Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2017-09-19

H2O Watches Kalmar CHRONO 1stLOOK

We have finally some limited specifications and renders showing some of the different versions belonging to H2O’s new diving chronograph collection. :)



H2O Watches are well-known for the sheer number of new divers models that they bring to market also for the diversity of styles and configurations that they offer. However, one model has always shone through.



The Kalmar was H2O Watches debut diver’s model. It has been a staple for those looking for a dependable piece of German engineering for their wrists.



Released in several eclectic series of watches that include models manufactured using several exotic materials (some of which were industry firsts) and with some of the highest levels of water-resistance available today.



The Kalmar now meets its greatest challenge yet – it is destined to be H2O Watches first ever diving chronograph; it is a model that has long been in the works, and its release is just around the corner!



Here’s what we have on the Kalmar Chrono so far. It will available in at least two different materials that include Stainless steel and CuSn8 Bronze alloy.



It will be powered by the famous Vlajoux 7750 automatic chronograph caliber in either ETA Elaboré or TOP Grade with decoration. Its special features include a crown and pusher system that has been certified to 7500M!



Finally we know that PRE-ORDERS commence on September 25th. So which one do you like best? I'm all over the blue and black version - super nice!

ORIS Aquis DATE 36.5MM

Oris has introduced a new high-functioning, highly elegant diver’s watch made for the fairer sex, the new Oris Aquis Date 36.5MM; and, ladies, you haven’t been short changed.



That is to say, it is every bit as good-looking and capable as the men’s variant only with a few tweaks here and there to complement the elegance of your wrists.



The watch is based on the very latest generation of Aquis dive watches that were introduced at the Baselworld watch fair earlier this year.



Since then Oris’s designers have set about refining the Aquis case so that it would be more slenderer and more stylish thanks to features such as:



a thinner case, horns and bracelet, and subtler crown protectors. The updates combine to create a dive watch with a more streamlined and more elegant silhouette.



Its 36.5mm case and bezel have been re-engineered so that there is now a small gap between the two. This makes the bezel a little easier to grip and adjust when setting dive-time.

Despite the extra pressure this might appear to put on the case architecture during a dive, this evolution has left the watches’ performance unaffected.



Divers features include: a water-resistant to 300 meters and a unidirectional rotational divers bezel with a scratch- and fade-resistant white or black ceramic insert.



Power comes from an automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on a Sellita SW 200-1, with a date at 6 o’clock.

The Aquis Date 36.5MM is available with a variety of dial, strap and bracelet combinations. Its Swiss retail price is 2050CHF on rubber or 2250CHF on steel.

ANONIMO Nautilo GC32RT Ltd EDITION

This is the new Nautilo GC32RT Ltd Edition watch made by Anonimo for the GC32 Racing Tour. With its striking yellow and black, GC32 Racing Tour colors, it reminds me a little of a Bumble Bee.



The watch is limited to just 17 pieces, marking the year that the Anonimo Speed Challenge was first launched, the yellow can be found on the NATO strap, the counterweight of the seconds hand, teh chapter-ring and the markings on the ceramic bezel.



Like any member of the Nautilo family, this Diver is equipped with a robust automatic movement, the Sellita SW200-1, and is kept perfectly dry thanks to the watch’s 200 meters water-resistance.



Finally, its 44.4mm brushed Stainless steel and DLC case has been teamed with an impressive NATO strap in black and yellow.



MSRP is 2190USD.

http://www.anonimo.com/

2017-09-14

ULYSSE NARDIN Marine Chronometer ANNUAL CALENDAR MONACO

I must admit the more I see of these UN Marine Chronometers, the more I am starting to like them. Maybe that’s because I’m (cough, cough) getting a bit older or maybe I’ve been charmed by the simplicity of these watches.

What’s not to like a about a nautical watch with a huge highly polished fluted-bezel, blued hands and markers, high-grade Stainless steel, swathes of blue rubber and touches of Titanium. I might have to get some tissues!



In case you missed the heading, this is the 100 piece Limited Edition Marine Chronmeter Annual Calendar Monaco produced by Ulysse Nardin in celebration of 9 years of loyal support for the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show. Wait, so this is the 9th anniversary model, I wonder what 10 years is gonna look like?!



UN watches have what the brand describe as seafaring DNA and I couldn’t agree more – few brands have the maritime heritage or impeccable pedigree that they do. It isn’t a diver but it is a stunning watch that is so evocative of the ocean, and it comes with a pretty special in-house compilation to boot.

Mechanical annual calendars usually requires up to thirty components. However in their quest for simplicity, UN’s watchmakers have managed to scale this down to a mere 7 elements. It enables the calendar date-setting both forwards and backwards – yet another simplification. It requires a date adjustment only once a year.



The UN-113 caliber powering the watch has a Silicium escapement and balance-spring – made entirely in-house at the UN workshop.

A celebration of the Monaco Yacht Show is displayed in several details on the white lacquered dial with its distinctive blue Roman numerals, UN a signature feature for their Marine collection.

A stunning tribute to the event of the year comes in the form of Monaco 2017 inscribed on the dial. The dates of the event (27, 28, 29, and 30) and the month of September are highlighted in blue, instead of black, on the date disc.



Finally, the Marine Chronometer Annual Calendar Monaco is water-resistant to 100m, its 43mm Stainless-steel case is equipped with a fluted bezel and a rubberized screw-down safety crown.

An anti-reflective Sapphire crystal reveals the UN-113 caliber in the open caseback, and a rubber strap with a folding clasp and Titanium element keeps it firmly planted on the wrist.

Its MSRP is €9900 / CHF 9900CHF.

Steinhart OCEAN 1 GREEN

Steinhart Watches of Germany have released a green version of their popular OCEAN ONE diver. It isn’t a full-on Kermit with a green dial; actually that would have been cool – rather a black dial with green bezel inlay. It’s still a looker.



The Ocean One Green’s features include: a 42mm x 13mm satin and polished 316L Stainless steel case housing a Swiss ETA 2824-2 Elaboré grade automatic movement, Sapphire crystal and 300 meters of water-resistance.

MSRP is around €320 exe VAT.

Like ‘em small? Sorry, that might have come out wrong ;) Steinhart have just added a 39mm version of the Ocean One in a slew of colors o suit girls and boys.

2017-09-13

Le JOUR Chronograph [a humble rebirth of a great brand]

This is the Le Jour Chronograph collection, the debut series from Le Jour who after 3 decades have just had what you might call a stealthy rebirth of the brand.



I say stealthy because for the moment Le Jour have decided to slowly reemerge with each new collection.



So far they just have one collection however a dedicated diver’s collection is next on their schedule, so stay tuned for that. ;) That will be followed by further one or two collections.



The Le Jour brand started its humble beginnings in the 1960s and was well-known by watch aficionados and collectors worldwide for manufacturing Swiss made mechanical sports watches.



Their collections were inspired by the world’s of aviation, racing, sailing and yachting.



You might recognize the overall look of the watches as those 80s sports chronos like the Heurer Pasadena or even the Orfina Porsche Design.



In fact I think Heurer actually produced a version of said chronograph for Le Jour which although was considered a perhaps a less glamorous variant ended up being even more collectible later on.



The modern Le Jour Chronograph watches are powered by robust Valjoux movements not too dissimilar to the ones being back in the day which were some of the most desirable in that era due to modest pricing and durability which ultimately lead to Le Jour's success.



Success however was shortly met by the blow that the quartz revolution dealt to the Swiss mechanical watch industry which was all but finished off by the end of the 80s along with Le Jour.



The new Le Jour brand has started, picking up the brand's heritage where it left off 30 years earlier and promises to once again find favor with those in the know.



While a modern interpretation, the Le Jour Chrono has managed to maintain all of its vintage charm and style combining it with a luxurious yet sportive aesthetic.



This is backed up by the use of high-end materials, sophisticated reliable movements while paying tribute to traditional watchmaking practices.



Basic features include a 42.5mm 316L Stainless steel case and bracelet, a Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment,



a dial with sub-dials & tachymeter ring, SL C3 green, SuperLumiNova on hands and markers an ETA 7750 Valjoux, automatic Chronograph Movement, 25 Jewels and a water-resistance up to 200 meters.



This isn’t a sponsored introduction nor is it a review. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and had the good fortune to –



sit down with the gentlemen behind the brand’s rebirth and have a good play with the collection.



I was very impressed with quality of the watches and the attention to detail. They felt great and were beautifully finished –



but more importantly they looked fantastic on the wrist – the perfect balance of elegance and utility.



There is a one major problem, though; with a collection of seven stunning watches – which one / ones to choose?



I am torn between four versions: 001, 003, 005 or 006? How about you? If I get one, I’ll do a proper review.



Prices are circa 2000USD upwards depending on finishing.The one above has a meteorite dial so is a little more expensive at 3000USD!



In the USA, distribution is being handled by Berhardt Watches for the rest of the World you can order directly online from Le Jour.

https://www.lejourwatches.ch/