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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

OceanArc Series One LE diver

If you are not convinced that your ever faithful Rolex Submariner or brand new Sea Dweller are saying enough about you, you can always make some real noise and opt for a new OceanArc Series One diver. This watch will get you noticed, it may or may not attract all the comments you long for, but the OceanArc Series One is definitely a statement diver.

With an attention grabbing 14 sided stainless steel, matt black DLC coated45mm case, the bright lime yellow and deep sky blue Super Luminovas colour scheme on the hands and hour markers  holler ‘I’m here!’

According to Bristol (actually Batstone, Gloucester) based design engineer Kevin Lambert, the design started with the icon of a cresting wave and this formed the basis of the face and OceanArc logo design.

The Waveform dial marking underscores the hand designs and hour markers which are in the form of tridents, and an icon of the sea gods from various mythologies. Lastly the sweeping seconds hand is formed into its own cresting wave to complete the fine detail of the watch.

“I have been a watch enthusiast for many years. I decided to combine my love of watches with my skills, and design from scratch the dive watch I would want to wear. My design premise was simple, the watch must be complex in its design, with many fine details. It must stand out from the crowd and be instantly recognisable.” Kevin Lambert, OceanArc
To make this design even more stand out, Kevin used the various colours of the Super Luminova compound so that even in the dark the Series One sings out for attention.

The movement is an ETA 2824-2, with standard 28,800 vibrations per minute and with a power reserve of around 41 hours.

The strap is of black Sting Ray hide 24mm wide leather, which Kevin chose because it’s a naturally tough and water resistant material.

Water resistant to 200m, the OceanArc Series One will be available from summer 2012 in a limited edition of 500 pieces.

The bravest thing Kevin did is to present the watch to the opinions of the Watchuseek forum prior to launch. This is like commando hell week for any newbie watch, and needless to say many have not held back in their criticism – but also praise.

Quite a few have commented on the price, as in how high it is for a 2824-2. At £1,999 (US$3,195) or (£1,665 exclusive of VAT) that is actually the special offer price. When it goes on sale it will be £2,399 (inclusive of VAT, or £1,999 ex VAT). 

However, the comments are by no means all negative, one forum member has commented: “I like how subtle it is. This one could easily go from the boardroom to a dive without second thought.... and the price is right as well.” And several have commented that the look breaks the mould and is anything but a homage watch.
Even though subtle is one thing the OceanArc Series One is not.

There is currently an early bird incentive of 20% discount for those who pre-order and this can be done through the OceanArc site. So the cost will be £1,999 including VAT. Check it out here. You can also choose your own serial number on a first come first served basis.


Limited Edition: 500 pieces, (individual serial numbered)
Movement: ETA 2824-2 automatic 28.800 vibrations per hour; 4 Hz.; 25 Jewels; Power-Reserve: approx. 41h
Case: 14 sided Stainless steel, Matt black DLC coated
Bezel: Uni-directional with Super-Luminova markings
Dial: Etched in Waveform design with Super-Luminova coated trident hour markers
Hands: Coated in Super-Luminova green, seconds hand in wavecrest design
Dimensions: 42mm
Water-resistance: 200m
Crystal: Anti-reflective Sapphire Crystal

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