The new Deep Blue Daynight Recon 500M automatic diver looks like one of the most attractive tool watches on the market if you don’t count in the last year’s CALDIVER 500 “complication” model. Rated for 500 meters of water resistance, the watch features a case, which is not only robust, but also dressy in its own rugged way, and a unidirectional 120-click rotating bezel with the usual submersion timer. That, as well as a nice combination of their signature tritium tubes on hands and hour markers, and Superluminova-painted indices and minute marks on the ceramic bezel inlay, makes the watch not only easily readable, but also a real pleasure to look at!
While Deep Blue is not very stable when it comes to mechanisms (they seem to be constantly experimenting using not only the well-known, but sort of expensive ETA calibers like in this particular case, but also Japanese movement outsourced from Miyota,) there is some thing that they turned into their trade mark: traditionally, the American watchmaker equips its diving watches with T100-type micro-tubes filled with radioactive tritium gas.
Although, after Chernobyl and Fukushima, there are lots of people that would prefer to shut themselves in the head rather than getting less than ten feet close to a “radioactive” object, this particular technology is absolutely harmless since the charged particles emitted by the isotope simply don’t have enough energy to pass through a hair-thin layer of glass that holds the gas inside the tubes.
While many watchmakers that produce timekeepers with tritium-powered illumination reserve the use of micro-tubes to hands and the main hour markers, Deep Blue spares the parts quite generously using whole 61 tubes for the hour and minute markers, as well as three more tubes for the hands and a smaller tube on the diving bezel at “00” minutes.
As a result, we have a watch that glows like a Christmas tree even after spending a week or two inside a desk drawer (tritium tubes glow on their own; unlike Superluminova, they never need extra “charging” under natural or artificial light light) and guarantees that you will always be able to read time be it deep under water or during an especially boring blockbuster in an IMAX.
As usual for this kind of timekeepers, the Deep Blue Daynight Recon comes in a mildly oversized body 45 millimeters in diameter and 16.50 mm in height.
Supplied on a solid-steel bracelet with divers wetsuit extension and safety clasp, the watch will look good even on a normal wrist, especially when accompanied with casual or military-style dress.
According to Deep Blue’s web-site, at this time the watch sports a pretty much impressive MSRP of $999, but right now you can get the gadget at a more acceptable price of $899. Want one already?
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Deep Blue Daynight Recon 500M automatic diving watch specification
Price: $999 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, caliber ETA 2824-2, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case, with ceramic bezel inlay
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 45.00 mm
Case height: 16.50 mm
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Dial: Black / Blue / Orange
Numerals: Arabic (on the bezel)
Hour markers: Luminous, T100 tritium micro-tubes
Hands: Steel, luminous, T100 tritium micro-tubes
Water resistance: 500 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with divers wetsuit extension and safety clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on the inside
Case back: Transparent