Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2018-04-17

MARATHON GSAR Black ANTHRACITE

This is the new Marathon GSAR Black Anthracite Search & Rescue Automatic Diver which features a new sleek matte black Anthracite IP-Coating which provides 3 times the scratch-resistance of Stainless steel.



Manufactured in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland, the Marathon GSAR is powered by a Swiss made, 25 jewel ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, has 300 meters of water-resistance and boasts self-illuminating Tritium Gas Tube technology.



Further spec. includes a 316L surgical grade Stainless steel case measuring 41.4mm x 48mm (lug2lug) x 14mm, a Sapphires crystal, 120-click unidirectional rotational diver’s bezel with MaraGlo 12hr marker, and a screw-down case back and crown.

The GSAR Black Anthracite comes on a vulcanized black rubber divers strap with an IP coated 316L Stainless steel buckle.

https://marathonwatch.com/

2018-04-16

ZRC GF 300 COMBAT DIVER Black Phantom

This is a new Special Editions model from ZRC, Ref. GF40178NC AKA The Combat Diver Black Phantom based on the 2015, GF 300 1964 French Navy Re Edition.



As I’m writing this, the SOLD OUT GF 300 Black Phantom (civilian edition), my new daily is casually plonked on my wrist which for argument’s sake is identical to this in every respect safe the Combat Diver emblem. You can read my thoughts on that, HERE.



If you are unfamiliar with the GF 300, it is an iconic diver’s model from the 1960s that was reborn by the French (now Franco Swiss) watch brand, ZRC who have been operating for more than 100 years.



The GF 300 boasts some clever ZRC patented technical innovations such as its ECS (patent pending) Easy Clean System, the answer to an issue with saltwater crystal buildup encountered by the mine clearance divers of the Marine Nationale during their many dives.

This was solved with a unique system for cleaning the inside of the bezel by circulating fresh water that dilutes and evacuates the sea salt.

In addition to this, the watch also has ZRC’s Crown Protection System making it impossible to place the watch in water without screwing the crown back into its original position. If the crown is not screwed down, the strap cannot be correctly re positioned.



Special features of the Combat Diver include: a black DLC case treatment, a black on black dial with matte black face, black-chromed hands and brightly glowing black Swiss lume, a special black nylon mil-style strap with embroidered Combat Diver insignia to match the on the dial at 6 o’clock.



The watch should appeal to anyone into mil. divers or looking for a murdered out version of the GF 300. Do you have to be a Frenchman to fully appreciate the significance of the dial insignia, though? Perhaps, but it’s still cool. 

If it had a British SBS insignia on the dial, I’d be even more into it, but nevertheless it’s a cool piece.



The NEW Combat Divers Black Phantom is delivered in a dry case along with bronze Nageurs De Combat AKA Combat Divers medallion. MSRP is 3290€.

http://www.zrc.fr/

TOURBY Lawless Diver GMT

Drink up, folks! This is Tourby’s proposed Lawless Diver GMT in two refreshing variants, Pepsi and Coke.



We’ll likely see a glut of Pepsi GMTs after Rolex and Tudor’s recent two-tone red and blue bezel’d GMTs were revealed and so well received, last month.



Coke, Pepsi, root beer – any word on an orange and green Lilt variant, anytime soon?! ;) What are your thoughts; are you a fan of two-tone GMTs?

2018-04-13

YEMA Superman Lagoon AUTO

Yema have raided their historic archives for the inspiration for their latest diver’s model. This is the Superman Lagoon / Swell Automatic evolved from a Yema vintage model dating back to 1964.



This is the Lagoon variant which has this rather lovely blue sunburst dial. There is a second auto with named Swell which has circular rather than the lovely block markers of the Lagoon. In addition there are some quartz models in the collection.



The Lagoon also has a black dial version. Basic spec. includes: 40mm x 12.9mm Stainless steel case with Mineral crystal (quel dommage) and 300 meters of water-resistance and an automatic Maison Ambre MBP 1000 movement.



MSRP is 690euro. Thoughts? Lagoon all the way – way nicer markers – still a pity they are using mineral instead of Sapphire – at its price point there is absolutely NO REASON to use mineral. Pft!

https://yema.com/

OMEGA Diver 300M Co-Axial CHRONOs

What we have today is a collection of 6 Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial GMT Chronographs; four 44mm variants and a further two in 41.5mm.



With the recent Diver 300M OVERHAUL that has just taken place, I thought we might take a quick shufty at the Chronograph lineup.



For reference the Diver 300M Co-Axial family also includes 3-hand models in either 41mm or 36.25mm plus a couple 28mm Quartz tiddlers.



The Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph comes with a lacquered blue or black dial, featuring white skeletonized central hour and minute hands and a red central chronograph hand as well as red hands on the 30-minute recorder at 3 o’clock and 12-hour recorder at 6 o’clock. It is powered by Omega’s Co-Axial caliber 3330.



The Co-Axial caliber 3603 equips Diver 300M GMT Chronographs which are available in with matt black or blue dials with a red or yellow central GMT hand which is complemented by a red or yellow GMT scale and a red or yellow-tipped central chronograph hand.



What are your thoughts on these? I must say I find them a handsome looking bunch. They have that trendy 90s throwback style but with their ceramic bezels et al, they are as current as anything else.

SEIKO Prospex FIELDMASTER x ? SBDJ043

My apologies for hitting you guys up with yet ANOTHER Fieldmaster – although I do admit to finding them an increasingly intriguing proposition as a non-diving alternative to say a regular Tuna Can.



As the question mark above suggests, I honestly haven’t got a Scooby who this particular collab’ has been made in partnership with as the only we have is the monogram-style caseback logo – any thoughts?

Basic spec. is as follows: a diameter of 44.2mm, a lug-lug of 44.5mm and a thickness of 12mm. It has a Sapphire crystal and is fitted with a screw-down case-back and crown allowing for 200M of water-resistance. Hands and dial markers have been applied with Seiko LumiBrite.



Powering the watch is a Seiko Solar powered caliber V157 which has an accuracy of ±15 seconds per month and an operating of approx. 10 months from fully charged. It also has overcharge prevention and quick-start functions.

JP.MSRP is 42,000 JPY+TAX. Just 400 numbered pieces will be produced.

https://www.seiko-watch.co.jp/prospex/

2018-04-12

VINTAGE-VDB Project Black TEN YEARS

Vintage-VDB are celebrating their tenth year of watchmaking with a special Project Black Ten Years production series watch, created in a Limited Edition of just 50 pieces.

The watch which has a chunky-looking Stainless steel case with an all-black coating; I am not sure if that’s PVD or DLC to be honest.



It measures 46mm in diameter by 17mm thick with a lug-lug measurement of 56mm. The watch is listed as having a water-resistance of 200m but looks like it could handle a lot more.

Powering the Ten Years watch is a Swiss made ETA 2824-2. Special features include a red 10th logo on the dial and matching red 12hr bezel marker. MSRP is 1590€.

Follow the link HERE for more info.

2018-04-11

NEMINUS Spaceman COLLECTION [from the NBL pool and BEYOND]

Whether breathing Nitrox through an umbilical on a simulated spacewalk in NASA’s 202ft long by 102ft wide by 40ft deep, NBL (Neutral Buoyancy Lab) with its 6.2 million gallons of water,



simmering in the hot tub with a beer in your hand or chained to your desk; Singaporean based, Neminus Lab have a dive watch that will transport you to the moon and beyond.



Released in a collection of three astronautic inspired designs, the Neminus Spacemen offer a unique take on diver’s watch that starts with an astronaut’s training for weightlessness in the confines of a pool and finishes with a galactic view through a spherically-domed cupola-inspired Sapphire case-back.




The homely Earth Dweller with its combination brushed steel and DLC finish, the Moon Explorer in Black DLC reflecting the dark side of the moon, the red planet-inspired, Mars Traveler in Gunmetal DLC –



each are equipped with a chunky 120-click buzz-saw diver’s bezel, an HEV, a 5mm-thick triple-AR coated Sapphire crystal and a screw-down crown.



The 300m water-resistant, 316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel cases of the Spacemen measure: 44mm in diameter by 52mm lug-lug and 16mm thick with a weight of 135g.



Besides their unique finishes, they are further distinguished by individual name plates on their left lateral sides.



While the booster nozzles of a rocket lead to the design of the crown, it was the rotation of The Planets themselves that inspired the multi-circular rims on the bezel inlay and an exploding star for the radial-starburst dial.



The dial is home to more rocket booster derived designs in the form of the hands as well as sloped & metallic indexes sandwiched with BGW9 SuperLuminova,



a date window with a metallic frame and a lumed seconds hand which is weighted with a crescent-moon.


Powering the Spaceman collection is a Swiss made automatic movement, a Sellita SW200 in Elabore Grade which offers: hours, minutes, sweep seconds and a date function.



Special features of the Spacemen include: 3-Dimensional printed representations of each of the watch’s planet or moon inspired designs –



the swirling oceans of the Blue Planet, the grey scarred surface of The Moon and the dusty red sands of Mars can be found on each respective dial.



Floating in a pool, resting on the Sea of Tranquility, crossing baron landscapes or gazing upon the heavens, the Neminus Spaceman has been designed to accompany you wherever you may go - choose your preferred destination or choose them all!



Limited to just 300 pieces, the Neminus Lab Spaceman collection is live on KICKSTRTER; follow the link for further info.



Follow the link embedded, below to be taken to the Neminus Lab’s website or HERE to join them on Facebook.

http://www.neminus.com/