Dive Watch Releases / Articles

2018-05-21

PANERAI Luminor Base Logo 3 Days STEEL US online EDITION

Here’s a rather nice looking entry level Pam, a Luminor Base Logo which unfortunately has only been made available to those purchasing from Panerai's online boutique in the US.



The Luminor Base 3 Days Acciaio AKA PAM00774 is characterized by its minimalist design and striking blue Officine Panerai logo and and canvas strap with matching blue stitching.



The blue OP Logo consists of the interlinked letters O and P with two arrows pointing up and down, this logo refers to Officine Panerai’s two historic vocations, the sea and the sky as they created optical and other precision instruments for the Royal Italian Navy, not only for underwater operations but also for soaring in the sky.



Powering this new Luminor Base Logo is the P.6000 caliber, hand-wound with a power reserve of three days. Further spec. includes a 44mm Stainless steel case with 100 meters of water-resistance.



MSRP is 4750USD.

Thoughts? If you’re looking to get into your first Pam, this is an excellent starting point. While it isn’t a diver per se, it does have great nautical heritage plus this special logo will go up in value too. I want one.

OMEGA Seamaster PO 600M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chrono DEEP BLACK Volvo Ocean Race

I’m not a huge fan of these Volvo Ocean Race POs if I’m honest, their names are getting a bit too long, aren’t they - besides I find them a little garish, but that’s not to say they aren’t nonetheless impressive because they are.



In celebration of Omega’s continued role as the Official Timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race, this year’s PO Ref. 215.92.46.51.01.002 is once again based on a PO Deep Black model and so boasts a 45.50 mm black ceramic case and bezel with red rubber 15 mins while Liquidmetal has been used for the rest of the dive-time scale.



More red rubber has been used for the chrono-pushers, the Omega logo on the crown, and for the He symbol on the Helium Escape Valve.



Its face is in brushed black ceramic with contrasting 18K White Gold hour-minute hands and markers. On the sub-dial at 3 o’clock, Omega has included a red Volvo Ocean Race ring that features the watch’s Limited Edition number as well as red-colored hands and number 12.



As well as having a Volvo Ocean Race logo on its solid case-back (unlike the GMT, no exhibition back), the watch includes a Master Chronometer Caliber 9900 and is presented on a black rubber divers strap with red stitching.



Owing to the famous race’s inauguration in 1973, just 73 examples of this OS have been made.

2018-05-17

PANERAI Luminor Submersible 1950 AMAGNETIC & Guillaume Néry EXPLORE the DEPTHs

Record-breaking, specialist in constant weight free-diving, Guillaume Néry has joined Officine Panerai as brand ambassador as of 2018.



Guillaume Néry broke the freediving world record four times, in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 and won the world champion title twice, in 2008 and 2011.



He wowed us with his 2010 film, Free Fall in which flung himself off the edge of an underwater precipice and plummeted into the abyss, was previously a Ball Watch Co. brand ambassador.



Today he has binned his Ball (don’t hate on me, I’m only kidding, I’m sure it’s safe in his watch-box, somewhere) in favor of a lovely new Pam which he can be seen exploring the depths with.



Retired from competition, Guillaume continues to train and free-dive like a professional, devoting himself to passing his passion onto others while exploring the natural wonders hidden beneath the sea.



Guillaume wears a Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanion 47MM AKA PAM01389.



The watch has 47MM Titanium case with 300 meters of water-resistance as well as a high level of anti-magnetic resistance.



It is powered by an automatic P.9010 caliber. Price-tag is 11000USD.

2018-05-15

LAVENTURE Sous Marine

I think I might have developed a bit of crush on this one (insert blushing face).



Following on from the success of their debut sports model, the MARINE, Swiss brand, Laventure has introduced its first dedicated dive watch.



They have taken the Marine, fitted it with a diver’s bezel and cleverly named it Sous Marine, et voila.



Being based on its elder brother, the Sous Marine has the same 41mm in diameter Stainless case as the Marine.



It has the same handsome face as its sibling, a sandwich dial with vintage hours and markings offered in three colors of which two are graduated.



Powering the Sous Marine is a Swiss made automatic movement, the ETA 2824-2; an obvious yet ultimately perfect choice for a high-quality mechanical diver.



Diver’s features include: a unidirectional rotational diver’s bezel, a Sapphire crystal with AR-treatment and a screw-down case-back and crown. Water-resistance as the Marine, is 200M.



The case-back boasts a playful depiction of a deep-sea submersible descending into the depths with its mother ship waiting at the surface while sunrays illuminate the water.



The Sous Marine comes in collection of 6 models: three in Stainless steel and three in Bronze. Dial colors include: galvanic black or graduated blue and green.



The Steel models have an MSRP of 3200CHF while the Bronze models are priced at 3600CHF. A total of 300 pieces, divided into 50 of each variant, are available.



Like the Marine, the Sous Marine is delivered in a special presentation box inspired by the old books of Jules Verne: The Extraordinary Voyages / Hetzel Edition late nineteenth century.



Thoughts? Aspiring dive watch designers, take note, this is a good as example of a great dive watch design as I've seen.



Many a successful brand has been built around a great logo; the Laventure logo is in the style of vintage Heuer or even Angeleus while the watch name; Sous Marine is simple and to the point.



Then there’s the harmonious balance of contemporary case and components with a retro sandwich-dial offering a choice tasteful colors.



Finally the whimsical case-back design is the icing on the cake. Imho, they’ve nailed it. What do you think – like it???



My only misgiving is the use integrated lug strap setup ruling out the possibility of using third-party bands and of course the relatively high price-tag, it’s kinda’ dear, isn’t it, especially for a 2824-2?

https://www.laventure.swiss/en