UNDIVE Dark Sea 500m Dive Watch

UNDIVE Dark Sea 500m Dive Watch

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UNDIVE watches is a new micro-band based in Hong Kong. Back in 2015, they started designing a dive watch that aimed to combine vintage styling with modern technology. Now, after nearly two years of research, they finally found the perfect balance and they are proud to announce the UNDIVE Dark Sea 500m dive watch.

If you are a fan of vintage Seiko dive watches, you may recognize the look of the Dark Sea 500m. That's because it shares similarities with the Seiko 6105-8110, Seiko’s iconic dive watch from the 1970s. Its unique shape is legendary to say the least but unfortunately, it was only produced from 1970 to 1977. Because of this, it is rare to find one in good working order today. Inspired and influenced by this unique and iconic watch, UNDIVE attempted to make their first diver one that not only preserves the DNA of Seiko's 6105-8110 but also upgrades everything from from the ground up.

UNDIVE Dark Sea 500m Dive Watch Watch Releases

As an homage piece, it also imitates the shape of the Seiko 6105-8110. On wrist however, the look and and the experience are both very different from any existing 6105-style watches. First, it has a slightly larger and thicker case. It's made of 316L stainless steel, measures 45mm wide, 15.4mm thick, and 50mm from lug-to-lug. Though these dimensions might seem aggressive, it looks handsome and feels comfortable on the wrist.

UNDIVE Dark Sea 500m Dive Watch Watch Releases

And, unlike other dive watches that are fully brushed, it has a highly-polished surface finish that wraps around the case and ends at the lugs to create a nice, visual contrast. On wrist, the domed sapphire crystal is clear and offers a degree of visual distortion depending on what angle you are viewing the dial from. The dial markers, filled with BGW9 Super-LumiNova, are large and clear - a trait that's entirely necessary in a purpose-built dive watch.

UNDIVE Dark Sea 500m Dive Watch Watch Releases

The seconds hand also pays tribute to Seiko's "stop light" design and features a segmented look filled with both BGW9  Super-LumiNova and red Super-LumiNova. Interestingly enough, the red lume will glow pink in the dark, which makes for an interesting look in low light conditions.

UNDIVE Dark Sea 500m Dive Watch Watch Releases

UNDIVE Dark Sea 500m Dive Watch Watch Releases

But aside from all the aesthetic touches, the Dark Sea 500m is built with saturation divers and heavy users in mind. It provides 500m of water resistance and has a helium escape valve system that prevents gas build-up and internal damage at great depths. UNDIVE also focuses on ease of use. The over-sized 7.5mm screw-down crown makes it easy to adjust the Seiko NH35 movement and the watch also has a tactile 120-click bezel for tracking bottom time.

UNDIVE Dark Sea 500m Dive Watch Watch Releases

UNDIVE Dark Sea 500m Dive Watch Watch Releases

The UNDIVE Dark Sea 500m comes in two versions; Cool Steel, which is the all stainless steel model and Black Storm, which features a DLC-coated brushed bezel. As mentioned previously, the Seiko NH35 movement powers both models. This 21,600 bph movement features hacking and hand winding and 41 hours of power reserve. The campaign is now live on Kickstarter and has been fully funded. Early bird prices start at $436 USD for the Cold Steel version and $460 USD for the Black Storm version. For more information, please visit UNDIVE's official website and subscribe to their newsletter to get the most up-to-date details. undivewatches.com

Specifications
Case
>316L Stainless Steel Case (with DLC coating on brushed bezel (Black Storm version)
Water Resistance
>500m with Heilum Escape Valve
Bezel
>120-click unidirectional bezel
Dimensions
>45mm x 50mm x 15.40mm
Lug Width
>22mm
Movement
>Seiko NH35
Dial
>Matte black dial with Super-LumiNova BGW9
Hands
>Hour & Minute hands filled with Super-LumiNova BGW9
Seconds hand filled with Super Luminova BGW9 & Red
Crystal
>High-quality domed sapphire crystal
Crown
>Screw-down with Trident logo
Straps
>Professional accordion-style diver's strap and leather strap

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What do you think?
  • I want it! (38)
  • Thumbs up (28)
  • Interesting (13)
  • I love it! (5)
  • Classy (3)
  • IG

    Well, at least it’s not a Submariner or Panerai knock-off…

    • Although I like it, it’s a Seiko (case/crown) and Panerai Sub (bezel) heavily inspired offering.

      • Mikita

        Seiko Turtle case and resin band, Panerai Sub bezel, Chr. Ward Trident symbol on the crown. Hands look familiar as well..

        • Hands90

          Yikes

        • Moonraker

          Maserati crown

          • Mikita

            I was thinking were did they get it..

        • Actually I think the second’s hand is Seiko also (marine master mm300) and the blue color scheme reminds me of Panerai Sub “carbontech”.

    • Mikita

      You must be unaware of Seiko Turtle case

      • IG

        I don’t give a shit about Seikos.

        • Mikita

          That’s mutual.

  • Word Merchant

    Wouldn’t it be more sensible to buy one of these: http://www.seiko.co.uk/collections/men/prospex
    (Although you do get sapphire with the Undive).

    • Berndt Norten

      Yes it would

      • Word Merchant

        Ok, thanks. Consider it done.

  • Mikita

    Undive. Unsnorkel. Unswim.

  • error406

    I just want to express my gratitude for not turning this “sponsored post” (aka advertisement) in some cringeworthy over-the-top bullshit bingo. Makes these ads a lot less offensive.

    Also helps that, although not my cup of tea, it’s a decent watch for a decent price.

    • Yan Fin

      No gratitude yet, see how it UNfolds.

      • Berndt Norten

        True, the lume might lose the sun
        And it’ll come Undone

  • Mikita

    Unread.

  • Pete Pete

    I actually kinda like it. by far the least ugly no-name diver in quite some time. way too big though.

  • DanW94

    I think it’s a much better looking watch than the Seiko it’s based on with the different styled (Panerai-like) bezel and the circle hour markers. I like the blue dial accents also. It’s a bit too much diver if you’re just riding a desk though.

  • Mikita

    We need the Moonraker here. Soon.

  • Mikita

    Unholy undive until uncle uncanned unfresh unoiled unicornfish.

    • Mikita

      Nobody liked the proverb?

  • Moonraker
  • Moonraker

    Unsubscrive

  • Moonraker

    Does every photography studio on Earth have the wet rock setup?

  • Yan Fin

    I actually like it. Would match the color of date window or drop it altogether. Is there a picture from the back?

  • Moonraker

    UNDIVE and UNDONE, the perfect 2-piece collection for every possible non-occasion.

    • Joel Schumann

      UNDRESS, for a tree-piece.

  • Lawrence

    This one looks nice. Finally a different and nice watch.

  • Moonraker

    Best of luck to Undive. I suggest you unname, if that wasn’t already clear. But best of luck, sincerely.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Can i wear this in the bath ?

  • Ranchracer

    Like the look. Would buy it if it were actually a Seiko. I’m UnKickstartered out.

  • Phil leavell

    I don’t owner or buy dive watches but this one ticks all the boxes including sapphire crystal on the one model good luck

  • Heywood Jawblowme

    I cannot help but throw back to this great moment in debate history as regarding my opinion of this watch https://youtu.be/NRCWbFFRpnY

    the Seiko 6105-811X is a total classic and can be found for around a grand in great working order and I would strongly encourage anyone who likes the looks of them to buy one of those and not this crapola. Buying a watch modded to look like one is another option that is available given the number of quality homage recreated dials there are out there.

    But this watch? Which has NONE of the hallmarks of the 6105 except in some dope fiend’s convoluted thought pattern, in it I see nothing but evil.

    Also, oh my aren’t you ABTW cats precious, I can do this all day if you want to keep banning me kids it takes literally moments to set up a new account. If you cannot find the humor in suggesting a Tech 9 be utilized to ensure that no more abominations like that Toc19 are put out in the world on an unsuspecting populace.

    ~Definitely NOT Yojimbo

    • Craven Morehead LXIX

      So are you Burnt Norton?

      • Berndt Norten

        No sir. There is only one of me.

        • Craven Morehead LXIX

          okay

  • SuperStrapper

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    Article.

    Because I guess we break them up into as many pieces as possible now.

    • Moonraker

      You’re being borderline unwelcoming. But not hostile, so that’s good.

      • SuperStrapper

        Go home.

        • Moonraker

          That should have been two comments. And this should have been 12.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Altough this watch is like Frankensteins monster “inspired” by a gazillion other watches, I kind of like it. The bezel is to big, the blue accents are not my cup of tea and in the end I would buy a Seiko. But nice. A little uninspired (or inspired to much) but nice. Or at least not the worst.

  • Mark1884

    This is NOT a trophy watch!
    I want no part of it!!

  • Undive. That’s another word for…drowning?

    I’ve always liked the classic Seiko divers, which is why I collect and dive with Seikos. It’s a nice take on an icon, and better a Seiko ‘homage’ than yet another Sub. Will be interesting to see how this brand evolves.

    • ConElPueblo

      Undive would mean… Floating, I guess?

  • BNABOD

    in this price range all you can really do is look at the look. does it look decent, yes……Ok that is all I got here.

  • It’ actually not bad and it looks like a pretty decent value. But the name… I can’t wait for the Uncook, the watch for the budding sashimi chef. Maybe a limited edition with Nobu’s stamp of approval?

  • Andre Braz

    Interesting with honest price !

  • Moonraker

    In case you were wondering, the past tense of Undive is Undived, not Undove…it’s not a bird.

  • spiceballs

    Lot to like. Solid looking serious dive watch (homage) for a reasonable price, If all works well (eg, bezel, movement, etc) should sell, regardless of name.

  • otaking241

    Today on Mix-N-Match Kickstarter Diver: A Seiko Turtle with Panerai bezel, oversized Rolex Sub dial and indexes and…some weird rocket-shaped handset? Second hand brings it back to Seiko, though (maybe to hint at the movement inside?). Honestly the combination isn’t bad looking overall, and the price is decent, especially for a Seiko movement.

    Question for someone who knows the microbrew scene better than me: is this the same OEM as Helson et al?

  • Ulysses31

    I think it’s very handsome, combing a lot of the best elements from other watches. Looks sophisticated and is cheap – can’t argue with that.