With its new JeanRichard Aquascope Diver Monocoque, the Swiss brand successfully bridges the stylistic gap between its original Aquascope and the newer Highlands collections. Besides the refreshed dial, the 2013 version of the Aquascope Monocoque has also received the same self-winding movement that powers the new limited edition Highlands CDC Carbon that was released last month.
Similar in styling to the limited edition Edox Chronodakar Chronograph (ref. 10305 37N1 NRO) that was unveiled earlier this month, the new Edox Iceman II brings you a trendy black body with delicious red accents on the matt black dial as well as on the ceramic bezel with an inevitable diving scale.
The American brand Deep Blue has introduced a (more than) affordable diver to its vast collection of tool watches. Currently offered at only $399 (the normal price is $499, shipping is not included in both cases), the new Deep Blue DayNight T100 OPS Diver features a rugged exterior design that somehow reminds me of Luminox timekeeper combined with a water resistance rating of 500 meters and an easily readable dial with twenty flat tritium tubes of different colors. Unlike the usual Superluminova or other chemical compounds, the mildly radioactive gas that fills the micro-tubes keeps glowing for at least twenty years without any need of being recharged, which makes it a perfect choice for those keeping their collection in boxes stashed in a chest of drawers while sleeping in their preassigned Vault-Tec shelters.
The Swiss brand has recently reintroduced its Avenger Seawolf “professional” diver as a limited edition model. While normally available only in polished stainless steel, this new watch comes in a special, hardened steel body that, thanks to the high concentration of carbon within its surface, looks almost black. The 2013 Breitling Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel Code Yellow features a winning combination of colors and textures that make it an almost ideal watch for a person looking for a military-styled diver with a character.
The automatic Dievas Shadow Stealth is a product of a successful crossbreeding between their Focal and Reaper tactical timekeepers. Featuring a highly contrast black-and-yellow color scheme that allows easier reading of time in virtually any environment, the watch also offers an extremely scratch-resistant black finish with its stainless steel body hardened in a sort of carbon bath and then treated with plasma, which forms a thin, but also a hard coating on its surface. I am not sure how well it would stand when compared to, say, DLC (which, too, has weak points of its own) but it looks and feels durable and robust.
Speaking the same easily recognizable design language that we have already seen last year when the German brand introduced its “professional” Endurance Neptun 2 1000m (ref. U8777-LA3.1) diver, the 2012 Limes Endurance Leviathan automatic diver comes in a slightly larger body, but features a more “civil” -more casual, if you like- appearance thanks to the new bezel that, while being less ahem technocratic, is still ergonomic thanks to its prominent notches providing easy grip, as well as the familiar Rolex-style diving scale that makes it easier to use the watch as rudimentary timer not only deep underwater, but also doing more mundane tasks, like cooking eggs and this sort of things.
Okay, here goes yet another limited edition version of the sporty UN Marine Diver. It is the fourth year in a row that the Swiss watchmaking brand sponsors the annual Monaco Yacht Show. This automatic Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Monaco (ref. 263-98LE-3C_MON) was issued specifically to celebrate this fact, which is only just considering that the diving companion looks like the best candidate for a nice trip on a newly bought vessel. The new version doesn’t differ too much from other Marine Divers, so I’ll be brief.
The young American brand updates its CalDiver 500 small family of large diving tools with a new edition. The Deep Blue CalDiver USA 500 differs from its siblings not only with a restyled dial but also with a silkscreen USA flag, which is combined with the brand’s logo and is clearly visible through the transparent case back.
It looks, just like it is with their new Graham Chronofighter Prodive Professional diver, the British-based brand has finally found a good use for its (in)famous trigger-style chronograph push-piece. Capable of starting, stopping and resetting the chronograph even deep underwater, the trigger looks like an ideal choice for a watch, which is supposed to be operated by gloved hands. I mean, just imagine how comfortable it could be to operate the time measuring complication in situations where you just don’t have time to feel a small, traditionally shaped pusher whether it is located somewhere on the piece’s back or even on the winding crown itself!
The automatic Deep Blue Daynight Recon 500M is one of the most attractive “diving tools” on the market if you don’t count in the last year’s CALDIVER 500 “complication” model. Rated for 500 meters of water resistance, it features a case, which is not only robust, but also dressy in its own rugged way, and a unidirectional 120-click rotating bezel with the usual submersion timer. That, as well as a nice combination of their signature tritium tubes on hands and hour markers, and Superluminova-painted indices and minute marks on the ceramic bezel inlay, makes the Daynight Recon not only easily readable but also a real pleasure to look at!