I always consider it to be a rare and immensely valuable opportunity whenever I get the chance to connect with dedicated brand owners eager to show off their products. In fact, there’s nothing better than feeling the complete idea of a product finally “clicking” after witnessing the tenacity and perseverance of the individuals committed to developing something new – especially if we’re talking about micro-brands.
Started by “machine collector” and “Count” Jerome DeWitt (who also has a claim to being an ancestor of Napoleon), Geneva-based DeWitt is among the more interesting independent watch brands that collectors should know about. Brands like DeWitt come with strengths and weaknesses. Independence and resolution are among their strengths, and trying to solo it in a world for luxury mechanical timepieces is clearly a challenge DeWitt and others are trying to overcome in a time when inherent quality and mere perception battle it out for luxury spending dollars.
In the market for a mechanical dive watch with an analog thermometer? No? Well perhaps you will be after reading this review. Or at least you’ll appreciate that there are still some interesting new things to see in the world of mechanical timepieces. One of my biggest problems with mechanical watchmakers today is the total lack of effort in trying to create new (or fresh) complications and features. Too often we are presented with the same complications again and again, without much variety.
The Revolution Diver is an elegant and “tough-as-nails” dive watch that can seamlessly follow you from the beach to the boardroom. Its retro design is an homage to the bold dive watches of the 1960s. The domed sapphire crystal, gloss black dial, and raised indices filled with C3 Super-LumiNova make the Diver extremely easy to read, whether you are out at dinner or in the deep sea. The case is CNC milled from a single piece of 316 stainless steel. It has been tested and certified to be water-resistant up to 1,000 feet.
In keeping with their tradition of utilizing technologically forward materials to produce visually interesting, densely over-complicated watches, Angelus released their first ever diver’s watch, the Angelus U50 Diver Tourbillon Watch, during the lead-up to Baselworld. The U50 is a 300 meters water resistant, 45mm wide, titanium cased, totally in-house sport watch with a flying one minute tourbillon. At Baselworld, your pals at were able to get their hands on Angelus’ new ocean-faring creation to get a closer look at the U50’s impressive list of features.
The Volvo Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world as well as sailing’s toughest team challenge. The 2017-18 edition will take the teams 45,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark host cities.
No conversation on the topic of diving watches is complete without the mention of the Rolex Submariner. Launched in 1953, this stainless steel mechanical wristwatch is arguably the most well known of its kind, although diving watches have evolved greatly to include digital watches.
One of the new watches presented by Girard-Prerregraux at BaselWorld 2013 is the elegant and classic 1966 Column-wheel Chronograph.
With a 40 mm diameter and thickness of 11.25 mm, it is made in pink gold with polished surfaces. It has two anti-reflective sapphire glasses, domed on the dial side and flat on the back.
Swiss Omega is marking the 25th anniversary of its Seamaster Professional Diver 300M by releasing 14 new models of the classic timepiece, six in stainless steel and eight in a mix of stainless steel and gold. The new models were unveiled at Baselworld 2018.
First released in 1993, the Omega Diver 300M Watch has had a loyal following and started Omega’s long-standing partnership with James Bond. For the most recent release, the watch received a complete makeover inside and out.