March 20, 2009
by Ariel Adams
Another new watch for Linde Werdelin in 2009 is the Oktopus. Building on the Biformeter watch case and theme, the Oktopus is a beefed up version of the models in the already sharp looking Linde Werdelin watch line. This is also the first dedicated diver’s watch for the quickly growing brand — featuring a rotating diver’s bezel and integrated helium escape valve. There is also the little matter of the 1,111 meters of water resistance, that is over 3,300 feet! Almost a mile underwater — at this point you are simply adding a wow factor to the watch. Even though you’ll never go that deep, it does comment strongly on the secure construction of the watch, as well as the thickness of the metals and sapphire crystal used in its construction.
The original Biformeter case profile was surprisingly thin. I discussed the watch at length in my review here. The Oktopus case is thicker by 1.5mm making it 13.5mm high (still not bad). The case is 46mm wide and 49mm tall. That sounds large, but it is really pretty reasonable on your wrist. Inside the watch is a high quality Swiss ETA 2892-A2 Movement. Even though the Oktopus is a bit bigger than the Biformeter, it still accepts the Linde Werdelin Sea (or Land) Instrument digital sensor attachments on top. Oh, and Linde Werdelin is going through some naming changes. The Land Instrument is now also called “The Rock,” while the Sea Instrument is called “The Reef.”
There are a number of Oktopus model versions, each in a limited edition. As you can see the steel version will be the most plentiful, but the DLC models will be particularly choice. Gold is for you serious contenders out there. Here is lineup:
– OKT.2.6 Oktopus steel – black dial: ETA 2892-A2 mechanical automatic movement — limited to 222 pieces
– OKT.1.6 Oktopus titanium gr.5 – black matt dial: ETA 2892-A2 mechanical automatic movement – limited to 88 pieces
– OKT.B.6 Oktopus black DLC steel – black dial: ETA 2892-A2 mechanical automatic movement – limited to 22 pieces
– OKT.4.9 Oktopus 18kt. yellow gold – dark blue dial: ETA 2892-A2 mechanical automatic movement – limited to 22 pieces
Customization has always been a part of Linde Werdelin watch ownership. This is one of the reasons there are so many choices in terms of style and strap options. Rubber, metal, and alligator straps options are available for these sport divers. Looking at the face you’ll notice that Linde Werdelin put a lot more SuperLumiNova (blue toned) on the dial. It already had a lot, but the Oktopus is going to glow like vividly — for a long time. This is also the first Linde Werdelin watch to feature some Arabic numerals on the dial. My overall take is that this is Linde Werdelin building on an already great design. The Oktopus should be available next month starting at just under 6,000 Euros.