Among the many brands I had the opportunity to meet with while in Geneva this past spring was Bausele, which took the opportunity to preview its new Sydney Diver: Endless Sunrise collection. While previous versions of the Sydney Diver leaned into either the company’s military or racing partnerships, the fan-favorite collection had yet to embrace the more lighthearted and casual side of the world that the brand occupies. Consequently, the new Bausele Sydney Diver: Endless Sunrise series takes the purpose-built design of the brand’s mil-spec dive watch and presents it in a quartet of new colorways for 2023, which draw their inspiration from a sunrise swim in the oceans that surround Australia.
Crafted from 316L stainless steel with a matte sandblasted finish, the case of the Bausele Sydney Diver: Endless Sunrise series measures 39.5mm in diameter by 47.5mm lug-to-lug, with an overall thickness of 11.6mm. This on-paper thickness also includes the additional height of the double domed sapphire crystal that sticks up above the rim of the rotating timing bezel, and without the crystal, the actual case itself measures 9.5mm thick. The reverse side of the watch receives a solid screw-down stainless steel caseback, while the winding crown at 3 o’clock also screws down to the case in order to create 200 meters of water resistance. Additionally, rather than simply being signed with the brand’s logo, the tip of the crown includes a clear capsule that is filled with sand particles that come from Bausele Founder Christophe Hopper’s home beach in Manly, Australia.
While the Bausele Sydney Diver: Endless Sunrise collection is available with four different dial colors, all of them feature the same core design with a two-layer sandwich-style construction that has cut-outs and recessed areas for the hour markers. Dial colors for the new Sydney Diver: Endless Sunrise collection include yellow, orange, blue, and white, with the white dial variant being a fully luminous dial that swaps the luminous hour markers of the other three options for solid black indexes to create the maximum amount of contrast.
Although I was able to preview all four models while in Geneva, only the full-lume white dial had been finalized at the time of our meeting, hence I only have hands-on images for this particular variant. Additionally, unlike the other three colorways, which are paired with black bezels that have white luminous markings, the white dial variant receives a matching white bezel insert that features a black non-luminous timing scale. Similarly, while the shape of the hands is the same on all four models, the blue dial variant receives orange accents on its handset, while the white dial version receives hands with black-finished surrounds to match the solid black hour markers on the dial.
Powering the new Bausele Sydney Diver: Endless Sunrise collection is the same Swiss-made Sellita SW200 automatic movement that can be found inside the rest of the series, which runs at a frequency of 28,800vph (4 Hz) with a power reserve of approximately 38 hours. Offering the basic conveniences of both hacking and hand-winding, the Sellita SW200 is very much a known-quantity, and its reliable and proven design has made it the single most commonly used Swiss-made movement within the modern watch industry. Bausele uses both Seiko and Sellita movements depending on the specific model, and the Swiss Sellita SW200 inside the Sydney Diver is partially responsible for why the collection is priced slightly higher than the brand’s entry-level field watch.
All four of the new Bausele Sydney Diver: Endless Sunrise watches come with both a stainless steel bracelet and an orange rubber strap. The stainless steel bracelet features a Milanese mesh design, and it includes articulating end-links at the lugs to increase its flexibility and provide it with a more integrated appearance with the case. Meanwhile the orange rubber strap features embossed text on its outer surface, and it is fitted with a butterfly-style stainless steel folding clasp with a double push-button release. Additionally, both the stainless steel mesh bracelet and the included orange rubber strap connect to the 22mm lugs with integrated quick-release spring bars to enable easy and tool-free strap changes.
Each of the four different colorways that make up the new Bausele Sydney Diver: Endless Sunrise collection will be produced as limited editions of 100 pieces, and regardless of their differences, all four models are accompanied by the exact same retail price of $1,200 USD. With that in mind, at the time of their launch, the Sydney Diver: Endless Sunrise watches are making their debut appearance as part of a rather generous promotional sale, which brings their price down to $840 for a limited period of time. While this mil-spec derived case silhouette is often associated with traditional colors and tactical designs, the new Endless Sunrise series takes the Sydney Diver in a much more colorful and lighthearted direction. For more information on the Bausele Sydney Diver: Endless Sunrise collection, please visit the brand’s website.