Look who's just made a nice move! The Swiss-based Tissot, the brand, which is mostly known for its relatively affordable timepieces for the younger generation, has released a limited edition version of its last year's Seastar 1000 automatic chronograph. The problem for their faithful followers is that, powered by the legendary ETA Valjoux 7750 movement, the new Tissot SeaStar 1000 Chronograph Valjoux Limited Edition (ref. T0664141705700) is not only way cooler than a normal Seastar with a simple ETA mechanism that has a chronograph module simply slapped atop of it, but is almost twice as expensive.
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Seiko has recently updated its family of expensive divers with a new limited edition model. Created together with the local Shogakukan publishing company, the new Seiko Prospex Marinemaster Golgo 13 Limited Edition (Ref. SBBN023) pays homage to the iconic "Golgo 13" series of manga comic books, which is centered around the eponymous character who happens to be a professional assassin. Although the character prefers to do his job with a scoped M-16 automatic rifle (a strange choice of weapon for a professional killer, but at least it looks nice on pictures), there is always a room for a diving suit and a good old speargun.
The fairly fresh Oktopus family of ruggedized divers has recently been updated with a new Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Double Date with a Big Date indicator at 12 hours. Compared to the concept model that was first revealed almost half a year ago at the Baselwolrd 2012 trade show, the production-ready version sports a number of enhancements that slightly increase its legibility, but somehow detract from the grim appearance of the original.
It's been a while since Perrelet started offering a range of diving timekeepers to its loyal customers, but it is only now that the Swiss watchmaking brand decided to expand the product line-up with a model that features their outstanding, aerospace-inspired double rotor design. Called Perrelet Turbine Diver (ref. A1066), the new automatic watch is delivered in a terribly oversized body, features numerous color schemes and is good for whole 300 meters of water resistance.
Okay, here we go with another "tribute" to a historic model that was in production fifty or even sixty years ago. This new Ball Engineer Master II Skindiver DM2108A-P-BK, for example, pays homage to the original Ball Skindiver timekeeper that was introduced in 1962.
During Baselworld 2012 trade show the Swiss watchmaker Alpina has presented a pretty sexy automatic diver. The new Alpina Extreme Diver 300M not only sports a nicely-shaped case with an easy to grasp notched bezel but also features a pretty much impressive water resistance rating of 30 ATM: that's 300 meters!
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary franchise, the Swiss watchmaker has released its new Omega Seamaster 300M James Bond 007 50th Anniversary Collector's Piece diver. Sporting numerous references to the immortal franchise, the device may be of great interest to the huge crowd of fans. As one might have expected, the new timepiece was presented by Mr. Daniel Craig himself.
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 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.
Dievas, the German watchmaker with a Lithuanian name (in Baltic mythology Dievas is the supreme god) has recently uploaded a number of photos regarding its upcoming diver: the new Dievas Timeattack Automatic Chronograph.