Although the revised Breitling SuperOcean Chronograph II doesn’t look as dramatic as the 2009 model year SuperOcean Heritage Chronograph Limited Edition 125th Anniversary, design-wise, the new luxury diver is more in line with their current model range.
First offered around a year ago, the quartz-powered Breitling Colt 33 diver (sic!) gets updated for this year with a wide choice of straps that are crafted from Sahara leather: a natural material that is easy to recognize on first sight thanks to the numerous “dunes” that are embossed on its surface.
The new Deep Blue BlueTech Master 500 has just gone on sale on the U.S.-based watchmaker’s website. As reasonably priced and easily recognizable as usual, the Master 500 throws into the mix a luminous bezel with a trendy ceramic inlay, a wide choice of dial colors, and an impressive water resistance rating of whole 500 meters: more than enough even for a professional timekeeper. The only thing that it lacks is the brand’s signature tritium-filled micro-tubes that simply cannot be adequately replaced by chemical compounds. But that is a personal preference, of course, and I have an impression that this particular collection targets those very people who try to stay away from radioactive substances regardless of how virtually harmless they are.
The limited edition Oris Tubbataha Regulator Diver (ref. 01 749 7663 7185-Set RS) speaks the same design language as their 2011 Regulateur Der Meistertaucher (ref. 01 649 7610 7164-Set) professional diving tool, but is slightly smaller, is rated for more practical water resistance, and is equipped with their new movement, which is based on the Sellita SW220 unit.
On the heels of the recent Heritage Black Bay 200M Automatic Diver (Ref. 79220R) the Swiss watchmaker has also presented an even more extreme model that is claimed to be inspired by their “classic” pieces. Although not a reissue in the true meaning of the word, this new Tudor Pelagos Diver Titanium 500M (ref. 25500TN) is strongly influenced by the 1968 Tudor Snowflake Ref. 7021. Not being a tool watch any longer, the premium-priced 25500TN is a lot more refined than its predecessor.
Like the sporty Sinn EZM 10 “Einsatzzeitmesser” Pilot Chronograph that was revealed last year, the new Clerc Hydroscaph Limited Edition Central Chronograph (ref. CHY-554) comes equipped with a central chronograph minutes hand that not only makes the timekeeper’s dial more interesting to look at. The design also significantly simplifies the task of measuring short periods of time: something that most common chronographs with their tiny, difficult to read totalizers are not always good at.
Going into an all-out assault against its archrival IWC (namely, its IWC Big Pilot Top Gun model,) Breitling will soon start selling a limited edition Chronomat 44 TOPGUN. The new self-winding chronograph is going to proudly wear colors of the famous U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, which is more known under its “TOP GUN” nickname thanks to the eponymous Hollywood blockbuster starring Tom Cruise.
The 2012 Deep Blue CALDIVER 500 comes loaded with functions, those including an annual calendar, a second time zone display and a power reserve indicator. I am not sure whether a professional diving watch indeed needs so many displays. However, those looking for a monster-sized diver that could also be worn as a casual watch may find the list of functions quite useful.
Celebrating the Veteran’s Day, a holiday, which is observed in the United States in order to honor veterans of all wars, the Swiss watchmaker has issued the new special edition Breitling American Tribute that is based on their current Chronomat collection of luxury “aviators.
Dievas maybe not particularly famous on the west side of the Pond, but it doesn’t keep the brand from expanding its model range of professional (or I’d rather call them “semi-pro entry-luxury”) diving watches. The Dievas Focal automatic diver, for example, not only offers an impressive WR rating of 500 meters (50 ATM) and comes powered by a high-grade Swiss made self-winding caliber, but also features an interesting exterior that will appeal to those in love with the legendary Bauhaus movement.