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Yema Superman Full Lume – Pre-Order Opens Today

You can order the latest Yema Superman dive watch, which now features a full lume dial, so everything is glowing at night, not just the hands and markers. It’s priced from 990 euros, plus UK customers have got extra import duty on top, plus VAT.

The watch comes in 39mm or 41mm case widths, and features an in-house Cal movement. Steel bracelet or silicone rubber strap options. No date window by the way.

Here’s the word from Yema;

This one-of-a-kind Superman’s dial is treated with a Grade A Super-LumiNova® BGW9 thick coating providing one of the brightest dials out there. The ultra-phosphorescent ice blue light has a very long durability in the dark, offering a continued optimal reading of time even in complete darkness.

The stark white dial works exceptionally well during day-light conditions as well, really making the black and red elements of the dial standout.

The unique Superman bezel-lock at 3 o’clock has proven very useful to professional divers and is found on all Superman models since 1963. The unidirectional, circular-brushed steel bezel comes with marks at 5 and 15-minutes intervals and a luminescent triangular zero-mark at 12 o’clock.

The iconic seconds hand with its head shaped like a shovel is present in most Superman models since the 1970’s. The luminescent coating and red dot follow a purpose driven design, for scuba divers who dive in the dark.

Verdict; expensive dive watch at over 1000 euros plus taxes. Rivals like LIV, Squale, Deep Blue or San Martin all offer that full lume look for far less cash. The San Martin at £200 looks especially tempting if you are on a tight budget and don’t mind a Miyota automatic movement.

More info at Yema’s website over here. 

Is This The Smoothest Christopher Ward Yet?

Say hello to the new Christopher Ward Aquitaine. We reckon this is one of the smoothest looking watches the UK brand has produced. Very sleek, balanced lines, a beautiful finish on the bezel, plus a bronze case variant too.

And all for that traditional value price. You can’t argue with a bronze dive watch with COSC Swiss movement for around £1100 these days, it will soon cost that much to service your Audi A3 diesel.

The entry level green Aquitaine is £905 and is an all-rounder, here’s the word from Christopher Ward;

“Aquitaine is a significant step up from the original C65 range. It dives deeper: water resistance is up significantly, from 150m to 200m. It suits more people: the reduced lug-to-lug length of this latest 41mm iteration of the Light Catcher case makes it comfortable on nearly every wrist.”

See-thru caseback and Sellita SW200 movement inside by the way.

BLUE AND BRONZE

Our fave of the new Aquitaine trio is the blue dial bronze model. Retails at £1105 and features a COSC version of the SW200 automatic movement. Sapphire crystal, 200m, see-thru caseback, leather strap, NATO or silicone options.

The factory claim that the new bezel on the Aquitaine is the most scratch resistant they have ever produced. The lume  on the hands and markers looks amazing too.

Watch the promo video here;

GMT VERSION

The white dial GMT Aquitaine is another versatile 41mm watch that has a little bit of luxury about it. Like the other Aquitaine models, it has a domed crystal for extra visual punch.

Here’s the word from Christopher Ward;

“The new Sellita SW330-2 is an alternative to the ETA 2893, and a movement that provides both superb accuracy and GMT timing.

Just 4.1mm thick, the SW330-2 has 25 jewels and beats at a rate of 28,800 per hour with a power reserve of up to 56 hours. The central GMT hand can be set independently from the hour and seconds hands.”

That one retails at £1265. All three are on pre order for May delivery, more info here.

 

Panerai Sub Is One Sharp Tool

Panerai expanded its Submersible range this year at Watches and Wonders, and we love the deep Blu Profondo model the best. Blue seems natural for any dive watch, but the proportions of this watch are spot-on too.

 

What we love about this model is the simplicity of its design; it is functional with bold markers, big hands, lots of lume and 300m depth resistance. But the blue woven strap, the dash of blue on the winding crown, these are the little details that set it apart.

Is it worth nine grand? We say not quite. There are better dive watches, with helium valves and 500-600m resistance for half the cash. There are square case watches that have the same boxy visual appeal, the TAG Monaco being the most famous example, Bell+Ross offering some alternatives too.

But it has got that Panerai name and let’s be honest, that adds a little something more than a TAG. Here’s the word from Panerai, who have a woke lecture to deliver;

Panerai is committed to developing strategies for a sustainable future, including reducing waste and promoting reuse of materials.

Its 44mm case, caseback, Safety Lock crown protection device and the ceramic anti-clockwise rotating bezel with graduated scale are made of eSteel™, recognizing the critical importance of sustainability goals: 72g of the watch is made of recycled materials, corresponding to 52% of the total weight of the watch (that is 137g).

The dial and bezel of the 44mm Submersible QuarantaQuattro eSteel™ match in color with a blu polished gradient. The watch features the P.900, an automatic caliber that is only 4.2mm thick and supports a date indication and three-day power reserve.

Its functions include hours, minutes, small seconds, date and calculation of immersion time. The Submersible QuarantaQuattro eSteel™ is water-resistant to 30 bar (approximately 300 meters).

Two straps are included with the watch, both in the same color as their companion dial: the first strap is composed of fabric made of recycled PET, while the second strap is made from recycled rubber.

Rado Captain Cook Ceramic Diver Is Interesting

Making a dive watch from a ceramic material is interesting, because most dive watches with 300m of resistance are steel. In reality there is some metal within the High Tech Ceramic material that Rado use, which obviously reduces the natural brittleness that pure ceramics often have.

You can learn more here btw;

OK, more abou the new dive models then;

It features a 43mm case width, sapphire crystal of course, stands over 14mm high on the wrist and has the R763 auto movement (ETA base) with 80 hours of reserve inside.

We love the deep dish dial, with its punchy graphics and bold touches of lume. It has the sort of simplicity that a dive watch demands, plus there are six different colour options if you want something to wear everyday, rather than use underwater.

There’s a nice blue dial variant, and the camo greeny-beige one with amtching bracelet is definitely different. It also costs a bit more than the base £2750 price for the plain black model.

More here.

RZE Brings Back The Endeavor 200m Diver

The RZE Endeavor model is back in stock. This 200m dive watch retails at $499 and has a decent spec for the money. Comes in two shades of blue, white, green or yellow dial options.

Here’s the tech spec;

  • Solid Titanium with ULTRAHex Coating (up to ~1200Hv hardness)
  • SII NH38A(No-Date) or NH35A(With-Date) Automatic Movement
  • 200m (660ft) / 20ATM
  • Screw-down crown with custom reverse engraved logo
  • Sand textured dials with applied indexes
  • Swiss Superluminova C3 & BGW9
  • Sapphire Crystal with inner-side Super-AR
  • Solid Titanium bracelet with ULTRAHex Coating (with 316L stainless steel buckle in titanium coating)
  • Screw-down solid titanium caseback with VITON® gasket
  • Included extras: Tarpaulin watch pouch + RZE bracelet Sizing tool

More here. 

Ball Engineer Hydro Has Unique Escape Valve Feature

Ball watches keep on coming up with little tweaks and details that keep their Engineer model attractive to collectors – and divers.

If you are serious about underwater adventure, then you want a watch with a helium valve and normally, this can be found countersunk into the case, or mounted around the 10 o’clock position.

But on this one, Ball has put the valve next to the winding crown. Clever stuff. Here’s the word;

The Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU represents major technological innovation in the design of diving watches. Dedicated to the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) – a United States Navy unit responsible for rolling out operational diving and decompression rules for the US Armed Forces – the NEDU timepiece is a tool watch of the highest order, featuring extraordinary water resistance and technology strong enough for military missions.

Built from chromed pure black ceramic, the uni-directional rotating bezel is exceptionally resistant to corrosion, scratches and ultraviolet rays. Its ergonomic contours ensure precise handling even when wearing diving gloves, while the oversized numerals and graduation enable immediate legibility. Supporting the bezel are two chamfers cut into the case flange, acting like drains to expel any trapped water.

Along with 600 meter water resistance, the NEDU features a world first in watchmaking: the automatic helium release valve is directly incorporated into the crown. This patented BALL innovation allows helium, hydrogen and other gases to safely escape during decompression – eliminating damage. The chronograph functions are also fully operational under water thanks to the design of the pushers.

You also get the amazing Ball gas tube lume of course.

Dial options include black, blue, or a graduated blue and you can have a silicon strap or steel bracelet. £3491 for the rubber strap and £3582 for the steel bracelet.

More here.

Marathon TSAR Arctic: Large Diver Packs a Punch

Marathon Watches has a new addition to their TSAR range, aimed at outdoor adventurers. An impressive 30mm depth rating, sapphire crystal and gas tube lume are some of the features.

Here’s the word;

The Marathon legacy continues with the latest addition to our Search and Rescue (SAR) collection: The Arctic Edition TSAR™. This quartz watch builds on Marathon’s history of military-grade durability and elite Swiss craftsmanship and is now optimized with a dial designed for the great white north. Act fast and you can own one of our limited and highly sought after low-serial numbered pieces.

As our loyal fans know, serial-number 007 is highly coveted among collectors and enthusiasts alike. This serial number matches our all-new Arctic Edition TSAR™’s SKU: WW194007.

Purchase your Arctic-Edition TSAR™ before March 31st, 2022, 11:59pm , for a chance to own this valuable piece of Marathon history.

The Arctic dial TSAR™ combines military toughness with Swiss craftsmanship to get the job done and look great doing it.

Water resistant to 30 ATM – 300 meters (1000 feet) and made from 316L surgical grade stainless-steel, the TSAR™ delivers precise timing through a 3 jewel ETA F06 high torque quartz movement. Under the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal are self-contained Tritium gas tubes on each hour marker to ensure constant visibility, even in low-light situations.

Retail is £1055, more info here. 

See-Thru Sealander GMT Is A Stylish Alternative

If you love skeleton dials then the latest variation on the C63 Sealander theme from Christopher Ward is worth checking out. Stunning grey segmented dial, GMT hand feature, date, sapphire front n rear and not too expensive either.

You might think `I fancy a dive watch this summer,’ but this could be a true all-rounder alternative. It has some quality touches, plus 150m of depth rsistance. That’s enough for most of us, let’s be honest.

See the promo video here;

Inside there’s the Sellita SW330 movement, which is COSC level when it comes ot accuracy too.  At 39mm wide the case isn’t too big for everyday wear. In fact, the details all add up quite nicely on this limited edition, which is being produced in just 200 pieces.

Price is £1100 for the steel bracelet and £995 for the rubber strap version. You can pre-order now for May 2022 delivery.

More here.

For The Travellers: Ball Engineer II Worldtimer

Ball has another new model, this time it’s a diver with a twist; it has a Worldtimer feature as well. Perfect for those James Bond moments when you need to travel to Vienna to kill some bad guys, then do a quick change and head for Chile. Here’s the word;

Diver Worldtime. The name alone sparks curiosity. Then the functionality sparks worldwide adventure above and below the surface.
Redesigned and crafted from the finest materials, the chronometer is equally a beautiful traveler’s timepiece and a robust diver’s tool. Its new 42mm case streamlines toughness, while bolder micro gas tubes enhance readability on a refreshed dial.
And, now, the inner diving and city ring is controlled by an external bezel for the accelerated pursuit of adventure. An icon without compromise and competition further sets itself apart.
Limited to 1,000 pieces each. The Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime comes back in the green hue and is available for pre-order until6 April 2022 at an exclusive price from £1870. Steel bracelet variants cost a little bit more.

Farer Has New Models On the Way For April

The latest from UK brand Farer, who have some new models available from 7th April;

Our best-selling dive classics; Leven and Hecla return. Along with Endeavour, now updated with new detailed minute track and released in full titanium metal. For 2022, we also welcome Leven Ocean (pictured) to our line up. A special release to celebrate our ongoing partnership with The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

Retail is £995 on this one.

The Titanium Series 2 now have the highest multi-level anti-reflection applied to the inside of the sapphire double curved crystal for increased readability, plus come with a choice of all-new quick release rubber straps and quick release matching titanium bracelet available separately. Allowing you to change the look of your Compressor in seconds.

The technical innovation within our Aqua Compressor case remain, cut out of raw titanium – delivering a 40% reduction in weight, while being tougher than its stainless steel counterparts.