E.C.Andersson Calypso Arctic Sport – Finally in Stock, Delivered Before Christmas

It’s been a long wait for fans of E.C.Andersson Watch Company since the pre-order release of the Calypso Arctic Sport. Right on schedule, however, all orders have finally been shipped and a stock of 30 pieces remains for new customers, with immediate shipping worldwide. As has become customary, E.C.Andersson offers a 10% discount for WatchTime readers on the last remaining watches, and orders made before the 18th of December will arrive before Christmas day.

E.C. Andersson Calypso Arctic Sport - flat

The Arctic Sport is the third iteration of the Calypso collection, and perhaps the model best manifesting E.C.Andersson’s bold take on Scandinavian design. It’s made with the Northern winter in mind, targeted to outdoorsmen who often find themselves in nature without access to electric or natural light. The anti-reflective dial, however, is just as legible during the few hours of sun, when snow may cast a blinding glare. Continue reading

Ice Age: Diving with the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Titanio

Panerai’s Luminor Submersible is part of the brand’s long tradition of making diving instruments for military frogmen. In this feature from our September-October 2018 issue, we subjected this model, which debuted in 2017, to the ultimate test: ice diving.

Panerai Luminor Submersible - diver

Ice diving requires special expertise. The risk of breaking through the ice on a frozen lake and drowning in frigid water is quite high if the layer of ice is not thick enough to hold the divers, their team and their heavy equipment. A diver must pass a training course and become certified in ice diving to learn how to minimize the risks involved. We plan to test the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days during our ice dive. Our dive won’t be nearly as dangerous as the missions of the military frogmen in the 1940s and 1950s for whom Panerai’s watches were originally developed. But we do have to drive up to Tyrol, Austria, high in the Alps, to find a lake covered by a sheet of ice that’s thick enough for our dive. Continue reading

Borrowed Time: The GPHG-Winning Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Re-Creation SLA025J1

In 1968, three years after the brand’s first dive watch was released (the 62MAS or Reference 6217-800x with 150-meter water resistance), Seiko’s engineers managed to raise the bar with a Hi-Beat divers’ watch with 300-meter water resistance (Reference 6159-700x). This model was not only the first dive watch to be equipped with a 10-beat high-precision automatic caliber (6159A), it also featured – like its predecessor from 1967 (Reference 6215-7000) – a case design with a one-piece structure, a screw-down crown at 4 o’clock and a rotating (albeit bidirectional) bezel. Fifty years later, Seiko decided to finally bring back one of its most sought-after dive-watch designs in a limited edition of 1,500 pieces. Another watch with similar roots, however, has already been around during the last 18 years and has built up quite a following. Continue reading

Diving with the Square-Shaped Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver

“A divers’ watch with corners? That’s absurd.” This comment, or a similar one, might be heard from techies who know that it’s much harder to make a square watch case watertight than a round one. But Bell & Ross has succeeded in constructing the brand’s characteristic quadratic case in such a way that it can pass pressure tests up to 30 bar (300 meters) – plus another 25 percent for safety’s sake. The technique involves a screw-down crown, an extra-thick (2.85-mm) sapphire crystal, and four massive screws joining the upper part of the case to the middle piece and the 2.8-mm-thick steel back. The result is the BR 03-92 Diver, a terrific-looking dive watch with a round, black rotatable bezel atop a square stainless-steel case. Continue reading

Essence of Emerald: 15 Green-Dial Watches On Sale Now

It doesn’t get any greener in today’s watch world. Or does it? There have never been as many green watches as there are today, and in this feature from our 2019 Special Design Issue, on sale now, we explore the emergence of the trend and showcase 15 currently available emerald-hued timepieces.

Although blue has been the most prominent trendy color for watches for the past several years, green is gaining in popularity. Blue has enjoyed such strong success that blue dials and straps have become a part of the standard col-lections of many brands. But the market constantly demands new attractions, so more than a few manufacturers have introduced new models in green. Is green the new blue? Continue reading

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Doxa SUB 300 Searambler “Silver Lung”

In 2017, the storied Swiss dive watch brand Doxa shocked the market by selling 300 of its SUB 300 Professional “Black Lung” watches only hours after their release. The new watch was a re-issue of a vintage model known as one of today’s most famed and collectible dive watches, the SUB 300 Professional “Aqua Lung.” This original “Black Lung” watch used the “Professional” bright orange dial, which was so named because scientific testing found that color to be more visible than all others tested at 30 meters underwater, and thus the best to be used by professional-level divers rather than hobbyists and more shallow-water divers. It was dubbed the Sub 300 for its 300-meter-plus depth rating, and it eventually gained the “Aqua Lung” moniker for the black Aqua Lung logo on its bottom corner toward the 7:30 position, with Aqua Lung referring to the diving-equipment company Jacques Cousteau founded in 1943, which is credited for producing the world’s first self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA). Continue reading