Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2017-07-21

ROLEX Submariner DESERT Issue by SFI

There are certain things in life that you simply don’t mess with and that’s because they’re already perfect, the Sistine Chapel, a Jaguar E-Type, the humble Submariner.

However sometimes there’s a good reason why it is acceptable to tinker with perfection – this is one of those. It’s called the Dessert Issue Submariner.



It has been re-styled to pay a respectful homage to historical military watches of the past such as the Rolex 5517 issued to British SAS & SBS divers during the 1970s, then further enhanced to meet the exact needs of the modern day UKSF.

All watches offered by SFI have been designed in collaboration with a delegation of former members of the UK Special Forces, tested in the same conditions as the current modern UK Special Forces operate and are currently worn by former members of the UK Special Forces.

SFI military Submariners have been exclusively re-designed tested and are worn by members of the UKSF. SFI are the official suppliers of modified military specification watches to former badged members of the UK Special Forces.



Here’s a look at what has actually been done to the watch:

- Military fixed bars
- Bead Blast case finish
- Tactical 'Desert Sand' coating
- 'Submariner' dial text overprint in 'desert sand'
- Custom Sword hands
- Custom rubber continuously graduated 60 minute bezel with luminous markings
- Unique individually numbered case back engravings
- Issued on an extra durable NATO strap (Desert Camo)
- Delivered in a waterproof pelican case with 3 extra straps

Its MSRP is £13500. If I had that knocking about, I’d get one of these in a heartbeat. BTW, donations are made to UKSF charities along with the Princes Trust from the sale of SFI watches.

https://www.specialforcesissue.com/

2017-07-20

AQUATICO Super CHARGER 300M

Here’s a something different – a new 300m water-resistant nautical watch from a new Italian strap-up known as Aquatico, a sort of non-diving diver if you will.



The watch which has a pretty dynamic name, Super Charger is distinguished by its square multiple-piece case.

This case is of course in Marine Grade 316L Stainless steel – it measures 44mm with a lug-lug to measurement of 54mm and a thickness of 16mm which includes the crystal.



Talking of crystal – the Super Charger is fitted with a flat Sapphire crystal with AR-coting on its inside.



Special features of the watch include a sandwich dial in either black or blue and decorative caseback sporting a lovely little mermaid perched on a dolphin’s back.



SuperLuminova BGW9 has been used for the hands and markers. The watch is powered by a Seiko Japan NH35 automatic mechanical movement.

Finally the watch is delivered on an ISOfrane-style vulcanized rubber divers strap with a Stainless steel buckle.

2017-07-19

CHRISTOPHER WARD C60 Trident Pro COSC LIMITED EDITION

Christopher Ward has released a couple of new Trident models for summer 2017. One of those is the new C60 Trident Pro COSC Limited Edition which owes much of its charm to CW’s Pro 600 range, only with an updated monochrome theme plus the introduction of a COSC chronometer-certified movement.



Actually my honest is opinion is that the Trident watches have always been little too safe and perhaps even generic-looking but if you scratch beneath the surface there are some nice little touches here and there.



I particularly like the attention to detail paid to the dial. Besides this the watch has a raft of features (yes, I used the word raft, my apologies).



Offering excellent precision, the COSC Limited Edition features a fully tracked zirconia (ZrO2) ceramic bezel, while the introduction of an inverted red triangle at its 12 o'clock point is a new detail that will appeal to lovers of a well-known Swiss mil-diver.


This COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) version of the Sellita SW200 has been tested in a range of positions and temperatures to gain its valued 'chronometer' certification.

To achieve this, a mechanical watch must achieve an accuracy during these tests of between -4/+6 seconds a day.



Only six per cent of all Swiss movements attain this, while its reputation as an industry workhorse movement means its reliability is guaranteed.



Underscoring the collection's aquatic heritage, CW’s Trident-shaped counter-balance has also been finished in red, contrasting against the wave guilloche pattern of the dial.



A constant feature throughout the collection, the Trident motif has also been deep-stamped into the watch's screw-down caseback. The watch has decent amount of water-resistance with 600 meters.



The new C60 Trident Pro COSC Limited Edition comes with a whole slew of different strap and bracelet options. It is limited to 100 pieces. Its MSRP is £925.

CHRISTOPHER WARD C60 Trident PRO Day Date COSC LIMITED EDITION

Do you struggle tying up your own shoe laces? Perhaps you don’t know what day of the week it is from day to the next!



Christopher Ward has released a couple of new Trident models for summer 2017. One of those is the new C60 Trident Pro Day Date COSC Limited Edition which will at least assist in one of the above failings.



It owes its good looks to CW’s Pro 600 range, only with an updated monochrome theme plus the introduction of a COSC chronometer-certified movement. Oh and that useful yet unsightly thing plastered across the left of the dial – a dreaded day date.



Offering excellent precision, the COSC Limited Edition features a fully tracked zirconia (ZrO2) ceramic bezel. The dial has these little green markers at each of the hours –

I honestly couldn’t say what they are for, sorry. Then there’s some orange text – this always looks good against black.



About as accurate as a mechanical movement gets, each 2836-2 COSC calibre has been certified by the independent Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres.



To achieve 'chronometer' status, the movement must be accurate to within at least -4/+6 seconds per day in different positions and temperatures.



Underscoring the collection's aquatic heritage, CW’s Trident-shaped counter-balance has a chrome finish to go with the raised indexes - contrasting against the black wave guilloche pattern of the dial.



A constant feature throughout the collection, the Trident motif has also been deep-stamped into the watch's screw-down caseback. The watch has decent amount of water-resistance with 600 meters.



The new C60 Trident Pro Day Date COSC Limited Edition comes with a whole slew of different strap and bracelet options. It is limited to 100 pieces. Its MSRP is £960.

2017-07-18

WEMPE Zeitmeister SPORT DIVER's Chronograph BRONZE

Wempe’s Zeitmeister Sport Diver‘s Chronograph now comes as a 100 piece Limited Edition equipped with a sturdy 45mm Bronze case.

Wempe has always been closely linked with seafaring and the maritime industry. 75 years ago, Wempe started production of its patented Unified Chronometer.

So they felt it was about time they followed up this nautical tradition by creating a new diving chrono – made from bronze.



As well as the case, the bezel is made of bronze and is marked by bold numerals. Gold-plated hour markers and hands accentuate the brown dial of the Sport Diver’s Chronograph Bronze.

These colors are perfectly coordinated with a full-cut alligator skin strap. Powering it is a Swiss made self-winding movement.

Thoughts? Yawn! ;)

2017-07-17

BLANCPAIN Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC for ONLY WATCH 2017

Didn’t Blancpain already release this earlier on in the year? They did indeed, but this one errs a little more on the Brightside. The subtle green tone used for all the luminescent markings; the bezel, hands, indexes and date have all been replaced with a bright yellow.



There’s a quick side by side for you further down, if you wanna compare the two watches. Unless you’re totally colorblind, you shouldn’t have any trouble spotting the difference. Question is – do you prefer the pop of bright yellow of the Only Watch version or do you prefer the subtlety of the original?



This is the Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC Only Watch unique piece – which is equipped with self-winding caliber 1151, comprising 210 components notably including two series-coupled mainspring barrels ensuring a four-day power reserve.

It can be found nestling inside the watch’s 40 mm-diameter Stainless steel case, and is is visible through the transparent Sapphire exhibition caseback that also reveals the a solid gold winding rotor with an NAC coating (a ruthenium-based alloy), bearing the Blancpain logo as well as the Only Watch logo.



The watch is of course endowed with all the diving features of the original as well as those diving watch characteristics that were first established by the 1953 vintage Fifty Fathoms which were subsequently adopted by the entire dive watch industry. For this one-of-a-kind model, the black dial features indexes and hands in yellow SuperLumiNova. These elements recall the designs of the 1950s MIL-SPEC 1.



The date is also yellow and the water-resistance indicator once again appears at 6 o’clock. The black unidirectional rotating bezel, also bearing luminescent yellow markings, is topped by a scratch-resistant Sapphire inlay, an innovative feature introduced by Blancpain in 2003 with the 50th Anniversary Fifty Fathoms. This unique piece is water-resistant to 300 meters. It will be auctioned with military-style black NATO strap.



Here’s a little - the original Fifty Fathoms model launched in 1953 by Jean-Jacques Fiechter, Blancpain’s CEO at the time, was the first modern dive watch. This diver was worn by the French Navy’s combat swimmers corps in the early 1950s. Aware that a scuba diver’s life directly depends upon the reliable operation of his watch –

Jean-Jacques Fiechter decided to equip this model with an additional special feature: a water-resistance indicator. The thing that looks like an egg!
If any water were was per chance to seep into the watch case, the disk at 6 o’clock would signal the problem by changing from white to red. This timepiece, named the Fifty Fathoms MILSPEC 1, was adopted by the American Navy in 1957-58.



For reference, Blancpain was the first watch brand to support the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy (AMM) in 2001. This year, the Manufacture is again presenting a one-of-a-kind model on the occasion of the Only Watch charity auction to be held in Geneva at 2.30 pm on November 11th 2017. A dive watch directly inspired by the new Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC model presented at Baselworld this year.