Only two other people had preceded Cameron in this endeavor

When writer, director, and adventurer James Cameron reached the beginning of the “deep sea” at a depth of 1,000 meters on March 26, 2012, safely inside his submersible craft Deepsea Challenger, all the remaining light disappeared. But at that point, he hadn’t yet completed one-tenth of his journey. At 10,908 meters, he landed softly on the floor of the Challenger Deep, the deepest point in the ocean, at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Before the hydraulic arm on the submersible malfunctioned, he was able to collect a sample from the bottom of the sea. The Rolex Deepsea Challenge, a prototype watch that could withstand water pressure to a depth of 15,000 meters, was strapped on the mechanical arm as well as on Cameron’s wrist. Replica Watches

Only two other people had preceded Cameron in this endeavor – in 1960, Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh reached this point with their underwater craft, Trieste. Then, too, an experimental dive watch from Rolex, the Deep Sea Special, was attached to the outside of the pressurized chamber, and it withstood the dive in 1960 as unscathed as the Deepsea Challenge did in 2012.

Neither watch was ever commercially produced. The Deep Sea Special was virtually unwearable because of its enormous 35-mm thickness and domed, semi-spherical crystal above the dial. The second version was considerably smaller. It was based on the innovative case structure introduced in 2008 for the mass-produced Deepsea model, which has pressure resistance to a depth of 3,900 meters.

In 2008, the Deepsea was the most pressure-resistant mechanical commercial watch available. Since then, manufacturers such as Vintage VDB and CX Swiss Military Watch have been making watches that can withstand even greater depths (and Omega’s Seamaster Ultra Deep has since exceeded the Deepsea’s depth record by several precious meters), but they tower over the wearable 18-mm-thick Rolex Deepsea by at least 6 mm and appear clunky.

In 2014, introduced a special version of this extreme dive watch with a “D-Blue” dial as a tribute to Cameron’s deep dive. Instead of the completely black dial, this watch has a dial that gradually changes color from dark blue to black, the way the ocean gets darker as it becomes deeper. The Deepsea lettering on the dial is the same green color as the paint on Cameron’s submersible. While the standard Deepsea model was not overly popular, demand for the D-Blue has greatly exceeded supply, in spite of its higher price.

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In 2018, Rolex modified both versions of the Deepsea and we tested the D-Blue model. While the most obvious difference is the wider bracelet with its larger folding clasp, overall, the proportions have a more harmonious feel. The bracelet end pieces no longer protrude above the lugs. Another new feature is a tiny Rolex crown placed at the edge of the dial at 6 o’clock between the words “Swiss” and “made.”

Rolex also tinkered with some of the smaller details. the distance between the case and the bezel has been reduced, which limits the amount of dirt that can penetrate into the watch. The round luminous marker on the bezel is also not as tall and is, therefore, less susceptible to damage. The bracelet has been redesigned to be more supple and comfortable.

High Pressure
Producing an extremely pressure-resistant watch is actually not extremely difficult. The thickness of the case walls and the external dimensions can be increased to the point where a watch can be made with very high water resistance. But Rolex did not approach the problem this way. From the beginning, the Deepsea engineers’ goal was to create a wearable watch. They found success using a diameter of 44 mm and a thickness of 18 mm, which is also very comfortable to wear.

This required a completely new redesign of the case structure – resulting in the Rolex-developed and patented “Ringlock System.” The system consists of three elements that absorb pressure: the 5.5-mm-thick sapphire crystal, the 3.28-mm-thick caseback made of Grade 5 titanium and the inner ring of Biodur 108 steel. The system is surrounded by a 904L steel Rolex case. The titanium caseback is not screwed down but is pressed onto the inner ring by a threaded ring made of the same steel as the case.

Frederique Constant Classic Moonphase Manufacture Watch Review

Before we get to the watch, I want to highlight why I find the brand so appealing. About 15 years ago, Frederique Constant looked to set itself apart from the competition (because let’s be honest, the brand is in a pretty saturated space) by starting to manufacture movements in-house. This allowed them to be a little more creative and offer a better-value product than many other brands in the same price bracket. Because of this approach, they aren’t limited to heavily modifying a Sellita or ETA to achieve the desired features. The decision created a slew of interesting models, including a Flyback Chronograph and a Worldtimer Best Replica Watches that both come in at less than $5,000 — a very competitive offering

The stainless steel case measures in at 42mm but is relatively thick for a dressier style watch. I don’t necessarily mind the design, but I did find a few irritants about the size and flow of the case. First, the bezel is thick, significantly rounded, and tall. I imagine the dramatic taper off the sides is intended to help the watch slide under a cuff better. However, I found the case thick enough to consistently catch on my sleeves, no matter which wrist I wore it on (eliminating the large onion crown as the culprit). Maybe I wear my sleeves too tight, but I do feel the design of the case was certainly unforgiving.
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The convex sapphire crystal butts up nicely to the bezel and gives the watch a uniform aesthetic. On the wrist, it looks attractive. The lugs extend straight from the case and feature a clean taper that makes the watch very comfortable. They offset some of the thickness by sitting nicely against the wrist. I wasn’t constantly pulling the watch back to the center of my wrist, as I would have expected with a thicker with larger lugs (ah-la Chronoswiss). A flat sapphire crystal fits to the back, so the in-house movement is fully on display. The 5 ATM water resistance was a nice step up from the typical 3 ATM of many dress watches, though I still avoided the water.

Overall, I felt the case was a bit of an odd design choice. I recognize that other watches in the Frederique Constant catalog have similar cases, but on the Moonphase Manufacture, it feels a lot more round than it needed to be. I think lowering the size to 39mm or 40mm, with a thinner bezel, would have suited the watch a lot more — similar to the brand’s Slimline collection. For a dress watch, it felt unnecessarily large, thick, and wasn’t the easiest watch to slide under a dress shirt cuff.
Moving onto the dial, and my favorite part of the watch: it’s coherent. This spawns from the desire to split the single sub-dial display of the Classic Manufacture Moonphase (see what they did there?) into two separate displays. And to that end, it’s a beautiful design that I feel simply works. Breitling Replica

For the dial, Frederique Constant combined design features that have worked in previous models. For one, the elongated white Roman numerals are both legible and aesthetically easy on the eyes. They pop against the sunburst blue dial and don’t distract from the rest of the watch’s feature sets. The date subdial at 9 o’clock feels just large enough to be effective and recessed enough to be elegant. The moonphase at 3 o’clock matches well with the dial and, in this model, the moon has been made white as to not distract from the overall blue and white color scheme — a feature I really appreciate. The finishing on the moonphase is slick but has matte stars and moon, really helping the display “pop” out from its matching subdial.The handset is clean, with simple sword hands with a glossy white finish. They are difficult to lose in the dial and contrast nicely against the Roman numerals. I never have a hard time picking out the time at a glance. Overall, there is a large margin of error when creating a dress watch with multiple complications, and I feel like Frederique Constant nailed the dial.

Flipping the watch over, you’ll find the gorgeous FC-712. This is Frederique Constant’s 29th in-house caliber, and a serious value. The decoration is superb. The center plate features circular Geneva striping that I found more pronounced than in many movements I’ve handled. The striping is deep and catches the light nicely. Beneath, Perlage covers the entire length of the main plate. The hollowed-out gilded rotor doesn’t obstruct the view of the movement — a feature I greatly appreciate.

Designed around the FC-700 series, the FC-712 splits the date and moonphase into two separate complications. This took the brand two years to achieve. The automatic movement features a power reserve of 38 hours and ticks at a smooth 28,800 VpH.

Overall, I enjoyed my time with the Classic Moonphase Manufacture. Unfortunately, this watch simply didn’t fit my criteria for a dress watch, as much as I wanted it to. I found the watch well-built and easy on the eyes. However, it’s simply too bulky to wear with dress clothes. Making this 2-3mm smaller, and a few millimeters thinner, seems like a missed opportunity. I feel it would make the watch immensely more wearable with a cuff. I don’t fault the brand for trying something outside the box, and I have no doubt this watch will find buyers who won’t mind the footprint. Price for the Frederique Constant Classic Moonphase is $2,595 in stainless steel. They do have a rose-gold plated option available for $300 more. Read more about this watch at

Casio G-Shock MTG-B1000RB Lunar Rainbow Watch Hands-On

Let me begin with a quick peek behind the scenes of aBlogtoWatch at BaselWorld. Every year, a large part of the aBlogtoWatch team gathers to check out the lamest-to-greatest watch novelties in the moderately charming town of Basel. Over countless meetings, a couple times it happens that a team member finds a novelty, leaps over the desk to check it out in haste, only to then lookup with an exaggerated look of lust and new-found love in his eyes. Launched at BaselWorld 2019 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Casio G-Shock MTG line, the Casio G-Shock MTG-B1000RB Lunar Rainbow was, by all means, a watch that evoked such cartoonish gestures from more than one of us, as we first got our hands on it at our annual Casio meeting at BaselWorld.
It does not just look though; durability and technology also get a boost. A sapphire crystal, a new Core Guard Structure, a carbon-reinforced resin case and yet tougher lugs mean that you can now fall off an even higher waterfall and your watch will still be ticking, even though you will not. The tech includes Multi-Band 6 (as it damn well should, for a whole grand), five motors to drive each hand separately, as well as Bluetooth smartphone connectivity with a G-Shock connected app. That sounds dorky as hell, but keeping track of the watch’s chronometrical self-adjustments, self-updates, and even the power generated by the solar charging panel is admittedly kind of cool interesting.
Cutting to the chase here, the whole point of the Casio G-Shock MTG-B1000RB Lunar Rainbow is its namesake feature: the “lunar rainbow” theme. Having never witnessed one, I can only report that the colors are inspired by a type of rainbow that is formed by the light of the moon. Anyhow, it’s a cool name to go with a special color scheme, so why not give it a pass? A unique rainbow ion-plated (IP) finish sets the case, crown, crown guards, bezel, screwheads and lug structure apart from any other watch you can think of — I do wish that there was a bracelet to go with it all, even though I remain uncertain whether my mind could actually process that sight.
Interestingly, although the pattern might at first appear to be random, all Casio G-Shock MTG-B1000RB Lunar Rainbow watches will have roughly the same pattern: purple around 6 and 12 o’clock, green and yellow elsewhere around the bezel, and blue on the lug structure. That said, Casio has confirmed that each and every watch will be slightly different, so the exact colors and the area that they cover will vary from one watch to another. The case measures 55.8mm-tall, 51.7mm-wide and 14.4mm-thick. A weight of 123 grams is tamed by a resin band matched to a tang buckle.

Despite those rather gargantuan proportions, the watch looked okay and felt shockingly good around my 6.75″ (~17cm) wrist. I can’t wait to get one of these in for review to gauge how it fairs out there in the real world, with the BaselWorld-romance all lifted from my eyes.

If you do know that you surely love this colorway but want to learn more about the MTG line of G-Shocks, you can learn all there is to it from Ariel’s review of the MTG-B1000 here. That is essentially the exact same watch but with a safer color scheme. Oh, and that one gets you a full metal bracelet and a 100-dollar savings over this fancy-colored Lunar Rainbow edition.
Price for the Casio G-Shock MTG-B1000RB Lunar Rainbow is $1,000 and, quite hilariously, they are limited to “one per household” on the G-Shock website. The good news is that the Lunar Rainbow doesn’t appear to be a numbered limited edition — but if you love it, you better head to your local store or order it online, because once these get out of production, a hefty second-hand premium will likely be attached to them.