The U.S.-based private watchmaking brand LÜM-TEC is going to seriously expand its collection for the new year. While everyone is raving about their extra-large Lum-Tec 300M-2XL automatic diver, I have just fell in love with their upcoming Lum-Tec M Bronze M54 model that is not very small either.
The Japanese-owned American brand will soon release its limited-edition dressy Bulova Accutron Conqueror (ref. 63B152). Touted as being based on the vintage 1927 Lone Eagle model, the gadget’s main purpose is said “to commemorate Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh’s monumental solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927M.” Well, it seems that the assertion is a little far-fetched given that it is powered by a modern caliber and is basically just another “homage” to a long-forgotten watch. Still, the new piece could become a wonderful Christmas present for those in love with the art-deco culture of the Roaring Twenties: a post-WWI decade when Europe witnessed one of the fastest economic growth periods in its history.
Despite its somewhat toy-like appearance, the new Nautica NMX 650 (ref. N18633G) diver may be a nice choice for those looking for an inexpensive beater that can be used as a diving companion.
The American brand keeps churning out new tool watches designed with professional divers in mind. Their new Deep Blue Master Explorer automatic diver is rated for whole 1000 meters, which makes it suitable for just about any submersion that you can accomplish without the use of heavy gear. It is especially nice to see that -while the great majority of professional-grade divers are usually issued in deliberately dull, rugged look- this new collection features a bunch of bright colors and can, in fact, be worn with more or less casual outfit: you don’t need heavy boots to match one of these oversized beauties.
The U.S.-based watchmaker keeps pleasing us with new models of their inexpensive, yet lovingly designed and finely crafted timepieces. The recently introduced Deep Blue Marine Diver 500, for example, is rated for depths of 500 meters and is elegant enough to be worn on a daily basis, not just with a dry suit.
Summer is almost over here in the northern hemisphere, but if your home is closer to the equator or you are simply lucky enough to live in the southern half of the globe, then the new Deep Blue Alpha Marine 500 automatic diving watch still may be of some interest to you. This may be especially true for those who plan to visit one of those exotic countries with warm seas and lots of colorful fish in it: the bright colors of Alpha Marine 500 dials will blend nicely in that environment.
The American-based brand is getting ready to start selling the automatic Deep Blue Depthmaster 3000. As you have already guessed, it features an almost mind-numbing water resistance rating of 3000 meters! Tested for water resistance in compliance with ISO 6425 standard (it means that the watch must withstand the claimed water pressure of 300 ATM +25 percent more to qualify for the status of a “professional diving tool,”) the 3KM looks like a real professional diving companion that even serious Swiss and Japanese brands could be proud of.
Although Nixon is mostly known for its youth-oriented, comparatively inexpensive models, their recently introduced Nixon The Ceramic 42-20 automatic diver is created with a higher price tag in mind.
The U.S.-based fashion brand Ralph Lauren is serious about its attempt to expand its reach beyond expensive clothing and luxury accessories and to become a real watchmaking specialist even though they still can’t afford to make their own movements. At the SIHH 2011 trade show, the fashion house has presented its vintage-styled (or, rather, vintage-inspired) Sporting Collection. Featuring a hand-wound “pocket watch” caliber from IWC, it is offered in a deliberately oversized case that serves as a (pretty massive, I must note) steel frame for the “historic”, speedometer-styled dial.
The ruggedized Luminox Atacama Field Day Date (ref. A.1823 & A.1823) is offered in three variations of the highly legible dial and is equipped with their signature micro-tubes that are filled with virtually non-radioactive tritium gas. The new collection offers superb night-time legibility, although the trendy gunmetal-colored PVD coating is not particularly suitable for an everyday beater, like this one. Besides the Day-Date model that is briefly reviewed here, the series will also include a more impressive chronograph model that costs around 30 percent more, but, disappointingly, gives you less bang for the buck.