Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2018-01-18

PANERAI Luminor Marina LOGO 3 Days STEEL PAM00776

PANERAI has unveiled a new collection of ‘’Luminor Logo’’ models for SIHH 2018. The collection includes 3 Luminor Base models and 3 Luminor Marina.



This is the Luminor Marina Logo 3 Days Acciaio 44MM AKA PAM00776. The watch has black dial with white OP Logo and black leather band.

Panerai’s old school OP Logo models not only sell better, but are generally more collectible than others.



The OP Logo consists of the interlinked letters O and P with two arrows pointing up and down, this logo refers to Officine Panerai’s two historic vocations, the sea and the sky as they created optical and other precision instruments for the Royal Italian Navy, not only for underwater operations but also for searching the skies.



Basic specifications of the Luminor Marina Logo include: a 44mm in diameter 44mm, AISI 316L polished steel case with a water-resistance of 100 meters.



Powering the models is a hand-wound mechanical, P.6000 caliber, 15½ lignes, 4.5mm thick, 19 jewels, 21,600 alternations per hour. Incabloc anti-shock device. 3 Days Power Reserve, one barrel. It comprises of 110 components.



This is a simple, classic style that you would not easily tire of but which of the three do you like best? Has to be the blue logo on black for me – perfect!

PANERAI Luminor Marina LOGO 3 Days STEEL PAM00777

PANERAI has unveiled a new collection of ‘’Luminor Logo’’ models for SIHH 2018. The collection includes 3 Luminor Base models and 3 Luminor Marina.



This is the Luminor Marina Logo 3 Days Acciaio 44MM AKA PAM00777. The watch has black dial with blue OP Logo and blue textile band.

Panerai’s old school OP Logo models not only sell better, but are generally more collectible than others.



The OP Logo consists of the interlinked letters O and P with two arrows pointing up and down, this logo refers to Officine Panerai’s two historic vocations, the sea and the sky as they created optical and other precision instruments for the Royal Italian Navy, not only for underwater operations but also for searching the skies.



Basic specifications of the Luminor Marina Logo include: a 44mm in diameter 44mm, AISI 316L polished steel case with a water-resistance of 100 meters.



Powering the models is a hand-wound mechanical, P.6000 caliber, 15½ lignes, 4.5mm thick, 19 jewels, 21,600 alternations per hour. Incabloc anti-shock device. 3 Days Power Reserve, one barrel. It comprises of 110 components.



This is a simple, classic style that you would not easily tire of but which of the three do you like best? Has to be the blue logo on black for me – perfect!

PANERAI Luminor Marina LOGO 3 Days STEEL PAM00778

PANERAI has unveiled a new collection of ‘’Luminor Logo’’ models for SIHH 2018. The collection includes 3 Luminor Base models and 3 Luminor Marina.



This is the Luminor Marina Logo 3 Days Acciaio 44MM AKA PAM00778. The watch has white dial with blue OP Logo and tan leather band.

Panerai’s old school OP Logo models not only sell better, but are generally more collectible than others.



The OP Logo consists of the interlinked letters O and P with two arrows pointing up and down, this logo refers to Officine Panerai’s two historic vocations, the sea and the sky as they created optical and other precision instruments for the Royal Italian Navy, not only for underwater operations but also for searching the skies.



Basic specifications of the Luminor Marina Logo include: a 44mm in diameter 44mm, AISI 316L polished steel case with a water-resistance of 100 meters.



Powering the models is a hand-wound mechanical, P.6000 caliber, 15½ lignes, 4.5mm thick, 19 jewels, 21,600 alternations per hour. Incabloc anti-shock device. 3 Days Power Reserve, one barrel. It comprises of 110 components.



This is a simple, classic style that you would not easily tire of but which of the three do you like best? Has to be the blue logo on black for me – perfect!

ULYSSE NARDIN Hammerhead DEEP DIVE

Here’s something a little out of the left field, an actual full-on tool-diver from UN. It’s the newest member of their Hammerhead Divers’ Collection, named a little too predictably – Deep Dive, but we can forgive that because by all accounts this is a damn cool watch.



Let’s just process the design a moment. Like any member of the Hammerhead collection it is adorned with a Hammerhead motif which is all very nice – UN have even gone to the trouble of engraving a shark somewhere on the outside of the case and filling it with red enamel, but what we are really looking at is that great big un-UN-like, hulking crown-locking device where it can be found.



If you’re more of a diver’s for the boardroom rather than the bathtub kinda guy then you might not like the Deep Dive – the Diver Le LOCLE might be more to your liking, but if you like your divers to look rugged and purposeful then this might be UN’s greatest diver, ever.



To be honest crown-looking devices are for the most a superfluous feature on a modern dive watch. Do we really need to actually clamp down a crown when a simple screwed-thread will suffice? No. But like any piece of over-engineering it's a nifty little design feature that will put a smile on your face – which is good enough.



The thing is even UN are little unsure of how the new Hammerhead Deep Dive will be received as they have tentatively only planned a Limited Edition of just 300 pieces – not sure that’ll be enough – I see further iterations in the future. Then again with an MSRP of 12000CHF!



Divers features of the Hammerhead Deep Dive Ref. 3203-500LE-3/93-HAMMER include: a 46mm Titanium case with a water-resistance to 1000 meters, a Sapphire crystal, a screw-down security crown, an HEV (9 o’clock), a partially rubber-clad Titanium unidirectional rotational divers bezel and a rubber divers strap with expandable elements and folding clasp both in Titanium.



Power comes from a Caliber UN-320, self-winding movement with a Silicium spiral and anchor escapement. Its functions include: a date at 3 o'clock, front and back date corrector and sub-seconds counter at 5 o'clock. The movement has a Ulysse Nardin Performance Certificate.

So what do you think? Is this an over-designed, over-priced FROGMAN or is it instant grail material? Personally I love it and but only from a far. I hope they make more than 300.

2018-01-17

EXTático JUNTOR Al 7075 [a close 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.


©OceanicTime

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/