Presented earlier this year, the new Edox HydroSub North Pole (ref. 80201 3BUO BU) celebrates the upcoming 40th anniversary of the original Hydro Sub. With its total run limited to just 350 pieces, the model was chosen as an official timekeeper of an expedition to the geographic North Pole in February 2015. Not only at least two timepieces out of 350 will see one of the coldest places on Earth, but one of them will also be used by champion free diver Christian Redl of Germany during a world's first attempt at a free dive under the ice cap.
The good old Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 (ref. V241660) model has been on the market for some years now. Designed with lovers of "military diving" in mind, it must be quite popular among customers around the world if the Swiss entry-luxury brand, which is mostly known for its multipurpose knives, has finally decided to offer a relatively expensive limited edition of the piece. Sporting the usual sturdy-looking body crowned with a visually complex unidirectional rotating bezel, the new version of the Dive Master 500 features a more interesting dial and is, for a change, equipped with a mechanical movement made by ETA.
Just wanted to give you a brief heads up regarding a new offering from a small American watchmaker Deep Blue Watches. It looks like they have just updated their Daynight range with a Deep Blue Daynight T100 GMT Chronograph model. Still capable of withstanding water pressure of up to 50ATM, it can now be used by especially busy combat divers and other special forces operators featuring not one or two, but whole three time zones. Well, sort of.
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If you plan to spend the upcoming holidays at a sea resort, there is good news for you from the American brand Deep Blue Watches. As prolific as they are (well, in a good meaning of the adjective), the guys have recently introduced an affordable Deep Blue Sea Ram 500 diver that also combines an impressive water resistance rating with a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel: a rare mix in its price range.
The German brand Dievas, the one that uses its own cases with ETA movements ticking inside them, has refreshed its Dievas Vortex Professional 500M diving watch that was released two years ago with a new, even stealthier model. With all specs of the watch being virtually the same, the only thing that differs the new Dievas Vortex Tactical timekeeper from the 2011 diver is the new color of its dial and an even more scratch-resistant titanium body.
Okay, here we have yet another cool diving watch from the Swiss brand. Called Oris Aquis Small Seconds DLC, the new timekeeper sports that masculine, easily recognizable design with the signature donut-shaped body, massive hour and minute hands, as well as the luminous hour markers that look kinda like flattened hollow point bullets.
Presented earlier this month at the Inside Basel.Geneva 2013 tour, the new Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec automatic diver is the first professional-grade diving watch from the Swiss watchmaking specialist. While not terribly original in its styling, this is still a very nice option for those tired of Rolex/Omega dominance on the "luxury tool watch" market and not afraid of its retail price, which is set dangerously close to $7000 mark.
If memory serves, the Eberhard & Co. Scafodat 500, a professional diving tool, was first introduced back in 2006 or 2005. Recently, it was slightly updated for this year. Although I cannot see any noticeable differences between the ref. 41025 2013 model and previous iterations of the watch, the timekeeper still deserves a mention now, when thousands of recreational divers still sits on the fence trying to choose among dozens of great mechanical diving watches that are available both online, and an numerous boutiques.
Presented in a lightweight titanium body, the new Technomarine BlackReef Ti Ultimate features a highly reliable automatic movement and is adorned with whole 54 precious stones covering its unidirectional rotating bezel. In case you wonder, yes: those clear white, jet black and shiny yellow crystals are in fact real baguette-cut diamonds that also happen to work as markers on the diving scale. And, yes: with its water resistance rating of 50 ATM, this is an actual diver although using it as such would be utterly crazy. And, yes: so far, this is the most bizarre diver that we have seen among this year's premieres.
Here comes another good one from the young American watchmakers. Called Deep Blue Daynight Recon T100 White Automatic, the new semi-professional diver gives you an easily recognizable (although not terribly unique) design with elegant dial sporting the brand's signature luminous tritium tubes and a very impressive water resistance rating of 500 meters.