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Bell & Ross says that its 42mm BR 03-92 Diver White, which debuted earlier this year, is inspired by frozen watery worlds. And with a dial adorned with white, a shade rarely seen at Bell & Ross, we see why.

The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver White, which debuted earlier this year.

Bell & Ross has released numerous dive watches since the first of this square-cased series debuted in 2017. Prior to the series, Bell & Ross offered several barrel-shaped BR 02 dive models, and years earlier, in 1997, Bell & Ross debuted its round-cased Hydromax, a deep-diver water resistant to 11,100-meters.

The case on this latest edition BR 03-92 diver is water resistant to 300 meters and its unidirectional rotating bezel, notched to calculate decompression stops, is graduated over sixty minutes with a luminescent dot at 12 o’clock. The anti-reflective sapphire crystal on this diving watch is very thick, and the back is reinforced.

A crown protector prevents accidental manipulations of the crown while the watch’s hands and indices are coated with a SuperLuminova, emitting a bright green color in the dark. Finally, Bell & Ross includes a black rubber strap suitable for underwater use.

All these specs underscore the fact that the BR 03-92 Diver White meets the specifications of the Swiss diving watch as it meets complying the ISO 6425 dive watch standard.

Price: $3,990

Specifications: Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver White

Movement: BR-CAL.302, a Sellita-based automatic.

Case: 42mm by 12.05mm satin-finished and polished steel. Unidirectional rotating steel bezel with 60-minute scale and black anodized aluminum insert. Screw-down crown, sapphire crystal. Crown guard. Water resistant to 300 meters.

Dial: Silver opaline with applique indices, Super-LumiNova inserts, skeletonized applique Super-LumiNova-filled hour, minute and seconds hands.

Strap: Woven black rubber and a second strap of ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric. Pin buckle with satin-finished and polished steel.

Price: $3,990.

Zodiac celebrates 140 years as a maker of Swiss-made dive and adventure watches with several new dive watches in its Super Sea Wolf collection.

As displayed earlier this summer at the Couture show in Las Vegas, these 42mm titanium-and/or steel-cased models channel much of the same utility that went into the original Sea Wolf’s 1953 design, but today also include a slew of technical updates.

The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver Titanium.

One new model, the Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver Titanium, reveals its appreciation of deep-sea diving through orange and green tones on the bezel and concave ring, and colorful accents on the black sunray dial. Superior luminescence means the dial’s markers and hands glow in the deep.

The classic Zodiac titanium case holds a Swiss-made automatic Sellita movement. Water resistance, as noted on the dial, is a solid 300 meters.

Zodiac supplies the watch with an ISO Diver’s certification, a brushed seven-link titanium butterfly-clasp bracelet and an orange and black matching strap. Zodiac also makes a steel-cased version. Price: $2,495 (titanium model).

The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Compression Automatic Stainless Steel Watch.

The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Compression Automatic Stainless Steel Watch is also perfectly proficient under the sea. While not Zodiac’s professional-diver level model, its impressive 200-meter water resistance rating will handle any moisture at the pool or the beach. And it will look terrific while doing so.

Its light blue accents, white dial and highly luminous markers and hands make the watch easy to read in any light. Price: $1,495.

Offering a direct association with the 50th U.S. state, HLA Watches puts the fun in functional with a series of colorful, highly water-resistant watches that also help fund the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association.

The HLA Watch, model 5412.

 

The sunniest brand within the user-friendly Time Concepts watchmaking group (which also includes Szanto, 420 Waldos and Bia), HLA designs feature 316L stainless-steel cases and are surf-ready with water resistance to 200 meters.

Need to time your boardwork? Each watch also offers a sturdy 120-click uni-directional bezel with screw-down crowns and case back. A scratch-resistant K1 crystal protects the collection’s impossible-to-miss SuperLuminova-embellished hands and indices.

Inside, you’ll find a solid Japanese quartz three-hand (plus date) movement ensuring accurate timekeeping for trivial – or lifesaving situations.

HLA watches are now available in red, yellow, white, blue and black dials, with straps available in black, red, yellow, white, blue, and light gray. Quick-release spring bars allow for straps that can be changed in seconds to create a new look that matches or contrasts the dial as you prefer.

These 42mm HLA watches are priced at $250 with a percentage of the proceeds of each sale donated to the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association to help fund the Junior Lifeguard program.

Ulysse Nardin adorns its 39mm Lady Diver and 45mm black DLC titanium Blast Tourbillon X with purple, green, blue or pink gemstones to create a rainbow effect that echoes the iridescent rainbow colors of silicon.

The new Ulysse Nardin Blast Rainbow Tourbillon X.

The newly sparkling bezels and dials, which debuted during Geneva Watch Days, are meant to celebrate Ulysse Nardin’s pioneering use of silicon components. 

You may recall that in 2001 the Le Locle-based watchmaker was the first to debut a watch (the Freak) with silicon escapement components, jump-starting a technical revolution in the use of the material throughout the high-end Swiss watchmaking industry.

Ulysse Nardin sets the newest Blast Rainbow Tourbillon X with fifty rubies and sapphire baguette gemstones on its bezel and indexes.

The Blast Tourbillon X itself features a skeletonized X bridge and a black rectangular frame that geometrically opens views into the automatic flying tourbillon caliber UN-172. The impressive movement (pictured below), with its platinum micro-rotor and silicon escapement wheel, anchor & balance spring, is cased in black DLC titanium and sealed with a black ceramic polished and sandblasted upper case.

Ulysse Nardin’s Caliber-UN-172 with flying tourbillon.

Ulysse Nardin offers this new, glittery Blast Rainbow Tourbillion X as a limited edition of fifty. It arrives with a waterproof velvet rubber strap or a black alligator strap, together with a black DLC titanium and black ceramic self-deploying buckle. Price: $89,700.

The new Ulysse Nardin Lady Diver Rainbow is offered with a steel case or a blackened 39mm steel case.

The new 39mm Ulysse Nardin Lady Diver Rainbow, offered in either a steel case or a blackened steel case, is adorned with forty stones (ruby, aquamarine, topaz, tsavorite and sapphire) that the watchmaker has set on a concave unidirectional bezel. Eleven diamonds serve as indexes on the white-dialed or black-dialed watch.

Water resistant to 300 meters, the Lady Diver Rainbow is powered by Ulysse Nardin’s UN-816 automatic movement with silicon escapement components.

The watches, each limited to 300 units, will arrive attached to a white or black rubber strap. Price: $13,600. 

Oris fits its acclaimed Caliber 400 into a full production Divers Sixty-Five model for the first time as the independent Swiss watchmaker launches the new Divers Sixty-Five 12 Hour Calibre 400.

The new Oris Divers Sixty-Five 12 Hour Caliber 400.

Oris this week also debuts a new Aquis Date series with brightly hued mother-of-pearl dials, available on a steel bracelet. Oris debuted both nautical-themed watches during this week’s Geneva Watch Days, a late summer watch show in Geneva that runs through September 1.

Long reserve

As an in-house movement with a long power reserve, the Oris Caliber 400 series is one of the few in-house Swiss automatic movements boasting a long power reserve (five days). It’s inclusion here also means the new watch, in addition to the long power reserve, offers the caliber’s elevated levels of anti-magnetism, a ten-year warranty and ten-year recommended service intervals.

Adding a Caliber 400 series movement to models within the Divers Sixty-Five collection extends the availability of the movement’s heightened features to one of the watchmaker’s most popular collections. Oris has already placed a Caliber 400 series movement into several of its bedrock collections, including within larger Aquis Date watches and within the ProPilot X collection.

But as the name of the new watch implies, Oris has also added a 12-hour bi-directional rotating bezel, which means this new black-dialed model is also the first Divers Sixty-Five offering a second time zone indicator bezel.

The new watch also boasts a sapphire crystal case back and the choice of either a leather strap or metal bracelet. Prices: $3,500 (leather strap) and $3,700 (steel bracelet). 

A trio of additions to the Oris Aquis Date 36.5mm Collection.

New dials

Oris is also introducing a trio of new Aquis Date 36.5 mm models with colorful mother-of-pearl dials. 

The shimmering dials, in Blush Pink, Aegean Blue and Seafoam Green, are both eye-catching and apparently on trend, given the success of pastel and blue dials among many other watchmakers in recent months.

The trio also enhances the smaller-diameter offering within the Oris Aquis Date collection, which primarily offers larger-cased options.

All Aquis Date 36.5 mm models are water resistant to 300 meters and are equipped with Sellita-based automatic Oris Caliber 733.

Prices: $2,400 (steel bracelet only).