Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2017-11-21

ZRC GF300 North ADVENTURE Watch

In case you missed this incredible tool watch from ZRC; here it is again on the final day of its KICKSTARTER campaign.



Yes, if you like your dive watches ice-cold then, there’s still time to pledge. You can follow the link to read all about the ZRC NORTH ADVENTURE Watch.



And here’s Alban Michon, the man who, shall we say commissioned this extreme watch - causally sat on his sledge while sporting his North Adventure Watch on steel while in Arctic temperatures cold enough to freeze a Polar Bear’s backside off!

http://www.zrc.fr/

STEINHART Ocean ONE Premium BLACK

This is the new Ocean One Premium Black, related only by name to the Ocean ONE; it is a completely new dive watch that has been developed by STEINHART over the course of several years.



Features such as its ergonomically designed 120-click diver’s bezel, whose design features are echoed in the crown grip, are new stand out features peculiar to the new Ocean Two Premium Black.

Despite its noble appearance, the Ocean Two Premium Black should leave you in no doubt of its diving pedigree with its –



300 meters of water-resistance, screw-down crown, domed Sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating and screw-down case-back with Sapphire glass.
This affords a view of the Ocean One Premium Black’s robust Swiss automatic movement, the ETA 2892 A2 Elaboré Premium.



Another nice looking from Steinhart – while the base model is somewhat derivative, there’s no taking away rom the attention to detail and the execution which at its circa €600 price point is hard to beat.

Follow the link HERE for more.

2017-11-20

BAMFORD WATCH Dept. MAYFAIR

Revered by many, emulated by some - bastardized others; the Benrus Type 1 with its iconic asymmetric case is a dive watch design that most of us recognize.



Perhaps we know of the original watch or one of the numerous homages such as the notable Mk II Paradive from Bill Yao.



It doesn’t matter, the fact is, the Benrus Type I is one the most legendary military divers watches, full stop and as such should be treated with a certain degree of respect –



it shouldn’t be given a pretentious name, nor equipped with a cheapo Japanese quartz movement and if you are going to do a remake of an acclaimed divers model – how about some proper water-resistance.



If you couldn’t give a monkeys about any of that or maybe you haven’t got a Scooby Doo what a proper, affordable divers watch is, then perhaps the new Mayfair from BWD is just what you’ve been looking for.



If it is – here’s the lowdown for ya! Named after the poncey London district where BWD is headquartered, the Mayfair is powered by a Miyota 2035 Quartz movement – it has a water-resistance of 100m which is nearly 260m less than the original 12000ft. Benrus Type 1 from the early 70s, which it is based on.



So what do you think? Looks kind cheap to me, apart from the misaligned bezel, the classic black version does have the right look but at £425 it’s a bloody expensive filler for a Christmas cracker me thinks. :(

http://www.bamfordwatchdepartment.com/

2017-11-15

ALSTA Nautoscaph II [you're going to need a bigger boat]

I was barely walking back then but the 1975 movie classic, Jaws is one of my all-time favorites – it still gives me the shivers to this day when I think about that giant shark.

A few years back a question was asked – what was the watch worn by Richard Dreyfuss’ character, Matt Hooper in the movie?



There was a lot of debate but finally thanks to an article written by a couple vintage dive watch geeks the diver’s watch worn by fictional ichthyologist, Hooper was REVELED as the Alsta Nautoscaph.



Like many independent Swiss watchmakers of its era that were producing mechanical wristwatches, Alsta was hit hard by the quartz watch crisis of the late 70s and eventually as many others did faded out of existence.

The brand lay dormant for decades but the Alsta Watch Co. is finally back with a revival of arguably its most famous model, the Nautoscaph now known as the Nautoscaph II.



Great attention to detail has been paid on the recreation of the Alsta Nautoscaph. Details like the specially-manufactured super-domed crystal for instance.



There were a number of configurations of the original Nautoscaph, including some different bezel and dial details, such as stick or coffin-shaped markers, and numerals at 3, 6, 9, 12 - all in various combinations.

Alsta’s new owners tried several different dial configurations before ultimately settling on the clean retro-modern-styled design seen on the Nautoscaph II, today.



Like the original, the Nautoscaph II is powered by a quality automatic movement. Every one of its components has either been manufactured in Switzerland or Germany, except however for its NH35A automatic movement which is manufactured by Seiko of Japan.



The movement snob in me says it’s a shame they didn’t go Swiss ETA 2824 or Sellita SW200 for few more dollars; however the NH35A has proven its worth as a reliable and trusty little workhorse – it’s just not Swiss, though is it?



Divers features of the Alsta Nautoscaph II include: a unidirectional divers bezel and a screw-down crown with a triple-lock mechanism and crosshatch engraving, a feature often seen on the crowns of super-compressor dive watches of the 60s and 70s.



It has been manufactured and tested to withstand pressure from depths of 999ft which is 300m or 29atm. The original Nautoscaph had 999ft on its dial which is a touch that the new Alsta team loved and therefore retained for today’s model.

The Nautoscaph II has also been manufactured and tested to be anti-magnetic resistant up to 4,800 A/m in accordance with ISO 764 compliance and shock-resistant to ISO 1413 standards.



The Nautoscaph II’s case is cast from 316L grade Stainless Steel. Grade 316L is the standard molybdenum bearing grade which means it has high corrosion resistant properties and particularly high resistance to pitting and crevice corrosion in chloride environments. It is also anti-magnetic.



The Alsta Nautoscaph II’s domed glass is a hardened mineral crystal not Sapphire unfortunately. Alsta wanted the Nautoscaph II to follow its predecessor and have a lovely domed crystal therefore they specially designed and manufactured a super-domed crystal. They did though, decide to remove the cyclops. ;)



The Nautoscaph II comes on a Milanese mesh bracelet AKA Shark Mesh (what else!) – aesthetically it works, it works full stop BUT, it’s a pity that Alsta didn’t go full hog and recreate the solid steel bracelet complete with portholes like the one that Hooper wore in the movie. I would imagine that the cost of producing the bracelet would have made the watch too expensive – sigh :(

BUT – it is also available with an ISOfrane, premium quality diver’s strap – can’t argue with that!



The watch is available direct from Alsta priced 665GBP / approx. 875USD.

So what you think, folks? It’s a great looking watch but I can’t help thinking that some of us might pass up on what could be a great little dive watch with a real bit of nostalgia attached because of its Japanese movement and that mineral crystal. Are these deal breakers?

http://www.alstawatch.com/

2017-11-13

DAVOSA Argonautic BG AUTO [NEW collection]

As a producer of high-quality Swiss made divers watches, the Davosa brand are really coming into their own.



They have produced one of my favorite new divers of recent years, the pretty-faced APNEA Diver and just recently have taken their flagship diver, the Argonautic to the next level in terms of looks and performance.



Check out this lovely looking Titanium faced beauty accented with orange for starters – it looks good enough to eat but not just another pretty face this watch like all of its new Argonatutic BG Automatic family members has –



in the last few months, undergone some subtle yet important modifications to create a new edition of the three-hand DAVOSA classic: one that incorporates all the latest technological advances as well as input from fans of their brand.



Like previous Davosa Argonautic models, the new Argonautic BG Automatic is a professional diver’s watch with a Helium Escape Valve, brightly-glowing lume and a diver’s bezel with a ceramic inlay – however the new range now has some innovative colors on offer.



Specifications include: a Swiss Sellita SW 200-1 automatic movement, a scratch-resistant, anti-glare Sapphire crystal and a neatly designed dial with its 15-minute scale on the bezel inlay to provide orientation in an emergency ascent.



I couldn’t tell you what the BG suffix stands for, but most likely it relates to the BG W9 SuperLumiNova that has been applied to the numerals and hands, and now for the first time on an Argonautic to the 15-minute scale and all the numerals on the ceramic bezel.



BG W9 is considered the best-in-class luminous pigment. It appears white in the daylight, but in the dark it shines brightly and clearly in blue.



A manual Helium Escape Valve can be found at 10 o’clock on the side of the case – this has been technically optimized and is now clearly identifiable thanks to a new He (Helium) symbol on the crown face.



The winding crown at 3 o’clock now boasts a new tube and crown construction, DAVOSA’s technicians have found a way to optimize the interaction of these components –



in order to further the lifespan of the one component on a watch that is subjected to considerable stress from being screwed open and shut.



In addition to the above, the DAVOSA Argonautic BG Automatic has a unique new look thanks to an elaborate furnace process, allowing for Sandy Grey and Navy Blue inlays which have been produced in high-tech ceramic as well as a more Classic Black.



The dials are color-coded with the bezel rings in color as well as in their matt, slightly grainy texture.



A high-precision finish results in a fine color dot in the triangle, providing an additional color accent on the bezel inlay in yellow, orange or white, depending on the model. The orange dot looks very cool!



Finally, thanks a new a Stainless steel bracelet with a safety clasp and divers extension, the DAVOSA Argonautic BG Automatic can now be easily worn over of a diver’s wetsuit.



The new Argonautic BG is available, now priced from 758 euros from selected DAVOSA boutiques. Pretty nice, eh- don’t you think?