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TAG Aquaracer 300: New Night Diver Variants

Is a TAG watch cool or not? That’s a tough one, because a Monaco in Gulf colours, or even the blue dial, is a winner. Some of the Carrera models also look the business, as do the fume dial Autavias, with their vintage 70s racing driver vibe remixed for the modern era perfectly. But then, there’s the quartz stuff..and that smartwatch thing. Hmm.

But the Aquaracer has its fans, and for good reason; this is a dive watch you can wear with a suit and it looks distinctive, quality and reasonably fresh. Here’s the word from TAG;

INTRODUCING THE NIGHT DIVER

Following the launch of the new TAG Heuer Aquaracer
Professional 300 series during Watches and Wonders Geneva in April, TAG Heuer announces three additions to the go-anywhere family of watches, including a new iteration of a TAG Heuer icon, the all-black, lume-dialled TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Night Diver.

TAG Heuer enthusiasts will recognise the name “Night Diver”, which was first introduced in the mid-1980s. Loved by active, style-conscious watch buyers who push their limits, exploring nature and
going beyond the edge, it became one of the most celebrated sports watches of its era.

Today’s TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 collection picks up this story. TAG Heuer’s design, engineering and heritage teams worked together to deliver a faithful update to a much-loved watch,
retaining and improving signature details such as the famous 12-sided bezel and the dial’s horizontal engraved lines to produce a refined, highly versatile modern classic.

So there are now 11 references in the new Aquaracer line-up. All three new models are non-limited and go into the core collection, each with a 43 mm stainless steel case and rubber strap equipped with TAG Heuer’s innovative adjustable folding clasp.

The new black and blue versions pick up on the bracelet models introduced at Watches and Wonders: both are colour-themed with matching black or blue dials, ceramic bezel inserts and rubber straps.
The standout model of the release is the black DLC-coated Night Diver, joining the TAG Heuer AquaracerProfessional 300 Tribute to Ref. 844 as the collection’s hero pieces.

Its stainless-steel case, bezel, crown, caseback and clasp are all coated in matt black diamond-like carbon, known as DLC, a high- performance, hard-wearing finish designed for use in extreme conditions. The bezel insert is highly resistant black ceramic.

EXTRA LUME

The Night Diver’s other signature feature is its fully luminescent dial, which is coated in green SuperLumiNova® to deliver exceptional glow-in-the-dark performance. To ensure ultimate legibility in extreme low-light conditions, the watch’s minute and central seconds hands are filled with blue lume to contrast with the green of the dial.

The hour hand and octagonal hour markers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock are filled with green lume, and the remaining octagonal hour markers are all edged with black lacquer. The triangle on the unidirectional rotating bezel at 12, which is crucial to accurately and safely measure dive times, is also filled with striking blue lume to match the blue of the minute and central seconds hands.

FUNCTIONALITY

There’s a unidirectional rotating bezel, a screw-down crown, water resistance to at least 200 metres, luminous markings, a scratch-resistant crystal and a double safety clasp.

The 12 sides of the bezel are all faceted for grip, the crown is protected to prevent accidental damage and there’s a magnifying glass over the date, which is integrated into the underside of the sapphire crystal, making it smooth to the touch.

UK Prices start at £2250.

VERDICT; What we like about the Aquaracer 300m dive models is that you are getting much the same spec as the Omega Seamaster, but without the £3500-£4500 price tag. Forgive the pun. It’s a versatile watch, and at 43mm suits most wrists. You will always find someone wants to buy it from you pre-owned as well, and often for a decent percentage of the original RRP.

The many-sided bezel also adds a little difference, a bit of visual appeal, because so many dive watches – and all their homages – essentially look the same; round case 40-44mm, uni bezel with big lume numbers, cyclops and a screwdown protected crown. Sometimes a detail like the 12-sided feature makes you, the owner, stand out from the crowd. That’s a good thing we reckon.

Kickstarter Watches: Aequorea Has Lume to Dive For

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.

More here.

Bell+Ross Vintage VR-94 Has The Full Glow-Up

There’s lume, then there’s Superlume and finally, all over the dial lume. Some people really love it, and a used Timex Indiglo is one of the easiest watches to sell on eBay or Amazon at the right price. Why? It just makes telling the time at night, when you waken from some bizarre dream that much easier, and a whole lotta folk like that feature.

So the Bell+Ross Vinatge chronograph with a metal dial costed in C5 Superlume may well win some fans. It’s a 41mm case size watch, with sapphire glass, box-crystal on the front and a sapphire crystal on the see-thru caseback too. The dial has a bit of blue contrast lume on a sub-dial too. You can choose a yellow or green lume plus there’s a steel bracelt or tropic rubber strap option.

As you would expect from a Bell+Ross watch this has big numbers on the dial and a general aviation sort of feel. Inside you find an in-house BR calibre 301 movement, which is based on the ETA 2894 automatic movement. So reliability is guaranteed, as is ease of servicing by an Indie watchmaker. Those are all plus points but the downside is the price; £4300.

OK this is a limited edition of 250 pieces, but there are better value chronograph options out there with Swiss movements inside them, although they don’t have the all-over dial lume. For example you could buy an Omega Speedmaster 38 for £4300 and know that its resale value will always be at least £1000 better than any Bell+Ross model. Or you could buy a TAG Heuer F1 with its grey dial, bright yellow markers and hands option for £1700. Yes, it’s a quartz, but superbright dial day or night.

That also leaves you enough change to buy a Tudor Black Bay 58 from your £4300 budget. Nice.

 

Seals Launch Sea Storm Skin Diver – $300 Pre-Order Deals

Seals have a new model on pre-order. The Sea Storm is a sports/casual dive watch with 150m depth rating, optional date window and six different dial colur choices. It’s due to be delivered in April and the pre-order cost is $300. There is a $15 US-UK shipping charge too, plus any taxes that Customs levy too of course.

Here’s some spec details from US brand Seals;

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Case Diameter 38.00mm
  • Case Height 11.10 Without Crystal
  • Sapphire Crystal Boxed With Anti-reflective Coating On The Inside
  • Lug To Lug Length Is 47mm
  • Lug Width Is 20mm
  • Rotating Bezel 120 Clicks, Unidirectional
  • Water Resistance 150 Meters
  • Screw-down Crown, Signed and 7.00mm Diameter
  • Case Material 316L Stainless Steel
  • Hands are Rhodium plated with C3 SuperLumiNova
  • Bezel Markings employ the typeface Decimal by Hoefler & Co
  • Date Complication

MIYOTA 9015 MOVEMENT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Power Reserve 42 Hours
  • Vibrations 28800 Per Hour
  • Jewels 24
  • Functions Include Stop / Hacking Seconds, Quick Date Set
  • Winding Automatic or Manual
  • Stock Accuracy -10~+30 sec per day

FINISHING NOTES

The case finish of the “Sea Storm” will be comparable to its classical inspirations but more modern, consistent with our brand’s DNA. The case sides will have a vertical satin-brushed finish. Between the lugs to be sandblasted as to protect from spring bar scuffing. The top-down facing case surface will be circular satin-brushed and have a slightly polished bevel outside the lug edges that tapers toward the case centre.

Verdict: Great spec for the money and although it isn’t a serious dive watch this has all the right elements fro a durable life on holiday doing some snorkelling, plus daily wear just for it’s indie style. the Sea Storm is also a great name for a watch – just saying!

 

Latest Ball Engineer II Model; Waco Glider Edition

The latest from Ball Watch Co;

On the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, BALL Watch proudly presents the all new Engineer Master II Waco Glider, an officer’s watch that combines vintage style with modern technology. Limited to 1,943 pieces each to commemorate the year that the Waco CG-4A gliders went into active service, the Engineer Master II Waco Glider features a manual winding movement, plus micro gas tube luminosity and 1,000 gauss (80,000 A/m) anti-magnetic protection.

From now on until 13 January 2021, pre-order your Engineer Master II Waco Glider at an exclusive price of £1450. Your order will include a complimentary green NATO strap for a change of look.

Legibility is of upmost importance in any military timepiece, thus we have opted for a minimalistic approach for the Waco Glider. The 3, 6 and 12 o’clock numerals, as well as hour batons and hands are equipped with micro gas tubes; the design is clean yet eye-catching. In dark and low-light conditions, our industry-leading technology delivers incomparable brightness.

The centre of the case back is left entirely blank and serves as your canvas for customization. Engrave your name, commemorate a special moment, or add a short personal message – it’s your opportunity to re-enact the practice that was often seen on vintage timepieces.

More info at Ball watches here.

Boldr’s Limited Editions Offer Decent Spec & Value

We love Indie watch brands here because it’s all about making a dream reality; manufacturing on demand basically.

So a scout around Boldr Supply’s website today highlighted some limited edition models that are still available and may tempt you. Love bronze? The BOLDROdyssey Bronze comes with a Marine Grade CuSn8 bronze case, which will develop a unique patina with time and use – creating a distinctive character for each and every Odyssey Bronze watch that’s worn.

BlueOdysseyLume Boldr

This organic individualization perfectly represents the BOLDR ideal, letting each watch and wearer tell their own unique story. The Odyssey’s signature bezel, which has also been updated with new markings for added functionality.

Boldr bronze odyssey

 

Featuring an extremely robust bronze case meant for actual diving, the Odyssey can ride rough with an ultra-tough high-resistance screw-down case back, rated for up to 500m water resistance, and a screw-down crown with triple lock mechanism. A resilient Japanese Automatic movement and special helium escape valve also make sure your watch stays strong under any pressure and is tried and tested for your toughest challenges.

There’s a 45mm case size on this model and an NH35 Seiko auto movement inside. At $649 we think that’s a very impressive dive watch for the money. Just the blue dial and green dial options left in stock on the BOLDR Odyssey model by the way.

The slimmer Expedition Everest model has a 41mm case, Sellita SW200 power, 200m depth, plus SuperLumiNova on the dial. Plus inner rotating bezel and rubber strap. Great go-anywhere tool watch for $599.