Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2017-06-23

BREITLING Superocean 44 SPECIAL

Here’s something SPECIAL from Breitling, again!

Once again it’s the Superocean 44 that has been given a bit of a tart up (for want of a better word) – actually there’s a probably a bit more to it than just that. ;)



The Superocean dates back exactly 60 years to 1957 – it has certainly come a long way. The 2017 Superocean 44 Special has a sturdy Stainless steel case measuring – you guessed it, 44mm.



It is endowed with all your typical divers features: a glare-proofed Sapphire crystal, a high-tech ceramic bezel and a thousand meters of water-resistance thanks to a twin-gasket screw-locked crown.

And at 9 o’clock on the case is a the obligatory Helium Escape Valve serving to balance out pressure differences inside and outside the case when necessary.



The divers bezel comes in either black or blue, but there is also a ladies version in white. The ladies version has had the tops of its lugs encrusted in diamonds.



I haven’t really got a Scooby what is going on with the other black encrusted version – I have included a pic of it for reference. Maybe it’s a second ladies version?



The black or blue bezels match the dials, and are teamed with a Stainless steel case that has a sporty satin-finish on top and more blingy polished sides and crown.



The dial has large luminescent markers designed excellent legibility. The baton-type hands clearly distinguish hours from minutes -

while differently shaped hour-markers for five-minute intervals, quarters and 12 o’clock.



A seconds hand with a red tip and a small luminescent triangle serve as the perfect mvenement operating indictor – a requirement of a any divers watch worth its salt.

Keeping things moving inside is a mechanical self-winding movement chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute).



The watch can be worn on either a rugged steel bracelet, or on either a black or blue rubber divers strap with raised central motif and Breitling signature or a row of port-holes.

PANERAI Luminor SUBMERSIBLE Auto Steel E-COMMERCE

You know how some stores have exclusive items that are only available to purchase online –



this is what the new Luminor Submersible Automatic Acciaio E-Commerce Edition AKA PAM00731 is all about.



PAM00731 will only be available to order from Panerai’s E-Boutique in the United States – it is basically the same as the Sub Auto Steel – only it has a lovely deep blue dial.



The Limited Edition of 100 pieces has a Stainless steel case measuring 44mm in diameter. It is fitted with an AR-coated Sapphire crystal and it is water-resistant to 300 meters.



It is comes on a black rubber divers strap (blue would have been cool) with a steel buckle plus the traditional strap and changing tool.

MSRP is 7200USD.

2017-06-22

PANERAI Mare Nostrum ACCIAIO 42mm PAM00716

Here’s a 42mm, Limited Edition, little gem from Panerai that didn’t make the SIHH 2017 line-up. It’s called the Mare Nostrom Acciaio (steel) AKA PAM00716.



You know it’s something special when homages have been made of it – but this is the real deal, folks.

Well as close to a 90s Pre-Vendome Mare Nostrum of the type that can trace its roots back to the early 40s when a porotype was made for use by Italian Naval officers who wore it as a deck-watch.



Like many fabled Panerai timepieces – it never really went into production – well not until Pre-Vendome PAM made some models in the 1990s. The PAM00716 is based on this model.

There are several nods and winks to the early Pre-Vendome models. The dial is an obvious one which is in the same blue – which is complimented by a luxurious blue leather band.



Powering the PAM716 is a hand-cranked OP Cal. XXXIII, which is based on a decorated ETA 2801 with a bolted on Dubois-Depraz chronograph module. It has a power-reserve of 42-hours.

This is not the first Mare Nostrum reissue from the Richemont owned Panerai, they have previously released two other models, one in 2010 and more recently the 2015 TITANIO 52MM.



The Mare Nostrum Acciaio 42MM PAM00716 comes in a Limited Edition of 1000 pieces. These will be made available from selected ADs and Pam boutiques this autumn - priced €9900.



The watch comes in a special presentation box with a model of 1940s Italian Naval destroyer.

2017-06-20

IWC Aquatimer Auto 2000 MECHANIC RESURRECTION

I was watching Mechanic Resurrection the other night and noticed that Bishop, played by Jason Statham was wearing a really nice looking diver in a few scenes.



That dive watch was an IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Ref. IW358002 which comes on a rather nice XXL articulated rubber divers strap which Bishop wore over his wetsuit.



If you’re unfamiliar with this particular Aquatimer – it has 46mm Titanium case with a water-resistance of 2000m.



It is available in a couple different dial versions. Ref. IWC358002 is the more traditional version with green lumed hands and markers. Very cool!

Liked this? Check out the Aquatimer Chrono Edition SHARKS.

2017-06-19

BULGARI Diagono SCUBA inCOLOR

You know when summer is here, folks?



It’s when the manufacturers give their otherwise uninspiring collections a splash of color in the hopes of generating a few more sales –



it’s also the time of year when yours truly has pretty much sweet FA new to show you – I’ll do my best to step it up!




 In the meantime, here’s the Bulgari Diagono Scuba now boasting two fruity new colors that include orange and yellow and an existing warm-weather color – bright white!



The Diagona Scuba’s spec. is as the 2016 version shown HERE. Pricing is in line with the regular black version.

2017-06-16

BRISTON Clubmaster

Baby or navy; looking for something blue to strap on your wrist this Summer?

Briston Watches might have the answer – an affordable, elegantly styled little number but can it compete with any of the new micros?



The new Clubmaster Diver from Briston has a Stainless steel case measuring 42mm x 42mm x 14.6mm. It has a 3mm domed K1 mineral crystal and it is water resistant to 200 meters.

Power comes from a Japanese automatic Seiko caliber NH35A with 24 jewels, 21,600 vph and a power reserve of 41 hours.



Functions are: hours, minutes, central seconds, date calendar, and indication of immersion time on inner rotating ring. MSRP is 610USD

http://www.briston-watches.com/

KOMRADE Watches WHITE POINTER

Here’s a new micro-brand called Komrade Watches from New Zealand that I discovered on Facebook. The White Pointer is the newest divers model to from the Kiwi brand

– if you hadn’t already guessed the watch takes its name from the Great White’s local moniker, White Pointer which can be seen gnashing its dagger-like teeth on the caseback.



The White Pointer has a 44mmm in diameter case which is equipped with all the usual divers features:

an anti-reflective coated Sapphire crystal, screw-down caseback and crown, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel, a Helium Escape Valve and 1000 meters of water-resistance.



The dial of the White Pointer can be had in one or two colors that include: black and blue. There are a number shown – however I’m not exactly which colors will make it to production.




The dial has a wave-pattern with a cute li'l Kiwi bird logo (in case you were in any doubt of its heritage is characterized by it massive white hour-markers which along with the hands are in BGW9 SLN.




Power comes from a Swiss ETA 2836-2 automatic movement. It comes on black silicone divers strap with a brushed steel buckle priced 899USD.

Follow the link embedded, below for more info. on pre-orders. BTW the White Pointer is scheduled to ship this September.

http://www.komradewatches.com/

2017-06-13

UNDIVE Dark Sea 500M

This is a new dive watch project due to be launched (if not already) on Indiegogo/Kickstarter.

The Dark Sea from a new brand known as UNDIVE Watches (I’m not sure if they’re any relation to UNDONE Watches or not).



Technical specifications of the Dark Sea are as follows: a vintage-style case available in either 316L Stainless steel or Bronze.

There are two Stainless steel versions; one with a steel bezel and one with a black PVD-coated steel bezel.



The case is fitted with a Sapphire crystal, a Helium Escape Valve and has 500 meters of water-resistance.

Its dimensions incl. a 45mm width (47mm incl. signed crown), a 50mm length and a 15mm thickness (15.40mm including crystal). The lug width is 22mm.



The Dark Sea has a Sunray dial with BGW9 lume. Power comes from a Seiko NH35 automatic movement.

Please follow the link embedded, below to be taken to UNDIVE website where you’ll find more info on their launch.

https://www.undivewatches.com/

HAUTTMAN Deep Discovery

This beautifully detailed looking diver is called the Deep Discovery from an online premium micro-brand known as Hauttman Watches.



I say online as up until now, Hauttman have only ever really existed on Facebook – however a full website is underway.



This is their proposed debut diver which is still in the works. It looks pretty cool.



I know very little about the Deep Discovery, in fact I cannot even confirm its name, but thought you guys might like to check it out.

AUDAZ Suba Master PROMO

AUDAZ Watches have just updated their prices for the Summer. The Scuba Master Stainless steel is now just 459USD while the Black or Gold IP version are 479USD.

OceanicTime readers are now being offered a massive 40% OFF by using Promo Code: OCEANIC at the checkout.



Please follow the link HERE for further details on the new AUDAZ Scuba Master collection.

Or HERE to see live pics of the IP Gold version.