The all new and first Crafter Blue branded watches are now available for Pre-Order , dubbed the “Mechanic Ocean One”. These watches are certainly capable divers, and well built.
Case and Dial
The first thing you will notice when taking a peep at these models is the crown resides on the 9:00 side of the watch rather than the standard 3:00 position. You also might have seen some limited edition pieces brands such as Tudor put out this year in the same configuration as well. As a left handed watch wearer, it certainly is appealing to me and the crown stays far away from digging into my wrist, which is a big plus. The actual case is quite overbuilt, comprised of solid 316L stainless steel. The pieces comes in at 45MM and is 15.5MM thick. The lug width is 22MM and the overall feel is tough, robust, and meant for the water. A nice feature is the drilled lug holes, which we typically see on vintage watches - this makes swapping out your crafter blue bracelet or rubber strap super easy and effortless. The deep blue dial itself, reminds me a bit of Seiko Prospex divers with applied lumed BGW9 markers, hands, and bezel pip. The bezel itself features a UniDirectional 120 click “Pepsi” style and is really some of the best microbrand bezel action you can find. The clicks are precise with minimal play nor alignment issues, just as Steve Chans UNDIVE watch was. A nice polished lip sits a bit over the domed AR coated Sapphire crystal stating “Professional Divers 300M - Helium Escape Valve”. Yes, there is a helium escape valve located at the 3:00 position of the watch, but I doubt you will be diving to depths where you will actually utilize it. The date wheel does match the theme of the watch as well, which is nice to see.
The movement inside this watch is a regulated, and decorated Seiko NH35 automatic Japanese movement. The movement contains 24 Jewels, Hacking, Hand-Winding, and roughly 40 or so hours of power reserve. I like what they did with the brushed bridges and striped rotor, and overall it came out looking pretty sleek for an NH35.
Bracelet or Crafter Blue Rubber ?
Now, there are two options when it comes to straps. You can either opt for a slightly cheaper version which includes the Genuine Rubber end fitted Crafter Blue strap - or a beautiful solid steep bracelet with a well machines clasp. Personally, even though the bracelet is one of the better bracelets I have seen in my time for a microbrand - the CB rubber straps are just a delight to wear. I have been using a Crafter Blue end fitted strap on my Seiko SKX for some time, and these things hold up very well.
Conclusion and Pre-Order information
Furthermore, Crafter Blue products have always exemplified quality, craftmanship, and well thought out products from my past and present experiences with the company. These watches are definitely worth the asking price and certainly overbuilt, adding them to one of the elite microbrand brackets. I do understand that the lefty crown is not for everyone, but it is different and not something you see so often. The Pre-Order pricing gets you a 15% discount from retail price at $510 USD down too $499.( BRACELET VERSIONS ) If you love the vulcanized scented rubber straps - you are looking at $425 Pre-Order. I think if you are down for a look, and a serious well constructed no nonsense diving watch, this watch could be for you. Thanks for reading.
The first Rolex watches were not manufactured in-house, but instead were made by other watchmakers and then branded with the Rolex name. However, Wilsdorf had a vision of creating a wristwatch that was both reliable and accurate, and he set out to develop his own movements.
In 1910, Rolex became the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was a testament to the accuracy of the watch. Over the years, Rolex continued to innovate and develop new technologies and features, such as the first waterproof wristwatch in 1926, the first self-winding mechanism in 1931, and the first wristwatch with a date display in 1945.
Rolex has also been associated with several famous individuals, including explorers, athletes, and celebrities. For example, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay wore Rolex watches when they became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. Rolex has also been the official timekeeper of several sporting events, including Wimbledon and the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Today, Rolex is one of the most recognized and respected luxury watch brands in the world, known for its quality, precision, and timeless style.
OMEGA Watches History
In 1894, Omega revolutionized the watch industry with the introduction of the 19-ligne Omega Calibre, which was more accurate and reliable than any other watch movement of the time. This innovation earned Omega numerous awards and accolades, and the brand quickly became known for its precision and quality.
In 1903, Omega was chosen as the official timekeeper for the Gordon Bennett Cup, an international balloon race. This marked the beginning of Omega's long-standing relationship with sports timing and its reputation as a reliable and accurate timekeeper.
In 1932, Omega became the first brand to be awarded the Olympic Cross of Merit for its outstanding contribution to sports timing at the Olympic Games. Since then, Omega has been the official timekeeper for numerous Olympic Games, and its timekeeping technology has continued to evolve and improve.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Omega's watches were worn by famous explorers and adventurers, including Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay during their ascent of Mount Everest in 1953, and Jacques Cousteau during his underwater expeditions.
In the 1960s, Omega introduced the Speedmaster, a chronograph watch that was originally designed for motorsports but became famous as the first watch worn on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. The Speedmaster has since become one of Omega's most iconic and sought-after models.
Today, Omega continues to innovate and produce high-quality watches, including the Seamaster, Constellation, and De Ville collections. The brand also continues to be the official timekeeper for numerous sporting events, including the Olympic Games and the America's Cup.
BREITLING Watches History
In 1915, Breitling introduced the first wrist-worn chronograph with a separate pusher to control the start, stop, and reset functions, which made it easier to use than previous models. This innovation helped establish Breitling as a leading maker of chronographs and other precision timepieces.
During the 1930s and 1940s, Breitling continued to innovate with the introduction of the first chronograph with a second independent pusher, which allowed for the recording of multiple elapsed times. The company also developed the Huit Aviation Department, which produced wristwatches for pilots and other aviation professionals.
In the 1950s, Breitling introduced the Navitimer, a wristwatch with a built-in slide rule that allowed pilots to perform complex calculations in-flight. The Navitimer became an instant classic and remains one of Breitling's most popular models to this day.
In the 1960s, Breitling continued to produce innovative timepieces, including the Chrono-Matic, which was the first automatic chronograph movement with a micro-rotor. The company also introduced the Emergency, a wristwatch with a built-in distress beacon that could be activated in case of an emergency.
In the years since, Breitling has continued to produce innovative and high-quality timepieces for a variety of applications, including aviation, diving, and sports. The company has also maintained a strong commitment to precision and accuracy, with many of its watches featuring COSC-certified movements. Today, Breitling is recognized as one of the world's leading luxury watch brands, with a reputation for innovation, quality, and style.
In the early days, Longines primarily produced pocket watches, and quickly gained a reputation for precision and accuracy. By the end of the 19th century, Longines had become one of the leading watchmakers in the world. In 1912, the company introduced the first chronograph wristwatch, which was quickly adopted by the military and aviation communities.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Longines continued to innovate with the introduction of the world's first quartz clock and the first wristwatch with an automatic winding mechanism. During World War II, Longines produced wristwatches for the British Royal Air Force, and continued to produce military watches for several decades afterwards.
In the post-war years, Longines became known for its elegant and sophisticated watches, particularly its "Conquest" line of watches. In the 1950s and 1960s, Longines was a favorite of celebrities and politicians, and its watches were frequently seen on the wrists of Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, and other famous figures.
In recent years, Longines has continued to produce high-quality watches that combine traditional Swiss craftsmanship with modern technology. The company is particularly known for its sport watches, including its "HydroConquest" line of diving watches and its "Conquest Classic" line of chronographs.
Today, Longines is owned by the Swatch Group, and remains a leading brand in the luxury watch industry. Its watches are prized for their precision, reliability, and timeless style.
In the early days, Tissot primarily produced pocket watches, and quickly gained a reputation for quality and precision. By the end of the 19th century, Tissot was one of the largest watchmakers in Switzerland, and was exporting its watches to countries around the world.
In the early 20th century, Tissot continued to innovate with the introduction of the first non-magnetic wristwatch, the first dual time-zone watch, and the first watch with a plastic case. During World War II, Tissot produced watches for the Allied forces, and continued to produce military watches for several decades afterwards.
In the post-war years, Tissot became known for its elegant and sophisticated watches, particularly its "Tissot Visodate" line of watches, which featured a date function and a distinctive "T" logo on the dial. In the 1970s, Tissot was one of the first Swiss watch brands to introduce quartz watches, which quickly became popular due to their accuracy and affordability.
In recent years, Tissot has continued to produce high-quality watches that combine traditional Swiss craftsmanship with modern technology. The company is particularly known for its sport watches, including its "T-Touch" line of watches, which feature touch-screen technology and a range of functions such as altimeter, compass, and thermometer.
Today, Tissot is part of the Swatch Group, and remains a leading brand in the watch industry. Its watches are prized for their quality, durability, and stylish design, and are worn by watch enthusiasts and collectors around the world.