The latest from Zelos watches, makers of famously chunky dive watches at reasonable prices;
The Mako Titanium is here, featuring a full Ti case and bracelet that’s been hardened to 1200 Vickers. This surface hardening gives it extra toughness against the surface scuffs that titanium is known for.
The weight reduction makes the Mako Ti a joy to wear daily, and a quick adjust clasp gives you a precise fit throughout the day. The 40mm case of the Mako along with its 11.5mm thickness fits a wide range of wrist sizes.
There is a groovy hand-torched dial option as well.
The Ti model is officially on sale on 29.07.21 by the way, more here.
The devilishly handsome JLC Polaris dive watch has a reworked Cal 956 movement. The Swiss brand says the alarm movement, which is visible via a see-thru caseback, has been slimmed down – in fact, it’s 15% slimmer than previous iterations.
That gives the JLC a rare look amongst dive watches, in truth you could argue it’s more of a dress watch, especially with the unique bell-like alarm and 42mm case – which is fairly modest compare to big-ass 45mm-50mm dive watches.
At 15K retail you could also say it’s kinda pricey for a dive watch that can manage 300m. Many an Indie brand watch can match that spec for £500. Many Swiss watches can offer 300m diving for under £1500.
Yes, there is that JLC cachet, the aura of a truly ancient house of horology behind the brand name. We aren’t knocking that heritage, or in-house expertise when it comes to servicing and the longevity of a 28,800vph auto movement can be measured in decades. Yep, you can pass this onto your grandchildren, or the cats’ home, whatever. The Polaris Mariner has alot going for it as a grail watch.
Your NWC mag scribe would love a JLC – Reverso maybe, or a classic bumper automatic. As slick as this reworking of the Polaris Mariner is, it is simply too expensive for what it does. The fascination for me with JLC is that vintage, 30s mix of art deco retro and complication for its own sake.
We love the super clean, pure white looks of this Doxa dive watch. Some dive watches have bells n whistles, big chunky cases, or feature more lume on the dial, hands and bezel than a Las Vegas showbar. But this is just…snow leopard cool.
You can personalise the strap with a coloured rubber option in orange, blue, red, yellow etc, or go for the steel, beads of rice links. Retail is $990 on this one.
Here’s the spec from Doxa;
Unveiled at Baselworld 2019, this 3-hand diver’s watch has a case made of highest-quality 316L stainless steel. At a diameter of 42 mm, the SUB 200 is topped by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating and the distinctive curvature of the domed plexiglass used back in the day.
Waterproof to a depth of 200 meters (20 ATM), the model features a unidirectional rotating bezel. All the elements providing dive-relevant information, except the bezel, have a Super‑LumiNova® luminescent coating. The bracelet is 316L stainless steel and features a folding clasp with the DOXA fish symbol.
The Ball Engineer Master II has a clean simplicity about it that we love at NWC mag.
In blue or black dial options, it looks like a perfect tool watch. Kinda understated yes, but still ticking all the right boxes. It’s on pre-order right now, with an October delivery date. Pre-order price is £1950.
Here’s some info from Ball Watches;
Designed for the ultimate feeling of freedom that comes with exploring Earth’s last frontier, we introduce the Engineer Master II Diver Chronometer.
The remarkable internal diving bezel can easily be manipulated under water when timing the safety stop. In darkness, it shines with micro gas tubes and ensures elapsed time is always visible. The automatic chronometer delivers outstanding precision as deep as 300 meters – packed inside a 42mm case that is just 13.5mm thick.
And no matter the terrain, explore with 1,000 Gauss (80,000 A/m) anti-magnetic protection and patented shock resistance.
Limited to 1,000 pieces each, pre-order yours today for a selection of limited edition number and complimentary engraving.
DIVE WATCH BUT NOT TOO CHUNKY
As a watch’s underwater performance is defined by its material and construction, the new Diver Chronometer features a robust stainless steel build. Its engineering allows you to operate the internal diving bezel while completely submerged under water to time the safety stop.
Simply use the crown at 2 o’clock to set the bezel at any time. Its 42mm case diameter measures only 13.5mm thick, offering stunning diving capabilities and everyday wearability.
Milus are inviting their customers to help preserve ocean coral by buying one of their limited edition Orange Coral models. Here’s the word;
The striking Orange Coral dial attracts attention thanks to its retro 70s style but remains above all a reliable automatic diver watch, equipped with a discreet helium valve and a bi-directional inner diver bezel.
The three hour digits at the cardinal points, 3 o’clock date window, and famous “Broad Arrow” hands coated in SuperLuminova combine seamlessly to bolster readability.
Its ETA 2892 movement is protected in a 41mm steel case, resistant up to 30 ATM or 300 meters.
The Milus Archimèdes Orange Coral is offered with two easily interchangeable strap options, a smooth 316L brushed stainless steel mesh bracelet and a genuine black Tropic diver rubber strap.
A CORAL IN YOUR NAME
In line with our beliefs in environmental protection, Milus is partnering with the French NGO Coral Guardian. For every Archimèdes Orange Coral bought, Milus will adopt a coral in your own name.
The Coral Guardian team will transplant your coral onto a solid structure in an area where reefs were damaged. This action contributes to the coral reefs restoration. You will receive a personalized adoption certificate with a symbolic photograph, the name of your coral, and its GPS location.
NWC mag has to admit, this is much more personal than many climate change marketing ploys tried by Swiss brands. Ambassadors who take nice photos or gather scientific data are wonderful n everything, but this makes you feel like you are putting something back in the ocean that is vanishing. Real action, not just greenwashing words.
Price is £1660, which is pricey for an ETA powered auto, but you get 300m dive ability, with helium valve. It’s a left field choice, but it’s a good choice for anyone who cares about the beauty of coral beneath the waves.
Yep, this old school Swiss watch brands is still going. Mido, often overlooked, is still making watches as part of the mighty Swatch Group and the Ocean Star GMT is quite a decent looker, at a not too scary price.
For 1130 CHF, or about £890 you get a steel cased dive watch that can handle 200m depth and has the useful GMT hand for international travel. There’s a neat worldtimer graphic etched onto the caseback as well, featuring all those cities you are free to visit as part of your UEFA duties.
Inside there’s an ETA derived automatic movement, with some 80 hours of power reserve, just like the Tissot Powermatic models. Sapphire crystal and a 44mm case width, so it has some presence on the wrist.
Nope, you won’t impress anyone at the golf club with a Mido. Or a Tissot for that matter. But the fact that Swatch still produces these entry level brands is to be admired, because it would be easy for Swatch to just bin them off and concentrate on Breguet, Omega, Harry Winston and Longines, maybe some Blancpain divers on the side.
So check out Mido, they make some decent looking alternatives to a budget TAG, Raymond Weil, Lacroix and others.
Aragon watches has launched a new dive watch called the Hiro, with a 45mm case, plus internal turning bezel. So you can unscrew the button at the 2pm position and then set the inner bezel to your minutes available underwater.
It has a 200m depth resistance and is powered by the ever popular Seiko NH35 movement. Black, purple, green, blue or white dials. See-thru caseback as well, plus a superlume dial, not just the hands and markers.
There’s an intro video from their website below.
We also spotted a blue dial version on their site in the Sale at $149 – plus UK import duty and VAT of course. Still a very competitive price.
UK watch brand Christopher Ward has released an orange dial variant to its C60 range. The dial is also uber-thin sapphire crystal and translucent, so you can catch a glimpse of the Sellita SW200 movement inside.
That is a clever detail and we love the C Ward trident second hand, plus the decorated rotor on the movement, which you can see through the caseback as well.
The markers and hands are coloured Superluminova blue, kinda like a 2020 Rolex, so yeah, that is cool.
Best of all, a decent price tag at £795, which is a refresshing change from so many Sellita powered dive watches that retail at well over a grand.
Yep, they even put some Superluminova on the crown on this watch, which is kind of extreme, but it’s proving popular. The fundraising has already been smashed on this UW model, so it’s going into production.
Featuring a Seiko NH35 auto movement, steel case and a very keen retail price of just £176, this 200m depth rated watch has a steel bracelet and a domed caseback, with the Aequorea jellyfish design on there.
Produced by UW watches in Hong Kong this is a unique looking 42mm wide watch – we love the sandwich type dial, which lets some of the superlume markers really stand out. They used different types of lume on the watch to add to the appeal at night too.
Verdict; a bargain spec watch at this price point.
Yema has launched a Superman Skin Diver, capturing the 60s scuba spirit with this well equipped dive watch. It has a Sellita SW200 movement, sapphire crystal, plus unidirectional click-stop bezel. The depth rating is 300m and it features a crown lock at the 3pm position.
This really looks business-like, a tool watch to withstand soem serious diving.
The crystal is 2.6mm thick – bit more resistant to scratches and water than usual. We loves the fish scales bracelet link design.
The edition is 1000 pieces, each numbered, and Price is just under $1250. More here.