The fairly fresh Oktopus family of ruggedized divers has recently been updated with a new Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Double Date with a Big Date indicator at 12 hours. Compared to the concept model that was first revealed almost half a year ago at the Baselwolrd 2012 trade show, the production-ready version sports a number of enhancements that slightly increase its legibility, but somehow detract from the grim appearance of the original.
The main change is, of course, the color scheme. According to the watchmaking brand, the timekeeper’s oversized Arabic numerals, as well as the laser-cut digits on the Double Date disks, are covered with either blue (version in titanium and ceramic) or yellow (version in titanium, DLC-coated titanium, and ceramic) paint.
To further increase legibility, the hour and minute hands are additionally coated with custom-blended “cool grey” Superluminova paint.
As some of our readers noted back in 2009 when Linde Werdelin first introduced its Oktopus 1111m diving instrument, the 1111 meters water resistance rating of the original was totally overkill for what is essentially an ultra-luxury (I mean, you can buy a Rolex for this sort of cash!) watch for a desk-diver, so the second-generation Oktopus II has its WR index reduced to more legit 300 meters. Still, according to the company, the watch retained its superb ruggedness thanks to its five-part case design with the main watertight “hull” (it houses the modified Dubois Depraz caliber 14580 self-winding movement) and four outer parts secured together with 16 screws.
You have probably already noticed that the watch lost the usual rotating diving bezel in favor of a fixed one, which is attached to the body with eight screws. The decision is perfectly logical considering that LW designed the watch to be used together with its famous “The Reef” diving computer that sits atop the watch and does all the hard work when you go underwater.
Comparing the Oktopus 1111m and the Oktopus II Double Date I can’t but notice that the new model has got slightly smaller in width and length (46 x 49 mm vs 44 x 46 mm respectively) albeit thicker increasing its height from 13.5 mm to more impressive 15.25 millimeters. Well, I don’t see any problem with that. It is a diving watch, after all.
As for the availability, the timekeepers will be issued in three versions (including a variation with rose gold parts and accents), each limited to only 88 pieces. Prices are still to be announced, but the Oktopus II Double Date will surely be expensive.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 3.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Photos: Linde Werdelin
Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Double Date specification
Movement: Automatic, Dubois Depraz caliber 14580, modified by Linde Werdelin, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 26
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: From 40 to 44 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, big date
Case: Titanium / DLC titanium
Bezel: Ceramic / Rose gold
Bezel shape: Round
Dimensions: 44.00 mm x 46.00 mm
Case height: 15.25 mm
Numerals: Arabic, luminous
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 300 meters
Strap: Custom rubber strap in black or yellow
Crystal: Sapphire, 2.50 mm thick, antireflective
Back: Screw-in, solid, engraved with an “octopus” image