Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2017-03-28

SEIKO Prospex DIVERs SBDC051

This is the new SEIKO Prospex Divers Ref. SBDC051, powered by a 23-jewel Seiko caliber 6R15 automatic movement with a manual winding mechanism, a power-reserve of 50 hours, an accuracy of -15 to +25 seconds per day and that all important hacking seconds hand.

Its case is in Stainless steel with Seiko's Dia Shield coating. It measures: 42.6mm in diameter with a lug-lug length of 49.8mm and a thickness of 13.8mm.



The SBDC051's case is equipped with a screw-down case-back and crown, a domed Sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on its inner surface, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel, as well as magnetic-resistance, the watch has a water-resistance of 200 meters.

The SBDC051's dial is in black with Seiko Lumi Brite applied hands and markers. It is fitted with a full Stainless steel Dia Shield-coated bracelet. Its Japanese MSRP is 100,000 JPY+TAX.

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

SEIKO Prospex 1965 Re-Edition SBDX019

Here's something a little special for die-hard Seiko Prospex fans, a faithful re-creation of a 1965 Seiko classic, endowed with Seiko's most current innovation such a its super-tough Dia Shield coated case and Seiko in-house caliber 8L35 made in the Shizuku-ishi Watch Studio.



The new 1965 Re-Edition SBDX019 is powered by a 26-jewel Seiko caliber 8L35 automatic movement with a manual winding mechanism, a power-reserve of 50 hours, an accuracy of -10 to +15 seconds per day and that all important hacking seconds hand.



Its case measures 39.9mm in diameter with a lug-luge measurement of 47.9mm and a case thickness of 14.1mm.

It is equipped with a screw-down case-back (with historical dolphin logo) and crown, a box-shaped Sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on its inner surface, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel, as well as magnetic-resistance, the watch has a water-resistance of 200 meters.



The SEIKO Prospex 1965 Re-Edition Ref. SBDX019 has been made in a (caseback numbered) Limited Edition of 2000 pieces and has a Japanese MSRP of 350,000 JPY+TAX. It will be available Worldwide.

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

SEIKO Prospex DIVERs SBDC053

This is the new SEIKO Prospex Divers Ref. SBDC053, powered by a 23-jewel Seiko caliber 6R15 automatic movement with a manual winding mechanism, a power-reserve of 50 hours, an accuracy of -15 to +25 seconds per day and that all important hacking seconds hand.

Its case is in Stainless steel with Seiko's Dia Shield coating. It measures: 42.6mm in diameter with a lug-lug length of 49.8mm and a thickness of 13.8mm.



The SBDC053's case is equipped with a screw-down case-back and crown, a domed Sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on its inner surface, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel, as well as magnetic-resistance, the watch has a water-resistance of 200 meters.

The SBDC053's dial is in blue with Seiko Lumi Brite applied hands and markers. Its Japanese MSRP is 80,000 JPY+TAX.

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

SEIKO Prospex DIVERs SAMURAI

SEIKO has released a new Samurai in three references: SRPB49 (black), SRPB51 (Pepsi) and SRPB53 - which are coming in the last quarter of 2017.

Starting with the case; this is in Stainless steel and measures 43.8mm in diameter.



Divers features incl. a Hardlex toughened mineral crystal, divers bezel, screw-down knurled crown and case-back, and a water-resistance  to 200 meters.

Its movement is a Japanese automatic Seiko in-house 4R35 caliber with 23 jewels, a beat-rate of 21,600 vph and a power-reserve of 41 hours.



A special waffle-patterned dial with Seiko Lumibrite applied hands and markers. The is available in either black or blue model dependent

The watches com with a choice of steel bracelet or a rubber divers strap with steel buckle.

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

2017-03-27

Bell & Ross BR03-92 DIVER

If anyone was overdue a new dive watch release, it had to be Bell & Ross. It’s been a full decade since the French brand released a new diver’s model and another 10 years before that.



Remember the groundbreaking (at the time) Hydromax from 1997, B&R’s first ever divers model, an oil-filled 11,100 meter water-resistant watch made with help from Sinn.



Then in 2007 Bell & Ross came out with the BR02 which got a load of attention and quite rightly, so; as it was quite unlike anything else around at the time.

In fact it still is – albeit a little dated and perhaps even unloved as B&R pretty much left it will alone and focused on other models.



Bell & Ross as a brand are best known for creating watches with their signature instrument-panel inspired designs so it would seem appropriate that their newest divers model for 2017 would use this design as a base.



This is the BR03 92-Diver which has a 42mm in diameter, satin-polished Stainless steel case housing a Bell & Ross caliber BR-CAL.302 automatic mechanical movement. Its functions incl. hours, minutes, seconds and date.



Divers features include: a unidirectional rotational steel divers bezel with a 60-minute scale and black anodized aluminum inlay. So it’s been a full 10 years and they are still using aluminum (insert puzzled face), why?!



Further divers features include: an ultra-curved Sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating and a water-resistance of 300 meters.

The BR03 92-Diver has a black dial with metal applique skeleton SuperLuminova-filled numerals and indices.



The BR03 92-Diver comes on a woven black rubber and ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric with a Satin-polished steel pin.

I must admit absolutely love this diver but why haven’t B&R used ceramic for the inlay? Come on guys this isn’t good enough. :(

http://www.bellross.com

BREITLING Superocean HERITAGE II Chrono

Breitling has given the Superocean Heritage line a refresh for 2017 which includes 2 new models the Superocean Heritage II Chronograph and SOH AUTO.

Whilst distinctly vintage in style the Superocean Heritage has always been a very capable diver boasting most of the latest dive watch innovations, but of course there was always some room for improvement.



First launched in 1957, the Superocean professional divers watch was quickly adopted by some of the earliest sport-divers and has since spawned several generations bearing the famous Superocean name. I remember with fondness my first ‘’proper’’ Swiss dive watch almost 20 yrs ago now – a Superocean, professional.



The redesigned Heritage II is no different except of course that in celebration of its 60th anniversary this year, Breitling has seen fit to incorporate a number of aesthetic features to reflect its historic pedigree.



Breitling have also included other new cutting-edge technologies such as its new steel bezel with an ultra-hard high-tech ceramic ring that is scratch-proof and extremely shock-resistant. Well actually this isn’t really groundbreaking but it does however completely transform the look and feel of the watch.



By removing the metal ring surrounding the minute circle means the bezel appears to form a seamless whole with the dial in a matching color, which now sports a new vintage Superocean logo just like the ones used back in the early days.



The next update or should we say trip down memory lane is that new massive arrow-headed hour-hand hand and sword minute hand along with the slightly conical-shaped hour-markers, recalls ties the 1957 model, while ensuring an even higher degree legibility enhanced by luminescent markers.



The Superocean Heritage II comes in two case sizes, 42 and 46mm and as a 46mm chronograph, which are available in three colors: black, blue or bronze. The latter versions are available with an exclusive brand-new rubber-leather strap in the same color and enhanced by contrasting stitching.



In addition to the leather, crocodile or rubber straps, all the models may be fitted with a steel mesh bracelet referencing the legendary 1957 version.



In terms of performance, the Superocean Heritage II has all the technical qualities that have made it the perfect companion for the finest adventures on land, at sea and in the air. The Superocean Heritage II Chronograph 46 houses a automatic chronograph movement chronometer-certified by the C.O.S.C (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute).



The Breitling Manufacture Caliber B20 powering the Superocean Heriatge II 42 and 46 models, is also a C.O.S.C-certified, high-precision automatic movement with 70-hours of power reserve.



The B2O is in fact derived from the Tudor Caliber MT5612 and boasts exclusive decoration. It represents a part of the recent cooperation between Breitling and Tudor who are currently pulling their expertise and resources in the development and production of certain mechanical movements.

BREITLING Superocean HERITAGE II Auto

Breitling has given the Superocean Heritage line a refresh for 2017 which includes 2 new models the Superocean Heritage II Automaticin 42mm or 46mm and the SOH CHRONO.



Whilst unmistakably vintage in style the Superocean Heritage has always been a very capable diver boasting most of the latest dive watch innovations, but of course there was always some room for improvement.



First launched in 1957, the Superocean professional divers watch was quickly adopted by some of the earliest sport-divers and has since spawned several generations bearing the famous Superocean name. I remember with fondness my first ‘’proper’’ Swiss dive watch almost 20 yrs ago now – a Superocean, professional.




The 2017 redesigned Heritage II is no different except of course that in celebration of its 60th anniversary this year, Breitling has seen fit to incorporate a number of aesthetic features to reflect its historic pedigree.



Breitling have also included other new cutting-edge technologies such as its new steel bezel with an ultra-hard high-tech ceramic ring that is scratch-proof and extremely shock-resistant. Well actually this isn’t really groundbreaking but it does however completely transform the look and feel of the watch. You can see a side by side 1967 vs 2017, below.



By removing the metal ring surrounding the minute circle means the bezel appears to form a seamless whole with the dial in a matching color, which now sports a new vintage Superocean logo just like the ones used back in the early days.



The next update or should we say trip down memory lane is that new massive arrow-headed hour-hand hand and sword minute hand along with the slightly conical-shaped hour-markers, recalls ties the 1957 model, while ensuring an even higher degree legibility enhanced by luminescent markers.



The Superocean Héritage II comes in two case sizes, 42 and 46mm and as a 46 mm chronograph, all available in three colors: black, blue and bronze. The latter versions are available with an exclusive brand-new rubber-leather strap in the same color and enhanced by contrasting stitching.



In addition to the leather, crocodile or rubber straps, all the models may be fitted with a steel mesh bracelet referencing the legendary 1957 version.



In terms of performance, the Superocean Héritage II has all the technical qualities that have made it the perfect companion for the finest adventures on land, at sea and in the air. The Superocean Héritage II Chronographe 46 houses a automatic chronograph movement chronometer-certified by the C.O.S.C (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute).



The Breitling Manufacture Caliber B20 powering the Superocean Heriatge II 42 and 46 models, is also a C.O.S.C-certified, high-precision automatic movement with 70-hours of power reserve.



The B2O is in fact derived from the Tudor Caliber MT5612 and boasts exclusive decoration. It represents a part of the recent cooperation between Breitling and Tudor who are currently pulling their expertise and resources in the development and production of certain mechanical movements.

2017-03-25

OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean BIG BLUE

Dive into the deep blue with the new Seamaster Planet Ocean Big Blue the result of OMEGA’s extensive research into the art of ceramic watchmaking, which has already resulted in the success of the 2016 Planet Ocean DEEP BLACK.



For 2017 OMEGA set out to create a GMT Diver built from a single block of solid intensely blue colored ceramic - known as the Planet Ocean Big Blue. Creating a new color of ceramic demanded a high level of expertise and understanding as it is, in fact, a very complex science.



OMEGA created the new Seamaster PO Big Blue’s blue ceramic case by adding the blue pigmentation at the early powder stage of a long and complex process. However it was all those careful steps that followed that were key to producing the finished result which I think you’ll agree is breathtaking.



OMEGA has for the first time created a case made entirely from blue ceramic. In addition to this, the Seamaster PO Big Blue sports a blue ceramic dial with an orange GMT track. Adding a little sparkle to the blue dial are hands and markers in luxurious 18K white gold with a white SuperLumiNova coating.



The blue ceramic diver’s bezel features a dive-time scale with OMGEA’s Liquidmetal markers. A blend of orange rubber and ceramic covers the 15 minute track. Orange rubber injections have also been used to color the OMEGA logo on the crown as well as the ‘’He’’ symbol of the manually operated Helium Escape Valve found at 10 o’clock.



The orange and blue livery of the PO Big Blue’s dial is quite stunning – however turn the watch over and the screw-down caseback is just as impressive, featuring its Alveol pattern plus a unique OMEGA innovation: a patented ceramic Naiad Lock that keeps the engraved wording perfectly in position.



A blue rubber divers strap with contrasting orange stitching and orange edges is held to the wrist via a blue ceramic flip-lock clasp. The PO Big Blue is water-resistant to 600 meters and is powered by the OMEGA Master Chronometer caliber 8906.

To achieve Master Chronometer status, it has passed the 8 rigorous tests set by METAS (The Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology). OMEGA’s confidence in the watch’s quality is evident in the full 4-year warranty.

OMEGA Seamaster 300 60th Anniversary LE MASTER CHRONOMETER 39MM

Released as part of OMEGA’s 1957 Trilogy Limited Editions, this is the Seamaster 300 60th Anniversary LE Master Chronometer 39MM based on the original Seamaster 300 that was first created along with two stablemates, the Railmaster and Speedmaster in the exact same year, 1957.

For 2017, OMEGA is paying tribute to Seamaster 300 by releasing a special 60th Anniversary edition, which can be acquired separately or as a beautifully presented trio that includes the Railmaster and Speedmaster.



Thanks to a unique digital scanning technology, OMEGA was for the first time able to supply its watchmakers with an accurate representation of the original Seamaster 300 offering

invaluable cross-sections and dimensions, along with drawings of the original model.



This served as the ultimate design template for the SM 300 60th Anniversary LE, which, albeit updated for the 21st century, remains true to the spirit of the original 1957 divers watch.

The very earliest Seamaster 300 was highly sought after, not just because of its excellent level of water-resistance, but also for its black dial, signature broad-arrow hour hand, bi-directional divers bezel, and recessed triangular hour markers. It was purpose built for scuba-divers and underwater explores, quickly becoming an icon.



The 39mm case of the SM 300 60th Anniversary LE is in brushed and polished Stainless steel and features a black vintage tropical-tropic dial. Its Stainless steel bracelet has been updated for strength and features a retro-style OMEGA logo on its clasp.

As a whimsical nod to the past, all logos on the watch are in a different style referencing how various suppliers back in the 50’s all interpreted the OMEGA logo in their own ways.



The SM 300 60th Anniversary LE, based on the CK2913, features a black aluminum divers bezel and retains the original’s Naïad sign on the crown, which back in 1957 was a mark of the watch’s exceptional water-resistance.

The Seahorse on the case-back is drawn just as it was in then. Powering the watch is the OMEGA Master Chronometer caliber 8806 which comes with a 4-year warranty.



The SM 300 60th Anniversary LE is limited to 3557 examples and delivered inside a presentation box inspired by the original 1957 packaging, right down to the Seahorse on its lid, the retro logo and red corduroy lining. The presentation box also contains two spare straps; one leather and one NATO, as well as a strap changing tool.