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Boldr 40mm Freediver: Three New Colour Options

The latest from Boldr Supply, who have additions to their Freediver range;

Building on the Odyssey Freediver 40mm series, three brand new Freedivers have arrived in strikingly fresh colors as the world gets ready to return to pre-pandemic life. Available in Citrus Orange, Mint Green, and White Frost, these Freedivers are eye-catching & packed with dive-ready specifications. They are also lighter on the wrist and more affordable than existing Odyssey Freedivers thanks to new quick-release EPDM rubber straps.

The company created the three new variations to invoke a feeling of self-confidence and assuredness in its wearer. “That is the key factor we are going for in this new series – how wearing a Freediver makes our customers feel. By coupling a quality dive watch with a bold aesthetic, we’re telling our fans to wear it loud and wear it proud”, says Leon, founder of BOLDR.

The idea behind creating the Odyssey Freediver series stems from the discipline of freedivers who train exhaustively to enhance their breathing capabilities, eventually leading to a freedom & depth of character which carries over to their day-to-day lives. With three new colors in the mix, the Odyssey Freediver line-up is set to inspire its wearer while catering to varying tastes.

Each piece comes with a refined case detailed with a polished strip to accentuate its angular lugs. The dive-friendly unidirectional bezel is made from quality stainless steel, coupled with a durable EPDM rubber strap.

A faithful companion to those who take on deep blue adventures, the svelte 40mm case fits a wider range of wrists and is rated for 300m water resistance. The dial is designed to be highly legible underwater with clearly marked indexes and luminescent hands, shielded by a flat sapphire crystal lens.

The watches are available for immediate shipping only on BOLDR’s website.

The Baltic Aquascaphe Dual Crown is Back

The word from Baltic, who have revived the handsome dual crown Aquascaphe dive model. Fair play.

Our diving watch Aquascaphe Dual-Crown is back on our website.

It is with great pleasure that we can now announce the return of the Dual-Crown in our permanent catalog. It retails at £650 by the way which NWC mag thinks is very reasonable for a compressor dive watch made to this standard.

The high activity of the moment forced us to postpone the assembly of this model later than planned in order to meet the demand on our other ranges.

You can pre-order this model now to ensure and secure a delivery between December 13th and 17th.

Yep, the blue dial variant is the winner.

Latest Black Friday Deals & Codes Malarkey

We thought it was time to round up the latest Black Friday deals and codes that have been landing in the NWC magazine Inbox. We will be adding to this post over the next week or so most likely.

LATEST UPDATES;

Sangoman watches have a handy 35% off code valid this weekend. Simply add; SAVE35 at Checkout when you buy most popular models in the range.

Timex has 30% off lots of models, with a simple code at Checkout.  Just enter BLACKFRIDAY30 on popular automatics and quartz models at the UK Timex site. 

UK brand Forge & Foster has up to 40% off prices in its Black Friday sale. Range of skeleton dial automatics to tempt you, plus some Seiko meca-quartz models.  More here. 

Ferro watches has a discount code you can use at Checkout which bags you 20% off. You also receive a free carbon fibre wallet for your credit/ATM cards. Code is; SHOP20FW

Paulareis has announced its dicount code for Black Friday; Just use DW9FFM at checkout. You get 20% off all the watches on the site, plus a free box.  Valid right now. www.paulareiswatches.com

Secret Sales has got 80% off selected Sturhling watches, which brings the entry price down to about £85. Not too bad, although they automatics are still about 200 notes, bit steep.
Storm has got up to 55% off selected watches. Some of the cheaper models are now £70-£80, which is a fair price for a quartz watch with this build quality. They do feel solid.

Here goes;

TORGOEN

There’s a healthy 40% off selected T10 Carbon models right now. The discount prices are already applied, so no Checkout code required. We like the blue dial/orange hands option. More info here.

KARTEL

A straight-as-you-like 25% off everything, with the code BLK21 at Kartel watches, is something we like. No messing about. Another thing we love is the watch builder template where you can choose a strap/dial/case combo. More here.

DEEP BLUE

You can’t really argue with an automatic dive watch featuring the NH35 movement for just $99 can you? That’s the deal at Deep Blue with a mystery gift also being part of the general generosity vibe going on there. More at the Deep Blue site.

BRAUN

An uber stylish Braun watch or wall clock could add a certain Kraftwerk touch to your designer apartment.  Or, you might just look like a Steve Jobs tribute act, we don’t know.

But what we do know is that the code BLACKFRIDAY50 at Checkout gets you 50 percent off selected items, like the watch above.  More info here. 

 

Winton Watches Debuts Rawlins 200m Diver

Latest from Winton Watch Company, say hello to the Rawlins model;

Inspired by diving medicine pioneer Sir John Rawlins, The Winton Watch Company’s latest watch is equally at home under the sea as in the boardroom. Hand assembled in Switzerland and water resistant to 200m, with sapphire glass, it will take pretty much anything you care to throw at it.

With a blue dial, the timeless design features applied markers and large ‘paddle’ pointers, making it easy to tell the time at a glance, and high luminescence means you can read it no matter what the conditions – whether diving wrecks or flagging a cab in the city.

The Rawlins includes a rotating bezel – a feature introduced in the early 1950s to track a diver’s bottom time, or time spent underwater. The bezel can also act as a reminder to prevent divers from exceeding their diving time limit – and features a 15 minute ‘red zone’.

It’s sister watch, the Walker, has a black face and is inspired by William Walker, a diver who saved Winchester Cathedral.

Price is £585 by the way.

A Watch With Black Lume? Leon Can Help You Out

Here’s a thing we spotted on Kickstarter, a watch with black lumed indices and hands. The Leon dive watch project, which is live on Kick now features an orange dial with black markers and hands. Looks sharp to be fair and if you like a more conventional dive watch there is a bright blue version as well.

Here’s the spec;

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Stainless steel case 42mm
  • AR Coated Sapphire Glass
  • Quick Release 20mm rubber strap
  • NH35 Movement
  • Manual Pressure Release Valve
  • Super Luminous, Dial, Bezel and date window

So these are decent value at £250 on pre-order, with a special buy two for £400 looking like excellent value.

There is a high target of about 20K on this one, and it’s only 8% funded right now, so it might take off, might not. Definitely different and for UK watch fans, this is a Leeds based enthusiast designing & building this batch, so no import duty on top.

More here.

Steeldive DateJust: Decent Value Rolex Homage

Steeldive have a new `Datejust’ homage in their line-up and it retails for a very reasonable £125 on the UK website. Like the original Rolex this is an understated gents watch, suitable for all occasions and powered by a Seiko movement.

Is it our imagination, or is that date magnification glass just slightly too far to the right on the crystal?

Here are the specs-

Sapphire Crystal Glass
NH35 Automatic Movement
200m Water Resistance
Screwdown Crown
Screwback Case
316L Stainless Steel Case
Stainless Steel Strap
Hacking Movement
C3 Luminova on the face
Case Diameter – 39mm

Lug to lug – 48mm

Case Thickness – 13mm
Lug Width – 20mm
Weight – 150g
Hard Presentation Box and warranty card

Crafter Blue Hyperion: Chunky Chronograph

Here’s a release we missed back in September, but just because we love the quirky dial of this yacht racing chronograph, we thought we’d give it a mention.

Here’s the word from Crafter B;

Crafter Blue has been creating premium quality, high-end dive watches for people such as ocean explorers, oceanographers, and water photographers for quite some time now. The latest addition in their product line is their Crafter Blue Hyperion Ocean Chronograph.

Inside is a Seiko NE86 movement, case width is 42mm and it’s only available with a rubber strap. 20mm lugs, so you could add your own bracelet or leather strap easily.

Coming in two variations with the same features and benefits, this latest diving chronograph is everything that every ocean diver is looking for, and here’s why.

  1. Aesthetic Design

The colourful sleek dials, the cutting-edge transparent glass, and the contrasting aperture of the watch make it look so aesthetically pleasing that it catches your eye at the first glance.

The beauty of the watch is enhanced by the artistic design of the crown and pusher with the crown engraved with the elegant font designer’s tag.

  1. Features 

The watch is rich in features for keen divers. Some of the most prominent ones are:

  1. Chronograph: The most prominent feature is the chronograph.
  2. Screw-in crown: The screw-in crown provides a water-tight seal ensuring that the users can trust the watch in deep waters.
  3. Uni-directional rotating bezel: This feature has been specifically incorporated in the watch to make recording the elapsed time an extremely convenient task.
  4. Water-resistant to 200m/600ft: Explore the natural beauty of the ocean without any fear of malfunctioning for up to 200 meters.
  5. Sapphire Crystal: Hard glass is less likely to shatter, get scratch marks or lose its aesthetic look over a long period of time.

The Hyperion is on pre-order at $1100 US dollars. UK VAT and import duties will be on top. You can get 10% by subscribing to the Crafter Blue newsletter by the way. More here. 

 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, Titanium Grey Ghost

Blancpain has a new variant on their legendary Fifty Fathoms dive watch, and this time it gets the titanium treatment. We aren’t sure about that grey dial and bezel combo – restrained elegance or a little bit ghostly night in November, what do you reckon?

Here’s the word;

Titanium is a reliable ally of diver’s watches, offering numerous advantages including high resistance to shock, pressure and corrosion. In addition, this metal boasts a low density making it particularly light and comfortable to wear.

Measuring 43 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 30 bar (approximately 300 metres), the sharply contoured case of the new Bathyscaphe is made of satin-finished grade 23 titanium. This high-end titanium rarely used in the watch industry requires substantial machining work that is extremely challenging.

The anthracite-coloured dial features a hand-crafted vertical satin finish creating a resolutely modern matt effect, enhanced by the Bathyscaphe’s traditional luminescent baton-type hands and geometric hour-markers, as well as a satin-finished titanium bezel with a satin-finished ceramic insert and a Liquidmetal™ time scale.

Technical and precision timekeeping feats are the order of the day for this new Bathyscaphe equipped with in-house Calibre 1315, a benchmark in the field of sports watches.

Born of a long quest for accuracy and performance, this self-winding movement with a five-day power reserve notably features a silicon balance-spring rendering it totally insensitive to magnetic fields. It is also distinguished by the high level of finishing visible through the transparent sapphire caseback, where snailed and chamfered bridges rub shoulders with a sandblasted, satin-finished and snailed gold oscillating weight.

This new model comes fitted with a NATO or anthracite sailcloth strap, or a grade 23 satin-finished titanium bracelet. The design of the latter is identical to those fitted on Fifty Fathoms models – a first for a Bathyscaphe timepiece.

Verdict; 300m depth for £11,800 is a bit cheeky frankly and the styling lacks visual punch and drama, which you might expect with this price tag.  Rolex Sub plus a Doxa for everyday wear is better value.

More info here.

It’s Lit: New Dive Vibe From Deep Blue

We just found an email from Deep Blue buried in the Inbox and there’s a handy `BLUE’ code you can enter at Checkout to get some dollars off their latest DayNight Diver Tritium T100 model.

Featuring the multi-colour gas tube lume so beloved by Ball watch fans, this retails at $189 with the discount code. Big case watch, 200m depth and a Seiko NH35 automatic movement.

The discount code expires today by the way.

More here.

Zodiac Is On Target With Refreshed Sea Wolf

Zodiac has updated their Sea Wolf models for the Christmas season.

Yeah, it’s that wonderful time of the year when you receive gifts you don’t like, whilst those goodies you DO want are tantalisingly sold out by 2pm on Christmas Day as the Sales get underway.

Anyway, the changes are subtle; new typescript saying `Super Sea Wolf’ is embossed on the dial of the Compression edition. There are new dial colours too, plus bigger, triangular shaped markers at the 3,6 and 9 positions.

The Skin Diver has a date at 3pm, so the markers are different. Both the Skin and the Compression get bolder, kinda arrowhead shaped hands on the dial, which look very modern, very tool watch and it sort of fits in with that Zodiac-Target-Sight theme, if you get what we mean.

The lume isn’t green. It’s burnt orange and you know what, that’s a nice touch. Different.

Basically a special limited edition Navy Seals Sea Wolf, complete with a free infra-red night scope, would see Zodiac clean up this festive season. Just a free marketing idea for y’all there. You are welcome.

Prices are in the $1295-$1395 range. More info here.