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Franck Muller Master Diving Watch

Franck Muller Master Diving Watch Watch Releases

Swiss watchmaker Franck Muller is known for their in-house production of grand complications and largely luxury-oriented collections. However, Franck Mueller has recently announced a completely new watch which departs from their core design language – the new Franck Muller Master Diving watch, a 46.33mm wide, stainless steel, automatic diver’s chronograph with some vintage styling.

Franck Muller Master Diving Watch Watch Releases

Clearly not intended to be subtle, the new Master Diving Collection boasts a wrist-crushing 46.33mm wide by 55.4mm long by 13.8mm thick case finished off with a large, signed, screw-down crown and black-finished, oval shaped chronograph pushers. A lumed ceramic bezel insert helps out with durability and makes for easy elapsed time tracking. While clearly large, the Master Diving case looks to be shaped to wrap around the wearer’s wrist and is well integrated into a black rubber strap, which secures by way of a signed tang buckle.

Franck Muller Master Diving Watch Watch Releases

Available in no less than five dial colors (black, blue, white, orange, and red) the Master Diving dial sports traditional Arabic hour markers and lumed, polished sword hands. Chronograph sub-dials are located at three and six o’clock while the running seconds display is at nine o’clock. Dial text is straightforward with Franck Muller’s logo at twelve and “Master Diving/100m=330ft” tucked in at six. The lack of a date window speaks to Franck Muller’s apparent intentions in designing a real purpose-oriented diver’s watch. A chapter ring, printed with second measurements and lumed in the hour marker positions, surrounds the dial and is itself surrounded by a ring of tiny letter “Ms” for Muller, in case you forgot.

Franck Muller Master Diving Watch Watch Releases

Franck Muller Master Diving Watch Watch Releases

While detailed information regarding the Master Diving movement has yet to be released, the FM.7750 title does imply a hopefully modified Valjoux 7750, which is generally considered a durable and dependable Swiss-made automatic chronograph with 42 hours of power reserve and 25 jewels. There is, of course, nothing wrong with this movement. But in a watch from a brand known for haute horology, it does seem a bit odd, especially when you consider the substantial price tag attached.

Franck Muller Master Diving Watch Watch Releases

In all, the Franck Muller Diving Chronograph looks like a reasonably capable sports watch for the enthusiast who just really wanted Franck Muller to make a diver’s-style watch. Features like a lumed ceramic bezel insert and screw-down crown add to the diver argument while a somewhat minimal 100m depth rating means most serious divers will look elsewhere. We will update you on pricing for the Franck Muller Master Diving Collection as soon as we get an update from the brand. franckmuller.com

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  • johnwithanh

    Someone should tell FM to stick to (not) sports.

  • Seiko SKK / Breitling Chrono mashup.

  • Ned Holbrook

    It’s kind of hard to tell since the chapter ring is lumed on the half hours (rather than the hours, as written) but those “M’s” look more like 1/5s ticks to me.

    • That’s what I thought too (1/5 of a second markings) which is just plain wrong for a 4Hz watch that only tick 8 times per second.

      • Gokart Mozart

        Agree but to be fair he is not the only one guilty of doing that.

  • Ben

    Worst FM ever… and actually the list has quite a few terrible examples but this one probably tops it.

  • Marius

    This is definitely one of the crappiest watches that I have seen in a long time.

    While I have never been a fan of Franck Müller, at least I respected this brand for coming up with the Cintrée Curvex line, which, whilst not being totally original (tonneau-shaped watches existed long before Franck Müller), managed to create an iconic look for this brand. Franck Müller was probably the first brand that made tonneau-shaped watches very popular, and, Franck Müller himself is actually one of the most talented watchmakers of his generation. However, these watches are an absolute disaster.

    Design-wise, these timepieces look exactly like a cheap $100 watch. The dial is unnecessarily busy, and the case is one of the ugliest that I have seen. Overall, to me, this watch looks extremely kitschy and cheap, especially if you look at the mediocre fit & finish of the case. Granted, some of the Cintrée Curvex models also look a bit vulgar, but at least they have an interesting case shape. These watches, however, are ugly, kitschy, and cheap-looking. Not to mention the hilarity of the term “Master Diving” on a watch with a 100m water resistance.

    Lastly, the author of this article should do a little bit of research on Franck Müller before writing a post. According to this article: “Swiss watchmaker Franck Muller is known for their in-house production of grand complications and largely luxury-oriented collections.” That’s not really true. The only grand complication produced in-house is the Aeternitas and Mega line which features a tourbillon with all sorts of calendars, and costs from $500,000 to $900,000. However, these watches are produced in extremely limited quantities. The other watches produced by Franck Müller, i.e. their bread & butter, such as the Crazy Hours and all the other simpler models use exclusively ETA/modified ETA calibers. In fact, this new diver will also use the “durable and dependable” 7750.

    • But the 7750 (more likely a 7753 in this case) is a “workhorse” – so it must have been the right choice 🙂

    • Gokart Mozart

      I still have a soft spot for FM, but mostly the stuff that he did at least 10 years ago.

      Personally i think FM as a brand and person suffered with the success of the Cintree curvex line, and it went to the head. He took his eye of the ball with his love of classic cars and setting up watch land.

      Not one of his better efforts.

      His early grand complications are much better than his recent offerings for style and class. Check out the grand complications in the round cases. These are the watches that made his name.

  • Jason Mirabello

    This watch makes me ask myself the question” why , just why”

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Looks like a cheap, very cheap Chinese nock off.
    Please, no update on price needed.

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  • DanW94

    He should have used the Crazy Hours dial on these. What a gag that would be, “Here use my dive watch” Your buddy checks the watch during the dive and thinks his equipment has failed and his brain is being deprived of oxygen. Hell, Moser would do it……

  • Chaz

    What a fluster cluck

  • ProJ

    Numerals are too many, hands are too small, case is too big, overall it’s too ugly. Only a die hard FM aficionado would buy this watch. Or someone with no taste whatsoever in watches, with money, who just randomly stumbles upon this watch.

    • Scott

      I’m starting to think that is how most watches are sold – someone randomly stumbling on them. I can’t imagine anybody deliberately assessing their options and then choosing this.

  • palettj

    Invitica!!!!

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Franz Müller reminds me of Aaron Carter. A big number in the nineties and now he`s probably dead in a bathtub in a Motel in Reno.

  • egznyc

    The only lume I see on the “lumed ceramic bezel” is at 12:00, 3:00, and 4:00 – which oddly has the lume pip one customarily sees at 12:00.

    Not terrible looking but my guess is the price will be a terrible value proposition.

  • Ross Diljohn

    Looks the business but then you see the depth rating. Also Andre the Giant is dead,no need to make watches his size.

    • Chaz

      RIP, Fezzik…

  • Greg Dutton

    Big, ugly, and likely to overpriced. The reviews are in:

    “Ummm, lol?”
    “It’s a watch.”
    “Will you pay me to wear it?”
    “I probably wouldn’t commit seppuku if I had to wear it, but I am unsure, to be honest.”

    Richard Mille, you’ve got company.

  • BNABOD

    So sad

  • SuperStrapper

    Quite a unique look for the brand, but still mostly unattractive. This brand and I just don’t see eye-to-eye. This case is bulbous and swollen looking, quite drastically lacks class and sophistication.

    • Yeah the marriage of a Muller tonneau case with a rotating bezel is an unhappy one.

    • seoulseeker

      Bulbous and swollen is Frank Mueller’s very unfortunate signature.

  • PR

    Lol, Invicta or Swiss legend partnership?

  • An unholy love child of a Franck Muller Vanguard and some nameless Invicta. The poor thing won’t live long, its register subdials are too small (the watch equivalent of “it won’t live long, it’s eyes are too close together”).

    • Scott

      Way too small… the first thing that struck me

    • Larry Holmack

      Clearly the watch is made for someone with my wrist size and very deep pockets….unlike mine!! I’m kind of surprised by the 100m WR….a Master Diving watch not rated for at least 200m? Even lowly Invicta has dive watches that have more than 200m WR. But then again, if you can afford one…you can just hang out on your yacht and look cool with the watch on your wrist!

  • The case looks a lot like the new Bulova Moonwatch — the finishing appears to be on par as well. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2dfda8d3bba6b238e8b73c16d068f671a6756829b5e75868259b1e22aca8102b.jpg

  • wejpasadena

    Wrist crushing is right…I like the blue color but this watch is yuuuuuge.

  • Jon Heinz

    Ugh, looks like an afterthought. If I were looking for a “dress diver” it’s either a Chopard Pro One (I had one), the big one that Cartier makes now or maybe a Parmigiani.

  • Debashish

    Though the price of this Franck Muller has not been mentioned here, I am certain that it would cost an arm and a leg and there are quite a few ultra-wealthy persons, who would acquire this Franck Muller, just to show off.

  • JosephWelke

    Why does such a huge watch have such a horrible WR rating? To me, that should represent a large amount of rubber and steel being used to shield the movement from the intense pressure. Instead we get what my far smaller Oris 65 gets.

    It’s like a weightlifter dropping his pants.

    • spiceballs

      Possibly because of the chrono pushers which, for me, are your “weghtlifters pants” :-).

  • Pete L

    A bit different I guess but who would buy it? If you want a well made dive chronograph there are a lot of options out there! An Omega PO chrono is well made, has an in house movement, is anti magnetic and has 600m depth rating. It is also (and I bet this comparison doesn’t happen very often) smaller!
    I know which I would go with.

  • thecouchguy

    Yucky.

  • Yanko

    It is time for Richard Mille and Frank Muller to form a joint venture.

  • Alex

    It’s a bit hit and miss with Franck Muller. For me, this is a miss. Not a fan.

  • Ulysses31

    Rather cluttered and the brushing on the case looks like it was done with a scouring pad for scrubbing pans.

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