First announced in January 2019 days before SIHH 2019 show, the limited-edition Oris Dive Control Chronograph (ref. 01 774 7727 7784-Set) offers a blend of great caliber, interesting exterior, and an overall flamboyant attitude of a heavy-weight boxing champion delivered in a single -albeit slightly overpriced- package.
First revealed in its current form in 2011 (its signature shape, however, was introduced in 2002) and slightly refreshed in all the right places back in December 2012, the Sea Hawk family has been expanded with a new variation. Called Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Cobalt Blue and available either on a blue rubber strap (ref. 49960-19-431-FK4A) or a bit less flashy, but a lot more practical stainless steel bracelet (ref. 49960-19-431-11A), the diver makes an even stronger impression. In fact, it radiates such a strong presence that you would probably need to wear Dr. Freeman’s hazmat suit just to walk into your nearest Girard-Perregaux boutique to see the watch in person.
Available at MSRP of $499 -and currently offered on their official website at just $400- this new Deep Blue Master Diver 1000 automatic diving tool doesn’t look particularly flashy. On the contrary, the new Master Diver is deliberately dull, almost as dull as a wrench or a hammer can be. With every brushed surface, with every massive part, it declares: “Look at me! I am a professional instrument! I am a beater that you can take every place you go to!” Well, it looks like it tells the truth.
Sharing its lightweight titanium body with the 2012 ProDiver Kittiwake, the 2013 Oris Hirondelle Diver comes in a lot more appealing black-and-grey color scheme.
Girard-Perregaux enters the year 2013 with a radically redesigned version of its 2012 Sea Hawk “professional” diver. Rated for pretty much impressive water resistance of whole 1000 meters, the refreshed Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk 1000M gives you, perhaps, the best possible combination of impressive reliability, superb build quality, and great exterior.
The heavy-duty Doxa SUB 4000T Professional line has finally received a new rotating bezel that features a scratch-resistant sapphire insert. As the name implies, the watch is still rated for impressive 4000 feet of water resistance that can be roughly converted into 1220 meters of bone-crushing depth.
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!
The new Oris ProDiver Kittiwake Limited Edition 1000M Diver is presented as a limited edition model that offers you a sturdy, chunky titanium case, as well as a black rubber strap or a titanium bracelet with a handy wet-suit extension to choose from.
The Marcello C Tridente Ice Age (Ref. 2005.6) not only offers you an impressive water resistance rating of 100 ATM (or, using more common value, 1000 meters!) but also sports a high-quality Swiss-made self-winding movement, which is packed inside a chunky, dependable-looking stainless steel body. In other words, it is basically a true professional diving tool that can also be worn as a casual accessory if you don’t mind its mildly intimidating size of more than 44 millimeters.
Doxa has finally presented its limited-edition SUB 4000T Professional 10th Anniversary diving tool. Sporting a traditionally oversized, cushion-shaped stainless steel body, the 10th Anniversary edition offers you everything that a professional diver can expect from this kind of device: a highly legible dial, an impressive water resistance rating, and a highly dependable Swiss-made automatic movement that will last for years. All that comes at a pretty affordable price.
Breitling Avenger Seawolf Chrono Blacksteel SuperQuartz is the world’s first chronograph that was built to operate at depth up to 1000 meters, if need be. Delivered in an imposing carbon-reinforced stainless steel case, the new ahem technically limited edition timekeeper justifies its impressive price with bold styling and one of the most accurate quartz mechanisms out there. After all, there are not so many divers that are officially certified as chronometers.
The 2009 Oris ProDiver Chronograph (ref. 01 674 7630 7154-Set) is one of those intimidatingly large beasts that are supposed to be more than a luxury accessory for a successful person.
Known among enthusiasts for their superb diving watches, but somewhat lacking enough attention from the media, Edox has revealed yet another object of attraction that will probably go unnoticed by the general public. Called Class 1 Ice Shark (ref. 10301 37N), this rugged-looking chronograph comes in a 45-mm stainless steel PVD-coated case with a scratch-resistant unidirectional ceramic bezel that is also black.
To mark its 10th anniversary, UTS Watches has created a special-edition version of its Bauhaus-styled (or, at least, deliberately minimalistic in the layout of its dial) 1000M Diver. Still offered in a slightly oversized 43-mm stainless steel case and powered by the same time-proven ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, the 10th Anniversary edition offers a rugged, simple design of its exterior that, together with its impressive water resistance rating and quality movement, makes this new device an almost perfect “tool” (of course, only if you are ready to pay for this “tool” a price of a slightly used Omega Seamaster.)
CX Swiss Military -a brand that people often mistake with Victorinox Swiss Army- has recently revealed its new Argonaut 1000 TQ diving tool. Combining a bold, testosterone-dripping exterior with an impressive water resistance rating, it is a bit too expensive for a chronograph powered by an average quartz movement (you will have to go for the Argonaut 1000 COSC if you want an automatic ETA 7750-based caliber, but that one is even more expensive.) Still, I have an impression that the watch will be not particularly hard to sell since it literally (well, actually it is ‘figuratively’) screams quality and sturdiness, and what else do you need from a professional-grade diving timekeeper?