Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2017-12-07

SEIKO Prospex Solar Diver SCUBA 200M SNE493P1

This new Prospex reference is the Solar Diver Scuba 200M Ref. SNE493P1. It features an all-black case, orange-colored Seiko LumiBrite and comes on black rubber.

The Propex Solar Divers Scuba 200M is powered by SEIKO’s Caliber V157 Solar movement. The movement has an accuracy of ±15 seconds per month and an operating time approx. 10 months from fully charged. It also features an Overcharge prevention function and quick-start function.



Its case is in Stainless steel with a diameter of 43.5mm, a lug-lug measurement of 49.8mm and a height of 11.5mm. It is fitted with a crystal with a cyclops or magnifying lens.

Divers features include: a screw-down crown and caseback, anti-magnetic-resistance and 200 meters of water-resistance.

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

SEIKO Prospex Divers PADI [NEW]

Here are four new PADI Edition Divers from Seiko Prospex. Starting with the most special, Ref. SPB071J1 with its 42.6mm Stainless steel case, 200m and automatic 6R15 caliber. The watch has a special graduated blue wave-pattern dial and blue anodized bezel and blue rubber.



Next up we have the Prospex Baby Turtle PADI Ref. SRPC41K1 with its 42.3mm Stainless steel case, 200m and automatic 4R35 caliber.



Below is the Prospex Samuari PADI Ref. SRPB99J1 with its 43.8mm Stainless steel case, 200m and automatic 4R35 caliber.



And lastly the Prospex Divers Solar Chrono PADI Ref. SSC663P1 with its 43.5mm Stainless steel case and V175 Solar Caliber with chrono.



We've seen a slew of PADI edition Seiko Prospex Divers since they cerebrated their 50th Anniversary last year. Click HERE to see them all.

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

SEIKO Prospex SOLAR Chrono Diver SSC673P1

Here’s another new version of the Seiko Prospex Solar Chrono Diver. Ref. SSC673P1 which comes with an all-black case and vintage-style orange lume.

Powering the watch is a Japan Seiko V175 Solar caliber with an accuracy of ±15 seconds per month and an operating time of approx. 6 months from fully charged.

Its functions include: an overcharge prevention function, 24-hour hand and a chronograph up to 1 hour in 1/5 second increments.



Diver’s features include a unidirectional diver’s bezel, a Hardlex crystal, Seiko orange LumiBrite applied hands and indexes, screw-down chrono-pushers, crown and case-back, magnetic-resistance, a water-resistance of 200m and a rubber divers strap.

You can see a load of other versions of this watch: HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. So what do you think?

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

ORIS Aquis CLIPPERTON Limited EDITION

The remote French-owned Clipperton Island is considered the world’s most isolated landmass. Sitting in a zone known as the ETP, or the Eastern Tropical Zone, approximately 1,100km south of the tip of the Baja Peninsula, on the west coast of Mexico, the uninhabited atoll’s nearest neighbor is 945km away.


Clipperton and its unique ecosystem are under threat from illegal commercial fishing and pollution. Its once pristine waters are a critical migration corridor for a number of threatened species of pelagic sharks.



Following on from their sponsorship of The Clipperton Expedition, which was announced earlier this year, ORIS has launched the Oris Clipperton Limited Edition, a diver’s watch based on thr Aquis diver’s series.


In tribute to the atoll and the work of Michel Labrecque and Julie Ouimet, the Cliperton LE has a gradient blue dial designed to reflect the color of the water around the atoll, which drops to 60 meters deep just offshore.



Its 43.5mm multi-piece Stainless steel case, however is water-resistant to 300 meters and has a screwed case back embossed with an outline of Clipperton Island and its coordinates. Oris Clipperton is a registered trade mark.



Additional diver’s features include: a screw-down crown with integrated guard, a Sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside and a unidirectional rotational divers bezel with black ceramic insert with 60-minute timer and zero marker filled with SuperLumiNova.



The Clipperton LE is powered by an automatic movement, the Oris Cal. 733, which based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at 6 o’clock and a sweep-seconds indicator, which Oris has finished with a lollipop filled with luminescent SuperLumiNova.



The Clipperton comes on either a black rubber divers strap with Oris-developed safety anchor and quick-adjust, sliding-sledge folding clasp with extension or on a Stainless steel bracelet with a quick-adjust, sliding-sledge folding clasp with a diver’s extension.



The Oris Clipperton Limited Edition’s comes in a special presentation box made using environmentally friendly regenerative algae. Inside it has a Clipperton Island insignia.



Limited to 2,000 pieces, the new ORIS Clipperton Limited Edition has a Swiss retail price 1950CHF on rubber or 2150CHF on Stainless steel. A percentage of funds raised by sales of the 2,000 pieces produced will go towards the protection of our ocean in upcoming initiatives.

2017-12-06

HALDOR Armis DLC

In addition to the ARMIS HHC, a second Limited Edition DLC version has also been made available in a small series of just 50 pieces, worldwide.



The gloss-black, DLC-coated 316L Marine Grade, Stainless steel case of the Armis DLC not only benefits from a protective outer skin –



but its solid design and the use of double gaskets for its case-back provide up 2000 meters of water-resistance. This has been officially certified by an independent Swiss testing laboratory.



The Armis DLC is also shock-resistant, and thanks to a Faraday Cage surrounding its movement has Magnetic Field Resistance up to 4.800 ampere per meter (A/m).



Securely housed inside the DLC-coated case of the Armis is a Swiss Made 25 jewel, ETA 2824-2 with Top Grade accuracy beating 28.800 vibrations per hour.



As well as its 200atm of pressure-resistance, further divers features of the Armis DLC include: a 7mm in diameter screw-down crown,



a screw-down case-back with Armis Shield design, a 4.5mm thick, (inner) AR-coated anti-scratch, Sapphire crystal and an automatic Helium Escape Valve located at 9 o’clock on the case.



BGW9 Swiss SuperLuminova has been generously applied to the hands and dial markings of the Armis DLC as well as the 12hr marker of its 120-click unidirectional rotational diver’s bezel.



Dimensions include: a diameter of 42mm (excl. crown), a lug-to-lug of 50mm, a thickness of 14.9mm and 22mm wide drilled lugs.



In addition to the DLC-coated Stainless steel bracelet, the Armis is supplied with an additional Italian made black rubber diver’s strap.



Please follow the link HERE or the one embedded, below for more info. on the HALDOR Armis DLC.

BULOVA Devil Diver COMING 2018

Following the results of a Facebook poll, Bulova have announced that the next release in their Archive Series will be the Devil Diver.

The Devil Diver will be a reissue of Bulova’s 1972 Oceanographer AKA the Devil Diver and will be officially unveiled at Baselworld 2018.

The Devil Diver gets its name from its 666 FEET of water-resistance which is printed on its dial. Unsurprisingly the Devil Diver will be released in a Limited Edition of (you guessed it) 666 pieces.



The 2018 Bulova Devil will come with a black dial and black and red bezel – however an orange dial is also planned. The watches will come on specially designed NATOs.

If you haven’t heard of Bulova’s Archive Series, I can recommend taking a look at their replica of a 1970s Chronograph. It isn’t a diver but it’s one sexy-mofo. Unfortunately it isn’t an auto.

If the 2018 Devil Diver also ends up being a quartz, it will be a bloody crime.

2017-12-05

ZRC GF 300 Re-Ed. BLACK PHANTOM [review]

BACKGROUND Since its re-launch in 2015, the Grands Fonds has been released in a number iterations of which the Black Phantom is probably one of the least seen and possibly most exotic. The Black Phantom is ZRC’s answer to the demand for a tactical watch; however beyond its dark exterior and blacked out features, it is pound for pound the same great dive watch as the GF 300 2015 Re-Edition.



Regular OcenicTime readers will have seen that I have not only covered the ZRC GF 300 and its family members such as the new NORTH ADVENTURE extensively here, but have already conducted an IN-DEPTH review of the GF 300, so in this review I will be covering some of the special features that are peculiar to Black Phantom.



DIAL All the GF’s signature design elements are here: the wide ‘Magnum’ handset and oversized circular seconds indicator, the massive triangular logo with large Z.R.C text running across its bottom except these have been applied with black SuperLuminova.

The dial is in matte black while the hands are gloss-black echoing the diver’s bezel and shiny black DLC case. Despite the Black Phantom’s black-on-black design; all of its key time reading features manage to stand out enough.

I don’t need to tell you how cool this black-on-black styling is but it is even more special when its been applied to a classic diver.



LUME The BP’s wide hands certainly allow for a generous amount of lume but it has been applied in multiple layers so that even its dial indexes and bezel markers have a glow that would put most regular green C3 applied dials to shame.

I have never come across a watch with black lume that glows like this does; so black lume doesn’t necessarily mean piss-poor (to coin a phrase) illumination. I don’t do lume shots as they are so often misrepresentative of how the actual lume is under different lighting conditions. All I can tell you is that this is VERY GOOD for black.



MOVEMENT The BP is powered by arguably one of the most reliable Swiss made automatic mechanical movement that there are, the ETA 2824-2 with 28,000 v/h and a power-reserve of approx. 38hrs. I still couldn’t tell you to what degree that the movement has been regulated by ZRC’s watchmakers. At the BP’s price-point I would expect some in-house tuning and a custom rotor.



CASE The almost diamond-like shaped GF case is in brushed Stainless steel with a gloss-black DLC (diamond-like-carbon) finish. The black case looks super clean and tactical. The only downside is that black tends to make things appear a little smaller so the already modestly sized case might seem a tad smaller to the eye when compared to the steel versions.



BEZEL The GF’s signature triple and double-dot bezel markings are with black lume while the bezel itself is in a gloss black finish.

Once again the black-on-black (dark grey on black) color palette is very appealing and once again as with the dial the markings are very much visible despite the closeness in bezel and lume colors.



All GF bezels boast ZRC’s patented ECS™ Easy clean system, a unique system for cleaning the inside of the bezel by circulating fresh water that dilutes and evacuates any sea salt that has built up –

an issue that was encountered by the mine clearance divers of the Marine Nationale during their many dives. Salt crystallizing in the gaps between the bezel and case could impede the bezel’s rotation, which for reference has a precise, firm yet springy 60-click cycle.

This isn’t a function that will likely ever be used by the desk-divers of us, but that’s not say that it isn’t appreciated. Besides this it’s a pretty cool aesthetic detail.



CROWN Owing to the BP’s 6 o’clock crown position, time-setting remains be a little fiddly especially when you consider that you must set the time functions in a somewhat awkward manner, but it’s a small price to pay.



In addition to this, the GF’s crown has an additional safety feature, the CPS™ Crown protection system, a 100% fail-safe system that is guaranteed thanks to the GF’s exclusive strap system that uses retractable lugs –

so that it is impossible to immerse the watch in water without screwing the crown back into its original position. If the crown is not screwed down, the strap cannot be correctly re-positioned and so the watch cannot be worn.



BACK A solid black DLC-coated Stainless steel caseback has been securely screwed to the back of the BP. In the center is the ZRC crown logo, around the outside is some text outlining a few of the watch’s key features. Due to the black the text is a little less visible than steel models. To be honest though, I would prefer deeper engraved casebacks an all models.



STRAP The Black Phantom is equipped with a black NATO-style tactical Nylon strap. Unlike a traditional NATO that threads itself underneath the case, this is mounted just like any other strap so is far more comfortable and doesn’t suffer from any of the traditional NATO issues such as sitting too high up on the wrist.



The black nylon strap is complimented by gloss-black double keepers and a gloss black Steel prong buckle. I absolutely LOVE the strap but can’t help thinking that a black DLC GF bracelet was an opportunity lost because that would have taken this watch to the next level.

12FIT ‘n’ FINISH The BP’s production was carried out using the very latest in Swiss watchmaking technologies. Its overall fit and finish reflects this - it is excellent! Pertinent to this review is the DLC quality that has been used for the case.

I would say that it’s the same high-quality that is being used by Aquadive and H2O Watches who are both using the best Swiss and German applications available in the market.



ON the WRIST The BP measures 40.5mm at its widest point (across the middle) by 13.85mm thick with a lug to lug measurement of 49.2mm. On paper the watch sounds quite modest, but it in reality, it looks and feels a much bigger on the wrist than you’d expect.

PRICE Please contact ZRC directly for the most up to date prices in CHF, Euro and USD.



OVERALL I’ve been hooked on the ZRC brand from the word go. I couldn’t say I was ever a vintage ZRC fan because – I was never into vintage divers full stop but retro. However re-editions, modern equivalents these are my thing and the ZRC GF 300 2015 RE is one of the greats.


©OceanicTime

The Black Phantom's tactical aesthetic puts a new spin on things. If you want to wear it for your Black Op’s missions it won’t let you down and if want something chic to wear with casual attire it’s an equally great proposition.

http://www.zrc.fr/

2017-12-04

LUMINOX Deep Dive 1523 SCOTT CASSELL

This is the all-new Scott Cassell Deep Dive 1523 which has been released alongside the 1521 with its brushed Black-coated Stainless steel case, black dial and black bezel. It is equipped a Helium Escape Valve.



I mention the Helium Escape Valve because it is a key design feature of the new all-new Scott Cassell Deep Dive 1523. It can be found on the left side of the case at 9 o’clock surrounded by a red ring with a little He (Helium) chemical symbol on it.



The Deep Dive Automatic has been designed with RECON divers like, Scott Cassell in-mind and so features all the essentials, including a sturdy 316L Stainless steel case, a professional-grade rotating unidirectional dive bezel with a patented bezel locking device that doubles as a crown protector,

and a visible, high-contrast dial that offers the best of both worlds, two luminous technologies – the Luminox Light Technology with the addition of SuperLumiNova on the markers, for maximum visibility.



All Luminox Deep Dive series are 500 meter / 1650 feet water-resistant diver’s watches which have been certified and comply with the strict high standards of ISO 6425 for Diving watches.