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 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.
Limes is mostly known for its dressy timepieces, but it also produces watches for different sports activities, including this Endurance line that was recently updated with the new Endurance Neptun 2 automatic diver. From now on, the Neptun 2 is available not only on a sturdy stainless steel bracelet (ref. U8777B-LA3.1,) but also on a rather expensive-looking black rubberized leather strap (ref. U8777-LA3.1.) The option, by the way, nicely matches the black dial, so the gadget may be a good choice for a person looking for a nice and reliable “tool” at a relatively low starting price.
The new Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Pro 1,000M (ref. 49950-11-633-FK6A) automatic diver comes in the same peculiarly shaped case that was first presented nine years ago. Although the ergonomics of the body is still a matter of controversy for purists and snobs, at least one thing is certain: if you are interested in a dressy diving companion but are already tired of all those legions of Submariners and Seamasters of your co-workers, this beautiful semi-professional diving tool may be the answer.
The German brand LACO (aka Lacher & Co.: a watchmaking specialist that is mostly associated with pilot’s and deck watches inspired by WWII-era historic models, but also has a number of modern “tools” in its product range) has recently introduced its new Laco Squad 1000 meter (Ref. 861704) automatic diver.
The 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: 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 brand new Blancpain 500 Fathoms Cannes 2009 Limited Edition (ref. 50015-12B34-52B) diver brings you a winning combination of an overwhelming presence of the huge 48 mm case, an impressive WR rating that could be envied even by some professional-grade diving companions, as well as a top grade in-house automatic movement with five days of guaranteed power reserve!
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. Offered in a huge 51 mm x 22 mm stainless steel body and boasting a water-resistance rating of whole 1000 meters (I frankly can’t imagine a scenario where a $4600 USD professional diving tool can be used to its full potential when it comes to its ability to withstand pressure,) it’s more than a mere diving tool; it’s more than a banal self-defense weapon: This new member of the ProDiver family is a personal statement!