Welcome to our dedicated coverage of Dive Watches
Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk in Cobalt Blue and Coral Orange
by Kyle Stults on April 22, 2014

Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk detail

Girard-Perregaux presents its Sea Hawk dive watch in new hues for 2014.   The cobalt blue dial is accented with coral orange hands and coral orange 15-min diver’s scale on the bezel.  As a reminder, the Sea Hawk received a major design upgrade in 2012 which brought new life to the iconic diver’s line.  Save for the new color-set, this 2014 model carries forward the characteristc  design elements including the “honeycomb” textured dial, luminescent three dimensional hour markers, and a sloping outer flange which bridges the dial with the case/bezel.   The case remains 44mm x 17.1mm  in stainless steel, with 1,000m water resistance rating, helium escape valve, and meeting all of the other ISO 6425 dive watch standards.   Offered on blue rubber strap (Ref 49960-19-431-FK4A) and bracelet (Ref 49960-19-431-11A), too.

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Blancpain Fifthy Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph with New Caliber F385
by Kyle Stults on April 08, 2014

Blanpcain Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph

Before we get to the last of Blancpain’s new additions to the 2014 Villeret collection, let’s switch it up with a look at the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Chronograph.  The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe line debuted last year in basic 3-handed models & steel cases.  This year the line is really stepped up with a satin-brushed black ceramic case and ceramic bezel. On top of this, Blancpain has fitted this watch with a new automatic mechanical manufacture caliber — the Blancpain Cal. F385.  The Cal. F385 is a column wheel chronograph with vertical clutch; it has a silicon balance spring and beats at 36,000 vph.  Moreover, this is a water-resistant chronograph — the pushers are constructed to enable use underwater to depths of 300 meters.  Exceptional features for a chronograph watch.

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Tudor Heritage Black Bay “Blue”
by Kyle Stults on March 26, 2014

First look quick look…

***UPDATE:  See our “closer look” at the Tudor Black Bay blue, with extensive photo gallery, here>>>

Tudor Heritage Black Bay blue watch

Not to be outdone by its bigger brother Rolex, Tudor also has a strong lineup this year, including this new Heritage Black Bay with blue bezel.   It comes on a dark blue aged-leather strap for $3,100 or a polished steel bracelet for $3,425.   Both versions come with a fabric strap as well.  And don’t overlook the white “snowflake” hands which look very nice inside the blue bezel.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay snowflake blue

Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 (Ref 116600) (with Video)
by Kyle Stults on March 26, 2014

First look…

Rolex 116600 Sea-Dweller 4000m Baselworld 2014 via Perpetuelle

With this our official coverage of Baselworld 2014 beings:  Rolex has just unveiled the Sea-Dweller 4000, featuring a 40 mm case, black ceramic bezel, helium escape valve and depth rating of 4000 feet (1220m).  The bracelet is also upgraded with Rolex’s Glidelock & Fliplock clasp features on the bracelet.  The caliber is the Rolex 3135. 

This is certainly an intriguing release — a “reissue” of sorts.  The Sea-Dweller first debuted in 1967 and was discontinued in 2008, which I suppose makes the new 116600 one that purists might love.

Video and LOTS of pics on the click