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Back with a splash

Timekeeping: Aquadive Bathyscaphe 100

Nowadays, you can hardly throw a dead fish without hitting another new dive watch brand. The availability of Far East shops that will stamp out a few hundred watch cases based on a napkin sketch means that almost anyone with a little ambition and a small loan can start their own watch company. And there…

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High watchmaking goes deep

Timekeeping: Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph

Earlier this year, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced its retro-tastic Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph at the annual Salon International de Haute Horlogerie in Geneva. The watch made just about everyone’s “Best Of” list (including ours) with its creamy “aged” luminescent markers, textured dial and old-school pump-style chronograph pushers. The watch was homage to a watch JLC never produced…

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Ocean Twelve

Timekeeping: IWC Aquatimer Chronograph

The International Watch Company has always done things a little differently. First of all, the firm wasn’t founded by a venerable Swiss family in the remote mountains of the Jura or in the Vallée de Joux. Rather, it was an American entrepreneur from Boston, F.A. Jones, who set up shop on the banks of the…

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A Watch to Watch

Timekeeping: RedSea Dive Watches

There’s a new player joining the burgeoning dive watch market – RedSea Dive Watches, started by two moonlighting nine-to-five guys with big dreams (like so many of us). RedSea is taking pre-orders on two models, the Holystone and the Six Pounder. Bonus points if you know the origins of the model names. RedSea’s two owners…

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Sexy Beast

Timekeeping: Omega Ploprof 1200

First, a little history: in 1970 Omega released a watch whose intention was to be the most rugged, perfectly adapted watch for extreme diving situations. Input on the design came from none other than Captain Cousteau and it was tested by commercial divers working out of a diving bell hundreds of feet underwater. The crown…

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A Watch That's Not All Business

BaliHa’i Project Dive Watch

The economy may be awful, but as my compadre Jason recently mentioned, if you’re a watch enthusiast, as most of us at GP are, we live in fortunate times. Small companies are coming out with well priced time pieces and though they may not be bred from pure bloodlines, they have the performance to match…