Like the, um, sporty Sporting Chronograph Ceramic that the American fashion house has presented back in October 2012, the new automatic Ralph Lauren Sporting World Tim (refs. RLR0210700 & RLR0210000)e comes in a noticeably oversized body, but has the sexy black ceramic swapped for a less expensive, but very imposing, satin-brushed stainless steel. The list of functions, as the name of the piece clearly states, has also been edited in favor of a nicely done GMT display.
The American brand Deep Blue has introduced a (more than) affordable diver to its vast collection of tool watches. Currently offered at only $399 (the normal price is $499, shipping is not included in both cases), the new Deep Blue DayNight T100 OPS Diver features a rugged exterior design that somehow reminds me of Luminox timekeeper combined with a water resistance rating of 500 meters and an easily readable dial with twenty flat tritium tubes of different colors. Unlike the usual Superluminova or other chemical compounds, the mildly radioactive gas that fills the micro-tubes keeps glowing for at least twenty years without any need of being recharged, which makes it a perfect choice for those keeping their collection in boxes stashed in a chest of drawers while sleeping in their preassigned Vault-Tec shelters.
Coming in a scratch-resistant ceramic body and powered by a nice automatic movement made by Jaeger-LeCoultre exclusively for the American fashion house, the new Ralph Lauren Sporting Chronograph Ceramic (ref. RLR0236600) offers a good value for money: an extremely rare quality for a trinket produced by a fashion brand.
In a matter of days, the small California-based brand will start selling yet another version of its Tyndal model. The 2012 Xetum Tyndall PVD uses the same lug-less body design that now sports stealthy black PVD coating. Combined with the traditional 12h/24h scale and the instrument gauge-like design of hands and numerals, the watch that was originally designed as a hipster’s toy now looks like a real tactical timekeeper designed with SWAT officers in mind.
The young American brand updates its CalDiver 500 small family of large diving tools with a new edition. The Deep Blue CalDiver USA 500 differs from its siblings not only with a restyled dial but also with a silkscreen USA flag, which is combined with the brand’s logo and is clearly visible through the transparent case back.
The automatic Deep Blue Daynight Recon 500M is one of the most attractive “diving tools” on the market if you don’t count in the last year’s CALDIVER 500 “complication” model. Rated for 500 meters of water resistance, it 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 Daynight Recon not only easily readable but also a real pleasure to look at!
The new Deep Blue BlueTech Master 500 has just gone on sale on the U.S.-based watchmaker’s website. As reasonably priced and easily recognizable as usual, the Master 500 throws into the mix a luminous bezel with a trendy ceramic inlay, a wide choice of dial colors, and an impressive water resistance rating of whole 500 meters: more than enough even for a professional timekeeper. The only thing that it lacks is the brand’s signature tritium-filled micro-tubes that simply cannot be adequately replaced by chemical compounds. But that is a personal preference, of course, and I have an impression that this particular collection targets those very people who try to stay away from radioactive substances regardless of how virtually harmless they are.
Sporting a pair of screw-down chronograph push-pieces, solid bubble case back, and a helium release valve, this inexpensive Deep Blue Sea Chrono 1K quartz-powered diver is rated for whole 1000 meters of water resistance!
MKII, a fairly young privately owned U.S.-based brand, has recently announced that its popular Paradive diving watch will soon be available with a trendy sapphire bezel with a luminous diving scale that is supposed to greatly enhance the timekeeper’s nighttime legibility. It will complement a slightly less expensive model with anodized aluminum bezel and will be sold as MKII Paradive Type 1B.
The 2012 Deep Blue CALDIVER 500 comes loaded with functions, those including an annual calendar, a second time zone display and a power reserve indicator. I am not sure whether a professional diving watch indeed needs so many displays. However, those looking for a monster-sized diver that could also be worn as a casual watch may find the list of functions quite useful.