Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2017-01-24

AUDAZ Scuba Master [Ocean Inspired]

INTRODUCING the all-new Scuba Master divers watch collection from AUDAZ.



Inspired by the vast expanses of the Ocean, the Scuba Master has an aesthetic that is highly evocative of the sea.



Special features of the Scuba Master include: a genuine mother of pearl dial – which is available in 3 shimmering pearlescent colors that includes – black, blue and white.



The case-back, too references the ocean with a whimsical blue etching of a scuba diver exploring the depths - etched onto the glass case-back of the Scuba Master.



Even the contoured Stainless steel case of the Scuba Master is said to echo the curves of ocean waves.




This is available in classic Stainless steel or with the choice of either a Gold, Rose Gold or Black Ionic Plating.



Divers features of the Scuba Master include: a competent 500 meters of water-resistance, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel and tough mineral crystal.



A Helium Escape Valve can be found at 9 o’clock on the left-hand side of the case – the hallmark of any serious divers watch.



Powering the Scuba Master is a Japanese Made SEIKO NH35A automatic mechanical movement with hacking-seconds.



The Scuba Master case measures and 50mm - it comes with a 2 years manufacturer’s warranty.



It is available now from the AUDAZ online store priced 379USD – a 30% discount is being offered to all OceanicTime readers when using the Promo Code ‘’OT30’’ when checking out.



Please follow the link HERE for further details on the new AUDAZ Scuba Master collection.

2017-01-20

RISTOLA Plongeur UTC 300M [PEDIGREE begins HERE]

INTRODUCING the PLONGEUR UTC 300M, the debut divers watch from RISTOLA, a new Swiss watch brand based right in the very heart of the Swiss watch-making territory of La Chaux-de-Fonds, where their neighbors include a veritable ‘’who’s who’’ of prestigious watch brands.

Ball Watch Co., Breitling, Corum, Eberhard & Co., Girard-Perreguax, JeanRichard and Tissot; even the water-resistance specialists, Roxer – all hail from La Chaux-de-Fonds, a city in the Neuchatel Canton of Switzerland.



PEDIGREE begins here

With such neighbors, surely RISTOLA would not be wanting for inspiration – however unlike those famous Swiss brands, RISTOLA don’t believe that it necessary to have a hundred years or more of history or big name brand ambassadors to succeed.



When they decided to create their own brand, they wanted to develop watches that adhere to the strictest Swiss horological standards - meaning precision tooling, perfect assembly and thorough testing.

Accuracy, durability, functionality, simplicity, extreme reliability, and COSC and ISO 6425 certification - all bundled into a single purposeful watch – this was the brief that was met by the PLONGEUR UTC.



LIMITED Edition

Introduced in a Limited Edition of just 300 pieces, the RISTOLA Plongeur UTC is a professional divers watch with a modern style created for the sporting professional who is looking for an everyday UTC-capable watch but also wants the credentials of an ISO certified diver.

The Plongeur UTC gives the individual the option of light to heavy water activities for work and recreation, while still offering a great classic look for the office and evenings at out or travelling abroad.



From your DESK to the DEEP

The Plongeur UTC’s 43mm Stainless steel case is driven by a Swiss made ETA automatic 2893-2 COSC Certified Chronometre movement with UTC (coordinated universal time) read via a fourth hand.

It uses dual time zones along with chronometre reliability and accuracy to give its wearer a sense of calm even under the most demanding of conditions.



For DIVING it is equipped with an automatic Helium Escape Valve, a domed anti-reflective Sapphire crystal, a lumed dial, a ceramic bezel, anti-magnetic and anti-shock resistant properties, a screw-down crown and caseback and 300 meters of water-resistance as stipulated for ISO 6425 certification for diving.

They come as standard with tapered Stainless steel divers bracelet



Whether you are traveling from New York to Geneva, are in the Baltic working in the oil and gas industry, diving along the Cote D’Azur or attending a classical concert in Vienna, the PLONGEUR UTC serves all - designed from the ground up to serve as an all-around premium performer.



Enduring QUALITY

RISTOLA watches are created for the discerning individual who appreciates the highest in quality and craftsmanship from a Swiss watch. From the surgical grade Stainless steel cases to the chronometre grade automatic movements, their Professional Series watches have been purpose-built to last a lifetime.

Quality is paramount and they achieve this by following the highest in Swiss watch making standards, as set by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH.



The PLONGEUR UTC’s full Retail PRICE will be 3249USD.

If all 300 units are sold - RISTOLA will introduce a new 3-hand diver for those that seek simplicity in a divers watch without UTC function.



SHIPPING times may vary and are subject to the production schedule of ETA (Our movement supplier), and the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) certification process and the ISO certification for dive watches.

Please follow the link HERE to reserve your Chronometre-grade PLONGEUR / UTC from RISTOLA.

http://www.ristolawatches.com/

MB&F Horological Machine Nº7 AQUAPOD

There’s something lurking down there in the deep – it’s a jellyfish-like creature – an horological, aquatic-time-machine called the HM7 Aquapod from MB&F.

However unlike actual jellyfish with their poisonous tentacles flailing about in the ocean currents –



its tentacles are neatly tucked away inside a 3-dimensional case made up of two massively domed Sapphire crystals on either side of a Grade 5 Titanium or 18K 5N+ Red Gold case band.



A cambered unidirectional ceramic bezel floats outside the main case, while dual crowns are located between the two structures: the one on the left is for winding the movement (if necessary) and the crown on the right is for time-setting.

The oversized crowns have been ergonomically designed for ease of use, even when manipulated with wet fingers.



The numerals and markers of the bezel were first laser-etched after which the engraved sections were filled with metalized Titanium. The whole ring was then polished to a high gloss.



When I said that the bezel of the Aquapod floats on top of its case – this wasn’t word-play – unlike a regular diver’s bezel that is attached to the watch case, it actually floats separately from the main case kind of like a life buoy.



Dimensions of the Aquapod’s 90-component case include a diameter of 53.8mm with a thickness of 21.3mm.



Water-resistance is limited to just 50 meters which means that, while it isn’t a true dive watch it is more than fit for active duty in the pool or tub – I mean you’d have to get it wet, right?



The HM7 Aquapod’s jellyfish inspired case is starkly contrasted by its inner-horological prowess coming from an MB&F in-house flying tourbillon regulating the power generated by its tentacle-like automatic winding rotor - transforming it into the display of time.




The winding rotor’s tentacles are crafted from a solid block of Titanium; their very three-dimensional nature makes machining and finishing extremely challenging. Underneath the tentacles, a platinum mass ensures powerful and efficient winding.



Like many jellyfish, the HM7 glows in the dark. It glows where you would expect it to – on the hour and minute numerals –



but also around the inside of the movement, to light up that flying tourbillon at night… and in addition, along the tentacle-like winding rotor so that its operation, too, can be appreciated in the dark.



Because the Aquapod’s tentacles lack the actual ability to latch onto your wrist – it is equipped with an aircraft-grade rubber bracelet moulded in Fluorocarbon FKM 70 Shore an elastomer with folding buckle in either Grade 5 Titanium of Red Gold.



The HM7 Aquapod launches with 33 pieces in Grade 5 Titanium with a blue bezel, and 66 pieces in 18K 5N+ Red Gold with a black bezel.



The MB&F HM7 Aquapod brings a little magic and theater back into to the dive watch sector. 

Our otherwise dusty little corner of the watch industry is seldom treated to such brilliance. What do you think – pretty special, eh?!