Look who has just got a sibling! The military-styled Khaki Pilot (ref. H64715885) that was first revealed back in early 2010 has just received a younger brother. Called Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Chronograph (ref. H646666735), the new automatic “aviator” from the legendary brand nicely fits a bullet-proof ETA Valjoux 7753 movement into the same mid-sized body of a (sort of) tactical timekeeper.
Besides the somewhat extravagant quartz-powered Prospex Marinemaster Golgo 13, Seiko has also recently revealed another “collaboration” model based on the same series of manga comic books: a rugged and grim Seiko Land Golgo 13 Automatic Limited Edition (Ref. SBDC021) equipped with a self-winding movement. Although not as dramatic as the Marinemaster, this one is a nice improvement on the original Prospex Fieldmaster (Ref. SBDC013), which it seems to be based upon.
A little bit too late for the diving season here, in the Northern hemisphere, the Japanese brand has presented their new Citizen Promaster Sea Eco-Drive (Ref. BN0100-51E) diving watch. Powered by their trademark Eco-Drive caliber (a quartz movement that recharges itself using solar radiation and -theoretically- doesn’t need its battery changed during the whole lifetime of the mechanism), the watch is offered in a surprisingly discreet body and is rated for whole 200 meters of water resistance: more than enough for an average skindiver.
Breitling has recently presented yet another “limited edition” version of its flagship Chronomat 41 automatic chronograph. As it is usual for the industry’s big names, the guys at Breitling didn’t bother employing new materials or trying some face-lifting here and there. To an untrained eye, the new edition looks almost identical to any other Chronomat that sports a steel body matched with an onyx black dial. However, there are some minor enhancements that make this model worth a second look if you don’t already happen to own one of its numerous older siblings.
Summer is still far from over and Citizen has a nice model to offer the constantly growing crowd of budget-conscious amateur divers. Their new Citizen Scuba Fin Eco Drive diving tool comes equipped with the “green” solar-powered quartz movement that runs for almost whole six months after being fully charged and its built-in battery never needs to be replaced. Claimed to work for as long as 20 years without losing its properties, the battery has a good chance of outliving the watch itself.
UN’s Black Sea line of black rubber-clad divers has recently been updated with a model that features a self-winding chronograph function. Rather predictably called Ulysse Nardin Black Sea Chronograph Automatic (ref. 353-92-3C), the new diving “tool” is supplied in the same gargantuan body as the last year’s Marine Diver Black Sea (Ref. 263-92-3C), but now features a different, a lot more legible combination of colors.
The formerly American and now Swiss-owned brand Luminox, a company that still sells watches for the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies, has recently expanded its “Colormark” line of diving timepieces with the snow-white Luminox Navy SEALs Colormark Whiteout (Ref. 3057.WO) model. Although clearly designed to be worn with snow camo, the watch still looks good enough with a pair of blue jeans, especially if you color key it to white sneakers or, at least, white socks.
Luminox has finally updated the Original Navy SEALs 3000 range of military-inspired timekeepers with a totally black model. Presented in a black carbon-reinforced polycarbonate body, the 2012 Luminox Original Navy SEALs 3000 Blackout (Ref. A.3001.BO) has its dial, as well all inscriptions, repainted either black or very dark grey. Its nighttime legibility (the main feature of any “tactical” watch) remains unharmed, though, thanks to 15 LLT micro-tubes that are filled with light-emitting tritium gas.
The solar-powered 2012 Casio G-SHOCK GW-A1000-1ADF was presented at Baselworld 2012 (you don’t see many Japanese watchmakers in Basel, do you?) The gadget features the same Smart Access technology that we have recently seen on an all-analog ProTrek PRX-7000T “aviator”. Using a revolutionary five-motor drive and an electronic crown switch, the system makes operating the gadget’s numerous functions as easy as it can possibly get without using a touch-based interface. And with its radio-controlled Multiband 6 system, this is also one of the most precise time measuring devices that money can potentially buy.
Glycine has finally updated its military-styled ‘Combat’ collection with a new version. Featuring a black PVD-treated case with rose gold PVD elements, the timekeeper is -sort of pretentiously- named Glycine Combat Golden Eye (Ref. 3863.399 C6-TBA9). Well, I hope that next year they will offer the same model with the bezel and crown crafted from bronze. Although not as flashy (if you can apply the adjective to such a noble alloy with its aura of adventure and glory,) on certain markets it’s going to be smashing.