Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2017-07-26

EVANT Tropic DIVER Fume Blue LE

This is the Evant Tropic Diver Fume Blue, a new model from the Evant Watch Company following their successful TROPIC Diver.



The Tropic Diver Fume Blue comes with a beautifully hand-polished case with chamfered lugs and an old-school Bakelite bezel.

However the highlight of this new model is its new graduated blue dial that depending on the light goes from a deep blue to a deep black thanks to its sunburst finish.



The Fume Blue dial is lighter in the center and gradually darkens outwards. This is combined with gilt applied hour-markers makes for luxurious look that is seldom seen at its price point.



This 300 piece Tropic Diver Blue Fume Limited Edition is available exclusively from Gnomon Watches, HERE. It is priced 499USD.

https://www.evantwatches.com/

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.