Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2017-05-19

GRUPPO ARDITO Kraken 5000M OceanicTime SPECIAL EDITION

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!

https://sites.google.com/site/gruppoarditowatch/

2017-05-17

SEIKO Prospex Solar CHRONO Diver x LOWERCASE SBDL045

This is the latest collab’ between Seiko Prospex and LOWERCASE of Japan, the Prospex Solar Chronograph Diver Scuba Ref. SBDL045 which is distinguished by its sleek black case and vivid blue 15 min. scale.



Its case is in Stainless steel with a plastic shrouding. It measures 46.3mm x 47mm and is 14.2mm thick. The watch’s total weight is 105g. The design dates back to the legendary 1975 Professional 600M.



Divers features include: a domed crystal, a screw-down crown and caseback, magnetic-resistance, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel and a water-resistance to 200 meters. Each caseback has been individually engraved with its serial number.



The Prospex Solar Chrono is solar-powered by Seiko's Solar Caliber V175 which has an accuracy of ±15 seconds per month and can operate for 6 months when fully charged.

Its functions include: an overcharge prevention function, a 24-hour hand and a chronograph up to 1 hour in 1/5 second increments. The dial is with Seiko LumiBrite applied hands and indexes.



The 2017 SEIKO Prospex Solar Chronograph Diver by Lowercase comes on a black rubber divers strap, priced 55,000 JPY+TAX. It is limited to 5000 pieces.

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

SEIKO Prospex Solar DIVER Scuba x LOWERCASE SBDN045

Here’s yet another seriously cool Seiko diver – the product of Seiko Prospex and LOWERCASE of Japan’s latest collaboration boasting an all-black case and dial which are beautifully contrasted by a bright blue 15 min scale.

The SEIKO Prospex Diver Scuba by Lowercase Ref. SBDN045 is a Limited Edition of 5000 pieces and is priced 45,000 JPY+TAX.



Its case is constructed with an inner-stainless steel module with an outer casing in hardened plastic. It is fitted with a curved crystal.

Divers features include: 200m of water-resistance making it suitable for scuba-diving, anti-magnetic-resistance, a one-way bezel and a screw down crown and caseback.



Each caseback has been individually engraved with its serial number.

Power comes from a Solar-driven Driving system, the Seiko Caliber V147 which has an accuracy of ±15 seconds per month and an operating time of for approx. 10 months from fully charged.



Its functions include an overcharge prevention function as well as a quick-start function. Further features of the watch include: hands and dial markers with Seiko LumiBrite.

The watch case has a height of 45.5mm, width of 45.9mm and depth of just 12.1mm. Its total weight is 91g.

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

LIP Nautic-Ski Auto REVISION

In fact , the Nautic-Ski had its first revision in 2015 and then again last year, but that didn’t seem right to me so I waited until 2017, its 50th anniversary to tell you about it!

That might be a load of old cobblers, folks – as it’s only just come up on my radar, nevertheless here it is. ;)

The first thing to mention is that the original LIP Nautic-Ski was actually, famously powered by a 13 jewel electro-mechanical movement not an automatic.



However the history books tell us that it was one of those iconic dual-crown Super Compressor cased divers of the late 50s to early 70s which were literally being produced by tons of old brands from –

all the famous ones: Alpina, Blancpain, Bulova, Edox, Fortis, Hamilton, GP, JLC, IWC, Tisot, Longines, Zenith etc.,

the legends such as the Lip Nautic-Ski itself or the Enicar Sherpa and those from brands such as Nevada Grenchen or Felca and everyone else in between.



The Nautic-Ski was also one of the first French made divers watches with a water-resistance of 200 meters (so I’m told). It was first revealed for the brand’s centenary, in 1967, and then officially launched in France for Grenoble Olympic Games, in 1968.



Today there are two versions of the French made LIP Nautic-Ski: the 2015 Revision with it black dial and white Arabic hour-markers and the prettier 2016 Revision – available in either black or blue with its bold green markers.



Both versions are powered by Japanese made Miyota 821A automatic movements that are housed inside mineral-glass fitted 38mm x 14.25mm Stainless steel cases that are water-resistant to 200m. They retail for 499€. No, Sapphire, no Swiss but still a fun piece. What do you think - sink or swim?

https://www.lip.fr/en/home/

YEMA Superman RE-EDITION

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman! Don’t ask me why the 1963 Yema Superman was named so – all I can tell you is that –



it’s back after more than five decades of absence in the form of a faithful re-edition that follows all the all the same design codes and characteristics that gave its ancestor its unique appearance.



Its modest 40mm Stainless steel case is equipped with historic features such as its 300 meters of water-resistance, safety brake stop and famous, arrow-head minute hand and ‘’Pelle’’ seconds indictor complete with red dot.



Available in three existing Yema colors: Mysterious Blue, Vivid Silver and Satin Black, the Superman Re-Edition is powered either by an in house movement, the MPB1000 automatic movement or a quartz.



I am not exactly sure what the auto is based on, but the fact that it has been renamed suggests to me that it is likely something hailing from the Far East, but who knows. The quartz version of the Superman utilizes a Swiss Ronda 715LI caliber.



Further features include: a screw-down and caseback, and a mineral glass. The French made, Yema Superman Re-Edition comes with seven different 20mm NATO strap options that include black nylon as well as several leather colors.



Prices are as follows: auto – 690€ / quartz – 349€. As always, follow the link embedded, below for more info.

https://yema.com/

2017-05-16

ENZO Mechana ACQUA 500m [nuovo inizio]

Introducing the new ACQUA 500m from maverick watchmaker, Enzo Mechana headed up by a brilliantly elusive gentleman known for his sometimes outlandish, always superb, experimental dive watch designs that were typically powered by re-worked vintage mechanical movements.



As a fan of Enzo’s work for several years; it is great to see this exclusive Italian brand finally binging to market a regular line of artisanally-styled divers watches that can now be easily acquired from their newly opened online store.



I have already introduced the MARE NERO Limited Edition which is still available from Enzo Mechana – today the ACQUA 500m, a project that came about with the ambition of re-introducing the brand and making its timepieces that little bit more accessible to his adoring fans.



Enzo has been making one off-handmade timepieces with high-end vintage movements, hand aged and distressed dials and leather straps for several years now. He stepped outside of the mainstream watch arena about a decade ago; although the demand for his custom creations remained.



However due to the scarcity of high-end vintage movements and the high level of demand that there was for his models such as the h-47, GAUGE series and GMT; Enzo decided to wind down his custom builds and revisit some rarely seen pieces in a way that would allow more collectors to experience them without having to pay through the nose on the secondary market.



The new series of watches will be produced in limited runs per design. The designs themselves, interpretations of the originals however with subtle some differences and powered by modern Swiss mechanical movements such as those from ETA.



The ACQUA 500m which is available with either a Black or Brown dial is the first offering stemming from this idea. Its basic spec. includes:

a Stainless Steel case measuring 44mm in diameter by 19.5mm thick, a hand applied painted unidirectional divers bezel, a screw-down crown and etched caseback, a flat AR-coated, thick Sapphire crystal, a Helium Escape Valve and a tested water-resistance of over 500m.



Additional features include: aged and distressed dial and lume, a Swiss made ETA 2824-2 automatic movement and an Enzo Mechana leather strap available in either: Black, Golden or Distressed Brown or Distressed Green with and logo buckle.



The ACQUA 500m can be ordered from the Enzo Mechana online store priced £1995. Please follow the link embedded, below to be taken there.

OceanicTime is not affiliated with Enzo Mehcna brand in anyway – just a fan! ;)

https://enzomechana.com/

2017-05-15

CITIZEN Eco-Drive PROMASTER Diver 200M BN0191-80L

Here’s a quick first look at a new diver coming from Citizen this summer.

The Promaster Ref. BN0191-80L has a 44.5mm Stainless steel case that has been fitted with an anti-reflective coated Sapphire crystal.



It has 200 meters of water-resistance as is powered by a Citizen Eco-Drive Caliber E168.

Its retail price should be just shy of €280.

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