My name is Roland Oliver Tetenbaum and its with great pride that I present to you Olivier Watch Company, and our first offering in the Olivier Bronze Diver. A lot of you know me here on the forum from the bronze buckles I had made, but I wanted to take this chance to let everyone here know a little bit about me, and a little bit about my company and our first dive watch. Without the great support of the community here, and the guidance and help from the staff and mods, I could have never made it to this point.
It was actually the bronze buckle project that inspired me to start Olivier. I used a variation of my middle name for my company because I wanted something that was very much a part of who I was. The best part about the bronze buckles was interacting at the ground level with you guys, the entire WIS community. I loved getting feedback along the way, and when they started to ship, it was a blast to get emails from all of you guys showing me what strap combo you were using, how you had accelerated the patina process, or how you had modified them and changed them to be uniquely yours. I got a small dose of what it is like to have your own company making products that you designed, and there was no turning back now! I started to design my own interpretation of the ultimate bronze dive watch, and when it was ready to be unveiled, Olivier officially became my full time gig. How happy I am to present it to you now is really just beyond words:
I designed the Olivier Bronze Diver to be as feature packed as possible, and I wanted the price to be in the everyday achievable category. There are two movements available, the Japanese Miyota 8215 [$650] or the Swiss ETA 2824-2 [$850]. It comes with BOTH bezels you see there. One is bronze with black inlay which has engraved markers filled white, and the other is simply solid bronze. I didn't want to have to choose and thought neither should anyone else! Of course, it will also come with one of my bronze buckles! Here are the specs:
Case: CuSn8 Marine Grade Bronze
Case Diameter: Ø 45 mm – 48mm Lug-to-lug length
Case-back: 316L stainless steel with engraved design and unique serial number
Thickness: 15.5 mm
Lug width: 24 mm
Crown: 8mm x 4mm Signed stainless steel screw-down crown.
Crystal: Sapphire – 4 mm thick – AR coated inside
Water resistance: 500m / 50atm / 1650ft
Automatic Helium Escape Valve @ 9 o’clock position
Lume: Multi-layer Swiss SuperLuminova C3 application on dial, hands and bezel marker
120 Click uni-directional bezel
Bezel 1: Solid bronze 120 click bezel with engraved markers and lumed 12 marker
Bezel 2: Solid bronze 120 click bezel with black engraved inlay, white markers and lumed 12 marker
[Both bezels are included and are user replaceable]
Strap: 24mm Rubber diving strap
Movement: 25 Jewel Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic – power reserve 40 hr. OR
Movement: 21 Jewel Japanese Miyota 8215 automatic – power reserve 40 hr.
1yr Transferable international warranty
As you can see, this watch is ready for action. I wanted a watch that would be up for absolutely anything. I wanted this to be the watch you strapped on when you were stepping out the door enroute to some remote jungle locale to live among the natives while you learned their ways. Or the watch you picked for your 3 week diving expedition to explore the west indies. Or the watch you trust to keep you on time while diving at your desk. Dont let the specs fool you though, while it is 45mm in diameter, its 48mm lug to lug length makes it super comfortable on the wrist. This was especially important to me because I have 6.5 inch wrists. The bronze cushion case mixed with this great and unique set of dimensions makes the bronze diver wear wonderfully. It also features an 8mm screw-down crown, signed with our logo:
I wanted the dial to be very legible day or night, so its got a healthy multi layer c3 lume application, as do the hands and the bezel pip. I also utilized a 3 date window, I thought it'd be great to use some design features that we dont get to see all that often:
Heres a shot of the engraved case back design, along with all of the critical specs of the watch as well as the unique serial number:
Lastly, im happy to announce that the pre-order is now live, you can find all the info on our website here: Olivier Watches
. Be sure to act fast if there is a serial number you especially want! Expected delivery is spring 2011!
Thanks again to everyone here on this board who has helped get me to this point, without you guys this wouldn't be possible. Happy holidays to you and yours from Olivier Watches!
Due to popular demand, I took some wrist shots to show it off "in the bronze" so to speak! Enjoy!