Aerotec Bay

Aerotec Bay

You’d be excused by now for assuming Kickstarter was built for funding new diving watches with the number that appear on the platform. The Aerotec Bay though shows just why that’s the case. An elegant evolution of its Sea Hunt Diver, the Bay is both slimmer and more contemporary, replacing the trio of coloured meteorite dials with brilliant white, carbon or an incredibly striking red number. That last is going to have bidders lining up when the watch launches its Kickstarter campaign on 8 September, especially as for the first three days you’ll be able to get the watch for just $429 AUD – just under £240. Add $50 AUD for the wave carbon sandwich dial and add $100 AUD for the full-lume sandwich dial – both well worth the extra. 

The Specs

  • 40mm stainless steel case with 200m water resistance
  • MIYOTA 9039 automatic movement with 42-hour power reserve
  • From $429 AUD (Super Early Bird), $699 AUD (full retail price), more details at Aerotec Watches.

Von Doren URÆD

Von Doren URÆD

Inspired by Norwegian nautical hero Ole Brude – a man who sailed solo across the Atlantic to prove the efficacy of his unique lifeboat design – and taking design cues from turn of the century Art Nouveau, the URÆD is a lovely sailing watch. Available in a trio of colours – lava black, green sea and Atlantic blue – and displaying either English or Norwegian weekdays, the elegantly finished watch is backed by the ever-reliable Swiss-made STP 4-13. With its vintage good looks, nautical roots and especially in the beautiful sea green, the URÆD is a seriously impressive first watch from a brand that may prove to put Norway on the horological map.

The Specs

  • 40mm stainless steel case with 100m water resistance
  • Swiss Made STP 4-13 automatic movement with 44-hour power reserve
  • €1,379 EUR, more details at Von Doren.

Feynman Cove

Feynman Cove

It’s an indisputable fact that compressor-style divers are cool. The retro-slanted, dual-crown silhouette is instantly-recognisable to anyone that likes a bit of underwater exploration. The Feynman Cove however has more going on than the case shape; the dial is magnificent. The segmented blue, black or sea green is centred around an organic pattern that, in low light, comes to life with luminescence. Between that and the quirkily curved small second hand, the Cove is like no other diver out there. If you’re looking for a retro 60s diver to fit in with the crowd, keep looking; if you’re after a solidly built yet uniquely inspired ode to the underwater world, look no further than the Cove.

The Specs

  • 40mm stainless steel case with 200m water resistance
  • ETA 2895 automatic movement with 50-hour power reserve
  • $1,088 SGD, more details at Feynman.

Chotovelli & Figli Navigator 1949

Chotovelli & Figli Navigator 1949

Aviation purists rejoice! Finally, there’s an affordable timepiece to suit that old WWII plane you’ve been fixing up. The latest generation behind Chotovelli & Figli have done more than revive a nearly century-old name; they’ve been harking back to the golden age of pilots’ watches and their military roots. Case in point, the Navigator 1949, sequel to Chotovelli’s Flieger 1919. The vintage-style round case and high-contrast, clearly legible dial makes for an intensely practical timepiece, even if you’re not quite a fighter ace. That’s particularly true in the Dial A, white-on-black version. It’s about as old school aviation as a shearling-lined leather jacket and the phrase “chocks away!”

The Specs

  • 43mm stainless steel case with 50m water resistance
  • Seiko VH31 Quartz movement
  • $180 USD, more details at Chotovelli & Figli.

BUUR Multiscale Chronograph

BUUR Multiscale Chronograph

Ever had trouble deciding between the classic racing tachymeter, the wonderfully retro pulsometer or the all-too often side-lined telemeter? No? Well, BUUR has you covered anyway with its novel Multiscale Chronograph, which displays all three separate practical uses for a chronograph. It would be easy to make this kind of display impossible to read, yet thanks to the clean, restrained dial (particularly in the white versions), it maintains legibility across the board. The result is an elegant, considered, vintage-style chronograph, backed by the reliability of a Swiss Ronda 5021.D Quartz movement, finished with a hesalite crystal because, in BUUR’s own words, “Plexi is sexy.” So is this very affordable timepiece.

The Specs

    • 38mm stainless steel case with 50m water resistance
    • Ronda 5021.D Quartz movement
    • €595 EUR, more details at Buur Watches.