Dive Watch Releases / Articles


MONTA Oceanking BLUE Limited Edition

This little beauty is the OCEANKING Blue Limited Edition from Monta.

Created in super limited series of just 15 pieces is the same in every respect as the regular (black) Oceanking that is of course except for its beautiful blue dial and matching bezel.



Zurich based, Maurice de Mauriac have added a proper divers watch to their collection. I say proper because they have created a number of watches that have 300 meters of water-resistance,

not really pseudo divers because they bear little resemblance to the archetypal dive watch dive but nevertheless belonging to their Divers Series.

However the new L2 is the first watch from the brand that not only looks the part but is also equipped with all the attributes that you might expect to find on a dive watch these days

– a unidirectional rational divers bezel, a Helium Escapee Valve – even a marine reference in the shape of a cute Sea lion that can be found on the L2’s case-back.

The L2 is kind of based on the L1 from Daniel Dreifuss and designer Fabian Schwaerzler which they have taken to the next level in this instance to create the L2 Diver.

The L2’s 42mm case comes in three different materials – surgical-grade Stainless steel, anthracite DLC Coated Steel or Bronze. It has a depth-rating of 300m.

Providing visibility for the watch dial is a cambered Sapphire crystal, which has an anti-glare coating on both sides. The hands and hour-markers glow with a distinctive and intense blue tone in the dark. Power comes from a Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement.

The L2 can be purchased online from Maurice de Mauriac store. It is available with either a Nylon NATO or a hand-stitched high-quality leather band priced as follows. Steel – CHF 3'770 / DLC – CHF 4'680 Bronze – CHF 5'570 .

That’s some pretty optimistic pricing I think you’ll agree especially when you compare it to something like the MONTA Oceanking which imho is a far superior watch with an Eterna Cal. 39 that comes in a good couple of hundred under the L2 Steel.



AQUADIVE Bathyscaphe 100 BLUE Edition HARDENED Stainless Steel S10

Here’s a first look at a new Bathyscaphe 100 model from Aquadive that’s as tough as it is pretty!

You can’t help but admire the stunning blue dial and bezel combo of the new BS 100 Blue Edition but don’t let its looks fool you, there’s real substance to it.

Its German made case has been CNC cut from a solid block Hardened Stainless steel which means you now get the classic looks of the steel BS 100 with the added benefit of a much higher degree of hardness.

Besides the Blue elements and Hardened steel this is the same great diver and as such is endowed with all the same features as any BS 100.

It is available for PRE-ORDER from Aquadive priced 1790USD (200USD off RRP). Also check out the BS 100 Bronze MKII.

AQUADIVE Bathyscaphe BRONZE MKII Edition 2ndLOOK

Here’s ANOTHER look at Aquadive’s newest BRONZE model, the Bathyscaphe Bronze MKII Edition, a true bronzed beauty.

Its German made, 43mm in diameter case has been CNC cut from a solid saltwater-resistant block of Bronze alloy.

It is brimming with top notch divers features such as its Bronze alloy screw-down crown and engraved Stainless steel case-back –

Its 42mm Bronze alloy unidirectional rotational divers bezel with 120 click, laser-cut ratcheting spring and scratch-resistant ceramic inlay engraved with elapsed time markings and SuperLuminova coated 12hr marker –

its thick 31mm in diameter AR-treated Sapphire crystal, tested 1000 meters of water-resistance and superlative ISOfrane divers strap with it CNC steel buckle.

It galvanized black dial boats hour-markers with no less than 8 layers of Swiss SuperLuminova.

A gold-gilt decorated Swiss made ETA 2836-2 movement with a self-winding mechanism with ball bearing rotor, stop second device regulator system –

ETACHRON and regulator corrector, 28.800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz, 25 jewels provide the Bathyscaphe Bronze MKII Edition with power.

It has a retail price of 1990USD excluding taxes and shipping. Follow the link HERE to order or the kink embedded below for more on this and other divers models from Aquadive.


Here’s a Special Edition of the Nautilo created to celebrate a partnership between Anonimo and Leopard Racing.

The same color "Blue Leopard" has been used for the bezel, dial text, NATO strap as well as the counterweight of the second hand.

The case-back has a special LEOPARD design engraved along with the watch’s limited series number of 97 pieces a tribute, and a reference, to the creation of Anonimo in 1997.

Its price is 1990CHF. Like this? You might wanna check out the new Nautilo Bronze BLUE.



Here’s a Black Bay with a bit of Italian flare, the Heritage Black Bay Orologi & Passioni Edizione Limitata Watch for Italy Only is based on the Black Bay Black Ref. 79230N which has been to create exclusive special edition for the Italian watch forum, Orologi & Passioni whose input lead to its design.

Looking at the dial you can immediately see what changes have been made to the watch – three bold lines of red text in Italian: 200 metri and the words, chronometro ufficialmente certificato which refer to Tudor in-house Cal. MT5602 which is powering the watch and is also certified chronometer.

To complement the new red lettering is one final aesthetic touch – a new red-tipped central seconds hand, and on the case-back an engraved Orologi Passioni logo painted black plus the watch’s individual Limited Edition number out of 50.

As previously mentioned, the Heritage Black Bay Orologi & Passioni Edizione Limitata Watch for Italy Only is only available to forum members. Its price should be as regular model.

We recently saw the sexy Black Bay for BUCHERER, so what do you think of this one? I’m down with red text on Tudor or Rolex diver – as you know it recalls those historic models but also adds a touch of . . . je ne sais quoi, no?


H2O Watches ORCA Bronze DIVE / DRESS [new]

That’s an hour of my life I’m never getting back! :) H2O Watches have updated their online watch configurator tool to include the latest members of the ORCA family.

These include two new Bronze models; the Orca Dive and Orca Dress. The options list allows you to configure your watch in a multitude of ways tailored to suit pretty much all tastes.

I have a mocked up a couple of versions to give you an idea of what’s on offer. Predictably my first choice includes a Dive model with a sterile bezel and orange minute hand – what else?!

Getting started couldn’t be simpler – choose from one of two case styles; Dive or Dress, 7 different bezels including solid bronze and Sapphire, 10 dials that include a funky skull-face – then the usual hand options as well as an option for either a black or white date window!

Finally all that’s left to do is decide on the crystal and all those lovely strap options.

Both models are have a water-resistance of 2000 meters officially certified by a leading independent German testing laboratory.

All watches will be equipped with a Swiss made ETA 2824 automatic movement. PRE-ORDER prices start from €665 excl. VAT.



Here’s some more out the box thinking from DELTAt’s multiple award-winning designer, Hiro Cheng who has created a new diver concept known as Heavy Armor.

Apart from being a bit of bruiser of a dive watch, DELTAt’s Heavy Armor came about from the desire to create a watch with the ability to transform its appearance.

It does this thanks to an interchangeable armor-set system that allows you to easily dress your watch up or down.

Unlike more traditional system where you might exchange the entire bezel itself, the Heavy Armor’s system is comprised of sets of 6 individual plates.

Each plate is attached to the bezel below via two large hex-type screws – a total of 12 per set.

At the moment these include 4 different styles: diver, plain as well as skeleton i & ii sets –

however I’m pretty sure that we will eventually see sets that are not only in different anodized colors –

or with different IP coatings but knowing DELTAt from previous models such as the quirky yet strangely epic, NBS.

- also with the possibility of being made from different materials such as aluminum bronze that you will be able to mix and match with each other creating no end of possibilities.

The Heavy Armor comes with selection of 5 different sunburst dial colors – black, blue, green, orange and red.

The dials boast snailing, large luminous double-baton markers as well as the Heavy Armor logo in red at 12 o’clock and a date aperture at 6 o’clock.

Divers features of the watch include: a Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflective coating, a Helium Escape Valve, an 8.9mm screw-down crown,

a unidirectional rotational divers 120-click diver bezel and 1000 meters of water-resistance.

Finally the Heavy Armor’s Surgical grade 316L Stainless Steel case houses a Japan Time Module (Seiko) Cal. NH35 automatic movement with a hacking seconds function.

It will be interesting to see how the watch feels in the steel. So what do you think – something cool and a bit different, right?

More information about the DELTAt Heavy Armor can be found HERE.




The OceanicTime Special Edition is back and this time in the form of a stunning bespoke artisanal deep divers watch, hand-crafted in Grade 5 Titanium by Gruppo Ardito of Italy.

Gruppo Ardito is one of the hottest new artisan dive watch brands to come out of Italy. You could say, a kind of Germano & Walter meets Ennebi.

The Kraken 5000M OceanicTime SE is based on their flagship diver, the KRAKEN – only with some special upgrades that take the watch to the next level in terms of looks and performance.

Initially only 10 pieces are planned as we want to keep the watch super exclusive. Its special features include:

* an increased water-resistance from 4000m to 5000m

* a black DLC-coated fixed bezel with contrasting silver hex-screws

* a black DLC-coated crown

* 6x black DLC-coated caseback screws

* a specially designed caseback sporting the OceanicTime diver icon in black

* a simplified dial layout minus the minute track

* OceanicTime diver icon in white between 10 and 11 o’clock on the dial

* an articulated rubber divers strap

* a black DLC-coated roller buckle

The GRUPPO ARDITO Kraken 5000M OceanicTime SE is priced 1880€ + VAT + shipping

Optional extras include:

* a handmade Italian sharkskin strap supplied with a standard 24mm buckle + tubes to turn the roller buckle from 20mm to 24mm. 145€

* a solid CuSn12 Bronze alloy, fixed bezel. 170€

Please CONTACT Fabio of Gruppo Ardito to reserve yours now – and as always; first come first served.

BTW, the above renders were mocked-up to show how the watch will look. Obviously the finished product will be 100%.  Thanks for looking!