Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2018-01-17

EXTático JUNTOR Al 7075 [a closer LOOK]

BACKGROUND This is the Juntor, handmade in Spain by EXTático, a philosophically minded watch brand, whose name symbolizes the detonation of time and the perception of movement, capiche!

EXTático have been quietly working on the development of the Juntor for more than 5 years, when it was first seen as a highly customizable concept watch with proposed; Aluminum, Bronze, Composite or Stainless steel cases.



In addition to the Juntor, EXTático got some attention (deservedly so) for their dedicated diver’s model, aptly named the DIVER with its massive buzz-saw bezel.

Handmade in SPAIN, the Juntor is a welcome rarity. Very few watch brands are producing handmade mechanical diver’s watches at the price point that EXTático are.



EXTático are one of really only 3 Spanish dive watch producers of note, the other 2 being Pita of Barcelona and Crepas.

All the Juntor’s components (case and dial alike) were handmade in Spain – case, case-back, crown, strap, dial hands etc. which is some achievement. In the future the brand even plans to make their own movements.



With its CASE constructed from Aluminum 7075, a specialized material used for the fabrication of high-end bikes and missile housings, the Juntor has a contemporary style that is both youthful and refined.

The case measures 46mm in diameter with a thickness of 15.5mm. It has water-resistance of 200 meters.



The BEZEL has been anodized in a stunning cobalt-blue, but theoretically any number of colors could be used. The anodization process that EXTático uses has a thickness of 20 microns

The bezel design has a very organic feel with a shell-like quality to it. It also offers excellent ergonomics. Its diameter is 48mm. It has just 12 clicks.



A large polygonal CROWN provides time-setting and hand-winding for the movement. While the crown is of nice and solid Steel design and closes with a reassuring thud – it is not a screw-down type.



The Juntor’s DIAL has a multi-tier design that would not look out of place on the side of an early decoding computer.

It displays both 12 and 24hr time with a simple sub-dial with a red indicator at 6 o’clock and simple set of SLN lumed hands.



The dial is protected by a Sapphire CRYSTAL with anti-reflective coating on both its sides. The case-BACK is secured by 4 screws.



Powering the Juntor is a manually-wound MOVEMENT, the Swiss made, ETA 6498-1.

A hand-cranked movement wouldn't be my first choice but it kinda makes sense on this model and helps to make the whole handmade / artisan feel of the Juntor just that bit more authentic. 



The Juntor is presented on a specially molded rubber custom divers STRAP that is attached via specialized lugs which are integrated and secured on the watch’s case-back with screws.

BUCKLE Movement aside, nothing on the Juntor is off-the-shelf, it has all been painstakingly designed and produced in-house, the buckle is no exception.



The over-all BUILD-quality of the Juntor is excellent. Despite being a lightweight Aluminum constructed watch it feels solid and has nice feel to it.

It has this toyish quality to it, I can't put my finger on it - I guess this much of its charm. If you aren't into Aluminum then there is currently Bronze on offer, too. 



The Juntor can be manufactured for each customer upon request and takes 2 months from the placing your order until shipping. It is PRICED 1200€ and comes with a 2 year warranty.


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Follow the link HERE or the one embedded, below for more information on the EXTático Juntor & Diver models.

ANDERSMANN Classic DLC

Here’s Andersmann mixing things up a little with their latest model, the CLASSIC which is now available in a striking new DLC series with a hot-pink seconds hand and WR text as an option along with more traditional to black or blue.



We took a look at the Andersmann Classic towards the end of last year – the watch is a fixed bezel divers / nautical watch with 300 meters of water-resistance.



The Classic DLC has a special multi-layers Titanium case with a black DLC finish on the bottom and top tiers while its core is in bead-blasted Titanium to create contrasting sandwich effect.



Dimensions of the case include a diameter of 44mm and a thickness of 12.4mm – while lug width is a generous 24mm.



The Classic DLC’s 300m water-resistant case is fitted with a 3.8mm-thick double-curved Sapphire crystal with an-anti reflective treatment.


An additional 1.7mm-thick Sapphire crystal can be found underneath – affording a view of the Classic’s Swiss ETA 2892 A2 automatic movement which has features a custom engraved rotor.



The Andersmann Classic DLC boasts many of the brand’s signature design cues such as its knurled screw-down crown and texturized sandwich dial.



The dial can be configured with a three different colored sweep-seconds hands: black ANN198, blue ANN186 or pink ANN182.



The Andersmann Classic comes in FKM rubber divers strap with an engraved Titanium tongue buckle priced - CHF1430 / CH1480 (all-black version).



How about that pink seconds hand?! Actually, it was specially designed with Valentine’s day in mind, but I think it’s hot anytime of the year!



Please follow the link embedded, below for more on the Andermann Classic.



Follow the link HERE to read my in-depth review of the Deep Ocean 3000M.

http://www.andersmann.com/

2018-01-16

JAEGER-LeCOULTRE Polaris AUTOMATIC

For 2018 JLC have created a brand-new Polaris collection which includes: an auto, a DATE, a CHRONO and a special MEMOVOX edition with an alarm.



Taking its inspiration from the 1968 Memovox Polaris, the new JLC Polaris Automatic in steel is equipped with either a leather band or steel bracelet, and is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters.



The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date is finished in a sporty, casual style; it boasts a delicate case-band integrated with short lugs. The elongated numerals and hour markers, as well as the baton hands, are coated with a luminescent finish.



Basic spec. includes: a 41mm by 11.2mm Stainless steel case which is water-resistance to 10 ATM – (so it would seem that the 100m WR is due to the slimmer style of this model whereas others in the collection get 200m)

Power comes from an automatic, self-winding, Cal. 898E/1, single Barrel with 28800 vph.



It has a JLC’s classic compressor-style case with Twin-Crowns, positioned at 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock, one to turn the rehaut and one for adjusting the time and winding the movement.



The watch’s sleek dial, is available in black, grey or in different grades of blue with brushed-polished finish of the case and readability of the luminescent coating make the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic with a steel strap or leather band.



MSRPS 6300USD (leather) – 7600USD (steel)

JAEGER-LeCOULTRE Polaris DATE

For 2018 JLC have created a brand-new Polaris collection which includes: an AUTO, a date, a CHRONO and a special MEMOVOX edition with an alarm.



Taking its inspiration from the 1968 Memovox Polaris, the new JLC Polaris Date in steel is equipped with a calendar, either a rubber or steel strap, and is water-resistant to a depth of 200 meters. It brings a welcome contemporary touch to the Grande Maison classic design.



The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date is finished in a sporty, casual style, it boasts a delicate case-band integrated with short lugs. The elongated numerals and hour markers, as well as the baton hands, are coated with a luminescent finish.



Basic spec. includes: a 42mm by 13.1mm Stainless steel case which is water-resistance to 20 ATM – (so finally a so called high-end dress diver gest a proper 200m WR!)

Power comes from an automatic, self-winding, Cal. 899A/1 made up of 219 components and with 28800 vph and 32 jewels.



Its case-back bears an engraving of a delicate stylized diving helmet, a nod to the original model that hid this same symbol inside its case.



It is equipped with a tri-folding buckle engraved with the Grande Maison logo, the textured black rubber strap imparts the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date with a contemporary, sporty look.



MSRPS on demand - from JLC, not me ;)

JAEGER-LeCOULTRE Polaris MEMOVOX 50th Anniversary ALARM

The JLC Memovox is back and this time it isn’t a tribute watch as such, it’s an actual new watch, a contemporary re-design of a Grande Maison classic from 1968 but with all the latest JLC mechanical tech.

So, yeah, it is a kind a tribute to the iconic Polaris Memovox from a bygone era and yes, it’s more very nicely redone vintage from JLC, I am not exactly gushing, but to be fair, it is an exceptional watch with some really nice modern touches.



Basic spec. includes: a 42mm by 15.9mm Stainless steel case which is water-resistance to 20 bar – (holy sh!t finally a proper 200m WR, I’m shocked!)

Power comes from an automatic, self-winding, Cal. 956 made up of 268 components and with 28800 vph and 23 jewels.



And now to the best part – the 2018 Polaris Memovox watch is equipped with an alarm, indicated by a small triangle on a rotating disk in the center of the dial.

Simply, pull the crown at 2 o'clock and turn it counter-clockwise to rotate the disk and align the triangle with the desired time. To wind the mechanism, push back the crown and turn it clockwise.



Its case-back bears two engravings: a delicate stylized diving helmet, a nod to the original model that hid this same symbol inside its case; and a 50th anniversary an inscription to commemorate the date the Memovox Polaris timepiece was created in 1968.



I was hoping for an update of the JLC Diving collection, perhaps that will come next year. So until then we’ll have to make do with the incredible new Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Memovox which is a Limited Series of 1000 editions and has an MSRP of 12600USD.