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Back in Switzerland, Jenny–a sister company to Doxa, founded by Gustav Jenny–would elevate the humble skin diver with the creation of its MONOBLOC Caribbean Triple Safe and a ground-breaking decompression bezel design. While the watch had all the style and flair of its brethren, it also laid claim to an incredible 1000m of water resistance–begging the question, “When is a skin diver no longer a skin diver?” Jenny also created iconic designs for the likes of Ollech & Wajs, Aquadive, and Fortis.
Ollech & Wajs Early Bird Vintage Skin Diver
Back in Switzerland, Jenny–a sister company to Doxa, founded by Gustav Jenny–would elevate the humble skin diver with the creation of its MONOBLOC Caribbean Triple Safe and a ground-breaking decompression bezel design. While the watch had all the style and flair of its brethren, it also laid claim to an incredible 1000m of water resistance–begging the question, “When is a skin diver no longer a skin diver?” Jenny also created iconic designs for the likes of Ollech & Wajs, Aquadive, and Fortis.
This is not a story about Hans Wilsdorf’s Rolex Hermetic, nor is it a story about the Pasha de Cartier, or even the Omega Marine. And it certainly isn’t a story about the Submariner, the Ploprof, or the Radiomir. Those early water-tight innovators and those later dive watch legends have a story of their own. No. This is the story of the less heralded…the poor cousin…the skin diver watch.
Ollech & Wajs Dive Chronograph: A Brief History of the Skin Diver
This is not a story about Hans Wilsdorf’s Rolex Hermetic, nor is it a story about the Pasha de Cartier, or even the Omega Marine. And it certainly isn’t a story about the Submariner, the Ploprof, or the Radiomir. Those early water-tight innovators and those later dive watch legends have a story of their own. No. This is the story of the less heralded…the poor cousin…the skin diver watch.
This is not a story about Hans Wilsdorf’s Rolex Hermetic, nor is it a story about the Pasha de Cartier, or even the Omega Marine. And it certainly isn’t a story about the Submariner, the Ploprof, or the Radiomir. Those early water-tight innovators and those later dive watch legends have a story of their own. No. This is the story of the less heralded…the poor cousin…the skin diver watch.
Ollech & Wajs Precision Dive Chronograph
This is not a story about Hans Wilsdorf’s Rolex Hermetic, nor is it a story about the Pasha de Cartier, or even the Omega Marine. And it certainly isn’t a story about the Submariner, the Ploprof, or the Radiomir. Those early water-tight innovators and those later dive watch legends have a story of their own. No. This is the story of the less heralded…the poor cousin…the skin diver watch.
If the BB58 is the aesthetic ideal, then the SPB147 is the platonic ideal–the archetypical dive watch. Its most basic imagining. Nothing more than what it should be. Nothing less. The design is minimalist and utilitarian with its squared lugs and flat case bands. Its curved profile allows it to sit low on the wrist despite its protruding caseback. The 120-click unidirectional bezel is sturdy and easy to manipulate. The lugs are drilled for effortless strap changes. It feels rugged and robust. It wears and functions like an instrument. And the lume…oh, Seiko…thank you for blue LumiBrite.
Seiko SPB147 Dive Watch: Affordable Wrist Time
If the BB58 is the aesthetic ideal, then the SPB147 is the platonic ideal–the archetypical dive watch. Its most basic imagining. Nothing more than what it should be. Nothing less. The design is minimalist and utilitarian with its squared lugs and flat case bands. Its curved profile allows it to sit low on the wrist despite its protruding caseback. The 120-click unidirectional bezel is sturdy and easy to manipulate. The lugs are drilled for effortless strap changes. It feels rugged and robust. It wears and functions like an instrument. And the lume…oh, Seiko…thank you for blue LumiBrite.
James Stacey, of The Grey NATO–who has often sung the praises of his own SPB143–wrote for Hodinkee, “…I don’t think this has to be your first Seiko diver, but it may well be your last.” While I am quite sure I will return to Seiko for more in the future, I understand the sentiment. The SPB147 has assuaged that itch. My next Seiko will be different, but it is hard to imagine that it will be better.
Seiko SPB147 Dive Watch: A Retrospective
James Stacey, of The Grey NATO–who has often sung the praises of his own SPB143–wrote for Hodinkee, “…I don’t think this has to be your first Seiko diver, but it may well be your last.” While I am quite sure I will return to Seiko for more in the future, I understand the sentiment. The SPB147 has assuaged that itch. My next Seiko will be different, but it is hard to imagine that it will be better.
More than a year has passed since the Seiko SPB147J1 was released in the summer of 2020, alongside its brethren the SPB143, the 145, and the 149. In fact, in the interim, it has been joined by the SPB213 and the SPB239–all of which owe their inspiration to that skin diving icon, the 62MAS. And, all of which have been discussed and dissected–lauded and derided, in turn. So why take another look now?

Because I bought one. Finally.
Seiko SPB147 Dive Watch Wristshot
More than a year has passed since the Seiko SPB147J1 was released in the summer of 2020, alongside its brethren the SPB143, the 145, and the 149. In fact, in the interim, it has been joined by the SPB213 and the SPB239–all of which owe their inspiration to that skin diving icon, the 62MAS. And, all of which have been discussed and dissected–lauded and derided, in turn. So why take another look now? Because I bought one. Finally.
More than a year has passed since the Seiko SPB147J1 was released in the summer of 2020, alongside its brethren the SPB143, the 145, and the 149. In fact, in the interim, it has been joined by the SPB213 and the SPB239–all of which owe their inspiration to that skin diving icon, the 62MAS. And, all of which have been discussed and dissected–lauded and derided, in turn. So why take another look now?

Because I bought one. Finally.
Wristcheck with the Seiko SPB147 Dive Watch
More than a year has passed since the Seiko SPB147J1 was released in the summer of 2020, alongside its brethren the SPB143, the 145, and the 149. In fact, in the interim, it has been joined by the SPB213 and the SPB239–all of which owe their inspiration to that skin diving icon, the 62MAS. And, all of which have been discussed and dissected–lauded and derided, in turn. So why take another look now? Because I bought one. Finally.
More than a year has passed since the Seiko SPB147J1 was released in the summer of 2020, alongside its brethren the SPB143, the 145, and the 149. In fact, in the interim, it has been joined by the SPB213 and the SPB239–all of which owe their inspiration to that skin diving icon, the 62MAS. And, all of which have been discussed and dissected–lauded and derided, in turn. So why take another look now?

Because I bought one. Finally.
Seiko SPB147 Dive Watch
More than a year has passed since the Seiko SPB147J1 was released in the summer of 2020, alongside its brethren the SPB143, the 145, and the 149. In fact, in the interim, it has been joined by the SPB213 and the SPB239–all of which owe their inspiration to that skin diving icon, the 62MAS. And, all of which have been discussed and dissected–lauded and derided, in turn. So why take another look now? Because I bought one. Finally.
Since the appearance of the Black Bay GMT at Baselworld in 2018, it is fair to say that brand enthusiasts have been clamouring for a BB58-sized version of the same. Well, now we have it. Sort of. Perhaps one of the most hotly-anticipated and immediately debated releases of this year’s relatively staid Watches & Wonders has to be the Tudor Black Bay 58 GMT.
Tudor Black Bay 58 GMT: Hands On
Since the appearance of the Black Bay GMT at Baselworld in 2018, it is fair to say that brand enthusiasts have been clamouring for a BB58-sized version of the same. Well, now we have it. Sort of. Perhaps one of the most hotly-anticipated and immediately debated releases of this year’s relatively staid Watches & Wonders has to be the Tudor Black Bay 58 GMT.
Perhaps you thought it might be blue. After all, it has been a trend with Tudor. Well, surprise! Its not. Its black. And its white. And it might be the closest thing to a Tudor sub that we will see for a while. But any way you look at it, the new Tudor Black Bay Monochrome is a solid, if conservative, release that is not likely to broker much criticism from the peanut gallery.
Tudor Black Bay Monochrome: Hands On
Perhaps you thought it might be blue. After all, it has been a trend with Tudor. Well, surprise! Its not. Its black. And its white. And it might be the closest thing to a Tudor sub that we will see for a while. But any way you look at it, the new Tudor Black Bay Monochrome is a solid, if conservative, release that is not likely to broker much criticism from the peanut gallery.
Exactly 100 years ago, Swiss Watchmaker, Joseph Lapanouse, founded Cimier Watches in Hölstein, Switzerland. Back then, the brand manufactured pin-pallet escapement watches. By 1970, on the strength of a single patent for the Roskopf watch, Cimier was producing 1.5 million pieces a year and employed more than 500 people in its newer Bubendorf facility. Their pin-pallet chronographs–or faux chronographs–in particular, sold more than 20 million iterations around the world. To celebrate their centenary, Cimier have redeveloped a model they produced in the 1950s and 60s, the Cimier Sport. The Cimier 711 Heritage Chronograph–as it has been reborn–is distinguished by its unique sub-register layout at (you guessed it) seven and eleven on the dial.
Cimier 711 Heritage Chronograph
Exactly 100 years ago, Swiss Watchmaker, Joseph Lapanouse, founded Cimier Watches in Hölstein, Switzerland. Back then, the brand manufactured pin-pallet escapement watches. By 1970, on the strength of a single patent for the Roskopf watch, Cimier was producing 1.5 million pieces a year and employed more than 500 people in its newer Bubendorf facility. Their pin-pallet chronographs–or faux chronographs–in particular, sold more than 20 million iterations around the world. To celebrate their centenary, Cimier have redeveloped a model they produced in the 1950s and 60s, the Cimier Sport. The Cimier 711 Heritage Chronograph–as it has been reborn–is distinguished by its unique sub-register layout at (you guessed it) seven and eleven on the dial.
I feel as though last year’s launch of the Jazzmaster Performer Auto Chrono flew a little under the radar next to the collection’s three-hander additions. This turquoise iteration may be my favourite of them all, however. With summer not far off in the northern hemisphere, I could see this as a popular choice for the warmer weather. The particular hue Hamilton have chosen is quite sharp, and it looks very classy in the steel on steel case arrangement. The movement is a proven quantity and the fact that the crown is screw down with 100m of water resistance should instil confidence. Summer, Chronograph, Popular, Turquoise, Hue, Dive Watches, Luxury Watch, Mechanical Watch, Automatic Watch
Hamilton Launches New Turquoise Dial in the Jazzmaster Performer Auto Chrono
I feel as though last year’s launch of the Jazzmaster Performer Auto Chrono flew a little under the radar next to the collection’s three-hander additions. This turquoise iteration may be my favourite of them all, however. With summer not far off in the northern hemisphere, I could see this as a popular choice for the warmer weather. The particular hue Hamilton have chosen is quite sharp, and it looks very classy in the steel on steel case arrangement. The movement is a proven quantity and the fact that the crown is screw down with 100m of water resistance should instil confidence.
I feel as though last year’s launch of the Jazzmaster Performer Auto Chrono flew a little under the radar next to the collection’s three-hander additions. This turquoise iteration may be my favourite of them all, however. With summer not far off in the northern hemisphere, I could see this as a popular choice for the warmer weather. The particular hue Hamilton have chosen is quite sharp, and it looks very classy in the steel on steel case arrangement. The movement is a proven quantity and the fact that the crown is screw down with 100m of water resistance should instil confidence. Sporty, Sporty Chic, Chrono, Auto, Watches For Men, Performance, Collection
Hamilton Jazzmaster Performer Automatic Chronograph
I feel as though last year’s launch of the Jazzmaster Performer Auto Chrono flew a little under the radar next to the collection’s three-hander additions. This turquoise iteration may be my favourite of them all, however. With summer not far off in the northern hemisphere, I could see this as a popular choice for the warmer weather. The particular hue Hamilton have chosen is quite sharp, and it looks very classy in the steel on steel case arrangement. The movement is a proven quantity and the fact that the crown is screw down with 100m of water resistance should instil confidence.
I feel as though last year’s launch of the Jazzmaster Performer Auto Chrono flew a little under the radar next to the collection’s three-hander additions. This turquoise iteration may be my favourite of them all, however. With summer not far off in the northern hemisphere, I could see this as a popular choice for the warmer weather. The particular hue Hamilton have chosen is quite sharp, and it looks very classy in the steel on steel case arrangement. The movement is a proven quantity and the fact that the crown is screw down with 100m of water resistance should instil confidence. Steel
New Chronograph from Hamilton: Jazzmaster Performer Auto
I feel as though last year’s launch of the Jazzmaster Performer Auto Chrono flew a little under the radar next to the collection’s three-hander additions. This turquoise iteration may be my favourite of them all, however. With summer not far off in the northern hemisphere, I could see this as a popular choice for the warmer weather. The particular hue Hamilton have chosen is quite sharp, and it looks very classy in the steel on steel case arrangement. The movement is a proven quantity and the fact that the crown is screw down with 100m of water resistance should instil confidence.
I feel as though last year’s launch of the Jazzmaster Performer Auto Chrono flew a little under the radar next to the collection’s three-hander additions. This turquoise iteration may be my favourite of them all, however. With summer not far off in the northern hemisphere, I could see this as a popular choice for the warmer weather. The particular hue Hamilton have chosen is quite sharp, and it looks very classy in the steel on steel case arrangement. The movement is a proven quantity and the fact that the crown is screw down with 100m of water resistance should instil confidence. Hamilton Jazzmaster
Hamilton Jazzmaster Performer Auto Chrono
I feel as though last year’s launch of the Jazzmaster Performer Auto Chrono flew a little under the radar next to the collection’s three-hander additions. This turquoise iteration may be my favourite of them all, however. With summer not far off in the northern hemisphere, I could see this as a popular choice for the warmer weather. The particular hue Hamilton have chosen is quite sharp, and it looks very classy in the steel on steel case arrangement. The movement is a proven quantity and the fact that the crown is screw down with 100m of water resistance should instil confidence.