Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2017-02-17

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ORIS Aquis HAMMERHEAD Limited Edition

ORIS are on fire at the moment; this is ANOTHER great looking watch – just look at that dial. Okay, I’ll admit I’m not such a fan of the day-date but that sunburst grey with those pops of blue from the lollipop seconds indicator and minutes-scale on the rehaut are very pleasing to the eye.

Besides this, the ORIS Hammerhead Limited Edition which incidentally is based on the second generation AQUIS, also launched this year is on a bit of a mission to save the world’s shark population which between me and you (and excuse my French, folks) is almost f#@&*d beyond repair!



Leading ocean conservation experts (who have been tracking the decline of the world’s shark population over the last 50 years) believe that most sharks will be extinct within 40 years’ time a very troubling prediction.

With that in mind, the new ORIS Aquis Hammerhead Limited Edition will help raise funds for a shark conservation project run by the non-profit organization called Pelagios Kakunjá that is supported by ORIS brand ambassador and professional diver, Jérôme DELAFOSSE.



Pelagios Kakunjá’s mission is to understand movements and migratory pathways of oceanic apex predators. Its latest project will look to learn more about migration routes of the endangered Scalloped Hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) species of shark in the Eastern Pacific.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the global population of Scalloped Hammerheads has declined by up to 90 per cent over the last 30 years!!!



Project scientists will tag sharks using MiniPAT satellite transmitters funded by ORIS. Each transmitter will track the sharks for six to nine months before being automatically released on a set date and floating to the surface, from where they will transmit all collected data to satellites.

This data will help scientists understand sharks better so that they can advise government agencies on fishing practices. Fishing is one of the greatest threats to sharks, which can become entangled in nets while feeding.



Jérôme will join the expedition together with fellow conservationists Dr. James Ketchum, Pelagios Kakunjá’s Director of Marine Conservation; shark specialist Dr. Mauricio Hoyos, who filmed the largest Great White Shark ever captured on film; and record-breaking free-diver and underwater photographer Fred Buyle.



Based on the second generation Aquis collection, the Hammerhead Limited Edition has been designed using DNA from the original 2011 Aquis, bringing the same high-level of performance but with perhaps a more stylish albeit slightly less rugged silhouette.

The new Aquis has a visually lighter feel than its predecessor. But it still endowed with the same diving features such as its unidirectional rotational divers bezel with a black ceramic inlay, and water-resistance to 500 meters.



The ORIS Hammerhead Limited Edition is not only a high-performance professional divers watch – it will also go some way to help fight the threat of shark extinction specifically playing a significant role in the conservation of the hammerhead shark.



The ORIS Hammerhead is a Limited Edition of 2000 pieces. It goes on sale this June, priced 2550CHF.

2017-02-16

SPINNAKER Dumas DIVER

This great-looking diver is the latest model in Spinnaker’s vintage collection that also includes the previously seen HASS; is the Dumas, named so after the famed scuba-diving pioneer. Frédéric Dumas,

who collaborated with Jacques Cousteau on several of his legendary underwater expeditions during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. He was also a leading undersea archeologist in his own right.



The Dumas has an unmistakable vintage style not too dissimilar from watches like the Seamaster 120 AKA The Baby Ploprof or even its bigger brother the Seamaster 600.

At least it has that same robust angular diving-instrument-like quality that was so popular in the 1970s. Its hexagonal silhouette contrasts perfectly with its round unidirectional rotational, lumed divers bezel.




With a marine-grade, corrosion resistant Stainless steel case, water-resistant to 30 atmospheres and equipped with a Milanese mesh bracelet, the Dumas isn’t just a pretty face, it has been built to perform in the same conditions as its namesake did all those years ago.



Its compact dial has been carefully designed to offer legibility quickly with an emphasis on the minute hand serving as the crucial gauge of elapsed dive-time. The diamond-cut hour hand echoes the strong lines of the case while further distinguishing it for easy reading.



Further features include: C3 lume, a K1 hardened mineral crystal, and a display caseback affording a view of  its Japanese made Miyota self-winding movement with 21 jewels. MSRP is 480USD.

http://www.spinnaker-watches.com/

SZANTO 5100 & 5120 Series DIVERs

You know how every once in a while you catch a glimpse of a really great looking diver only to later discover upon further investigation that it’s quartz powered?



Or that it is fitted with a mineral crystal rather than Sapphire; aargh! This rather nice looking diver’s model from a North American watch brand called Szanto suffers from both of the above disappointments.

However don’t let put you off what is potentially a very nice looking dive watch.



Yes, it is fitted with a highly accurate Japanese made quartz 3-hand movement with date function and
yes, it is also equipped with a K1 hardened mineral crystal that is actually more shatter-resistant than a sapphire crystal!



So perhaps we’d better see what else the 5100 and 5120 Series Divers have going for them. They both share the same 46mm inn diameter brushed Stainless steel cases. A 5100 Series is also available in Black IP.



These are fitted with your typical divers features: a screw-down case-back and crown, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel and 500 meters of water-resistance.



While their dial boast SuperLumiNova filled hands and markers. I must say that the green markers look great. Nice handset, too.



The 5100 Series come with full stainless steel divers bracelets while the 5120 Series is fitted with a water-resistant Italian leather strap with signature Szanto buckle.

Prices start from 295USD up to 375USD. Follow the link embedded, below for more info. For reference, OceanicTime has no affiliation with Szanto.

2017-02-15

H2O Watches Kalmar II CARBON

Something carbon this way comes! H2O Watches has its eye firmly fixed on the future with a remarkable new high-tech case material that has been used for the Kalmar II Carbon.



Carbon is a composite material based on carbon fiber that is almost unheard in this segment of the watch market; especially not with this level of quality. It has previously only been used by upper echelon brands such as Audmers Piguet and Officine Panerai et al.



As well as providing exceptional technical performance, the Carbon used by H2O has an uneven, matte black appearance, which when cut results in an example that is utterly unique – just as you might see if you were to cut through a piece of fine wood exposing the grain. This is accentuated by the use of H2O’s turbine-style bezel.



This means that each and every new Kalmar II Carbon will be unique and different from the others thanks to the technical and aesthetic characteristics of its Carbon case, which has been made from a high-tech composite material that is making its debut in the boutique collectors market with H2O Watches.



The structure of the high-tech Carbon material used by H2O has been engineered to enhance both the aesthetics and the performance of the material. It has been used to make the case and the unidirectional rotational divers bezel of the Klamar II Carbon.



The physical properties of Carbon are much higher than those of similar materials or of other materials used in the world of watch-making, such as Ceramic or Titanium: Carbon is lighter than these and is much more saltwater corrosion-resistant, as well as this it is also hypoallergenic.



While the Kalamar II Carbon’s case material might be futuristic, every other design detail of the watch has been faithfully inspired by H2O Watches most popular divers models - that is except for one other brand-new innovation used for the one of the many dial configurations that are available –



the one that looks a little like shark teeth. The reason that these markers are so unusual in their appearance is no accident – they are applied with dual-colored lume; most likely an industry, first.



If this new high-tech Klamar II hadn’t already got your attention then how about this – H2O Watches are, also offering an optional full-Carbon bracelet for the Kalamar II Carbon. Just think of the sheer work and effort that must have gone into producing it, not to mention the expense. It’s another industry first for H2O.



Please follow the link to PRE-ORDER your H2O Kalmar 2 CARBON. Full specifications and pricing can also be found there.

OMEGA Seamaster PLANET OCEAN 600M PyeongChang 2018 LE

OMEGA is set to fulfill their role as the Official Timekeepers of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics which are to be held in South Korea next year.



This will be OMEGA’s 28th time as Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games and as is tradition they will be celebrating with a special edition watch or two.



As the Winter Olympics reaches PyeongChang in South Korea, OMEGA is celebrating with a new version of the their famous Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M divers watch that will boast features inspired by the Winter Games.



This 43.5 mm watch captures the colors of the South Korean flag with a polished blue ceramic dial and unidirectional rotational diver’s bezel, blended with red rubber for the first 15 minutes. This theme is continued through the blue and red rubber strap.



This Planet Ocean comes in a presentation box with an extra stainless steel bracelet.
The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 logo is included on the POS’s Sapphire crystal caseback. On the Planet Ocean, the words PLANET OCEAN and LIMITED EDITION have also been engraved in blue.



The watch is powered by an OMEGA Co-Axial caliber 8900 Twin-Barrel. The movement is equipped with the Omega's exclusive Si14 silicon balance spring making, which is anti-magnetic and particularly resistant to shock and external disturbance. The watch has water-resistance of 60 bar / 600 meters / 2000 feet.



Prior to this model, OMEGA also launched a Limited Edition Seamaster Planet Ocean in celebration of the SOCHI 2014 Winter Olympic Games due that was held in February of 2014, in the Russian Federation city of Sochi and a Seamaster 300m for VANCOUVER 2010 Winter Olympics.