Both brands launch diver watches to aid ocean conservancy efforts on World Oceans Day.
by James Buttery
Dive watches with a social conscience are like buses it would seem, you wait for a new one to arrive and two turn up in a single morning. Although the fact that today is World Oceans Day probably explains it.
While Bremont, with its bright and breezy new Waterman, is new to the field of philanthrophic divers Blancpain further extends its impressive credentials with a third Blancpain Ocean Commitment watch.
On the surface the Bremont Waterman is a Supermarine 500 like any other, a 43mm stainless steel dive watch water resistant down to 500m, however turn it over and you’ll find the first sapphire crystal caseback that Bremont has used on its divers revealing a COSC-certified 4hz automatic movement with 42 hour power reserve.
Bremont is in the habit of handing its prototypes over to some of the world’s most experienced adventurers for testing (polar explorer Ben Saunders can certainly attest to the robustness of the Endurance) and the Waterman is no different, having been put through its paces by Hawaii-based free-diver, big wave surfer and ocean environmentalist Mark Healey. While Healy may not have yet troubled the Waterman’s depth rating just yet, he has worn it during 50m free dives as well as while surfing the infamous Jaws wave on Maui.
Not only does the Waterman feature a perennially useful GMT hand (which tracks against a 24-hour scale on the chapter ring), but the 300-piece limited edition is also decked out in a striking summer colour scheme with deep blue accents set against the brilliant white dial.
As you’d expect from a deep diver, the Waterman also features a two-tone uni-directional bezel (topped with sapphire crystal) and a helium release valve.
Bremont have also pledged that a percentage of proceeds from the sales of the individually numbered Waterman watches will go towards the Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii charity to help it combat the problem of plastic pollution in the ocean through education and beach clean-up events.
Meanwhile Blancpain has added a third watch to its laudable Ocean Commitment series which has already funded hundreds of dives around the world in the name of research and exploration. Just like its predecessors, the 250-piece limited edition Blancpain Ocean Commitment (BOC) 3 is pledging €1,000 from the sale of each watch to fund these activities.
The 40mm satin-finished stainless steel BOC3 – this smaller diameter is reserved solely for limited edition Fifty Fathoms where the series pieces are 45mm – is the first three-hander in the series, as both of its predecessors were chronographs, and replicates the dial design of the original Fifty Fathoms from 1953 with its mix of painted lume baton and dot hour markers, set off with a large diamond-shape marker at the 12 o’clock position.
But instead of the original matt black, the BOC3 is dressed in the series’ signature blue with a sunray brushed dial and sapphire crystal-topped uni-directional bezel. The dial is also home to a date window between the four and five o’clock markers and the BOC logo sits above the six o’clock.
The watch is powered by the automatic Calibre 1151 which offers a four day power reserve courtesy of twin mainspring barrels. As with the Bremont, the BOC3 is also water resistant to 300m and features a sapphire crystal exhibition caseback affording a view of the decorated movement and uniquely engraved gold rotor.
The Bremont Waterman costs £4,395 while the Blancpain Ocean Commitment 3 is CHF 16,000. We also explore the phenomenon of watch brands embracing the Blue Planet effect in the latest issue (86) of QP magazine, on sale now.