Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2018-04-20

VISCONTI Majorca COLLECTION

‘nimo are back! That’s Anonimo, as in the Italian watchmakers that left Panerai when they were taken over by Cartier and set up on their own for a few years until they went tits up and ended up working with Italian writing instrument makers, Visonti – not the current Swiss Anonimo.



What I meant to say was, the Anonimo Millemetri is back – sort off, a little bit – well at least there’s a little of its essence in this new 1000m fixed bezel diver collection from Visconti.



The collection known as Majorca (not digging the name) gently recalls some of those wonderful watches that we so fondly miss from Anonimo and Dino Zei. What do you think?



The Majorca collection is made up of 5 models: 3 x three hand models of which two are in bronze – one with an olive green dial, one in black plus a steel version also with a black dial.

Then there are two chronograph models: one in steel with a tobacco dial and the other in bronze with a royal blue dial.



The watch cases have a diameter of 43mm (perfect) and are equipped with detachable lugs. While the three hand variants are water-resistant to 1000m or 1000 Metri (you dig), the chronos are rated to 200 meters.



Prices start from 2700euro (steel, 3 hands) – 4100euro (bronze, chrono). Thoughts? Not too shabby, really; it’s a pity they didn’t put a cheeky manual HEV on the 3 hands case as that would have been even more Millemetri-esque.

http://www.visconti.it/

VISCONTI Sport Dive 3000 SKULL & ROSES

I’m gonna’ start this post off with a strong warning – please don’t take drugs, boys and girls; this is sadly what happens when a dive watch manufacturer drops acid on the job!



As if the Abyssus wasn’t already trippy, enough Visconti has given the case and dial of its sibling diver, the Sport Dive 3000 a special iridescent film.



The dial which Visconti themselves call surprising (no sh!t) sports a massive Skull & Roses design red and yellow colored hands and a date wheel offset at an angle at 2 o’clock. BTW, the Skull & Roses design is derived from an historic Italian Special Forces insignia.



The watch, as mentioned above is the offspring of Visconti’s debut diver the Scuba Abyssus 3000, so is endowed with a Monobloc case, a thick Sapphire crystal, an HEV, a removable diver’s bezel and 3000 meters of water-resistance.



Power comes from a Swiss auto based, on the Soprod 9340. There are two variants – each costing 5400euro. Thoughts - Marmite at best; bloody horrific at worst. Am I being too harsh? ;)

http://www.visconti.it/

2018-04-17

MARATHON GSAR Black ANTHRACITE

This is the new Marathon GSAR Black Anthracite Search & Rescue Automatic Diver which features a new sleek matte black Anthracite IP-Coating which provides 3 times the scratch-resistance of Stainless steel.



Manufactured in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland, the Marathon GSAR is powered by a Swiss made, 25 jewel ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, has 300 meters of water-resistance and boasts self-illuminating Tritium Gas Tube technology.



Further spec. includes a 316L surgical grade Stainless steel case measuring 41.4mm x 48mm (lug2lug) x 14mm, a Sapphires crystal, 120-click unidirectional rotational diver’s bezel with MaraGlo 12hr marker, and a screw-down case back and crown.

The GSAR Black Anthracite comes on a vulcanized black rubber divers strap with an IP coated 316L Stainless steel buckle.

https://marathonwatch.com/

2018-04-16

ZRC GF 300 COMBAT DIVER Black Phantom

This is a new Special Editions model from ZRC, Ref. GF40178NC AKA The Combat Diver Black Phantom based on the 2015, GF 300 1964 French Navy Re Edition.



As I’m writing this, the SOLD OUT GF 300 Black Phantom (civilian edition), my new daily is casually plonked on my wrist which for argument’s sake is identical to this in every respect safe the Combat Diver emblem. You can read my thoughts on that, HERE.



If you are unfamiliar with the GF 300, it is an iconic diver’s model from the 1960s that was reborn by the French (now Franco Swiss) watch brand, ZRC who have been operating for more than 100 years.



The GF 300 boasts some clever ZRC patented technical innovations such as its ECS (patent pending) Easy Clean System, the answer to an issue with saltwater crystal buildup encountered by the mine clearance divers of the Marine Nationale during their many dives.

This was solved with a unique system for cleaning the inside of the bezel by circulating fresh water that dilutes and evacuates the sea salt.

In addition to this, the watch also has ZRC’s Crown Protection System making it impossible to place 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.



Special features of the Combat Diver include: a black DLC case treatment, a black on black dial with matte black face, black-chromed hands and brightly glowing black Swiss lume, a special black nylon mil-style strap with embroidered Combat Diver insignia to match the on the dial at 6 o’clock.



The watch should appeal to anyone into mil. divers or looking for a murdered out version of the GF 300. Do you have to be a Frenchman to fully appreciate the significance of the dial insignia, though? Perhaps, but it’s still cool. 

If it had a British SBS insignia on the dial, I’d be even more into it, but nevertheless it’s a cool piece.



The NEW Combat Divers Black Phantom is delivered in a dry case along with bronze Nageurs De Combat AKA Combat Divers medallion. MSRP is 3290€.

http://www.zrc.fr/

TOURBY Lawless Diver GMT

Drink up, folks! This is Tourby’s proposed Lawless Diver GMT in two refreshing variants, Pepsi and Coke.



We’ll likely see a glut of Pepsi GMTs after Rolex and Tudor’s recent two-tone red and blue bezel’d GMTs were revealed and so well received, last month.



Coke, Pepsi, root beer – any word on an orange and green Lilt variant, anytime soon?! ;) What are your thoughts; are you a fan of two-tone GMTs?

2018-04-13

YEMA Superman Lagoon AUTO

Yema have raided their historic archives for the inspiration for their latest diver’s model. This is the Superman Lagoon / Swell Automatic evolved from a Yema vintage model dating back to 1964.



This is the Lagoon variant which has this rather lovely blue sunburst dial. There is a second auto with named Swell which has circular rather than the lovely block markers of the Lagoon. In addition there are some quartz models in the collection.



The Lagoon also has a black dial version. Basic spec. includes: 40mm x 12.9mm Stainless steel case with Mineral crystal (quel dommage) and 300 meters of water-resistance and an automatic Maison Ambre MBP 1000 movement.



MSRP is 690euro. Thoughts? Lagoon all the way – way nicer markers – still a pity they are using mineral instead of Sapphire – at its price point there is absolutely NO REASON to use mineral. Pft!

https://yema.com/

OMEGA Diver 300M Co-Axial CHRONOs

What we have today is a collection of 6 Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial GMT Chronographs; four 44mm variants and a further two in 41.5mm.



With the recent Diver 300M OVERHAUL that has just taken place, I thought we might take a quick shufty at the Chronograph lineup.



For reference the Diver 300M Co-Axial family also includes 3-hand models in either 41mm or 36.25mm plus a couple 28mm Quartz tiddlers.



The Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph comes with a lacquered blue or black dial, featuring white skeletonized central hour and minute hands and a red central chronograph hand as well as red hands on the 30-minute recorder at 3 o’clock and 12-hour recorder at 6 o’clock. It is powered by Omega’s Co-Axial caliber 3330.



The Co-Axial caliber 3603 equips Diver 300M GMT Chronographs which are available in with matt black or blue dials with a red or yellow central GMT hand which is complemented by a red or yellow GMT scale and a red or yellow-tipped central chronograph hand.



What are your thoughts on these? I must say I find them a handsome looking bunch. They have that trendy 90s throwback style but with their ceramic bezels et al, they are as current as anything else.