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Timely watch March 2008
People who like to be identified as divers in the office board room as well as underwater have a functional fashion statement in the Tusa
Anniversary Sub 1000T watch. The watch, a product of Tusa's partnership with Swiss watchmaker Doxa, was unveiled last month at the
Beneath The Sea, the nation's largest consumer dive show. Super Luminova hands brightly contract the vibrant orange face, making it easy
to read the time underwater or in low-light situations topside. The one-way rotating bezel allows divers to track bottom time, while a
25-jewel automatic movement keeps time to within seconds per year. The 3-millimeter thick sapphire crystal is impervious to scratches, and
has an anti-reflective coating to ease seeing the time in glaring sunlight. Rugged stainless steel case and band are distinctively stylish and
resistant to scratching and corrosive seawater. Only 100 timepieces are being made to commemorate Doxa's 120th anniversary, which
takes place in 2009. Each is individually numbered and is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity. www.tusa.com.
The gift of time January 2008
Your buddy showed up late? Again? This Valentine's Day, get him a watch with quality you can trust. Wenger, better known for their
handy Swiss Army Knives, has entered the diving timepiece market with its AquaGraph series. The rugged Deep Diver watches feature
screw-down crowns and screw-on backs that allow them to withstand depths to 3,300 feet. With their scratch-resistant mineral crystal,
and stainless steel case and band, the watches can take the abuse from active water sports enthusiasts and still look good for years. A
one-way rotating bezel can be used to clock bottom times, and the Swiss movement stays accurate to within seconds per year. Of the color
combinations available, one with white luminescent numbers and hands against a black background is easiest to read at a glance. The
watches have a double-action latch that extends the strap to fit over thick diving suits. They are packed with optional rubber straps for
divers who prefer them. Wenger also is offering a Battalion III Diver series of watches with rotating bezels. They're depth rated to 660 feet
and, like the Deep Diver, resist shocks of outdoor sports. Battalion III Diver watches are available in an assortment of colors and bands in
men's and women's sizes. www.WengerNA.com.
A watch to suit your suit December 2007
If you like your Body Glove protection suit, you now can get a dive watch to match it. The new Big [H2]Oh and Regulater models are
simply watches, not computers. However, they have a sassy look that will tell the world you're a diver topside and keep time to 980 feet.
Several Big [H2]Oh models are available featuring brightly colored faces and straps. The Regulator models are more understated in black,
white and chrome, but are accented with regulator mouthpiece-shaped markers in place of numerals at 12, three, six and nine. Mineral
crystals and stainless steel cases are virtually scratchproof. E-mail Time Concepts LLC at email@example.com.
A watch to see November 2007
Even when the lights went down at DEMA, a real bright spot was the Reactor Watches booth, where the maker of handsome, functional
dive watches unveiled its Trident timepiece. The watch is Reactor's first dive model to incorporate Never Dark technology. As a diver
enters a low-light environment, the dial is easily seen even before eyes adjust because of a coating of Superluminova on the hands and
numbers. As that glow fades, a layer of tritium kicks in, which will keep the watch face visible for more than 12 years. Although tritium is
radioactive, its weak beta particles are contained within the rugged stainless steel and titanium watch cases. But even if the face becomes
exposed, the energy is not strong enough to penetrate skin. Each watch is depth tested to 660 feet and Reactor says the movements meet or
exceed Swiss accuracy standards. Fusion watches are available in a selection of styles, including stainless steel, black nitride-plated stainless
and solid titanium cases. www.reactorwatch.com.
No timepiece to lose September 2007
The new Neutron watch from Reactor won’t compute dive tables nor log your dives. However, thanks to its unique solid screw-bar system
for attaching straps to the watch, there’s a lot better chance that this timepiece will be on your wrist at the end of the dive compared with
typical watches and dive computers that are attached with quickly corrodible steel spring-bars. The Neutron’s 45.5 millimeter-diameter
marine-grade 316L stainless steel case lends a rugged appearance to the retro quartz chronograph movement that is accurate to 0.05
second. The stainless steel case back and screw-down stem are triple o-ring sealed, giving the watch a 200-meter depth rating. The thick
mineral glass lens is highly scratch resistant and is five times more impact resistant than brittle sapphire crystals. Watches are available in
one- or two-tone designs with rubber or stainless steel straps. www.reactorwatch.com.
Track time January 2007
They won’t generate a dive table, but Freestyle’s new Aquanaut and Immersion watches will generate a buzz as stylish fashion statements.
Both watches have one-way ratcheted bezels that allow them to be used as bottom timers. Their three-hand movement and date functions
are easy to read and set. The Immersion model has a screw-down crown and NightVision backlighting on either a yellow or black face. The
Aquanaut has an oversized locking crown protector with luminous hands and markers on either a black or a white face. Their straps are
made of polyurethane to resist the corrosive effect of seawater. Watch movements are housed in a stainless steel case that is water resistant
to 200 meters. www.frestyleusa.com.
Go retro with Frogman April 2006
Khaki Frogman won’t supply or log dive data, but the chronograph from Hamilton is sure to catch eyes topside and reliably tell time to the
second underwater. The watch was developed to commemorate the heroism of World War II Navy divers, who relied on Hamilton’s sturdy
mechanical waterproof watches of the day to accomplish their missions under water. The style has been updated with an electronic Swiss
movement, which is slightly angled to ease reading on the wrist. The titanium case, water resistant to 650 feet, is stronger and lighter than
steel and ultra-corrosion resistant. The movement is angled slightly to ease reading on the wrist. Its sapphire crystal is virtually impossible to
scratch, and distinctive magnifying windows ease reading the date and seconds in 30-second increments. Distinctive crown protectors
ensure that they do not loosen under water. A choice of rubber, fast-drying canvas or metal bracelet straps help match the timepiece to
users’ tastes. Learn more at www.hamiltonwatch.com.
A dive flag to see October 2007
With all the glare around dive boats, polarized sunglasses are part of virtually every diver’s kit. Cool looking shades can add an edge to the
personal image on and off the boat. Those who want to flash their passion about diving to the public can do so subtly with glasses from
Dive Shades. The company is expanding its line with five new styles that were shown for the first time at DEMA. Each has a look from
smart to sassy and all feature a small diver-down flag at the hinge where the side-piece joins the glasses frame. The spectacles are more
than just cheap sunglasses with a flag decoration. The lenses are coated with a super scratch resistant material to minimize the wear items
can get around dive boats. The lenses lower the intensity of harmful sunrays hitting the eyes and polarization dramatically cuts glare, a
handy feature on water and land as well, especially when a setting sun interferes with seeing through dirt on a car windshield.