If memory serves, the Eberhard & Co. Scafodat 500, a professional diving tool, was first introduced back in 2006 or 2005. In 2013, it was slightly updated. Although I cannot see any noticeable differences between the ref. 41025 2013 model and previous iterations, the timekeeper still deserves a mention now, when thousands of recreational divers still sit on the fence trying to choose among dozens of great mechanical diving watches that are available both online and at numerous boutiques.
I first planned to write this article back in December 2012 but soon found out that a refreshed model was in the works and decided to postpone this small review for a later date. Last week, the German watchmaking brand has made me aware about the 2013 Archimede Pilot 42 R Red model together with its two siblings: versions in blue (Pilot 42 B) and white (Pilot 42 W). I still hope to get my hands on one of them at some point in time, but so far I can only use their official images. So, here we go.
The mildly refreshed Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Titanium Double Date collection now comes in a flashy new color of lipstick red. The color is not limited to just the dial and the thick rubber strap, but also decorates the gaskets between eight steel screws and the black ceramic bezel of the piece. And if you get tired of so much red on your wrist, the rubber band can be easily swapped for a more discrete black textile strap that comes free of charge.
Breitling has updated its trendy SuperOcean line of diving tools. According to their press release, the 2013 Breitling SuperOcean 42 Mariner Blue will be, as usual, issued as a limited edition model and will feature a new Mariner Blue color scheme.
Like most blues songs that use the omnipresent 12-bar chord progression can be either extremely boring or delightfully original, so can be thousands of wristwatches that feature the classic combo of the complete calendar and moon phase displays. Although the new Baume & Mercier Clifton Complete Calendar & Moonphase (refs. MOA10055 & MOA10316) that was presented back in January at the SIHH 2013 event features the excruciatingly tiresome layout that we have already seen thousands of times, it somehow manages to be a real treat for the eye of an enthusiast.
Here comes another good one from the young American watchmakers. The semi-professional Deep Blue Daynight Recon T100 White Automatic diver gives you an easily recognizable (although not terribly unique) design with elegant dial sporting the brand's signature luminous tritium tubes and an impressive water resistance rating of 500 meters.
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 new Eterna 1948 Evolution (refs. 29126.96.36.1995 & 2950-41-41-1175) three-hander offers an extremely boring, generic design, which may in fact be a good thing if you happen to work in a company with a ridiculously strict dress code.
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.
For Ladies / Swiss
The 2011 Frederique Constant Amour Heart Beat with its signature heart-shaped dial cutout has been reissued for this year as a limited edition series. Now called Frederique Constant Amour Pavee Heart Beat (refs. FC-310SQPV2PD6 and FC-310SQPV2PD4), the collection features more than a hundred of diamonds adorning its bezel and the mother-of-pearl dial.