Thank you for stopping by to check out this week’s edition of Watching the Web, where we get to point you to a few articles on other sites about interesting watches and watch news, and we get to highlight our own top posts. This week, I have a look at the Ressence Diver, a Cartier skeleton, and an affordable vintage diver from Spinnaker. From our own site, we have a Swedish dress diver, an upgraded Casio Trekking watch, and the Gavox Avidiver.
I am a huge fan of Ressence, and I was waiting for the watch to get adapted to a full blown diver, as the watch looks like it would be insanely easy to read underwater. The watch is oil filled, so there needs to be some sort of temperature compensation to keep the watch from blowing apart, which Ressense accomplishes with a bellows type of reservoir that expands and contracts with the temperature. Ocean Time, a site dedicated to dives, has a nice write up of the watch, complete with the one caveat about it being a dive watch, it does not have a very deep depth rating.
There are a lot of ways to make an uninteresting and uninspired skeleton, or you can go the extra mile and make a watch with more empty space than filled space. his is what Cartier did with the Clé, which A Blog To Watch recently reviewed. It really is a lovely little mechanical marvel how all those parts and functions can be fitted to show off all that empty space.
Finally, on the affordable end of the spectrum, Watch Report has a review of the Spinnaker Hass Vintage Diver. What intrigued me about this watch was the look of the indexes. The applied black base under the metal indexes makes it look as they are floating above the dial, at least in the photos. For me, this is a pretty cool look. The watch itself is otherwise a standard dive auto with a Japanese automatic movement, no ceramic bezel, no exotic materials, but attractive all the same.
From our site for this week’s Watching the Web, the top post of the week was John’s look at the Swedish dress diver from E.C.Anderson, the Bohuslän. The watch has a locking internal bezel operated from the single stem. It is a unique approach to marking time, and it definitely keeps with the dressier look of the watch. The watch is currently on Kickstarter, and is driven by an ETA 2814-2 modified by E.C.Anderson for the watch.
The #2 post is also John’s with his look at the Casio PRO TREK with a brighter display, solar power, directional, thermal and altitude/pressure sensors. I used to hike with an altimeter watch, and they can be handy. Sure, we all have GPS units in our phones, but phone batteries die, and map and compass skills are handy to have. A backup barometer to give you altitude readings is not a bad thing.
The last of our top posts for this week’s Watching the Web is Patrick’s look at the Gavox Avidiver, a pilot/diver hybrid. I am sold, that is a good looking watch. I love the sandwich dial, and the mix of the aviator cues with the internal bezel looks very attractive. I just don’t know if I would dive with it, at least not use it as backup timer. The internal bezel rotates the orange marker, and I would like to see how easy it is to read elapse time. All the images I have seen keep the marker at 12:00.
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With that, I will wrap up this edition of Watching the Web. As always, if there’s something you think we should be covering, feel free to drop us a line. If you bring something up that we end up writing about, we’ll be sure to tip our hats (electronically, if not literally) in your general direction