The recently presented 2011 MY Breitling Colt 44 collection is not just bigger than its predecessors. It also offers a more refined dial and not so rugged-looking body, as well as a less in your face rotating bezel with the traditional 60-minute diving scale.
Summer is almost over here in the northern hemisphere, but if your home is closer to the equator or you are simply lucky enough to live in the southern half of the globe, then the new Deep Blue Alpha Marine 500 automatic diving watch still may be of some interest to you. This may be especially true for those who plan to visit one of those exotic countries with warm seas and lots of colorful fish in it: the bright colors of Alpha Marine 500 dials will blend nicely in that environment.
With the new Carlos Coste Limited Edition Cenote Series diver Oris celebrates the last year’s feat of its ambassador: master freediver Carlos Coste. Swimming under water for impressive 150 meters through a rocky passage inside the monstrous Dos Ojos flooded cave system, the daredevil Venezuelan freediver officially became the Guinness World Record holder for the “longest distance swam underwater with one breath (open water).”
Last March, during the Baselworld 2011 international trade show in Basel, Switzerland, the young (and rather obscure) German watchmaker Nivrel has presented a replacement for its recently discontinued Deep Sea model. Doubling the catalog price, the new model also offers ten times better water resistance rating making it a perfect tool for a diver on a tight budget. Okay, just meet the automatic Nivrel Deep Ocean diving companion.
Dievas has just presented its new tactical Vortex Professional 500M automatic diver. Featuring a very clean design that successfully combines legibility of a classic pilot’s timekeeper with ruggedness of a modern diving tool, the new gadget may be a bit too expensive for a person graduating from something like a Seiko Monster, but, in my humble opinion, easily compensates the price differential with build quality, impeccable styling, and, of course, tons of German-style mojo.
Popular among the special ops community all over the world (and perhaps million of enthusiasts looking for another nice and not particularly expensive military-styled watch with a “Swiss Made” inscription on the dial,) the Luminox is mostly associated with a combination of a high-grade quartz movement packed into a scratch-resistant, shock-proof case crafted from carbon-reinforced polymer. The 2011 Luminox Deep Dive (ref. 1503), however, not only is presented with a self-winding movement made by ETA S.A., but also features a rather unusual, oversized case fashioned from “reinforced” steel.
With its 2011 Chronomat GMT chronograph Breitling presents its new in-house movement, the Caliber B04. Can’t say anything about mankind, but for a brand that for all of its modern history used to equip their ultra-luxury timekeepers with nothing more exciting than ETA blank movements that were re-finished and fine-tuned to qualify for COSC certification, this is a huge step forward.
With its impressive water resistance rating of 50 ATM and a nicely executed cushion-shaped body, the new UTS Adventure GMT diver is the first timepiece from the German brand that can be used not only as a tool, but as an accessory, too (of course, only if you don’t mind its hefty weight and the deliberately oversized body, which is around 46 millimeters in width).
Breitling has issued a diamond-set version of its cash-cow: the Chronomat automatic chronograph. The Chronomat 01 Diamondworks is available in white gold and rose gold cases and bears enough diamonds either to rebuild the Republic of Haiti or to finance a manned mission to Mars. Thankfully, the chronograph is delivered in two versions with a more modest one having the use of diamonds limited only to its signature diving bezel.
TAG Heuer will soon start selling its new Aquaracer 500M Caliber 16 (Ref. CAJ2110.BA0872) automatic diver.