GIVEAWAY: Delma Santiago Blue Shark

GIVEAWAY: Delma Santiago Blue Shark

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Swiss Delma watches aren’t known too well outside of Europe. They produce attractive, mid-range mechanical and quartz watches that include fun mechanical dive watches like the Santiago Blue Shark. A predominance of orange (versus blue) on the dial might have you take issue with the name, but it is nevertheless a diver to be reckoned with. At 47mm wide, the Santiago Blue Shark isn’t a watch for lightweights. The all-steel case is water resistant to a depth of 3,000 meters.  The steel bezel comes in brushed steel or PVD black, and the crystal is sapphire. This deep diver contains a Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic movement and retails for $2,196. You have a chance to win one this month on aBlogtoWatch by following the simple instructions and entering below.

To Enter You Must:

1. Comment on this post below (on aBlogtoWatch.com, not Facebook or elsewhere you might see this article) before the giveaway is over with your valid e-mail address where required (if you’ve signed up for the commenting system before, your e-mail should already be in there). In the body of your comment mention if you think new watch brands or old watch brands are more innovative with their products these days.

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3. Wait until the giveaway is over on July 31, 2013 for the winner to be chosen at random.

A couple of basic rules. You can only enter once. You must comment with a valid e-mail address where you can be reached. Your comment must be confirmed and approved. You must complete the objectives to be considered. You are responsible for providing your contact shipping information if you are chosen. Shipping restrictions to non-US entrants may apply based on sponsor’s policies. Giveaway watch selection based on sponsor’s inventory and watch availability. All comments made after the end of the giveaway period will not be considered. If you are chosen as a winner, you then have 24 hours to ensure receipt of your full shipping information or an alternative winner will be chosen. For the full terms and conditions, please click here.

Good luck, and thanks to Delma, the sponsor of the Santiago Blue Shark watch giveaway here at aBlogtoWatch!

822 comments
1959mclaughlin
1959mclaughlin

Love the watch and the orange accents looks great. I think the new brands are doing most of the innovating to stand out from the crowd, but most of their innovations are butt ugly.

fararskey
fararskey

New brands can innovate, but old brands have more money and recognition (mostly, there sure are exceptions). The department, which has the biggest word in making of the watches at the end of the day, is marketing. Still, I lean towards the new brands giving a holy hell to the oldies...

patricksarsfield
patricksarsfield

Throughout the whole history of watches, I believe the grand complications of old will always be the more innovative and valuable watches to own.  There are some innovations coming out of Japan and from 'smart watch' producers but these will never match the romance and the beauty of the classics.  By the way, the diver being given away is a wonderful looking timepiece and it will make a nice addition to my collection!

ThomasBess
ThomasBess

I just love watches.  DO you think they'll ever become obsolete like newspapers and manual transmissions?

rlangerrn
rlangerrn

I love the new watch brands which can be very unique.

dlohani
dlohani

A collector's timepiece; An amalgam of the "Midland" & "Cambridge" chrono-series. Really love the look and feel of this pearl midst other lightweights. .


Would love to grab a hand on this gem Keeping fingers crossed. (X)

aleximd2000
aleximd2000

By the way in my country there is a halvarine named Delma.

The older brands in general have a very clear development strategy which invests a percentage from benefit into innovation and mostly in calibers a not very much in design because most of them have a clear image collection. The smaller brands and emerging brands have no other choice then to invest mostly into design and if they succed in a very nice niche model than they invest into innovation if their CEO is clever enough.

Cheers

Ryanjs34
Ryanjs34

I think a lot of new brands are innovating to keep up with what the older companies are putting on the market. There seem tto be lots of homage watches out from newer brands but still some unique new models.

rayAmaze
rayAmaze

Well, the new watch brands are doing "new" things. I see the use of other movements. going away from the eta and creating there own or using other companys. This only increases interest in this art form. It really enjoyable to see whats new, Thank you.

Brianpemberton
Brianpemberton

Many of the existing older brands are still here because of the work they have done to move the watch industry froward over the last 100+ years. They continue to evolve, but need to be cautious to keep the balance of brand heritage vs innovation. The newer brands are required to innovate to make a difference, whether that's with movements or materials, its the only way they can hope to compete against the larger well established companies.

Vandalizer
Vandalizer

I think there is certainly more incentive for new watch brands to be innovative and distinguish themselves from old brands. That said, there are some old brands that are willing try new things, albeit sometimes with sub brands. For instance, while Rolex has made only micro changes through the years to its Sub, Tudor's Pelagos watch is innovative a number of fronts with its Ti case and expandable bracelet. That said, while I'm always intrigued with what newer brands are willing to do, I get very excited with long standing brands that try new things.

dino63
dino63

New watches now days are gone by far outside the "box'! When you read the articles about free divers who they went down to sea about 700 feet with one breath, it is common for the watch manufacturers to research and come up with a very innovative diving and wrist watch from a Swiss to Japanese well known watch company! CX Charmex of Swiss made the DEEPEST AND ONLY MECHANICAL WATCH TO WORK AT THAT DEPTH OF 20000 FEET BELLOW SEA LEVEL! IT EVEN BEAT ROLEX BY 50% MARGIN!!! That is interpretable for watch manufacturers!!!

captain99
captain99

Being a newbie to this hobby, this question is a bit hard to answer. But I think the newer materials and manufacturing techniques go places the old guard only could dream of. Even though old engineering principals never die. I would have to give the nod to the new guard. Modern manufactures, especially small manufacturers, have to prove themselves in more ways to be competitive and innovation is just one way.   

trk
trk

New watch brands are more innovative because they don't have their heritage of design to press on their heads, comparing to old blocks, that kinda try to keep the traditions rolling, feeling a bit responsible to the army of their followers.

randomlogik
randomlogik

The new watch brands are being much more innovative than the old guard, with more interesting materials and features - whilst paying homage to the classics through design. The old guys are playing catchup.

markm1111
markm1111

The greatest driver of innovation is need. Newer companies need to be noticed in order to become more profitable, so they are much more likely to be innovative to gain that recognition.

natn
natn

Older manufacturers have the economy of scale to make the real innovations in the industry.

IsmaelMartinez
IsmaelMartinez

Older brands are playing catch up. however new brands bank on efforts and styling from the big guys.

ruparell
ruparell

new companies are definitely innovating more -- old brands have to much to lose with real innovations - ppl still buy them for their names and recognition.

zlabbit
zlabbit

I think there are three tiers of innovation.  The oldest and most established companies need to re-invigorate their brand with innovation, while the mid century companies need to emulate the old in order to gain the same level of recognition.  It is for this reason that the mid century companies are least innovative.  Then modern watch companies are just trying to be noticed so they are extremely innovative.

waterfield
waterfield

By and large new watch brands, such as MB&F and HYT seem to be more innovative than many of the older brands, although not all the older brands are stuck in the past, for example TAG Heuer in the past six or seven years, though it will be interesting to see if that trand continues now that Jean Cristophe Babin and Jack Heuer have retired

easyview
easyview

I think new watch brand have to be more creative in the way they make themselves known. They use the tools that exist a little more, like the different forums, Facebook and tweeter for example. Obviously, the older brands can bank on their reputation, their knowledge and in most cases, a better bankroll.

M0m0
M0m0

I think new watch brands are more innovative because they need to keep up with all the well established brand competitors. 

GZ
GZ

New watch brands are clearly more innovative. Older brands like Rolex, Omega, etc tend to stick to the original designs that got them famous. Almost like a one trick pony, rarely anything new from these brands. It's pretty clear that the new brands are more willing to innovate!

MaxM
MaxM

Clearly new watch brands are more innovative with their products these days, especially design-wise. While some old watch brands do innovate too, though more on the technology side.



tcc956
tcc956

Older watch brands often have a well-established "feel" and are often deeply rooted in history and tradition. This can be both a blessing and a curse. Yes, they know what works and what a watch can and should be. In terms of innovation though, they may come up short because they are too firmly attached to their past. That said, new companies often don't have the financial backing or the know-how to innovate. It is a toss up.

watchman1
watchman1

Older watches can be beautiful to look at and in their day were innovative and were the forerunners of todays watches,in modern times though we have computers ,science,technology,a host of improved tools at our disposal which I believe make new watch brands the leading edge.

VVG
VVG

I believe newer watch brands with new designers/engineers would tend to be more innovative, although maybe not as experienced as the established brands. Established brands need to keep generating and evaluating new ideas to keep their offerings fresh and enticing.

LenkaKoprina
LenkaKoprina

In my oppinion newer brands tend to be more innovative in order to be successful- they have to compete with established brands.

jwkmok
jwkmok

new brands have to be more innovative to be successful. They  lose on the history field already, they must do something that is different to the traditional way, they must bring something new.

Holker_01
Holker_01

Nice looking watch! I think new brands are more innovative, they have to create something new at least on the design of the watch.

marshalljung
marshalljung

I think the older watch companies tend to be more innovative technologically, while newer ones tend to be more innovative in design.  I think this is mostly due to the cost difference between case/face and movement manufacture. It's cheaper to innovate with case design and place an established movement inside to go the other way around. Plus the outer visible parts are what's going to set the brand apart when appealing to consumers.

As with most things it's the money that dictates the methods of innovation.  I'm still waiting for that small company to come out with a totally new innovative movement design unlike anything previously thought. 

chrishiew
chrishiew

I believe the older watch companies have better innovations than the newer ones - most of the time, I see newer watch companies tend to borrow design elements from older and more established ones and making some fine adjustments to their product offerings.

TimppeHagstrom
TimppeHagstrom

The older Watch companies have wonderful innovations with Gyro-technology and other stuff. This watch has some amazing qualities as well with the water resistant down to 3000 meters. Thats crazy!

korbindallis
korbindallis

completely forgot about this one 

I like old watch brands with history would like a chunky watch for my wife ;)

Janol
Janol

New watchmakers must stand out and it seems many chooses new concepts to do so. Brands and companies with a history seems to refine tradition with new materials and techniques, at least that is my experience.

justinkrol
justinkrol

I think it's pretty clean new watch brands are more inventive, the old ones stick with what works and keep it recognizable so people will know you paid a lot for that Rolex or whatever else it is.

rhettm
rhettm

I think the new companies are being more innovative. Since they custom up up their products according to the new trends in technology, they wanted to deliver something new that everyone can be curious of. As for the old companies, they model their products with the tradition the company goes.

But I never heard of a watch that can go 3000m deep! Nice watch!

aktormedic
aktormedic

Like the music industry these days, nothing is really new.  I don't see much of a difference between the new companies and the old ones.  The real innovation seems to be at the fringes of the industry, in the watch "start-ups". 

wristwatchdude
wristwatchdude

Many old brands rely on tradition to sell their watches; many new brands rely on innovation to sell their watches. As consumers get better educated the probably most successful brands will be the ones that know how to combine innovative thinking and a type of tradition. Although new brands tend to present themselves as more innovative, the bottleneck for them is that they often lack the funds to focus on some of the important innovations, like new and innovative materials, innovative marketing etc. One area new watch brands can show innovation is in design and many of them do that. --- Having said all that; this Delma Santiago Blue Shark is one handsome timepiece.

bwright1
bwright1

I think newer companies tend to be more innovative, in the sense they must create designs that stand out and get attention; however, that isn't true for all newer companies.  Some try and produce designs similar to the older established companies, but usually sold at more affordable prices, trying to capture some market share with that approach.

 

mikeormoe
mikeormoe

New brands are certainly more innovative that the older more established brands, and they should and need to be.  A new brand is unlikely to be noticed if they do the same things everyone else has, assuming they want to be an old brand some day.

SarthakSharma
SarthakSharma

I'd say that newer brands are definitely more innovative in the sense of incorporating exotic designs, colors, and complications in their watches. I would venture to guess it's to poach buyers from other more established brands. Speaking of, those established must still get credit for their role as the original innovators with wrist watches. Since their early innovations have transformed into venerable products, we must pay homage to their originality as well. Just my 2 cents. Hope I win since that Delma looks like a beast.

Schpeeves
Schpeeves

I think new brands are trying to be more innovative in their designs to differentiate themselves.

Jonathanwesley
Jonathanwesley

I think that both new and old brands are succeeding at innovation - though there are obviously plenty of new and old companies alike who stick to the classic styles, designs, and mechanisms.  

morphiotic
morphiotic

I think that old watches are more innovative we haven't really seen much as far as major innovations in years and the new watches that are trying to break the mold just look awful in my opinion.

dazzer_nz123
dazzer_nz123

Nice watch. I think new brands seem more innovative from an objective point-of-view, but it's the subtle innovation combined with a careful consideration of their history that makes the old brands more interesting. They excel at getting everything right, but more importantly in getting nothing wrong ... and they have much more to lose!

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