Louis Vuitton Tambour Street Diver

Prestigious luxury Maison Louis Vuitton welcomes the Street Diver family to its iconic Tambour range. Robust and edgy with a decidedly sporty outlook, this new urban sports watch brings together all the requirements of a traditional dive watch while retaining the colourful, creative and unconventional style elements that have always been central to the House.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Street Diver

Challenging the codes of more utilitarian timepieces, it was born as a watch with an urban outlook rather than as a traditional diving instrument, yet its underwater credentials have not been compromised.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Street Diver

By looking beyond its surface, the sportier aspects of the Tambour Street Diver are revealed. From the screw-down crowns and 100m of water resistance, to the generous coatings of Super- LumiNova on dial elements and inner rotating bezel, all bear witness to the functional practicality of this Swiss-made highly crafted watch.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Street Diver

The diving scale itself has been placed below the sapphire crystal on the turning flange – the angled ring at the outer edge of the dial. The benefits of this internal rotating bezel are twofold: firstly, the top of the case is kept clean and minimal in the image of all of the watches in the Tambour family. Secondly, the gentle inwards slope of the flange draws the eye to the centre of the dial creating a feeling of depth and intensity.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Street Diver

The dive bezel is set via a colour-contrasting crown at 1.30 bearing a diver’s silhouette to distinguish it from the winding crown at 3 o’clock. Using the quirky yet inventive “Align the V” concept, the letter V on the diving scale is rotated to align with the colour-matched V at the tip of the minute hand, the two forming an X that marks the beginning of a dive, the start of a new adventure. The time spent under water is then read on the internal bezel, the first 15 minutes highlighted by a vivid, colour-blocked scale.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Street Diver

Crafted from a single block of metal and larger at the base than at the top, the unique shape of the Tambour was inspired by a drum.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Street Diver

Like all great designs, the Tambour case is timeless and adaptable. Tambour’s tapered case making the watch suitable for all wrist sizes.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Street Diver

The Tambour Street Diver is no exception, with three automatic models in 44mm and one quartz version in 39.5mm, all four interpreting sports-chic in their own unique way. The clever quick-change strap system further enhances the watch’s capacity to morph from day to evening, casual to formal, sporty to smart.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Street Diver

Technical details

Tambour Street Diver Skyline Blue

44mm, two-tone case in blue-PVD and stainless-steel
Deep-blue dial featuring a small-seconds at 6 o’clock
Super-LumiNova-coated white hands, numerals and indexes plus sky blue accents
Presented on a navy-blue rubber strap with light blue logo or light blue strap with navy logo
Automatic movement

Tambour Street Diver Black Blaze

44mm stainless-steel case coated in black-PVD and pink gold
Black dial with small-seconds at 6 o’clock
Super-LumiNova-coated hands, numerals and indexes and pink-gold accents
Presented on a black rubber strap with black or gold buckle
Automatic movement

Tambour Street Diver Neon Black

44mm black-PVD coated, stainless-steel case
Black dial with small-seconds at 6 o’clock, Super-LumiNova-coated white hands, numerals and indexes plus neon yellow accents
Presented on a black rubber strap with yellow logo or yellow strap with black logo
Automatic movement

Tambour Street Diver Pacific White

39.5mm polished, stainless-steel case
White dial with small-seconds at 6 o’clock
Royal-blue accents and rose-gold-plated hour and minute hands, all coated in Super-LumiNova
Presented on a white rubber strap with navy logo
Quartz movement

Oris Divers Sixty-Five ‘Cotton Candy’

This new series from Oris is comprised of three Divers Sixty-Five watches featuring sky blue, wild green or lipstick pink dials.

The new Divers Sixty-Five ‘Cotton Candy’ picks up the all-bronze case, bezel, crown and bracelet combination engineered by Oris for the Hölstein Edition 2020, and adds a peppy palette of dial colours. These unisex watches have 38mm diameter case with a unidirectional rotating bezel with bronze inlay and minute scale in relief.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five ‘Cotton Candy’

Each model is powered by an automatic Swiss Made mechanical movement and delivers the same quality standards the Divers Sixty-Five collection is now synonymous with: domed sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 10 bar (100 metres) and hands and applied indices filled with bright Super-LumiNova®.

Technical details

Model: Divers Sixty-Five ‘Cotton Candy’

References
01 733 7771 3155
01 733 7771 3157
01 733 7771 3158

Case
Multi-piece bronze case, unidirectional rotating bezel with bronze inlay and minute scale in relief
Size: 38.00 mm, 1.496 inches
Top glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case back: Stainless steel, special engravings, screwed
Operating devices: Bronze screw-in security crown
Water resistance: 10 bar (100 m)
Interhorn width: 19 mm

Movement
Calibre Oris 733
Dimensions: 25.60 mm, 11.5 inches
Winding: Automatic
Power reserve: 38 hours
Vibrations: 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Jewels: 26

Functions
Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date window, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine-timing device and stop-second

Dial
Sky blue, wild green or lipstick pink
Indices and hands with Super-LumiNova®
Indices: Applied

Strap
Material options Brown leather strap with bronze buckle, or multi-piece bronze bracelet with folding clasp

Retail availability
June 2021

Swiss retail price
LS CHF 2’200/MB CHF 2’500

REBELLION Predator APNEA

REBELLION Timepieces presents Predator APNEA, the brand’s first diving watch. This modern diving watch combines a strong aesthetic personality with reliable and robust mechanics.

Offering maximum readability in all conditions, the Predator APNEA presents a new type of dial, never seen in the history of REBELLION Timepieces. Three-dimensional luminescent elements, produced using machines that are unique in the world, have made it possible to create a spectacular three-dimensional display, as aesthetic as it is practical.

REBELLION Predator APNEA diving watch

Hence, luminescent material is omnipresent on the new honeycomb dial of the Predator APNEA in order to guarantee optimal readability in all light conditions. As for elsewhere, the watch is adorned with XXL size numerals, inserts in the indexes and the date window, which are moulded to form blocks of Super-LumiNova blue. The use of SLN Blocks technology allows for strong luminescence in the dark with intense blue emission.

REBELLION Predator APNEA diving watch

As with any diving watch, the presence of a large black bezel also secures all dives with its scale of great clarity. Easy to handle, it allows the choice of calculating the elapsed immersion time or the remaining time.

REBELLION Predator APNEA

The Predator APNEA timepiece has a robust and lightweight 48mm-diameter case in grade 5 titanium black DLC. Water-resistant to 100 meters, it ideally protects the Swiss Made calibre set at 28,000 vibrations per hour. The automatic movement guarantees at least 48 hours of power reserve for the time data as well as the date displayed in its window positioned at 3 o’clock.

The Predator APNEA diving watch comes with a comfortable rubber strap. The presence of a patented folding clasp secures it when worn in town or on a thick neoprene suit.

Technical details

Model: Predator APNEA

Case
Titanium grade 5 black DLC case and rotating bezel with diving scale and zone from 60 to 15 minutes
Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire crystals with anti-reflective treatment
Case dimensions: Diameter: 48mm, thickness: 17.1mm
Water resistance: 100 m/10atm

Dial
Black honey-comb base featuring 3D Swiss Luminova technology

Movement
Swiss made automatic movement
Jewels: 27
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 alt/h)
Power reserve: 48 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds and date

Strap
Black rubber strap and folding clasp featuring patented millimetric extension

Edition
25-piece limited edition

Knut Gadd Cult Diver – Arctic Circle Limited Edition

The Swedish heritage watch brand Knut Gadd presents Cult Diver Arctic Circle, a limited edition diving timepiece designed to pay tribute to the Antarctic region. The watch is presently available for pre-order on Kickstarter.

This diving watch is made from surgical grade stainless steel. Its case measures 44mm diameter (45mm with crown), 13mm thickness and 20mm lug width. The watch is water resistant up to 100 meters or 330 feet.

Knut Gadd Cult Diver - Arctic Circle Limited Edition

The Cult Diver Arctic Circle watch is fitted with a precision cut and rotatable saw tooth bezel. The matte aluminum top ring of the bezel features 5 to 55 markings and Swiss super luminous hour dot on the top triangle indicator painted in red or orange.

The watch is equipped with a screw-down crown featuring embossed brand logo. Front glass is hi-domed h-grade mineral crystal. The watch houses a Japanese Miyota quartz movement driving the time-only indications.

Knut Gadd Cult Diver - Arctic Circle Limited Edition

The watch is fitted with stainless steel case back with engravings depicting an arctic map highlighting the coordinates of Troll Lake (Rissajaure), the clearest and purest lake in Sweden. Each Arctic Circle Edition undergoes a 72 hours survivability test at the bottom this arctic lake, which is one of the coldest places in the Northern Hemisphere.

Knut Gadd Cult Diver - Arctic Circle Limited Edition

The Cult Diver Arctic Circle watch is available in two variants: Deep Marine with orange details and deep black with red details. The watch features a guilloche pattern dial with Swiss super luminous old radium styled hour-markers, luminescent hour, minute hands and the seconds hand in orange or red.

Knut Gadd Cult Diver - Arctic Circle Limited Edition

Each Cult Diver Arctic Circle watch comes fitted with an easily interchangeable stainless steel bracelet (20mm-18mm wide) featuring engraved, adjustable folding buckle.

The Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the initial mass production of the Cult Diver Arctic Circle watch is online now. The campaign will be active until 26 March 2020. Pledges start from US$ 248.

Please visit the Knut Gadd Cult Diver Arctic Circle Kickstarter campaign for more details.

 

De Bethune DB28GS Grand Bleu

The DB28GS Grand Bleu is De Bethune’’s first 100% sports watch. Equipped with a new caliber, this technical and elegant diver’s model boasts a water resistance to more than 100 metres; and offers excellent readability including in the darkest depths thanks to ingenious lighting inside the movement and a new photo luminescent blue, a different bezel that rotates this time with the crystal to indicate dive times; a titanium case for a light feel and a rubber strap for convenience; along with a five-day power reserve.

Just 10 years ago, De Bethune began developing timepieces with a more contemporary spirit with the first DB28. Already at that time, De Bethune’s founder and Master Watchmaker, Denis Flageollet, an outdoor sports enthusiast, felt the need to create watches adapted to an active lifestyle. In 2015, the first DB28GS was launched.

Based on the observation that a sports watch must be perfectly readable in any kind of weather and every possible situation, a special lighting system has been developed. To illuminate the watch and the movement from the inside, the slightly bluish white light source is produced by a fully mechanical means that works on the dynamo principle.

The result is as simple as the lighting of a bicycle, fully mechanical with no electronics and no battery. A pusher at 6 o’clock activates a small gear train driven by the twin barrel. This gear train, by means of a miniature dynamo, provides the necessary energy for lighting the watch. A few seconds of light is more than enough to read the time, even in the middle of the night.

To complete this ingenious system, Denis Flageollet, in close concert with James Thompson, researched a new blue photo luminescent material to improve the readability of the hands, indices and timer whilst remaining true to De Bethune’s hallmark colour spectrum.

The main research focus was on developing a material containing crystals capable of two different color emissions: one for daytime, allowing the De Bethune blue to come through for full effect in natural light; and one for nighttime, with the same crystals now glowing with a radiant luminescence, and always remaining faithful to the iconic blue.

The result is unprecedented, and truly unique: A new blue, bright, deep, luminous, of an ardent and elegant tonality that casts the perfect De Bethune blue during the day, and yet radiates the same tone in the dark. This exclusive luminescent material, named Blue Moon, was developed in partnership with the Swedish company Black Badger Advanced Composites (James Thompson) in collaboration with Swiss SuperLuminova™ and is now proprietary to De Bethune.

The rotating bezel made its first appearance in watchmaking in 1952. It serves to enable accurate calculation of immersion time, as well as the transition through various decompression stops. of the different levels. Generally, all the numerals relating to the minutes counter are indicated on the bezel, which tends to create a more crowded visual effect.

For the DB28GS Grand Bleu, these indications appear on the sapphire crystal driven by the bezel. This developed in the workshops of the Manufacture in L’Auberson enables the model to remain elegantly slender and instils a pleasing casual chic aesthetic.

Hand-wound, with central seconds and a five-day power reserve indicated on the dial, this is the 27th calibre entirely developed and manufactured by the Manufacture De Bethune, equipped with a state-of-the-art in-house-made balance wheel.

The presence of the titanium / white gold balance wheel and balance-spring with flat terminal curve ensures an ideal mass / inertia ratio for an optimal frequency of 28,800 vph suitable for wristwatches.

It is endowed with numerous properties – such as optimised efficiency, reliability, regulating quality, thermo-compensation, anti-magnetism – leading to concrete results, since De Bethune has already improved the efficiency of its sprung-balance-escapement ensemble by achieving a 20% increase in power reserve.

The calibre is also equipped with the triple pare chute system. De Bethune was not only the first to design a bridge symmetrical held on both sides and thus serving to maintain the balance wheel perfectly in position, but also added two shock absorbers on either end as well as that of the balance wheel itself.

Finally, the DB28GS Grand Bleu does not escape the special attention devoted to the refined work of hand-crafted finishing performed within the company workshops in L’Auberson, such as blued titanium components, zirconium case middle and Microlight decoration.

Water-resistant to 105 metres (10 ATM), the DB28GS Grand Bleu is no exception to the strict rule of wearer comfort that De Bethune applies to its models in general and particularly to the DB28 collection. This exceptional comfort stems from a combination of the light feel of the titanium case, the softness of its hand-polished finish, the 12 o’clock crown position and above all the presence of the patented system of floating lugs that adapt to wrist size and movements.

For the DB28GS Grand Bleu, the lugs have been completely redesigned in a medium size tailored to the sporting spirit of the watch, featuring the famous cones that are especially prominent in this model and adorned with black zirconium inserts recalling the sides of the case middle.

The model is delivered with two straps: a canvas version and a striated natural rubber iteration with titanium folding clasp, which also contributes to the practical and pleasant wearer comfort of this timepiece.

Technical details

Name: DB28GS Grand Bleu
Reference: DB28GSV2AN

Functions
Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Power reserve indication between 9 and 10 o’clock, unidirectional rotating bezel, manual dial lighting

Movement
DB2080
Type: Mechanical hand-wound movement
Adjustment: Winding and setting the time by means of the crown (2 positions), push button at 6 o’clock to activate the lightening
Number of parts: 400
Jewelling: 51 jewels
Diameter: 30 mm
Power reserve: 5 days, ensured by a self-regulating twin barrel – De Bethune Innovation (2004)
Specificities: Titanium/white gold balance wheel with white gold inserts, optimised for temperature differences and air penetration – De Bethune Patent (2016)
“De Bethune” balance-spring with flat terminal curve – De Bethune Patent (2006)
Silicon escape wheel
Triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system – De Bethune Innovation (2005)
Dial lighting produced by an entirely mechanical means working on the dynamo principle powered by a twin barrel and manually controlled via a pusher – De Bethune Innovation (2019)
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
Adornment: Mirror- polished grade 5 titanium motion-work bridge
Plate and barrel bridge covers in hand-smoothed grade 5 titanium and adorned with “Microlight engraving” – De Bethune Innovation (2007)
Hand-snailed barrels
Hand-polished and chamfered steel parts

Display
Blued titanium hours and minutes hands with polished steel insert and second blued steel insert, luminescent tip
Polished steel seconds hand with luminescent tip
Power-reserve indicator between 9 and 10 o’clock

Dial
Satin-brushed grade 5 titanium minutes dial with cut-out
Arabic numerals
Rotating bezel crystal with metallised minutes ring

Case
Case material: Black zirconium case middle with “Microlight” decoration, brushed and polished grade 5 titanium caseback and bezel
Case diameter: 44 mm
Case thickness: 12.8 mm
Lugs: Floating lugs in brushed grade 5 titanium – De Bethune Patent (2006)
Crystal: In sapphire crystal (1800 Vickers hardness) with double antireflective coating
Case back: Open in brushed grade 5 titanium
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Strap
Natural rubber strap + 1 canvas / leather strap
Buckle: Folding clasp in brushed grade 5 titanium

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph

The legend of the Oris Divers Sixty-Five continues with the family’s first series-produced chronograph. Inspired by original diver’s watches Oris produced in the 1960s, the Divers Sixty-Five marries the best of vintage design and contemporary manufacturing techniques.

So while it has vintage chronograph pushers and a retro bi-compax (twin-counter) dial layout, it also boasts a 43mm stainless steel case, a bronze uni-directional rotating diver’s bezel with an aluminium insert, and a domed sapphire crystal. Inside it is a Swiss Made automatic mechanical chronograph movement with quarter-of-a-second accuracy and a 48-hour power reserve.

Technical details

Model: Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph
Ref. No. 01 771 7744 4354

Case
Multi-piece stainless steel and bronze case
Size: 43 mm, 1.693 inches
Top Glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case back: Stainless steel, screwed
Operating Devices: Stainless steel screw-in security crown and pushers
Water Resistance: 10 bar/100 m
Interhorn Width: 21 mm

Movement
Oris 771, base SW 510
Dimensions: Ø 30.00 mm, 13 1/4’’’
Winding: Automatic winding, with red rotor
Power-Reserve: 48 hours
Vibrations: 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Jewels: 27

Functions
Centre hands for hours, minutes and chronograph 1/4 seconds, 2 subsidiary dials for continuous seconds and 30 minutes counter, fine timing device and stop-second

Dial
Black, curved dial with applied rose gold PVD plated indices
Rose gold PVD plated hour, minute and seconds hands
Indices and hands filled with SuperLumiNova® Light Old Radium
Indices: Applied

Strap/Bracelet
Brown leather strap with stainless steel buckle or stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp

Availability
May 2019

Swiss retail price
CHF 3,950

Oris Divers Sixty-Five, New Model, 42mm, Stainless Steel Case with Bronze Outer Ring and Black Dial

The first Oris diver’s watch of 1965 made some significant promises. It was designed to equip a diver with a functional, dependable tool watch that would perform reliably in the hazardous conditions found underwater.

That bold, utilitarian ethos is celebrated in this contemporary update of that same watch, reborn as the Oris Divers Sixty-Five, with the addition of a bronze outer ring to the watch’s uni-directional rotating bezel.

Bronze is a functional, durable material that patinates naturally with age, and it tells the story of Oris’s industrial roots and its close relationship with nature. But it also gives this 42.00 mm version of the Divers Sixty-Five a chic twist, in keeping with contemporary trends.

Its corrosion resistant stainless steel case, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass and water resistance to 100 metres make it a timeless, reliable piece of equipment.

Technical details

Model: Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Ref. No. 01 733 7720 4354

Case
Material: Multi-piece stainless steel and bronze case
Size: 42.00 mm, 1.654 inches
Top Glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case back: Stainless steel, special engravings, screwed
Operating Devices: Stainless steel screw-in security crown
Water Resistance: 10 bar/100 m
Interhorn Width: 21 mm

Movement
Oris 733, base SW 200-1
Dimensions: Ø 25.60 mm, 11 1/2’’’
Winding: Automatic winding, with red rotor
Power-Reserve: 38 hours
Vibrations: 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Jewels: 26

Functions
Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date window, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second

Dial
Black curved dial with applied rose gold PVD plated indices
Rose gold PVD plated hour, minute and seconds hands
Indices and hands filled with SuperLumiNova® Light Old Radium
Indices: Applied

Strap/Bracelet
Brown and dark brown leather strap, black rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet with stainless steel folding clasp

Availability
June 2019

Swiss retail price
CHF 2,050

Oris Divers Sixty-Five, New Model with Deep Green Dial

The latest addition to the Oris Divers Sixty-Five collection has a deep green dial, a colour that recalls the greenly-blue hues of the world’s oceans and beautifully complements the bronze outer ring of the watch’s bezel.

As with sister watches in the same family, this 42mm version of the Divers Sixty-Five has a vintage look but comes with all the advances of contemporary watchmaking.

It has a stainless steel case, a uni-directional rotating diver’s bezel, a Swiss Made automatic mechanical movement, hands and indexes coated in light old radium Super-LumiNova, and a hard-wearing brown leather strap.

Technical details

Model: Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Ref. No. 01 733 7707 4357

Case
Material: Multi-piece stainless steel and bronze case
Size: 40.00 mm, 1.575 inches
Top Glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case back: Stainless steel, special engravings, screwed
Operating Devices: Stainless steel screw-in security crown
Water Resistance: 10 bar/100 m
Interhorn Width: 21 mm

Movement
Number Oris 733, base SW 200-1
Dimensions: Ø 25.60 mm, 11 1/2’’’
Winding: Automatic winding, with red rotor
Power-Reserve: 38 hours
Vibrations: 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Jewels: 26

Functions
Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date window, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second

Dial
Deep green, curved dial with applied rose gold PVD plated indices. Rose gold PVD plated hour, minute and seconds hands dial
Luminous Material: Indices and hands filled with SuperLumiNova® Light Old Radium
Indices: Applied

Strap/Bracelet
Brown leather strap or stainless steel bracelet with stainless steel buckle

Availability
April 2019

Swiss retail price
CHF 1,950

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Bi-colour

The Oris diver’s Sixty-Five story is given a fresh spin with a new bi-colour model, the steel and bronze ‘Bico’.

The Divers Sixty-Five holds a special place in Oris’s collection of diver’s watches. It’s based on the first watch Oris made for divers in 1965. Today’s iteration, while faithful to the original design, is manufactured using state-of-the-art techniques and materials, so that for example the domed glass is now made of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and the mechanical movement upgraded to a precision-engineered Swiss Made automatic.

But the spirit of the pioneering original lives on, particularly through the use of bronze in the bracelet and bezel. Bronze is an industrial, utilitarian material and symbolic of Oris’s ‘form follows function’ watch design philosophy.

Technical details

Model: Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Ref. No. 01 733 7707 4355

Case
Multi-piece stainless steel case with bronze Divers inlay ring
Size: 40.00 mm, 1.575 inches
Top Glass: Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside
Case back: Stainless steel, screwed
Operating Devices: Stainless steel screw-in security crown
Water Resistance: 10 bar/100 m
Interhorn Width: 21 mm

Movement
Number Oris 733, base SW 200-1
Dimensions: Ø 25.60 mm, 11 1/2’’’
Winding: Automatic winding, with bi-directionally rotating red rotor
Power-Reserve: 38 hours
Vibrations: 4 Hz (28’800 A/h)
Jewels: 26

Functions
Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date window, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second

Dial
Blue, curved dial with applied rose gold PVD plated indices
Rose gold PVD plated hour, minute and seconds hands
Luminous Material: Indices and hands Super-LumiNova®
Indices: Applied

Strap/Bracelet
Brown leather strap with stainless steel buckle or stainless steel and bronze bracelet with folding clasp

Availability
April 2019

Swiss retail price
CHF 2,200

Franck Muller SKAFANDER™ Chronograph

The Skafander™ by Franck Muller is a unique diving timepiece presented for the first time in the tonneau shape. This line now welcomes a chronograph version.

Powered by an automatic movement, this diving chronograph has a water resistance to 100 meters. The rotating disk under the dial, adjustable by a push-button, enables the diver to know the remaining dive time.

The technical features of this masterpiece provide its owner the most precise tools to monitor the dive and the decompression stages. The security lock, which protects from the unintentional activation of the push buttons, avoids the disruption of the unidirectional bezel.

All the details have been meticulously undertaken, the different hands have been designed so that this masterpiece makes the diving a unique and easy experience. The Skafander is available in several versions: Titanium, 18 carat rose gold and stainless steel.

Technical details

Reference SKF 46 DV CC DT

Case
Titanium, lunette black PVD treatment
Width: 46 mm x Length: 57 mm x Thickness: 15.60 mm
Water resistant up to 100 meters

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and date at 6 o’clock
Diving Time Counter

Movement
FM 2800-SK-CC
Self-winding mechanical movement
Ø 31.50 mm x Thickness:: 5.44 mm
42 hours power reserve
28’800 vibrations / hour
204 components
37 jewels

Movement decorations
Côtes de Genève and sunray brushing on the bridges and oscillating weight
Circular graining of both side of the bottom plate
Diamond polishing on the bridges
24k gold bath and rhodium treatment
24k gold finish on the engravings
Sunray brushing on the rolling and drum barrel
45 ° polishing and sunray brushing on the ratchet
Polished and blued screws

Dial
Unidirectional rotating bezel indicating the diving time
Half-openwork movement in the center

Strap
Rubber

Franck Muller Skafander

The Skafander™ by Franck Muller is a unique diving watch dressed in the  iconic tonneau shaped case.

Powered by an automatic movement, this innovative timepiece features an innovative rotating bezel under the dial, yet totally easy to access with push-buttons, water resistance to 100 meters, a movable mark to be settled by the owner, making him always aware of his remaining time.

The technical features of this masterpiece provide its owner the most precise tools to monitor the dive and the decompression stages. Its security lock, avoiding the push buttons to be unintentionally activated, protects from disruption of the unidirectional bezel.

All the details have been meticulously undertaken, the different hands have been designed so that this masterpiece makes the diving a unique and easy experience. This unique diving timepiece presented for the first time in the tonneau shape is available in Titanium, 18 carat rose gold and stainless steel versions.

Technical details

Reference: SKF 46 DV SC DT

Case
Titanium, lunette black PVD treatment
Width: 46 mm x Length: 57 mm x Height: 15.60 mm
Water resistant up to 100 meters

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds and date at 6 o’clock
Diving Time Counter

Movement
Self-winding mechanical movement
Ø 31.50 mm x Height: 5.47 mm
42 hours power reserve
28’800 vibrations / hour
166 components
24 jewels

Dial
Unidirectional rotating bezel indicating the diving time
Half-openwork movement in the center

Strap
Rubber

Oris Divers Sixty-Five 36mm

Oris updates its Divers Sixty-Five watch collection with new 36mm models.

Back in the 1960s, Oris entered the diver’s watch market with a series of high-quality mechanical watches that offered divers functionality, reliability and style. More than half a century later, the independent Swiss company has built on that philosophy and continues to create watches respected by and relied upon by the international diving community.

One of those is the Divers Sixty-Five, a model based on a design introduced in 1965. The current series retains the retro look of the original, only today’s watches are built using modern manufacturing techniques and materials. So while the Divers Sixty-Five has the look of a vintage watch, it has an anti-corrosive stainless steel case and a scratch resistant sapphire crystal over the dial.

This year, Oris is introducing a new 36mm case size into the collection to cater for smaller wrists. The aesthetic created by the deep blue dial and vintage lume remains, as does the automatic mechanical movement.

The leather and rubber straps available on the new Divers Sixty-Five models feature a quick-change system so owners can switch between straps without visiting a jeweller.

Technical details
Model: Oris Divers Sixty-Five 36mm
Ref. No. 01 733 7747 4055 LS, Ø 36.00 mm

Movement
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at 3 o’clock

Case
Multi-piece stainless steel case and screw-in stainless steel crown
Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
Diver’s uni-directional rotating bezel with black aluminium insert with
60-minute timer and zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back engraved with historic Oris shield emblem

Dial
Blue, curved dial with applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova® Hour, minute and seconds hands filled with Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Light brown leather strap or blue/black NATO strap or black rubber strap with stainless steel pin buckle
Alternatively available with stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp

Price
Swiss retail price CHF 1,850 on a strap, CHF 2,050 on stainless steel bracelet

 

Oris Divers Sixty-Five New Stainless Steel Model with Bezel Outer Ring in Bronze

A popular retro-styled diving watch in the contemporary era, the Oris’s Divers Sixty-Five now gets a makeover with soft touch of Bronze.

The Divers Sixty-Five collection takes it aesthetic inspiration from an Oris diver’s watch first introduced in 1965. More than half a century on from the original, the Divers Sixty-Five now benefits from the latest Swiss watchmaking technology and comes with a number of quality signifiers, such as a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a corrosion-resistant stainless steel case. It serves as a reminder of Oris’s long association with the world of diving and of the independent company’s rich history of innovation.

Oris has worked with bronze before in two limited edition models made in honour of Carl Brashear, the US Navy’s first African-American and first amputee master diver. Both watches are based on Oris’s Divers Sixty-Five, but this is the first time bronze has been incorporated into the main collection.

The watch has a bronze outer ring around the edge of its unidirectional rotating bezel. When combined with rose gold PVD-plated hands and hour markers, this gives the watch its warmth and vintage charm.

Oris is introducing two case sizes with the bi-colour bronze finish, one 40mm and one 36mm, the latter a new size introduced to the Divers Sixty-Five family this year to cater for smaller wrists. Both versions are powered by mechanical movements that give the 40mmversion a date at 6 o’clock and the 36mm version a date at 3 o’clock.

Both models are water-resistant to 100 metres, carry Oris’s historic crest on a stainless steel case back, and come on leather, NATO textile or rubber straps, or on a stainless steel bracelet.

The leather and rubber straps available on new Divers Sixty-Five models feature a quick-change system so owners can switch between straps without visiting a jeweller (this does not apply to the stainless steel metal bracelet).

Technical details
Model: Oris Divers Sixty-Five

References
Ref. No. 01 733 7707 4354 LS, Ø 40.00 mm
Ref. No. 01 733 7747 4354 LS, Ø 36.00 mm

Movement
40mm model: Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at 6 o’clock
36mm model: Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at 3 o’clock

Case
Multi-piece stainless steel case and screw-in stainless steel crown
Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
Diver’s uni-directional rotating bezel with bronze outside turning top ring, black aluminium inlay with 60-minute timer and zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back engraved with historic Oris shield emblem

Dial
Black, curved dial with applied rose gold PVD plated indices filled with Super-LumiNova® Light Old Radium. Rose gold PVD plated hour, minute and seconds hands filled with Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Light or dark brown leather strap or brown NATO strap or black rubber strap with stainless steel pin buckle
Alternatively available with stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp

Swiss retail price
40mm model: CHF 1,950 on a strap, CHF 2,150 on stainless steel bracelet
36mm model: CHF 1,950 on a strap, CHF 2,150 on stainless steel  bracelet

 

Oris Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition

Traditional Swiss watch brand Oris introduces its second limited edition bronze watch that pays tributes to the legacy of heroic US Navy Master Diver, Carl Brashear.

Carl Brashear was one of the most inspirational figures of the 20th century, defying racial tensions, disability and the weight of history to become the U.S. Navy’s first African American and first amputee Master Diver. Carl Brashear, whose life was remembered in the film Men of Honour, was a heroic figure, and Oris presents this year the second limited edition watch made in his memory, a bronze-cased two counter chronograph.

Like the first watch, a time-only piece, the Oris Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition is based on the Oris Divers Sixty- Five and cast in bronze. Oris has chosen the material again to represent the early diving equipment Brashear used, which was also made of bronze.

The Oris Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition uses bronze for its case, bezel, crown and pushers, a highly unusual material in watchmaking. This is only the second time Oris has used it for the case of a wristwatch – the only other time being for the first limited edition made in Carl Brashear’s name.

The watch has a stainless steel case back embossed with a diver’s helmet and Carl Brashear’s famous quote: ‘It’s not a sin to get knocked down, it’s a sin to stay down’ Inside the watch is Oris Calibre 771, a special movement with a two-counter chronograph and a formidable 48-hour power reserve. It’s based on Sellita’s SW 510 and appears in the Oris collection for the first time.

Oris has chosen a chronograph function for this special watch as a symbol of the number of times Carl Brashear was stopped by factors in his life he couldn’t control, and yet always got back up again.  The dial’s ‘bi-compax’ layout gives the watch its classic chronograph look, which is further enhanced by the absence of a date indicator. The subdial at 3 o’clock is a 30-minute counter; the subdial at 9 o’clock a small seconds. The dial is blue, a handsome complement to the bronze case and a reminder of the deep water into which Brashear ventured so often and so bravely.

The watch comes on a vintage brown leather strap. A couple of finishing touches complete the story behind the watch. The stainless steel case back features an embossed traditional diver’s helmet and Carl Brashear’s famous mantra. The watch comes in a special wooden presentation box, complete with a coin issued by the Carl Brashear Foundation.

Carl Brashear was born in Kentucky, USA in 1931. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1948 as a 17-year-old, shortly after the U.S. Military desegregated, and quickly decided he wanted to become a deep-sea diver. He graduated from the Navy’s diving programme in 1954, despite facing discrimination on account of his race.

In 1966, he lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident during a mission to salvage a hydrogen bomb. After an exhausting period of rehabilitation, he became the U.S. Navy’s first amputee diver in 1968, and then qualified as a Master Diver in 1970, the first African American to do so. The training for Master Diver certification involved completing a gruelling assessment programme, including dives to depths of 300 metres (1,000 feet) – in Brashear’s case, all with a prosthetic limb.

After a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy that lasted more than 30 years, Brashear retired in 1979. He died in 2006 aged 75. His extraordinary story was the inspiration for the 2000 film Men of Honour, in which Brashear was portrayed by Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

Technical details
Model: Oris Carl Brashear Chronograph Limited Edition
Ref. No. 01 771 7744 3185 LS, Ø 43.00 mm
Limited to 2,000 pieces

Movement
Automatic chronograph movement Oris Cal. 771, based on Sellita SW 510

Case
Multi-piece bronze case with screw-in bronze crown and pushers
Water-resistant to 10 bar/100m
Uni-directional rotating bronze bezel with 60-minute timer. Zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
Bubble-curved sapphire crystal, domed on both sides and with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back with embossed diver’s helmet and Carl Brashear’s mantra: ‘It’s not a sin to get knocked down, it’s a sin to stay down’ and engraved limited edition number

Dial
Dark blue, curved dial with applied, polished, rose gold-plated indices, filled with Super-LumiNova®. Rose gold-plated hour, minute and central seconds hands, filled with Super-LumiNova®. Rose gold-plated chronograph minute and running seconds hands

Strap
Brown leather strap with bronze pin buckle (additional stainless steel pin buckle also supplied)

Packaging
Presented in a luxurious wooden box with additional stainless steel pin buckle and with Carl Brashear Foundation commemorative coin inside

Price
Swiss retail price CHF 4,700

Oris Movember Edition

Oris announces Movember Edition, a special diving timepiece created in partnership with the international men’s health charity Movember Foundation. The watch is based on Oris’s hugely successful Divers Sixty- Five, a heritage piece inspired by an Oris diver’s watch first introduced in 1965. Oris will make a donation to the foundation based on sales of the watch.

The Movember Foundation was founded in 2003 and tackles some of the biggest health issues facing men, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Its mission is to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives and to stop them dying too young. Every November, it encourages men to grow moustaches to raise money in support of the 1,200 health projects it runs around the world. The event enjoys worldwide backing and is supported by numerous celebrities in sport, comedy and fashion.

The Movember Edition has a number of features linking it to the organisation. The watch’s applied indices and hands are edged with rose gold plating, tying the watch in with Movember’s colour palette, and simultaneously creating a unique look within the stylish Divers Sixty-Five collection.

The 1960s Oris logo engraved on the case back is framed by the words ‘Oris Movember Edition’ and the Movember Moustache logo. The same logo is heat-stamped into the watch’s brown leather strap at 12 and 6 o’clock. It is presented in a special heritage box and comes with a tricolour Bordeaux red, beige and dark brown NATO strap that features the Movember logo on the metal loop.

Technical details
Model: Oris Movember Edition
Ref. No. 01 733 7707 4084, Ø 40.00 mm

Movement
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at 6 o’clock

Case
Multi-piece stainless steel case and screw-in crown
Water-resistant to 10 bar/100 m
Diver’s uni-directional rotating bezel with black aluminium inlay with 60- minute timer and zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back with engraved Oris shield framed by ‘Oris Movember Edition’ and Movember Moustache

Dial
Black, curved dial with rose gold-plated applied indices filled with Super- LumiNova®
Rose gold-plated hour and minute hands filled with Super- LumiNova®
Rose gold-plated seconds hand with ‘lollipop’ insert filled with Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Brown leather strap with stainless steel pin buckle and heat-stamped Movember Moustache

Packaging
Presented in a special heritage box with additional tricolour Bordeaux red, beige and dark brown NATO textile strap with stainless steel pin buckle, stainless steel loop showing Movember Moustache and strap changing tool

Retail price
Swiss retail price CHF 2,100

DAVOSA Vintage Diver Quartz

The DAVOSA Vintage Diver Quartz timepiece is a tribute to the early times of professional diving watches with many historical references: the egg shaped 10 ATM water resistant case, the typically curved crystal, printed Super- LumiNova indices and a bezel inlay made of aluminium. The Vintage Diver Quartz is a stylish everyday watch for all retro style lovers and, with its diameter of 39 mm, perfect for every wrist.

The Swiss quality movement Ronda 505/24h also allows the display of a second time zone which is highlighted by a red hand. This entry level, recreational dive watch is available in four versions: classic in black or blue, with a bezel inlay in red-brown or a two-color version in blue/red. The vintage leather straps are each one of a kind and have been specially selected for each color variant.

Technical details
DAVOSA Vintage Diver Quartz
References: 162.500.45 (blue), 162.500.55 (black), 162.500.65 (red-brown) and
162.500.95 (blue/red)
Swiss quality movement Ronda 505/24h with second time zone
Satined and polished all stainless steel case; Ø 39 mm, height 13,5 mm
10ATM water resistance; screw-down crown and back
Unidirectional rotating bezel with aluminium inlay
Typically curved box mineral crystal
Printed indices and hands with Super-LumiNova
Vintage leather strap with contrasting stitching and pin buckle
Price: 298,- Euros

Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle

Since 1846, when naval commanders and merchant captains the world over came looking for Ulysse Nardin’s marine and pocket chronometers, the company has been building on his winning approach of timekeeping innovation and precision. Every decade since then has seen its share of prize-winning innovative timepieces come out of the manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland. These mechanical timepieces provide a perpetual source of inspiration, both for collectors who appreciate their eternal beauty and continued performance, and for the watchmakers at the Swiss manufacture. Today, the release of the Diver Le Locle timepiece celebrates this illustrious history with resolutely modern aplomb.

Inspired by a 1964 model from the house collection, this diving watch might look like the vintage original, but the technology is pure 2017.

A self-winding UN-320 manufacture movement integrates silicium technology. The timepiece has as well undergone the stringent Ulysse Nardin certification process. A magnified date at 3 o’clock can be quickly set both forwards and backwards – Ulysse Nardin mechanical innovation at its best. And the Diver Le Locle is a diving watch to its core, as the legible Super Luminova indexes, unidirectional bezel and 100 m water-resistance can attest. It’s a diver in the details as well: the case-back reveals a unique engraving of a diver in the depths of the sea, and the strap is durable sailcloth.

Technical details
Reference 3203-950

Movement
Caliber UN-320
Manufacture movement
Silicium escapement and hairspring
Power reserve: approximately 48 hours
Winding: self-winding

Functions
Hours, minutes
Small seconds at 3 o’clock
Date at 6 o’clock
Quick forward and backward date setting

Case
Stainless steel
Bezel: rotating unidirectional and fluted bezel, black
Crown: screw-down security crown
Diameter: 42,2 mm
Water-resistance: 100 m
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Case-back: stamped case-back featuring a diver

Dial
Black dial

Strap
Exclusive sailcloth strap with a simple buckle

Oris Divers Sixty-Five with Silver Dial

Swiss watch brand Oris welcomes a silver dial version to its hugely successful Divers Sixty-Five collection launched in 2015.

The Divers Sixty-Five collection was first revived in 2015, picking up on a diver’s watch design Oris first introduced in 1965. During the 1960s, many significant improvements were made to underwater diving apparatus by the likes of Jacques Cousteau, Hans Hass and Christian J. Lambertsen. Just as important were the reliable underwater timing instruments they used to keep track of dive times as they ventured into the silent world. Oris was one of the decade’s pioneering diver’s watch manufacturers.

The revival watch bears many hallmarks of the 1960s original. From its slim-line case and bezel to its trapezoid date window, the Divers Sixty-Five is a faithful tribute to the innovations of the decade. Oris has updated the materials and given it a modern, high-performance automatic movement, in keeping with the company’s exacting 21stcentury industrial watchmaking standards.

Its 42mm case is made of high-grade stainless steel; the unidirectional bezel has a lightweight black aluminium inlay; the bubble-curved glass is made of sapphire crystal and has an anti-reflective coating on the inside; and the hands and hour markers are filled with SuperLumiNova® in place of the tritium used in the 1960s.

That original 1960s collection included a silver-dialled version, a colour Oris has now returned to, adding a touch of coastal glamour to the Divers Sixty-Five’s robust, utilitarian aesthetic.

This latest Divers Sixty-Five comes with three strap and bracelet options. The black rubber strap with its weave effect is lifted from the 1960s; the brushed stainless steel bracelet is styled like its 1960s forebear, including the round-headed pins that hold the links together; and the distressed vintage leather strap gives it a versatile quality that proves the watch is at home on land as at sea. Completing the vintage look is the engraved shield on the case back, an historic Oris emblem from the 1960s.

The new Oris Divers Sixty-Five with a silver dial gives a sleek, almost louche appeal to one of the watch industry’s most talked about diver’s watches of the last two years. It is available now, priced CHF 1,900 on a strap and CHF 2,100 on a bracelet.

Technical details
Model: Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Ref. No. 01 733 7720 4051 RS, Ø 42.00mm

Movement
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at 3 o’clock

Case
Multi-piece stainless steel case and screw-in stainless steel crown
Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
Diver’s uni-directional rotating bezel with black aluminium inlay with 60-minute timer and zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back engraved with historic Oris shield emblem

Dial
Silver, curved dial with applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova®
Hour, minute and seconds hands filled with Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Available on a black rubber strap, a brown vintage leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet

Retail Price
Swiss retail price: CHF 1,900 on a strap, CHF 2,100on metal bracelet

Oris Divers Sixty-Five, Green Dial Version

Oris Divers Sixty-Five, one of the most successful re-editions from the traditional Swiss watch brand, is now available in a green dial version. The 42mm stainless steel watch is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed blue-dialled version of the same watch launched at Baselworld in the spring. It comes on a choice of three straps and a metal bracelet.

As with previous additions to the Divers Sixty-Five collection, which was first revived in 2015, the new watch is a direct descendent of one of Oris’s first diver’s watches, introduced in 1965. The 1960s was a pioneering decade for diving, with significant improvements to underwater diving apparatus made by the likes of Jacques Cousteau, Hans Hass and Christian J. Lambertsen. Reliable underwater timing instruments were critical as they explored the silent world and Oris was among the leading manufacturers of diving watches at the time.

Oris’s designers have thoughtfully updated the look of the original, retaining a number of retro details, including its slim line case, thin bezel with 60-minute scale, and trapezoid date window. At the same time, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five has all the enhancements of a 21st century watch. The bezel with its black aluminium inlay is unidirectional; the bubble-curved glass is made of sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating inside; and the hands and hour markers are filled with SuperLumiNova® in place of the tritium used in the 1960s. Inside its multi-piece stainless steel case is a Swiss Made automatic movement.

But this marks the first time the watch has had a deep oceanic green dial. As well as giving the Divers Sixty-Fivea fresh look, it also creates a strong contrasting background to the watch’s hour markers, hands and bezel zero marker, which are all filled with vintage-coloured Super-LumiNova® designed to make the watch legible underwater.

The watch’s four strap and bracelet options make it hugely versatile. The black rubber strap carries over from the original 1960s piece and from last year’s debut Divers Sixty-Five; the hard-wearing brushed stainless steel bracelet is styled like its 1960s equivalent, right down to the round-headed pins that hold the links together; the distressed vintage leather strap makes the watch look as comfortable on land as at sea; and the retro green and black NATO textile strap with an adjustable stainless steel folding clasp is right in line with contemporary tastes.

Finishing off the vintage look is the case back, which is engraved with Oris’s historic shield, the company’s emblem during the 1960s.

The new Oris Divers Sixty-Five with a green dial adds another dimension to one of the watch industry’s most talked-about diver’s watches of the last two years. It will be available from October 2016, priced CHF 1,900 on a strap and CHF 2,100 on a bracelet.

Technical details
Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Ref. No. 01 733 7720 4057 TS, Ø 42.00mm

Movement
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at
3 o’clock

Case
Multi-piece stainless steel case and screw-in stainless steel crown
Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
Diver’s uni-directional rotating bezel with black aluminium inlay with
60-minute timer and zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back engraved with historic Oris shield emblem

Dial
Green, curved dial with applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova®
Hour, minute and seconds hands filled with Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Available on a black rubber strap, a stainless steel bracelet, a brown vintage leather strap or a green/black textile NATO strap with adjustable stainless steel folding clasp

Retail Price
Swiss retail price CHF 1,900 on a strap, CHF 2,100on metal bracelet

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Stainless Steel Bracelet Versions

The Divers Sixty-Five, Oris’s hugely in-demand vintage inspired diver’s watch, is now available on a stainless steel bracelet for the first time. Bracelets have been added to the black and two-tone, grey and blue-dialled 40mm Divers Sixty-Five models, giving consumers a greater choice of how to wear this versatile timepiece.

The watch, which is based on a classic Oris diver’s watch introduced in 1965, was launched in 2015 on a black rubber strap. The collection was also expanded this year to include a series of pieces on NATO fabric straps.

The new brushed stainless steel bracelets are based on originals from the 1960s, but have been subtly updated to reflect contemporary tastes, and built using the latest manufacturing techniques. The bracelets have four links on either side, which are connected via round-headed pins that evoke the design of the original.

Whether on a bracelet or a NATO strap, the Divers Sixty-Five collection brings the best of the old and the new. Aesthetically, it picks up from the timeless 1965 original, with its slimline bezel, bubble-curved crystal and distinctive retro Arabic numerals.

Ref. No. 01 733 7707 4065 MB: The two-tone blue and grey- dialled Oris Divers Sixty-Five with stainless steel metal bracelet

But while the look mirrors the original, in every other respect the Divers Sixty-Five is a product of its time. The original’s case was made of chromium-plated brass, but today it’s made of high grade stainless steel; the plexiglass crystal has been upgraded to scratch-resistant sapphire, with an anti-reflective coating on the inside; and the once plastic rotating bezel is now made of stainless steel with a lightweight black aluminium insert, and only rotates in an anti-clockwise direction. Inside it is a bulletproof automatic movement made according to the stringent standards of Swiss watchmaking.

Ref. No. 01 733 7707 4064 MB: The black- dialled Oris Divers Sixty-Five with stainless steel metal bracelet

The Oris Divers Sixty-Five has been a huge success since its launch last year and demand is outstripping supply. The new bracelet versions signal the next chapter in the watch’s story. The new additions will retail at CHF 2,000, just CHF 200 more than the strap versions.

The stainless steel case back of the Oris Divers Sixty-Five is engraved with the historic Oris shield emblem, as seen on the 1965 original.Every Oris Divers Sixty-Five model comes in a special heritage presentation box.

Technical details
Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Ref. No. 01 733 7707 4064 MB, Ø 40.00mm

  • Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at 6 o’clock
  • Multi-piece stainless steel case and screw-in stainless steel crown
  • Water-resistant to 10 bar/100m
  • Diver’s unidirectional rotating bezel with black aluminium insert with
  • 60-minute timer scale and zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
  • Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides and with anti-reflective coating inside
  • Black, curved dial with printed Super-LumiNova® numerals and indices
  • Hour, minute and seconds nickel hands filled with Super-LumiNova®
  • Stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp
  • Also available with beige or black textile strap and black rubber strap
  • Swiss retail price CHF 2,000

Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Ref. No. 01 733 7707 4065 MB, Ø 40.00mm

  • Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at 6 o’clock
  • Multi-piece stainless steel case and screw-in stainless steel crown
  • Water-resistant to 10 bar/100m
  • Diver’s unidirectional rotating bezel with black aluminium inlay with 60-minute timer and zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
  • Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides and with anti-reflective coating inside
  • Two-tone grey/light “Deauville” blue curved dial with printed SuperLumiNova® numerals and indices. Hour, minute and second nickel hands filled with Super-LumiNova®
  • Stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp
  • Also available with NATO textile strap with stainless steel folding clasp, black textile strap and black rubber strap with stainless steel buckle
  • Swiss retail price CHF 2,000

Oris Divers Sixty-Five New Version

Swiss watch brand Oris introduces a new design in its vintage inspired steel Divers Sixty-Five collection. At 42mm in diameter, the new model is the largest of the series, and for the first time comes with a choice of leather and NATO straps.

As with the Divers Sixty-Five launched in 2015, the new watch is a direct descendent of one of Oris’ first diver’s watches, introduced in 1965. The 1960s was a pioneering decade for diving, with significant improvements to underwater diving apparatus made by the likes of Jacques Cousteau, Hans Hass and Christian J. Lambertsen. Reliable underwater timing instruments were critical as they explored the silent world; Oris was among the leading manufacturers of diving watches at the time.

Oris’s designers have thoughtfully updated the look of the original, retaining a number of retro details, including its slim line case, the thin bezel with 60-minute scale, and a trapezoid date window.

At the same time, the Divers Sixty-Five has all the enhancements of a 21st century diving watch. The black aluminium inlay bezel is unidirectional; the bubble-curved glass is made of sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating inside; and the hands and hour markers are filled with SuperLumiNova® in place of the tritium used in the 1960s. Inside its multi-piece stainless steel case is a Swiss Made automatic movement.

For the first time, the Divers Sixty-Five has a dark blue, curved dial, offset by vintage-coloured Super-LumiNova®. Also new are the rubbed-down leather and textile NATO straps, both giving the watch a more vintage look. They join the black rubber strap and stainless steel bracelet options. The case back is engraved with Oris’s historic shield, the company’s emblem during the 1960s.

The new Oris Divers Sixty-Five is a handsome addition to the collection, faithfully continuing one of the independent Swiss brand’s most compelling stories of recent times. It will be available from June 2016, priced from CHF 1,900.

Technical details
Model: Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Ref. No. 01 733 7720 4055 TS, Ø 42.00mm

Movement
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW 200-1, with date at
3 o’clock

Case
Multi-piece stainless steel case and screw-in stainless steel crown
Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
Diver’s uni-directional rotating bezel with black aluminium inlay with 60-minute timer and zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back

Dial
Dark blue, curved dial with applied indices filled with Super-LumiNova®
Hour, minute and seconds nickel hands filled with Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Brown vintage leather strap with stainless steel buckle
Also available on a black rubber strap with stainless steel buckle, a black or blue textile NATO strap with adjustable stainless steel folding clasp or a stainless steel bracelet

Retail Price
Swiss retail price CHF 1,900 / CHF 2,100 on metal bracelet

Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition

Swiss watch brand Oris commemorates the extraordinary life of Carl Brashear, the U.S. Navy’s first African American master diver, by presenting a special edition timepiece.

The Carl Brashear Limited Edition, the first bronze watch from the brand, is based on Oris’s hugely successful Divers Sixty-Five and celebrates a man who conquered not only challenges of race, but also of disability.

Brashear joined the Navy in 1948 as a 17-year-old, and despite facing discrimination on account of his race he graduated from the Navy’s diving programme in 1954. In 1966, he lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident during a mission to salvage a hydrogen bomb. After an exhausting period of rehabilitation, he became the U.S. Navy’s first amputee diver in 1968, and then qualified as a Master Diver in 1970, the first African American to do so. After a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy that lasted more than 30 years, Brashear retired in 1979. He died in 2006 aged 75. His extraordinary story was the inspiration for the 2000 film Men of Honour, in which Brashear was portrayed by Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

The watch marking Brashear’s life and character is the first Oris watch to be made in bronze, a naturally aging material used in deep-sea diving helmets of the 1950s. It takes its aesthetic from the Oris Divers Sixty-Five, but at 42mm in diameter. Bronze is initially bright and shiny, and then darkens as its copper content reacts with carbon dioxide and moisture. This means each of the limited run of 2,000 pieces will develop a unique patina over time – and a unique relationship with their owner.

The unidirectional rotating bezel is also made of bronze, with a raised minute scale for tracking dive times, a look that recalls a number of diver’s watches in the Oris archive. The stainless steel case back shows Brashear’s helmet and his very personal claim. Under the watch’s dark blue dial is an automatic mechanical movement, and the watch is water-resistant to 100 metres.

The Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition presents a unique opportunity to own Oris’s first bronze watch, but more importantly to pay tribute to a man whose convictions changed the course of history and to support the Carl Brashear Foundation.

The stainless steel case back of the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition shows Brashear’s diver helmet with his claim “It’s not a sin to get knocked down, it’s a sin to stay down”.

Carl Brasher graduated from the U.S. Navy Diving & Salvage School in 1954. At that time diving helmets were made of bronze. The new Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition commemorates Carl Brashear’s legendary achievements.

Technical details
Model: Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition
Ref. No. 733 7720 3185 LS, Ø 42.00mm
Limited to 2,000 pieces

Movement
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on SellitaSW200, with date at  6 o’clock

Case
Multi-piece bronze case and screw-in bronze crown
Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
Diver’s unidirectional revolving bronze top ring with 60-minute timer. Zero markers filled with Super-LumiNova®
Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides and with anti-reflective coating inside
Screwed stainless steel case back with special engraving and engraved limitation number

Dial
Dark blue, curved dial with applied rose gold plated indices, filled with SuperLumiNova®
Hour, minute and second hands rose gold plated and filled with Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Dark brown leather strap with bronze pin buckle

Retail Price
Swiss retail price CHF 2,600

Luminox SR-71 Blackbird Limited Edition Valjoux Automatic (9080 Series)

Luminox announces the return of the successful SR-71 Blackbird Limited Edition Valjoux Automatic. This model features a deep Midnight Green enamel dial and re-designed crowns and pushers with a pyramid surface for aesthetic appeal and ease of manipulation.

Created with input from Lockheed Martin test pilots, the SR-71 features the famous Valjoux 7750 Automatic Chronograph movement renowned for its quality and reliability, with the added advantage of Luminox Light Technology. Only 300 will be made worldwide.

The Luminox SR-71 BLACKBIRD series is the crown jewel of Luminox’s proprietary collaboration with Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor, and maker of some of the most accomplished jets in aviation history. The series celebrates the US Air Force’s groundbreaking and record-setting SR-71 Blackbird. The black PVD-plated stainless steel watch case and black steel bracelet both evoke the look and spirit of the legendary black reconnaissance jet, in a design that harkens back to the early 1960s.

The watch is water-resistant to 100 meters and features the Luminox Light Technology system of self-powered micro gas tubes, mounted on the hands and markers of the watches, which glow continuously for up to 25 years, so that the dial can always be read, even in low light or complete darkness.

Luminox launched its first SR-71 series in 2005 as a tribute to the legendary SR-71 Blackbird aircraft, an aeronautical triumph of the 1960s. The SR-71 was a groundbreaking supersonic strategic reconnaissance jet, capable of Mach 3.2. It set numerous altitude and speed records that remain unsurpassed, even today more than 50 years later! Lockheed’s SR-71 flew U.S. Air Force and NASA missions between 1966 and 1998, when it was permanently retired. Because of its innovative titanium composite skin (the first used in aviation), and its black color, it was nicknamed “Blackbird.”

Technical details
Origin: Swiss Made
Always Visible: Constant glow for up to 25 years in any light condition
Size/Diameter: 44mm
Water Resistance: 100 meters, 10 ATM, 330 feet, individually tested
Movement: Valjoux 7750, Automatic Chronograph HH1
Case: 316L stainless steel PVD black
Bezel: Internal diving bezel with light tube, adjustable by crown at 10 o’clock
Case back: 316L stainless steel PVD black, sapphire crystal
Crystal: Sapphire, single antireflective coating
Crown: 316L stainless steel PVD black, screw down
Height: 16mm
Weight: 190g
Strap: 316L solid stainless steel bracelet with folded signature buckle, all PVD black, 23mm

Oris Divers Sixty-Five Deauville

Swiss watch manufacturer Oris launches its new Divers Sixty-Five with a two-tone grey and light “Deauville” blue dial option. Its dial design is inspired by 1960s colour palette, particularly the styles of upmarket French seaside resort of Deauville.

This year, Oris revived a diver’s watch it first introduced 50 years ago. The new piece, the Divers Sixty-Five, brought the retro looks of the original right up to date with 21st century manufacturing techniques. Now, Oris is introducing a sister piece, the new Oris Divers Sixty-Five.

It perpetuates the aesthetic of the black-dialled Divers Sixty-Five, with the same case shape and size, and the same signature green Super-LumiNova® numerals. But now the watch is being offered with a two-tone dial in grey and light “Deauville” blue, a colour reminiscent of the sea.

The light “Deauville” blue colour is lifted straight from the 1960s, and particularly from the cars, clothing and interiors seen during the period in one of its most stylish resorts, Deauville on northern France’s Normandy coast. This model is powered by an automatic movement, and comes with a choice of a black rubber strap or a black textile strap.

Technical details
Model: Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Ref. No. 733 7707 4065, Ø 40.00mm

Movement
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW200, with date at 6 o’clock

Case
Multi-piece stainless steel case and screw-in stainless steel crown
Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
Diver’s unidirectional rotating bezel with black aluminium inlay with 60-minute timer and zero marker filled with Super-LumiNova®
Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides and with anti-reflective coating inside

Dial
Two-tone grey/light “Deauville” blue curved dial with printed SuperLumiNova® numerals and indices
Hour, minute and second nickel hands filled with Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Black rubber strap with stainless steel buckle. Also available with a black textile strap with stainless steel buckle

Price
Swiss Retail Price: CHF 1,750.00

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

Swiss watch brand Oris presents the Oris Divers Sixty-Five – a revival of an iconic diver’s watch that first appeared in the Oris collection 50 years ago.

Oris’s 1965 diver’s watch featured a chromium-plated brass case with a plexi-crystal, a bi-directional rotating bezel, and a versatile black plastic ‘tropic design’ strap. Most importantly, it was water resistant to 10 bar/100m.

The new Oris Divers Sixty-Five shares the retro looks of the 1960s original, but it’s been modernised using 21st century watchmaking techniques. The case is now a more contemporary 40mm in diameter, and it’s made of anti-corrosive stainless steel.

The vintage-inspired bubble-curved glass is made of scratch resistant sapphire crystal and comes with anti-reflective coating on the inside to reduce glare and increase legibility underwater. One significant update is the new watch’s unidirectional rotating bezel, which has a black aluminium inlay with a 60-minute scale.

The original’s tritium-filled hands and indices have also been updated, and are now filled with “Light Old Radium” SuperLumiNova® that contrasts with the black dial and maximises legibility.

The watch is water-resistant to 10bar/100m and has a screw-in stainless steel crown. Inside is the automatic Oris Calibre 733, which powers hour, minute and central second hands and a date function at 6 o’clock.

The steel case back is engraved with the same historical Oris emblem as the 1965 original, and the watch’s details are complemented by a black textile or rubber strap with a stainless steel buckle.

Technical details
Model: Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Ref. No. 733 7707 4064, Ø 40.00mm

Movement
Automatic movement Oris Cal. 733, based on Sellita SW200, with date at 6 o’clock

Case
Multi-piece stainless steel case and screw-in stainless steel crown
Water resistant to 10 bar/100m
Diver’s unidirectional revolving bezel with black aluminium inlay with 60-minute timer and zero markers filled with Super-LumiNova®
Bubble-curved sapphire crystal domed on both sides and with anti-reflective coating inside

Dial
Black, curved dial with printed Super-LumiNova® numerals and indices
Hour, minute and second nickel hands filled with Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Black rubber strap with stainless steel buckle. Also available with a black textile NATO strap with stainless steel folding clasp

Price
Swiss Retail Price: CHF 1,750.00

Ulysse Nardin Lady Diver in Gold, Gem Set (Ref. 8156-180E-3C/10)

After introducing two new gem set versions of Lady Diver (Stainless steel models, References 8153-180E-3C/10 & 8153-180E-3C/12) in the mid of 2014, Swiss watch manufacture Ulysse Nardin now enhances its ladies dive watch collection with a new model crafted in gold and adorned with sparkling diamonds.

A fine jewellery watch and reliable diving instrument, the Lady Diver is self-winding with the UN-815 caliber steering the hours, minutes and seconds, as well as the date at the 6 o’clock position. She has a power reserve of 42 hours and is water resistant to 100 meters.

The Lady Diver  in 18-karat gold is  accompanied by a durable rubber strap ideal for endless activity.

Technical details
Model: Lady Diver in gold
Reference: 8156-180E-3C/10

Movement
Caliber UN-815, Self-winding
Power reserve: Approximately 42 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds
Date positioned at 6 o’clock

Case
18 ct rose gold
Diameter: 40 mm
Bezel: Unidirectional rotating bezel
Crown: Screw-down security crown
Diamonds: 54 diam, 0.685 ct
Water-resistance: 100 m
Crystal : Anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Bracelet
Exclusive rubber strap and deployant clasp

BENTLEY Sea Captain Chronograph

The Bentley Sea Captain collection is designed specifically for dive and water sport enthusiasts.

Sea Captain’s core design pays homage to other dive watch legends from Switzerland, infuses with remarkable Bentley watchmaking expertise and unprecedented material advancements, the new models purport a distinct sporty elegance and applauded as a great addition to the Bentley family.

 

Sea Captain watches are housed in stainless steel cases, the casing is engineered from ground up to accommodate the external hi-tech ceramic bezel that turns uni-directionally, elapsed dive timer markings made of ceramic are engrave onto the bezels displayed in intervals of 20s.

Five striking dial colours are available, silver, blue, black, brown and two tone gold and black , the dials have wave patterns discretely imprinted on the surface inspired by ocean waves and sunny sky, and as standard equipment the date aperture is set at 3 O’clock position.

Sapphire crystal glass with nine layers of anti-reflective treatment domes over the meticulously finished dial, the glass virtually eliminates any surface glare and ensures protection in inclement conditions, the watches are also equipped with triple lock screw down crown, and as described by Bentley the watches are sea worthy up to 100 meters in depth.

IWC Schaffhausen Aquatimer Deep Three

Swiss luxury watch maker IWC unveils Aquatimer Deep Three, its third generation diving timepiece to feature a mechanical depth gauge. Boasting a water resistance up to 100 meters, this timepiece is dedicated to the lovers of scuba diving. The continuous development of the depth gauge and rotating bezel system testifies to the Schaffhausen watch manufacturer’s resolve to further consolidate its technological advantage in complex mechanical solutions.

In scuba diving it is very necessary to follow some safety precautions and the diver to always carry some measuring and life saving equipments. If the electronically powered support systems fail, a highly reliable mechanical diver watch like the new Aquatimer Deep Three with depth gauge functions can give a reliable backup system for calculating all aspects of your dive.

Following on from the GST Deep One (Ref. 3527) in 1999 and the Aquatimer Deep Two (Ref. 3547) in 2009, IWC Schaffhausen is now rolling out its third generation of diver’s watches with a mechanical depth gauge. The Aquatimer Deep Three (Ref. IW355701) is a perfect example of watchmaking evolution from Schaffhausen. Among other things, the watch’s development can be traced simply by comparing the three different concepts used for the rotating bezel system that keeps track of dive time.

The GST Deep One was fitted with an internal rotating bezel that was set using a crown at “2 o’clock”. This technically advanced solution made it practically impossible to move the time of the start of a dive by accident and, as a result, to stay down longer than the amount of compressed air in the tank permitted.

In addition, the scale under the glass, with its sensitive luminescent coating, was perfectly protected against water, dirt and scratching. At the same time, it was not as easy to wind the crown wearing diving gloves or under poor visibility conditions as it was to turn an external rotating bezel. It was for this reason that IWC’s 2009 Aquatimer collection came with an external dive time ring that could be rotated easily, even with gloves, and only anticlockwise, for safety reasons. In other words, if the ring was moved accidentally, it only showed a shorter residual dive time, which might have been irritating for the diver but was at least risk-free. The ring consisted of several parts and featured an inset four-millimetre-wide sapphire-glass ring, the lower surface of which was coated with luminescent Super- LumiNova®.

The case design of the Aquatimer Deep Three combines the advantages of the internal rotating bezel – such as protection of the scale against dirt and scratches – with the convenience of the external rotating bezel. It has been made possible by an IWC invention: the sophisticated sliding clutch system transmits the rotations of the bezel to the interior of the case and the internal rotating bezel.

Here, too – for safety reasons and thanks to the IWC SafeDive system – the internal rotating bezel, which engages in precise one-minute intervals, can only be moved anticlockwise. The mechanical depth gauge is the technical highlight of the Aquatimer Deep Three, which is pressure-resistant to 10 bar.

In the 1990s, the GST Deep One in titanium was one of IWC’s most ambitious technological projects ever. Diver’s watches with mechanical depth gauges were a rarity at the time, and electronic meters ruled the market. The case design, sealing system and metering mechanism all seemed far too complex for mechanical diver’s watches. However, IWC’s engineers did not shy away from the difficulties. They equipped the GST  Deep One with a calibrated pipe, which ran around the movement inside the case. During a dive, this filled with water entering through minuscule drill holes in a crown and, with increasing pressure, was pushed further, transmitting the ambient pressure via a lever mechanism to a flyback hand. On the dial, a white central hand showed current dive depth to a maximum of 45 metres, while an additional flyback hand, likewise designed as a central hand, remained stationary at the greatest depth attained. However, since the axes of the gauge’s indicators went straight through the middle of the movement, there was no room left for a large seconds hand. Divers prefer to have a seconds hand because it is useful for timing decompression stops but also provides reassurance that everything is functioning as it ought to. This was the reason why, 10 years later, in the Aquatimer Deep Two, the depth indicator ran around the movement. Only the bent-over tips of the two indicators, which protruded from a semicircular slit in the dial, moved across the calibrated scale to the side. It was a smart solution that did away with the need for the axes to pass through the movement and made room for a seconds hand.

In both the Aquatimer Deep Two and the new Aquatimer Deep Three, the pressure-metering system is housed in a large second crown on the left-hand side of the case, protected by a bow. Water pressure acts directly on a membrane in the crown and pushes a pin towards the interior  of the case. This movement operates the lever system that integrates the two indicators. During a dive, the blue depth indicator moves with increasing or decreasing depth across the white scale and always shows current depth. With the help of the seconds hand and the depth gauge, it is possible to keep ascent speed to a maximum of 10 metres per minute. The red indicator remains at the deepest point attained during the dive, to a maximum of 50 metres. This figure is vital for calculating any necessary decompression stops and, together with the other data, gives the experienced diver all the information he needs to complete the dive safely. The continuous improvement of the rotating bezel system and depth gauge over three generations of the watch nicely illustrates what is probably Charles Darwin’s best-known quotation: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

Thanks to its titanium case, the Aquatimer Deep Three is lighter than its predecessor in stainless steel. Optically, the watch appears less bulky because of the slimmer rotating bezel with its rounded recessed grips. This is despite the watch’s diameter, which at 46 millimetres remains unchanged, and the addition of two new functional elements on the right-hand side. The reset button for the maximum depth indicator has moved from “8 o’clock” to “2 o’clock”.

The push-button made of ceramic is used to reset the maxi mum depth display to zero. The titanium cover at “4 o’clock” conceals the sliding clutch mechanism for the new rotating bezel system. Despite the many displays, the black dial remains simple and uncluttered. The Super-LumiNova ®coating guarantees excellent legibility no matter how poor the visibility. In addition, the use of twin colours makes it easier for divers to keep their bearings in the dark. The displays relevant to the dive itself, such as depth, dive time and the minute and seconds displays are green, while the hour hand and indices are blue. The reliable 30120-calibre automatic movement with date display comes with a useful 42-hour power reserve.

The back of the watch, secured with five screws, features an intricate relief engraving of a diver’s helmet, symbolizing the Deep Three’s suitability as a professional diving instrument. The corrugated rubber strap stretches and adjusts itself flexibly to fluctuations in the girth of the wrist experienced when diving or with changing temperatures.

Technical details
Functions
Mechanical external/internal rotating bezel with IWC SafeDive system
Date display
Central hacking seconds
Mechanical depth gauge with split indicator showing maximum depth to 50 m

Movement
Calibre: 30120, Mechanical movement
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 21
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: automatic

Case, dial & strap
Titanium case, black dial, black rubber strap, pin buckle in titanium
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 10 bar
Diameter: 46 mm
Case height: 16.5 mm
Luminescent elements on hands, dial and internal rotating bezel
Screw-in crown
Back engraving
IWC bracelet quick-change system

Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph – New Model (Ref Q2068570)

This year, Jaeger-LeCoultre enriches its legendary Deep Sea Chronograph line with a new model (Ref Q2068570), The Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph, a professional instrument of legendary origin is one of the safest and reliable scuba diving watch models available in the market.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph has an operating indicator for the chronograph which contributes to divers’ safety by enabling them to check at a glance that the chronograph is indeed measuring a certain time interval, that it is ready to be activated, or that the measured time is displayed on the various counters. This specific feature is inspired by a historical Jaeger-LeCoultre model: the Chronoflight. This onboard chronograph was invented in 1930 to equip civil and military aviation. It further enriched the range of onboard instruments made by Jaeger since the 1910s. The Chronoflight featured a number of subdials and totalisers, serving in particular to calculate total flight times while deducting stopovers. Used for over 30 years, its sturdiness and its precision also made it a favourite among motor-racing drivers.

Today’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph is inspired by a technical device featured in the Chronoflight in order to make it available to divers. Appearing on the watch dial above the Jaeger-LeCoultre signature, a round aperture reveals the chronograph operating indicator. The latter is composed of two discs – one white and the other red – which provide the required information regarding the state of the chronograph, without any risk of error.

When the display is white, the chronograph is ready to be activated in order to begin measuring a time interval. Once the chronograph has started, the indicator window simultaneously shows both colours – red and white – in order to signal that a measurement is in progress. Finally, when the chronograph has stopped, the red disc appears on its own in the window to indicate that the measurement performed may be consulted, before resetting the chronograph.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph is an instrument designed for professionals and therefore complies with all the criteria imposed on diver’s watches by the ISO 6425 standard. It features a unidirectional rotating bezel, is water-resistant to 10 bar (100 metres), readable in the dark, and also meets the corresponding demands in terms of magnetism and resistance to shocks. The operating indicator takes the form of a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock.

This model is driven by the new automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 758 featuring a balance oscillating at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and endowed with a 65-hour power reserve. Its chronograph comprises two counters (one each for the hours and minutes) along with a central sweep seconds hand. The watch dial is distinguished by the clarity of the indications provided by the luminescent hands and hour-markers. Two push-pieces positioned at 2 and 4 o’clock on either side of the crown serve to start, stop and reset the chronograph. The 42 mm-diameter stainless steel case is fitted with a black leather strap.

Technical details
Movement
Mechanical automatic movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 758, crafted, assembled and decorated by hand
28,800 vibrations per hour
47 jewels
6.8 mm thick
340 parts
65-hour power reserve

Functions
Hour, minute, small seconds
Chronograph: hour and minute counters, central sweep seconds hand
Chronograph operating indicator

Dial
Matt black
White superluminova hour-markers

Case
Steel
42 mm in diameter
Rotating bezel
Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 bar

Strap
Black leather with steel pin buckle

Reference: Q2068570

Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea

The Memovox Deep Sea, the first diver’s watch ever made by Swiss watch Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre, belongs to a select circle of historical timing instruments. After presenting in 2008 two faithful interpretations of historical diver’s watches, the Memovox Tribute to Polaris 1965 and the Memovox Tribute to Polaris 1968, the Grande Maison in the Vallée de Joux is pursuing its journey through time and returning to the very roots of the diver’s watch by introducing a re-edition of the 1959 Memovox Deep Sea, logically named Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea. The distinctive characteristic of the original model lay in the fact that it was interpreted in two versions: one intended for European sports enthusiasts and the other for American divers.

In homage to its rich past and to the delight of fine watchmaking connoisseurs, the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre is unveiling a faithful limited-series re-edition of the two 1959 Memovox Deep Sea models.

Rebirth of an icon
The Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea faithfully replicates the original model, except in one respect: the stainless steel case has been slightly enlarged from 39.8 to 40.5 mm in order to match contemporary requirements – and wrists. The case-back carries the motif appearing on the 1959 watch, featuring a frogman surrounded by bubbles. And, as one would expect from a new creation paying homage to its illustrious predecessors, the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea also comes in two versions, each bearing the appearance of one of the historical variations.
While the European model features a matt black dial with luminescent hour-markers, its American counterpart is distinguished by a two-tone black/grey execution surrounded by an external ring comprising a scale with five-minute graduations and simply signed “LeCoultre”. The two versions offer the same range of functions: hours, minutes, central seconds and an alarm. A crown at 2 o’clock serves to wind and set the alarm, while another at 4 o’clock is used to wind the movement and set the time. Both models are driven by Memovox Calibre 956, an automatic movement incorporating the latest technological developments from the Manufacture and which has decisively demonstrated its reliability over the years. This descendant of the first manually-wound Memovox calibre beats at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and is endowed with a 45-hour power reserve.
The first diver’s watch instrument
In the early 1950s, humankind was fervently dedicated to building a new world. Modern individuals were dynamic and intrepid, embodying the values of a future-oriented era and keen to set off on the discovery of new territories focusing on the unexplored heart of continents, the infinity of the cosmos, and the ocean depths. In 1957 the USSR launched the first artificial satellite of the Earth. A few months earlier, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle had unveiled the fascinating mysteries of underwater life in the film entitled The Silent World and which was acclaimed by critics at the Cannes Film Festival and subsequently by the public at large.

Commander Cousteau’s passion was soon shared by a growing number of eager scuba diving fans, especially once the simultaneous invention of a revolutionary diving bottle fostered the spread of this promising young discipline. A new kind of sports enthusiast emerged, requiring instruments suited to the exercise of their recently developed passion and able to help them successfully undertake their adventurous missions below the sea.

In order to meet demand from American enthusiasts of this booming sport, Jaeger-LeCoultre launched a daring project in 1959 involving the development of a diver’s watch. This represented largely uncharted territory at the time, with no criteria stipulating the demands that should be met by this unprecedented category of timepieces, and almost 20 years were to elapse before the adoption of the NIHS norms applicable to diver’s watches.

The watchmakers and technicians of the Manufacture immediately set to work and that same year presented a watch endowed with a degree of reliability and performances that were truly exceptional in that early period of underwater exploration. The Memovox Deep Sea was the world’s first diver’s watch equipped with an alarm function. Jaeger-LeCoultre engineers devoted the full measure of their inventive skills to transforming the alarm generally featured on Memovox watches into an acoustic signal designed to warn divers that it was time to begin their progressive ascent to the surface. In keeping with an essential principle consistently upheld by the Manufacture, functionality was already dedicated to serving security.

The new timepiece in both versions met with spectacular success on either side of the Atlantic. This iconic diver’s watch soon sold out and became a legend of which only a rare few collectors were able to glimpse the reality. The Memovox tribute to Deep Sea is issued in two limited series: 959 reproducing the “Jaeger- LeCoultre Classique 1959” intended for the European market; and 359 inspired by the “LeCoultre Spécial Amérique 1959”.

The last two digits of each edition echo the birth year of this legendary watch. And finally, driven by a determination to pay homage to one of the treasures of the company heritage, the watchmakers of the Manufacture have chosen to protect the dial of the Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea with a Plexiglas watch glass absolutely identical to that which equipped the historical models.

Technical details
Model: Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea, Replica of the “Jaeger-LeCoultre Classique 1959”

  • Movement: Mechanical automatic movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calirbe 956, crafted, assembled and decorated by hand, 28,800 vibrations per hour, 23 jewels, 7.45 mm high, 268 parts, 45-hour power reserve
  • Functions: hours, minutes, central seconds and alarm
  • Dial: matt black with luminescent hour-markers, alarm indication by a triangle with a luminescent centre
  • Case: steel, 40.5 mm in diameter, convex plexiglas watch glass, water resistance: 10 bar
  • Strap: black leather with steel pin buckle
  • Reference: Q2028470, limited series of 959

Model: Memovox Tribute to Deep Sea, Replica of the “LeCoultre Spécial Amérique 1959”

  • Movement: mechanical automatic movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 956, crafted, assembled and decorated by hand, 28,800 vibrations per hour, 23 jewels, 7.45 mm high, 268 parts, 45-hour power reserve
  • Functions: hours, minutes, central seconds and alarm
  • Dial: matt black and grey, alarm indication by a triangle with a luminescent centre
  • Case: steel, 40.5 mm in diameter, convex plexiglas watch glass
  • water resistance: 10 bar
  • Strap: black leather with steel pin buckle
  • Reference: Q2028440, limited series of 359