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Longines Announces New Legend Diver Watches In Blue And Brown

While vintage-inspired reissue models form the backbone of many brands across the modern watch industry, perhaps no company has embraced its back catalog as thoroughly and extensively as Longines. The Longines Heritage series is a meeting place for vintage designs of nearly every stripe from early pilot chronographs to classic naval deck watches. The super compressor style Longines Legend Diver has been the face of this eclectic series since its introduction in 2007, with a wide variety of sizes and variants over the years. Longines adds even more variety to the Legend Diver line for 2021, adding splashes of color to the classic 42mm model in deep degradè blue and brown. The new blue dial and brown dial Longines Legend Diver models give this classic design a new personality, influencing its character in dramatically different ways.
The 42mm stainless steel case of the Longines Legend Diver is instantly recognizable, with long tapering lugs, a narrow polished external bezel, and of cou..

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Watch Review: Seiko Prospex LX SNR031 Titanium Diver

Judging by how much wrist time this Seiko Prospex LX watch has been getting on my wrist, I think it is safe to say that I’m pretty excited about this particular high-end dive timepiece. Seiko produces so many diver’s watches, at so many price points — that doesn’t include Grand Seiko diver’s watches — that it continues to be a collector’s challenge simply to keep track of them. Seiko doesn’t make things easy by supplementing its core collection watches with limited editions that arrive with different price points. Wading through the waters of Seiko divers is something even we at aBlogtoWatch get confused by, but when the right watch dons our wrist and makes us smile, we thank Seiko for all their experimentation and variety. This leads me to start my review of the Seiko Prospex LX SNR031 watch, which is near the top of what a Seiko-branded watch will cost you (but not the top for sure). In the United States, the watch is called the SNR031, but interesting enough in Japan and perhaps oth..

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Journey To See The Seiko Prospex Ice Diver Watches In Action

“Bring your warmest clothing,” the message stipulated. Nearly one year into the global pandemic and my first opportunity to get out of Los Angeles is to the frozen north where Seiko’s U.S. team is testing out the Prospex Ice Diver watches (debuted on aBlogtoWatch here). Weighing the pros and cons of travel, my hunger for adventure dominates and I succumb to Seiko’s siren song and dust off my suitcases. From traveling monthly to stationary living in California, I worry that my airport navigation skills are rusty.
Strapping on a sports watch, I arrive at LAX during pre-dawn hours and find myself elated to once again hear mid-1990s pop music emanating from no particular place in the airport terminal. “This was a good idea,” I tell myself optimistically as I ponder the question of why I am so happy to visit a semi-frozen lake in Michigan to see diver’s watches… doing their thing. The plan is that of Seiko’s Eric Hofmann, who (together with fellow watch industry veteran Bob Brennan) overse..

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Omega Unveils Seamaster Diver 300M America’s Cup Chronograph

March 6 to March 21, 2021 marks the 36th running of the prestigious America’s Cup yacht race, set to be hosted in the waters around Auckland, New Zealand. Since 1851, the race has stood as the pinnacle of the sport, with challengers from around the world fighting for years for a chance to qualify. While the event itself is one of the oldest continuously run international sporting events, Omega has a long America’s cup history of its own, with a legacy of limited edition Seamaster and Speedmaster models produced for both competing teams and the event itself since 1995. As the new event draws near, the brand has produced a special variant of its Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph to celebrate (although this is the second model the brand has produced to commemorate the 36th America’s Cup). More than just celebrating the prestigious race, the special edition Omega Seamaster Diver 300M America’s Cup Chronograph introduces several unique features to the Seamaster line that may point the way fo..

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No Longer Made: Grand Seiko Quartz Diver SBGX115 & SBGX117

The Grand Seiko Quartz Diver SBGX115 and SBGX117 are a pair of luxury Japanese watches that I think were just a little too ahead of their time. A clean and immaculately finished dial, a quirky but uniquely designed bezel, and a 9F quartz movement came together in a simultaneously mainstream and wonderfully Japanese package that stood out in a sea of same-old, same-old Swiss divers. Here, you’ll see my personal well-worn SBGX117, but I’ll reference Ariel’s review from 2015 that had both the white dial SBGX115 and black dial SBGX117.
2015 was only a short six years ago, but in that time, Grand Seiko has gone from a niche enthusiast brand to a luxury sales powerhouse here in the states. This was the time of the Seiko and Grand Seiko branding on the dials, and the idea of luxury HAQ (High Accuracy Quartz) was still not in the mainstream. Back in those days, when these Grand Seiko quartz divers was released, Ariel spent much of his review simply explaining how elaborately and lovingly the ..

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Hands-On: Orient Star 200m Diver RE-AU0307E Watch

Where I am in the United States, the Orient Star reference RE-AU307E Japanese diver’s style watch can authentically be considered exotic. To my knowledge, you can’t buy one in any store in town, and as far as I know, the United States Orient Watches distributor carries little to no of the more elevated “Orient Star” products. If you want one, you first need to learn about it, and then either travel to Asia (which hasn’t been possible for much of the world for a while) or one of the other small number of places that sell these watches, or happen to know about it and find it online.
The watch is very cool and a good value, meaning it will make a lot of enthusiasts happy. That said, there is a sort of antiquated comedy to purchasing this watch that is, for some people, part of the charm. For example, I can’t actually tell you what the retail price is. The Orient Star website certainly lists the RE-AU307E watch, but without a price. Some Google searching for the watch leads to a low of $6..

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Winner Announced: Ocean Crawler Core Diver – Aqua/Salmon V3 Watch

The team at aBlogtoWatch is excited to announce Ethan Z. of Princeton, USA as the winner of our January Ocean Crawler Core Diver – Aqua/Salmon V3 watch giveaway! With its faded color scheme and solid construction, it should be the perfect laid-back underwater companion. Thank you for your continued dedication and engagement with our community. To the other members of our treasured aBlogtoWatch community, there’s still time to enter and win in our February giveaway, where we’re offering up a Geckota G-02 dive watch. aBlogtoWatch would also like to take one more opportunity to thank Ocean Crawler for making this giveaway possible.

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Omega Announces Seamaster Diver 300M ‘Beijing 2022’ Special Edition

One of the strangest side effects of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic on the luxury watch industry is the rise of what might be called “phantom limited editions.” With so many events postponed or canceled, 2020 brought with it a wide crop of limited-edition models commemorating things that never actually occurred, and perhaps the highest-profile example of this is the series of designs Omega released for the (currently postponed) 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. This “phantom limited edition” concept is beginning to drive massive collector interest, as searches for Omega Olympic models were up over 200 percent in 2020 on the popular online watch trading platform Chrono24. With this swelling consumer interest, and with major international events like the Olympics still very much in doubt for the foreseeable future, Omega is doubling down on the phenomenon in preparation for the upcoming Winter Olympics, currently scheduled for early 2022 in Beijing. The new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M ..

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Hands-On: Slava Sadko Russian Diver’s Watch

In the 1980s, a major Russian watchmaker known as Slava produced a distinctive-looking diver’s watch known as the Sadko, themed after a character in Russian mythology. The original watches are so rare that fewer than half-dozen are known to still exist — and they are a grail watch for some people in the avid community that likes to collect USSR-made timepieces (especially Soviet military and professional watches like this). Some of the original USSR watchmakers are still operating in Russia today, and Moscow-based Slava is among them. Their watches don’t often make it outside of Russian or Europe, but that doesn’t mean places such as the United States don’t have their hardcore Soviet watch fanatics.
I’ve spent time in places such as Moscow, Russia as well as Glashütte, Germany — both places where Soviet-era wristwatches were made. The Saxon town of Germany’s most high-end watches is infrequently recalled to be in the former East Germany, which was a Communist state until German reunif..

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WATCH GIVEAWAY: Ocean Crawler Core Diver – Aqua/Salmon V3

2021 is finally here, and to ring in the new year aBlogtoWatch is giving away a dive watch that can handle anything 2021 might throw your way. One lucky community member will win this limited edition Ocean Crawler Core Diver – Aqua/Salmon v3 watch, with a sporty ’70s inspired design, a unique faded colorway, and a massive 600 meters of water resistance.
The 44mm stainless steel C-case design of the Ocean Crawler Core Diver – Aqua/Salmon v3 draws inspiration from the classic divers of the ’70s while delivering dramatic wrist presence. Measuring in at 15.6mm thick, the case is engineered for maximal underwater capability, including such features as an automatic helium escape valve at 9 o’clock and a massive 4mm thick sapphire crystal. To aid in underwater legibility, the unidirectional sapphire dive bezel features markers in vibrant Super-LumiNova C3 lume. The result of all this engineering is a powerful depth rating of 600 meters, or 2,000 feet.
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