Dive Watch Releases / Articles




KOBOLD Soarway Diver SEAL Back by Popular DEMAND

A legend has returned – designed by the late actor, actor James Gandolfini, who was best known for his role as Tony Soprano, in the HBO crime drama, The Sopranos - the Kobold Seal is one of the original tool-divers.

Often imitated but never equaled, you might have come across something similar before, but I can assure the Kobold Seal is the real deal – anything else is just pretending!

After 3 and a ½ years it is back and for the first time feature a Made-in-USA case created in Kobold’s in-house case-making facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – which is proudly stamped on its matte-black dial.

The latest generation of the Kobold Seal is identical to past versions in terms of dimensions - 44mm diameter and 17mm thickness. It features: an extra-thick, domed Sapphire crystal, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel and screw-locked lug bars.

Its Stainless steel case is available in two versions, a bead-blasted matte-finish as well as a hand-applied finish with combination brushed and polished surfaces.

The higher grade version also features a detailed engraving of a Pacific seal - a nod to the original Seal that was launched in 2004. The Soarway Seal comes on a canvas strap and is assembled in USA.

The introductory price for the basic version is 1950USD - this applies to existing customers only. The high-grade version is priced at 2750USD. Just 100 Seals are available at the introductory price. They will begin to shipping in March 2017.


Damasko DSUB1 2ndLOOK [new blue]

Here are some lovely new photos of the upcoming DSUB1 from Damasko, who have decided to change the dial color to a much deeper and imo better looking Royal Blue color!

Not everyone was taken by the previous blue used for DSUB1, so this is going to win back some favor for what is set to be one of the most eagerly anticipated dive watch releases of 2017.

The DSUB1 has a 42mm by 12.8mm case, built from the same type of hardened German Submarine Steel that Sinn use, so benefits from the same high-level of saltwater corrosion resistance and magnetic resistance.

It also boasts a couple of impressive technologies such as its self-lubricating crown with hardened tube system and patented ceramic-ball divers bezel. It is water-resistant to 300 meters.

The DSUB1’s will be powered by a Swiss made ETA 2824-2. However they plan to release a divers watch with an in-house movement in future! MSRP is TBA, let’s hope it’s a least competitive.

If you're unfamiliar with Damasko, they are a well-known German brand who have up until now been purely focused on mechanical pilots / aviation watches. Follow the link embedded, below to find out more.



DEEP BLUE Daynight Recon Tritium T-100 10 Yr. ANNIVERSARY EDITION

DEEP BLUE have released another new model in celebration of their 10 year Anniversary.

Last week high water-resistance was on the menu with the Depth Master 2000; today it’s Tritium!

Introducing the new Swiss made Daynight Recon Tritium T-100 10 Yr. Anniversary Edition - packing a blinding punch with no less than 61 Tritium tubes!

45mm Case, 51mm Lug to Lug 16.5mm Thick, Its 316L Stainless steel case measures 45mm in diameters with a thickness of 16.5mm, a lug-lug length of 51mm and lug width of 22mm.

It is powered by the ubiquitous (and for good reason) Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 automatic mechanical movement with 25 Jewels, 28,800 VPH.

The watch comes with either a black or blue wave pattern dial seen through 33mm aperture with an AR-treated Sapphire crystal above and below –
Affording a view of the 2824-2’s custom DEEP BLUE engraved rotor.

Divers features include: a screwdown crown and caseback,a 120-click unidirectional rotational diver bezel with black ceramic inlay and dive-time scale marked out in BGW9 / C3 Swiss SuperLuminova, a respectable water-resistance to 500m/1650 Ft and –

a full Stainless divers bracelet, tapering from 22mm – 20mm, it is equipped with a divers wetsuit extension, 4 Micro adjustments, half and full links, screwed links, 4.5mm thick and a divers safety clasp. MSRP is 1339USD.



ORIS Divers Sixty-Five SILVER

Originally released in 2015 Oris’ Divers SIXTY-FIVE has experienced an almost unprecedented level of popularity and so has spawned no less than (counting this) six iterations. Just a few short months ago we saw the lovely Oceanic GREEN edition, before that it was released on a STEEL bracelet.

And for anyone who felt that 40mm was a tad on the small side, Oris replied with a 42MM version; prior to that, the trendy Deauxville BLUE edition was released. Today in time for the festive season, the most striking edition to date!

Introducing the new Divers Sixty-Five Silver with its stunning curved sunburst silver dial. Apart from that – it’s business as usual; rated to 100m its 42mm Stainless steel case follows the critically acclaimed BLUE version that was launched at Baselworld this spring, and like it, it comes with a choice of three straps and a steel bracelet.

Like all the additions of the Divers Sixty-Five collection that was first revived in 2015, this new version is a direct descendent of one of Oris’s first diver’s watches, dating back to 1965.

Thanks to advancements in scuba apparatus, the 1960s was a pioneering decade for diving - Jacques Cousteau and Hans Hass were among those who required reliable underwater timing-instruments. At that time Oris were one of the leading manufacturers of dive watches; it would be interesting to know if any of the legends mentioned above ever wore an Oris?

Today Oris have cleverly updated the look of the original watch, however retaining a number of its vintage design cues that include: its domed dial, slim line case, thin rotating bezel with 60-min. dive-time-scale, and its trapezoid date window.

Although retro styling is hugely popular – a touch modernity was also required when designing the watch. The bezel with its black aluminium inlay is now unidirectional; the Acrylic bubble-domed glass is now made of Sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on its inside –

and the hands and hour markers are now filled with SuperLumiNova instead of the toxic Tritium that was used in the 1960s. Inside its multi-piece Stainless steel watch case is a Swiss Made automatic movement, the Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with Oris red rotor and date at 3 o’clock.

With a choice of four strap and bracelet options, the Divers Sixty-Five is a versatile little dive watch. The black rubber divers strap echoes the strap of the original 1960s watch and from last year’s debut Divers Sixty-Five while a tough brushed Stainless steel bracelet is styled like its 1960s equivalent, right down to the round-headed pins that hold the links together.

Finally, the new Oris Divers Sixty-Five Silver is finished off with a caseback, engraved with Oris’s historic shield logo that was the emblem they used during the 1960s. It available, now, priced 1900CHF on a strap or 2100CHF on a bracelet.


LIMES Endurance II NEPTUN Diver [NEW]

LIMES have just completed a newly, redesigned version of their Endurance II Neptun Diver!

The Endurance II has a shiny new set of polished hands with an increased surface area allowing for a bigger application of SuperLuminova –

thus creating a greater contrast against its matte black or blue dial and in turn allowing for better readability when it counts!

However, with its proven track record, ICKLER’s robust diver case construction remains unchanged and for good reason;

Ickler dive watch cases are amongst the best that there are in terms of how they are engineered.

The case has though, received some new cosmetic enhancements such as a combination brushed and polished finish giving it sportier but ultimately more luxurious feel.

The new 2016 Endurance II Neptun Diver can be ordered with either a black rubberized leather strap or Stainless steel bracelet directly from LIMES. Prices starts from EUR 960 (incl. VAT), EUR 806,72 (without VAT).

UTS 1000M Diver V2

Introducing the new UTS 1000M Diver V2 made and assembled in-house in Munich, Germany. Its 5-piece case is precision milled from solid German Stainless steel. It measures 42mm x 14.5mm and weighs 155grams on rubber / 255grams on steel.

It is fitted with a solid case-back secured by 6 hex-screws and industrial grade seals, a 7mm screwdown crown allowing for water and pressure resistance up to 1000M / 100bar even when combined with its optional Sapphire crystal exhibition caseback.

If you do opt for the V2’s Sapphire caseback you’ll be treated to a view of an ETA 2824-2 in Top grade form with a Glucydur Balance Wheel, Incabloc shock-protection, and a UTS engraved rotor – all secured directly to the watch case.

Besides this the watch boasts a precise 60-click CCW divers bezel and screwed-on, machined lug adapters to which can be secured a custom made natural Italian rubber divers strap with a Stainless steel buckle or an optional solid link Stainless steel custom bracelet.

The UTS 1000M Diver V2 is being made in a Limited Edition of 200 individually engraved pieces. It is available with either black or blue dial with SuperLuminova applied hands and markers.

Like UTS? Read my in-depth REVIEW of their 4000M Diver.