Every year, Linde Werdelin figures out how to present another fascinating watch during the BaselWorld display. A serious accomplishment for a particularly little brand and unquestionably something to be glad for. This year, LW will present another adaptation of their diver’s watch, the Oktopus.
In the past, I have attempted an Oktopus and was enjoyably amazed by it since my own inclination isn’t with diver’s watches. LW had the Oktopus with Diamond-Like-Carbon [DLC] finish an Oktopus with out-of-this-world Tattoo etchings for the situation and an Oktopus Moonphase .
This year, LW returned to the drawing table and utilized the experience they’ve acquired concerning their jumping watches and instruments during the most recent few years to plan and build up the Oktopus II. The outcome is an expert diver’s watch, with a complex built case that comprises of 5 sections fundamentally, 1 for the development and dial, 2 to hold the instrument and 2 to join the lash. LW voyaged far since the time their Biformeter and are currently at the purpose of burning through a great deal of energy in making those ideal complex watch cases. Latest models were the SpidoLite II and the SpidoSpeed Chronograph, which we both inspected here and here .
With respects to planning and building a plunging watch, most significant part of it is to guard the development from water harm. To keep this from occurring, the case development and crown development should be totally secure against dampness and residue. Also, LW chose to utilize gold, titanium and ceramics to keep salt water from causing consumption on your Oktopus II watch.
No diver’s bezel on this watch? No. Submerged, you utilize this watch simply as a ‘host’ for the Reef instrument which can be added on top of the Oktopus II case. It snaps on impeccably and the comfortable elastic tie keeps the watch set up on your wrist. Over the surface, the Reef instrument can be eliminated and what’s left is this incredible mechanical watch from Linde Werdelin. Thus, so, this implies that LW didn’t need to consider that a watch ought to be perfectly readable below the surface, having a unidirectional turning bezel or forestall the utilization of specific tones on the dial. No concessions have been made or at all, simply utilize the Reef.
One of the extraordinary subtleties I like such a huge amount about this LW Oktopus II is the Rolex Explorer-like 9, 3 and 6 numerals on the dial. It gestures to the exemplary 36mm watch without having additional likenesses with other ‘classic’ watches. LW just combined this exemplary detail with current Danish plan and it is an ideal fit. Another cool component is the large date at 12 o’clock. No appalling white date wheel, yet completely mixing in with the Oktopus dial components. Talking oktopus, did you notice the oktopus on the [partly] skeletonized dial? Can’t stand by to see this new LW watch in Basel this coming week. We will try to have some live picture on-line by Friday.
There will be three varieties of the Oktopus II, each confined to 88 pieces as it were. One in titanium/ceramic (Price CHF 8800,- ), one in titanium/titanium DLC/pottery (CHF 9400,- ) and last however absolutely not least, one in rose gold and titanium (CHF 18500,- ) . The last one is a combination we’ve found in the past on the Omega Seamaster Professional Chronograph 300m which was famous in those days (1990s) and still gets heaps of cash in the used market.
Although LW has obviously decided to invest most energy for the situation and dial development, they utilized a significant pleasant development for the Oktopus II. Their calibre 14580 is specially crafted along with Dubois Depraz, prestige for their strong extra modules.