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REVIEW: Seiko Prospex SRP775 Diver

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Seiko is not only the oldest Japanese watch manufacture – with horological expertise dating to 1892 – they also have an incredibly strong diving heritage. In 1965, Seiko released their first dive watch, the 150 meter water-resistant reference 62MAS-010. Many dive watch models followed over the years. And not much has changed in that regard, as Seiko continues to make numerous dive watch models across a broad range of price points. For this article, we will focus on the modern SRP775 Prospex Diver, based on vintage reference 6309 that was produced from 1976-1988. Introduced at Baselworld 2015, the Prospex SRP775 Diver, nicknamed the “Turtle,” shares the original 6309’s cushion-shaped case design and has approximately the same dimensions. In fact, the hands, bezel, crown – and even the embossed logo on the back – are virtually the same. There are, of

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Photo Report: Oris at the beach

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An Oris Divers 65 is my go to watch for wearing with short sleeves, going to pool parties or the beach. I really like vintage Tudor and Rolex Submariners but with old watches, you always worry about water entering the case. Not to mention, they are often in need of costly overhauls and repairs and are really not optimal in regards to durability like a modern Tudor or Rolex. Plus, they cost quite a bit more, especially in good condition. The Oris 65 solves the problem with modern wearability, durability, and they are more affordable to own (retail with the rubber strap is $1850). I continue to put the Oris through the paces. While I am not a diver, I do like to swim with my watch on, play football at the beach with the watch on my wrist, and

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Visconti Abyssus Scuba Urban Camo Hands-On

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Since 1988, Florence-based penmaker Visconti has been producing high-quality writing instruments. And after over 25 years crafting writing instruments in Florence, at Baselworld 2014, the company launched a timepiece collection to complement their assortment of fountain pens, rollers, and ball-pens. The Abyssus professional dive watch collection was the first collection, and according to the company they have, “won the approval of such professional experts as the CNS, Italy’s National Diver Centre, forging close professional ties with the centre in the development of its monobloc Scuba Abissus 3.000 mt. watch, with two patents currently pending.” We visited Visconti’s at Baselworld 2016 for the first time, and from a technical perspective, their 3000 meter dive watches were the most interesting. The Abyssus Scuba Urban Camo collection, in particular, stood out due to its rugged military aesthetic, and unique professional locking dive crown

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Two new Alpina Heritage timepieces, and the vintage watches that inspired them

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A trend in recent years has been for watchmakers to produce timepieces heavily inspired by past designs from within their archives. Longines has an entire collection of modern timepieces influenced by their past models, including, most recently, the Heritage Military COSD, and the Longines Heritage Diver 1967. Oris too, has started recreating past models, starting with the Sixty Five Diver, which looks practically the same as the original model from which is was designed, and it has been so success that they have already created additional variations, such as the Deauville blue version. Tudor, who has essentially relaunched their brand around the best selling Black Bay range, used inspiration from multiple past models to create a look the harkens back to models from the 1950s and 1960s. This year, Alpina has followed suit, starting with the launch of the Seastrong

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Introducing the Omega Planet Ocean Deep Black collection

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In New York City on Monday, Omega unveiled an all new ceramic diver’s watch collection called the Planet Ocean Deep Black. Similar to the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon, each of the four models features a black ceramic mono block case, bezel, and dial. The new ceramic watch case measures 45.5 mm in diameter by a thickness of 18.87 mm, which is understandably even larger than the Dark Side of the Moon, which measures 44.25 mm in diameter by 16 mm thick, as this is a professional diver’s watch. That said, if you are looking for a diver’s watch to wear with your suit, this is probably not the one to go with as it is quite large. But if you are looking for a highly water resistant sports watch to wear with short sleeves, this is a great

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New Model: Raymond Weil Freelancer Diver Automatic

This week Raymond Weil unveiled a new steel dive watch called the Freelancer Diver Automatic. The watch is presented in a nicely proportioned stainless steel case (42.5 mm x 11.8 mm), with either a polished finish or a black PVD treatment – and top by a black ceramic unidirectional rotating dive bezel with either green or orange luminescent material. The Raymond Weil Freelancer Diver Automatic (Ref. 2760-ST1-20001) looks attractive from the pictures, and somewhat reminds me of the Oris Sixty Five, or even the Tudor Black Bay. The black galvanic dial features applied indices and steel hands, both with luminescent material in either green or orange (matching the bezel), and a 3-day aperture for the date. The movement is automatic and features a 38-hour power reserve. Water-resistance is 300 meters. You can select a bracelet or perforated strap (shown). The

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Seiko Prospex PADI Special Edition Divers

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Seiko has a rich history making dive watches dating back to 1965. They made the world’s first titanium diver’s watch in 1975, the first diver’s watch with a ceramic outer case in 1986, and the first Nitrox Dive Computer watch in 2000. Needless to say, Seiko is one of the most respected manufacturers of professional dive watches. And so it should come as no surprise that, PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), the world’s most trusted scuba diving training organization, which has issued 24 million certifications – has decided to partner with Seiko to support the global movement of scuba divers coming to protect the world’s oceans, called “Project AWARE.” To celebrate and promote this partnership, two Prospex PADI Special Editions will be released Fall 2016. The Kinetic GMT Diver is powered by hybrid Kinetic caliber 5M85 movement, with a

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Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition Hands-On

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We previewed the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition bronze dive watch back in January. Today, we have hands-on images of the actual watch, taken at the Baselworld 2016 watch show where it officially debuted last week. Quite frankly, the professional brand supplied product images don’t do it justice, as it looks much better once you see it is the flesh, and on your wrist. Moreover, at 42 mm, it does not appear much bigger than the wildly popular 40 mm Sixty Five diver, that is part the same collection of dive watches. As we mentioned in the original post, Oris produced this limited edition timepiece to pay homage to the well-known Navy diver, Carl Brashear, who was the first amputee diver in the Navy in 1968, and the first African-American Master Diver in 1970. The Carl Brashear Limited Edition comes

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Hands-On with the Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage at Baselworld

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Yesterday, at the start of Baselworld 2016, Alpina unveiled a retro diver watch called the Seastrong Diver Heritage, based on their iconic “Seastrong 10” Super Compressor Diving watch from the 1960s. The new collection consists of two variants: one with a white and black dial (Ref. AL-525S4H6), and the other with a grey and dark blue dial (Ref. AL-525G4H6). The former has a more sporty appearance, and similar color scheme to the original, while the latter has a darker, more elegant aesthetic. The 42 mm stainless steel supercompressor case is thin, with a box sapphire crystal and solid steel caseback, along with dual locking crowns. The crown at 2 o’clock controls the internal rotating bezel, and the crown at 4 o’clock controls the time setting, date setting, and allows for hand winding. Water-resistance is 300 meters. A Sellita SW-200 4Hz

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Introducing the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition Diver's Watch

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Oris has produced a diver’s watch that pays homage to well-known Navy diver Carl Brashear with a namesake limited edition based on the popular Divers Sixty-Five. According to Oris, “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

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