As 2019 is coming to an end, this is the ideal snapshot of the year to glance back at what were the best models presented. After a glance at our 5 most loved chronograph watches (all things considered, 6 in fact…), it is presently an ideal opportunity to see what surely is the most productive classification nowadays, with hundreds of new models/editions dispatched. Also, with more than 80 new jump watches covered here, on MONOCHROME, for 2019 alone, the choice wasn’t that simple… But here it is, our “best of 2019” manage for plunge watches.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda Re-Edition
One of the comments in our review expressed “the strawberries-and-cream Fifty Fathoms” which is both sort of cool and true… So why this uncommon edition of the Fifty Fathoms? Indeed, as a matter of first importance, the FF is perhaps the most notorious jump observes ever: this model is the reinterpretation of a rare 1960s watch delivered to the German Bundesmarine through Barakuda – a company having some expertise in the creation and promoting of specialized plunging gear. Second, its new dial is cool and, the fundamental reason, it is housed in the more modest FF case, at simply 40.30mm. Also, by and large, that makes the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda Re-Edition perhaps the best (however not the most accessible…) jump watches of the year.
Side by side, the old and new Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda/Barracuda
Quick facts: 40.30mm distance across x 13.23mm tallness – tempered steel case – 300m water-resistant – type 1151, in-house – programmed – black tropical-style elastic lash – 5008B-1130-B52A, restricted to 500 pieces – CHF 14,500
Doxa SUB300 Sharkhunter Black Lung
While the Submariner, the Seamaster and the Fifty Fathoms are mainstream symbols, there’s one watch that is frequently disregarded, yet verifiably it is just about as significant as its partners; the Doxa SUB300 . Following quite a long while of ditherings and present day takes on the first idea, Doxa is returning to its foundations with different legacy editions. Everything began with the 50th-commemoration models followed by watches honoring the joint effort with “Aqua Lung”… And indeed, the combination of an outdated Doxa plan with quite possibly the most respected plunging gear providers makes the thing wicked desirable… That’s why the Doxa SUB300 Sharkhunter Black Lung made it here!
Quick facts: 42mm width – tempered steel case – 300m water-resistance – ETA 2824-2 – programmed, COSC-ensured – “bead of rice” hardened steel arm band – restricted edition – USD 2,490
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M White Dial
What a difference a dial can make… We had no questions that the new emphasis of the Seamaster Diver 300M was a triumph, to a great extent due to its specialized predominance with very good quality or current materials, laser-engraved dial and an inventive Master Chronometer development inside. Also, what’s more, a value that really is reasonable thinking about the bundle. Yet, this year, Omega adds a genuine delight to its assortment with the white dial form of the “Bond Watch”. It gains in polish, interestingly, and has a little je ne sais quoi with the combination of black-and-white that makes it the most attractive rendition in the entire collection.
Quick facts: 42mm breadth x 13.5mm stature – hardened steel case – 300m water-resistance – Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8800, in-house – black elastic lash or steel wristband – 220.127.116.11.04.001 – EUR 4,600
“Dive Watch” isn’t just a name stepped on a commercial presentation… It is an authority nomenclature, characterized by the DIN 8306 and ISO 6425 guidelines. Being obviously characterized, it leaves basically no space for ad lib or creativity – clarifying why most exemplary jump observes all appear to be identical. Along these lines, when a company comes out with something drastically different from the rest of the group, it starts our interest. So did the Reservoir Hydrosphere , a watch that isn’t only a genuine diver yet features a special measure inspired presentation, with hopping hours, retrograde minutes and a super-cunning bezel to coordinate. Plan shrewd, even the case sticks out. So we needed to reward such creativity in this exceptionally normed category!
Quick facts: 45mm distance across – 45mm haul to-carry – treated steel case – water-resistant to 250m – licensed restrictive 124-piece module on top of an ETA 2824 – steel arm band and extra elastic tie included – EUR 4,250
Seiko Prospex Diver 200m SPB103J1 “Sumo”
Last yet not least, what might our most awesome aspect 2019 be without a Seiko… The brand has such a lot of effect on the plunge watch classification that it is simply reasonable for incorporate one of its models here. Among the many new models presented in 2019, we went for a relatively open one, a refreshed symbol: the Sumo . Powerful, rather basic, reliable, with outstanding amongst other quality-value proportions you can envision, the Sumo is outstanding amongst other cherished and respected jump watches delivered by the Japanese brand. This year, the brand presents a few reports on the plan, another green dial/bezel combo, another development (type 6R35) and a sapphire precious stone. So a little visual update however great increases on the specialized side.
Quick facts: 45mm width x approx. 13.5mm tallness – treated steel case – water-resistant to 200m – Seiko Caliber 6R35, in-house – hardened steel, 3-connect diver wristband – SPB103J1 (green) or SPB101J1 (black) – EUR 850