the crystal.



Talking of crystal – the Super Charger is fitted with a flat Sapphire crystal with AR-coting on its inside.



Special features of the watch include a sandwich dial in either black or blue and decorative caseback sporting a lovely little mermaid perched on a dolphin’s back.



SuperLuminova BGW9 has been used for the hands and markers. The watch is powered by a Seiko Japan NH35 automatic mechanical movement.

Finally the watch is delivered on an ISOfrane-style vulcanized rubber divers strap with a Stainless steel buckle.

2017-07-19

CHRISTOPHER WARD C60 Trident Pro COSC LIMITED EDITION

Christopher Ward has released a couple of new Trident models for summer 2017. One of those is the new C60 Trident Pro COSC Limited Edition which owes much of its charm to CW’s Pro 600 range, only with an updated monochrome theme plus the introduction of a COSC chronometer-certified movement.



Actually my honest is opinion is that the Trident watches have always been little too safe and perhaps even generic-looking but if you scratch beneath the surface there are some nice little touches here and there.



I particularly like the attention to detail paid to the dial. Besides this the watch has a raft of features (yes, I used the word raft, my apologies).



Offering excellent precision, the COSC Limited Edition features a fully tracked zirconia (ZrO2) ceramic bezel, while the introduction of an inverted red triangle at its 12 o'clock point is a new detail that will appeal to lovers of a well-known Swiss mil-diver.


This COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) version of the Sellita SW200 has been tested in a range of positions and temperatures to gain its valued 'chronometer' certification.

To achieve this, a mechanical watch must achieve an accuracy during these tests of between -4/+6 seconds a day.



Only six per cent of all Swiss movements attain this, while its reputation as an industry workhorse movement means its reliability is guaranteed.



Underscoring the collection's aquatic heritage, CW’s Trident-shaped counter-balance has also been finished in red, contrasting against the wave guilloche pattern of the dial.



A constant feature throughout the collection, the Trident motif has also been deep-stamped into the watch's screw-down caseback. The watch has decent amount of water-resistance with 600 meters.



The new C60 Trident Pro COSC Limited Edition comes with a whole slew of different strap and bracelet options. It is limited to 100 pieces. Its MSRP is £925.

CHRISTOPHER WARD C60 Trident PRO Day Date COSC LIMITED EDITION

Do you struggle tying up your own shoe laces? Perhaps you don’t know what day of the week it is from day to the next!



Christopher Ward has released a couple of new Trident models for summer 2017. One of those is the new C60 Trident Pro Day Date COSC Limited Edition which will at least assist in one of the above failings.



It owes its good looks to CW’s Pro 600 range, only with an updated monochrome theme plus the introduction of a COSC chronometer-certified movement. Oh and that useful yet unsightly thing plastered across the left of the dial – a dreaded day date.



Offering excellent precision, the COSC Limited Edition features a fully tracked zirconia (ZrO2) ceramic bezel. The dial has these little green markers at each of the hours –

I honestly couldn’t say what they are for, sorry. Then there’s some orange text – this always looks good against black.



About as accurate as a mechanical movement gets, each 2836-2 COSC calibre has been certified by the independent Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres.



To achieve 'chronometer' status, the movement must be accurate to within at least -4/+6 seconds per day in different positions and temperatures.



Underscoring the collection's aquatic heritage, CW’s Trident-shaped counter-balance has a chrome finish to go with the raised indexes - contrasting against the black wave guilloche pattern of the dial.



A constant feature throughout the collection, the Trident motif has also been deep-stamped into the watch's screw-down caseback. The watch has decent amount of water-resistance with 600 meters.



The new C60 Trident Pro Day Date COSC Limited Edition comes with a whole slew of different strap and bracelet options. It is limited to 100 pieces. Its MSRP is £960.

2017-07-18

WEMPE Zeitmeister SPORT DIVER's Chronograph BRONZE

Wempe’s Zeitmeister Sport Diver‘s Chronograph now comes as a 100 piece Limited Edition equipped with a sturdy 45mm Bronze case.

Wempe has always been closely linked with seafaring and the maritime industry. 75 years ago, Wempe started production of its patented Unified Chronometer.

So they felt it was about time they followed up this nautical tradition by creating a new diving chrono – made from bronze.



As well as the case, the bezel is made of bronze and is marked by bold numerals. Gold-plated hour markers and hands accentuate the brown dial of the Sport Diver’s Chronograph Bronze.

These colors are perfectly coordinated with a full-cut alligator skin strap. Powering it is a Swiss made self-winding movement.

Thoughts? Yawn! ;)

2017-07-17

BLANCPAIN Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC for ONLY WATCH 2017

Didn’t Blancpain already release this earlier on in the year? They did indeed, but this one errs a little more on the Brightside. The subtle green tone used for all the luminescent markings; the bezel, hands, indexes and date have all been replaced with a bright yellow.



There’s a quick side by side for you further down, if you wanna compare the two watches. Unless you’re totally colorblind, you shouldn’t have any trouble spotting the difference. Question is – do you prefer the pop of bright yellow of the Only Watch version or do you prefer the subtlety of the original?



This is the Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC Only Watch unique piece – which is equipped with self-winding caliber 1151, comprising 210 components notably including two series-coupled mainspring barrels ensuring a four-day power reserve.

It can be found nestling inside the watch’s 40 mm-diameter Stainless steel case, and is is visible through the transparent Sapphire exhibition caseback that also reveals the a solid gold winding rotor with an NAC coating (a ruthenium-based alloy), bearing the Blancpain logo as well as the Only Watch logo.



The watch is of course endowed with all the diving features of the original as well as those diving watch characteristics that were first established by the 1953 vintage Fifty Fathoms which were subsequently adopted by the entire dive watch industry. For this one-of-a-kind model, the black dial features indexes and hands in yellow SuperLumiNova. These elements recall the designs of the 1950s MIL-SPEC 1.



The date is also yellow and the water-resistance indicator once again appears at 6 o’clock. The black unidirectional rotating bezel, also bearing luminescent yellow markings, is topped by a scratch-resistant Sapphire inlay, an innovative feature introduced by Blancpain in 2003 with the 50th Anniversary Fifty Fathoms. This unique piece is water-resistant to 300 meters. It will be auctioned with military-style black NATO strap.



Here’s a little - the original Fifty Fathoms model launched in 1953 by Jean-Jacques Fiechter, Blancpain’s CEO at the time, was the first modern dive watch. This diver was worn by the French Navy’s combat swimmers corps in the early 1950s. Aware that a scuba diver’s life directly depends upon the reliable operation of his watch –

Jean-Jacques Fiechter decided to equip this model with an additional special feature: a water-resistance indicator. The thing that looks like an egg!
If any water were was per chance to seep into the watch case, the disk at 6 o’clock would signal the problem by changing from white to red. This timepiece, named the Fifty Fathoms MILSPEC 1, was adopted by the American Navy in 1957-58.



For reference, Blancpain was the first watch brand to support the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy (AMM) in 2001. This year, the Manufacture is again presenting a one-of-a-kind model on the occasion of the Only Watch charity auction to be held in Geneva at 2.30 pm on November 11th 2017. A dive watch directly inspired by the new Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC model presented at Baselworld this year.

2017-07-13

DEEP BLUE DayNight Recon Valjoux 7750 Tritium T-100 10 YEAR EDITION

Deep Blue Watches have just released a special 10th Anniversary Edition diving chronograph called the DayNight Recon 7750 Valjoux Tritium T-100 10 Year Anniversary Edition.



As its name suggests – this watch has it all – first of all it’s by powered one of the most reliable and robust chronograph calibers, the Swiss made, 25 jewel, 28,800 VPH - Valjoux 7750.



Then there’s its dazzling light show courtesy of a combination between a total of 64x T-100 Tritium light tubes and Swiss C3 SuperLuminova.



If there is one thing that Deep Blue watches have become synonymous with besides being purveyors of affordable top-notch divers watches – it’s their clever use of Tritium and SLN.



Starting off with the watch case which is in 316L Stainless steel – this measures 45mm in diameter with a lug-lug measurement of 53mm and a thickness of 16.5mm.



Divers features include: a Sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective coating, screw-down caseback and crown, a luminous 120-clck unidirectional divers bezel and a respectable 500 meters of water-resistance.



The Swiss made diving chrono has been made in a Limited Edition of 200 pieces which are available worldwide.



Further features include: a 33mm aperture dial with day/date and 3 sub-dials available in several colors and an exhibition case-back gazing upon the 7750.



The watch comes on a solid 22mm Stainless steel bracelet with 4 micro-adjustments, half links, full links, screw-in links and divers safety clasp. Please follow the link embedded, below for more info.

http://www.deepbluewatches.com/

2017-07-11

TUDOR Heritage BLACK BAY Bronze ONE for ONLY WATCH 2017

HTF does Tudor mange to keep coming up better and better versions of the same watch?! You’d think by now, that the Heritage Black Bay (Tudor’s most celebrated diver – ever) would be getting a bit old hat.



We’ve seen a ton of new versions in 2017, alone. Yet, the sight of this new one is not at all tiresome – quite the contrary – it’s pure eye-candy.



I know what you’re thinking, and you’re half right – this is a ‘piece unique’ so why should you give a monkeys?! Because history has shown us that these one off special editions usually inspire new production variants later down the road.



So who knows, perhaps Basel 2018 or 19 will see us mere mortals getting in on some Left-handed Bronze and Olive green Black Bay action of our own.

But for the time being, this is a spectator sport – it is Heritage Black Bay Bronze ONE for Only Watch 2017 Ref. 7925/001



Spec. includes a 43mm Al Bronze case with an IP-coated Bronze colored case-back, an olive green dial and matching diver’s bezel. Power comes from a COSC-certified Tudor MT5601-LHD Cal., automatic movement with 4Hz frequency, 70hrs of power-reserve and silicon balance spring.



Finally this stunning one off Black Bay comes on an olive-green and beige NATO strap with an Al Bronze buckle plus an additional aged brown leather strap also with a bronze buckle.

OMEGA Seamaster DIVER 300M Co-Axial 41mm Commander's (dive) WATCH

Can you hear that? That’s the James Bond theme tune playing in your head because this is no ordinary Seamaster Diver 300M, it’s the latest 007 inspired variant to hit the shelves.



This is the Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial 41mm AKA Commander’s Watch – as in Commander Bond’s timepiece.

It is available in two versions: an ultra-rare 18K Gold series of just 007 pieces and a not quite so rare (if we’re honest), 7007 piece limited series in Stainless steel.



Both the Stainless steel and 18K variants of the Commanders’ Watch are with a polished white ceramic dials facetted blued skeleton hour-minute hands and a varnished red second hand with “007” gun logo counterweight.



The 19K version boasts a blue ceramic bezel inlay with a Ceragold™ dive-time scale and red rubber covering the first 15 minutes.

The wave-pattern screw-down caseback is engraved with Commander’s Watch, Limited Edition and the limited edition number. An exhibition caseback reveals a rotor with 9mm bullet and decorative plate bearing the 007 and OMEGA logo, as well as the Calibre number.



The Commander Watch is presented on a 5-stripe blue, red & grey polyamide Nato Strap with a either a Stainless steel or 18K yellow gold buckle and strap holder. An additional Stainless steel of 18K yellow gold bracelet is also included with 007 engraved on the fold-over clasp.

The watches are powered by the exclusive OMEGA Calibre 2507.