As a limited edition for 2012 Graham releases this new dive watch version of the Chronofighter called the Chronofighter Prodive Professional. Highlights include a bold design, monopusher chronograph and 600 meters of water resistance. One cool thing that Graham seems to suggest is that the chronograph can be used underwater. If this is true, then the watch does in fact set itself apart from most diving chronograph watches that would have their water resistance ratings compromised if their chronograph mechanisms were used while the watch was submerged.
Graham calls the new Chronofighter Prodive "the reference luxury diving watch." While I like the piece I think that is a bit of a lofty statement. I am pretty sure that other people referencing something makes an object a reference. Not "self-referencing" that you are a reference. It was a cute effort though.
At 45mm wide in steel, the Chronofighter Prodive Professional actually feels larger than it is. A lot of that is because of the chronograph trigger system that you find in Chronofighter models. Placed on the left side of the case, the trigger system in this watch is a monopusher - so you cycle between start, stop, and reset in a single pusher. Above the trigger is the crown for the watch placed at about 10 o'clock. The crown is rubber coated and colored to match the piece's hue theme.
As a dive watch, the Chronofighter Prodive does not disappoint. It has 600 meters of water resistance, an automatic helium release valve, uni-directional rotating timing bezel with lume at 60 minutes, and a lot of lume on the hands and hour markers on the dial. The dial itself features the time with subsidiary seconds dial (that looks propeller-ish), date and 30 minute chronograph. The overall design looks both modern and professional with a lot of marine influence. I think a lot of people will enjoy the looks of this watch to go with their casual air tank and weekend flippers.
On the rear of the Graham Chronofighter Prodive Professional timepiece is an engraved caseback with a shark on it. Always fun to have a predator from the deep on your watch. Makes a seahorse feel wimpy by comparison. Inside the watch is a Graham G1750 automatic Swiss movement with 48 hours of power reserve. According to Graham, the entire Chronofighter Prodive Professional watch collection will be limited to only 200 pieces for the yellow version with the others being non limited (which apparently don't have the "Professional" part on the name). With a steel case and professional instrument looks, it would be strange of me to call this a "luxury watch." I would consider it a durable high-end Swiss dive lifestyle watch with the ability to actually dive. Versions come in yellow, blue, and black trim. Price is $15,750 for the Professional and $13,400 for the normal Graham Chronofighter Prodive watch.
Tech specs from Graham:
Functions: Chronograph (seconds, 30 minutes counter) to measure decompression time. Date at 9 o'clock. Black PVD automatic Helium escape valve. Hours, minutes, seconds
Caliber: Caliber G1750, automatic mono-pusher chronograph, 28'800 A/h (4Hz), Incabloc shock absorber, 25 jewels
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case: 45 mm wide steel case
Integrated steel with black PVD left hand fast-action start / stop / reset trigger.
Functional at 2000 feet / 600 m. Screwed yellow rubber coated crown (automatic locking system (bayonet) and red safety ring)
Steel with black PVD bezel, unidirectional rotating rim (120 positions) to measure dive time, luminous indicator at 12 o'clock. Domed sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating on both faces.Steel case back with shark imprinted and limited edition serial number.
Water Resistance: 2000 feet / 600 m / 60 bar
Dial: Black dial and counters, propeller-shaped seconds counter (running indicator). White Super-LumiNova hands and indexes, yellow chronograph and minutes counter's hands. Double luminescent indications: blue and green.
Strap: Integrated yellow rubber, Steel pin buckle with diver's extension