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    EBEL Sportwave Aquatica 500M, Limited Edition photos

    EBEL made three versions of this watch, the earliest example that was water resistant to 200 meters, the later standard version that is rated to 300 meters, and the limited edition 500-meter version. The 300-meter version has a satin black dial, but the 500-meter dial is charcoal black. The only other visual difference (besides the 500 meter marking) is the helium release valve, since everyone who buys a diver will engage in saturation diving.

    EBEL is not known for abundant lume, but that doesn't apply here. This watch is a serious diver, with the only real flaw that it uses a proprietary strap. It's a little different than the classic diver, but without undermining the principles of a good one.

    The movement is the EBEL cal. 120, which is a top-grade ETA 2892-A2, without date in this application.

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    Clean, legible dial. 45mm diameter. Protected, screw-down crown. Unidirectional bezel with half-minute clicks.

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    Solid back, as is usual for divers. This one is #8 of (apparently) 100 of these that were made.

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    The helium release valve is automatic and flush-mounted.

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    Ready for getting wet.

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    EBEL doesn't always use a lot of lume. They were apparently saving it for these watches.

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    Re: EBEL Sportwave Aquatica 500M, Limited Edition photos

    Love the big, red arrow sweep hand.

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    EBEL Sportwave Aquatica 500M, Limited Edition photos

    Very nice! I'm a big Ebel fan. The quality and value proposition can't be beat.

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    Re: EBEL Sportwave Aquatica 500M, Limited Edition photos

    Rick, your Ebel collection just keeps growing. When did you add this to the stable? A great stable it is too!
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    Re: EBEL Sportwave Aquatica 500M, Limited Edition photos

    Yep, replacement straps and bracelets for Ebel can be a real pain.

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    Re: EBEL Sportwave Aquatica 500M, Limited Edition photos

    Nice Rick! Very, very nice indeed!

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    Re: EBEL Sportwave Aquatica 500M, Limited Edition photos

    I love that red seconds hand! The caseback on that one looks cool as well. Ebel makes some great divers. They can be had at great values if you shop wisely too. I almost bought one with a ceramic bezel last year for $700. I sometimes wish wish I would have went for it because it would have been a ton of watch for the money. I can see why you love this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RBrylawski View Post
    Rick, your Ebel collection just keeps growing. When did you add this to the stable? A great stable it is too!
    This was last week's purchase, which I reported in the thread "EBEL strikes again!".

    I actually didn't buy it immediately. The Redhead and I drove down to Tyson's Corner to look at a broader selection just to make sure I wasn't suffering from EBEL buck fever. But, sure enough, nothing at the price was on the same planet in terms of obvious intrinsic quality. This is probably buck fever talking, but I've held a lot of high-end watches in my hand, and the only diver that felt better than the EBEL was the JLC. Of course, the JLC was much, much more expensive. The best choice for the same money was a Longines Hydroconquest, which wasn't bad, but it looked a little too much like a Timex fake diver from my childhood when sitting next to the EBEL. Nothing at up to four times what I paid felt better--and the comparable that was four times what I paid was a new Omega Seamaster Pro with the new movement (I actually preferred the older model with the older movement--it was thinner). The Omega looked pretty nice on a rubber strap--better than on the bracelet, but if I was going to spend close to six grand on a watch, a diver might not have topped the list of choices. EBEL watches at these prices really have spoiled me.

    But I've basically run out of EBEL's selection. I looked at the newer Hexagon, which has a Soprod movement including a retrograde date display and a retrograde up-down indicator, and was mildly tempted. They also had a dual-time version of that watch which I liked a lot. But, doggone it, they are in the same case as the BTR Chrono, but with a thin bezel and a very large light-colored dial, and they just looked too big to me. They would work better with, say, a blue dial and silver markings. I would still like to add a late-80's 1911 with an El Primero movement, but that can wait--those aren't in a 75%-off-while-they-last state at the Movado store.

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    Ebel: 1911 BTR 9137L73* and 9139L71*, 1911 1120L41*, 1911 Senior 9080241, Brasilias 9120M41 (2), Aquatica 500 9120K61, Classic Hexagon GMT 9301F61, Classic 100 LE 9120R41; Baume & Mercier: Capeland World-Timer
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    Vintage: JLC: ref. 2953, ca. 1946; Longines: Flagship cal 285; Zodiac: SST cal. 86, Aerospace GMT cal. 72; Favre-Leuba: cal. 253; Tianjin: Dong Feng cal. ST5; Elgin: Gr. 152 (1898), Gr. 384 (1919); Ebel: ca. 1962 ref. 9214955
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    Re: EBEL Sportwave Aquatica 500M, Limited Edition photos

    Great pics of a very nice watch

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    Re: EBEL Sportwave Aquatica 500M, Limited Edition photos

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    Yep, replacement straps and bracelets for Ebel can be a real pain.
    Actually, replacement straps are easy. The only pain is in their price, and even that is not as bad as some seem to think. The replacement strap for this watch is a little over a hundred dollars, and I can call the EBEL service facility in New Jersey and order it over the phone. Their leather straps (for other watches) are under $200, and are superbly made. They told me that they can always source (or make) leather and rubber straps, but that with the bracelets they sometimes have to salvage them from a broken watch--a service they will provide.

    For someone who will really dive with this watch, though, EBEL uses an extension thingy so that it will fit over a wetsuit. I can see where a real diver would find that inadequate and prefer some purpose-built strap. But professional divers probably use cheaper, more disposable watches for work-diving in cold, cloudy water. For someone snorkeling or diving recreationally in clear tropical waters, this won't be an issue.

    Their bracelets are expensive, though, especially if they have gold parts.

    Rick "who called them on the phone to check it out when ordering (the free) extra links for a Brasilia" Denney
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    Zenith: Captain Chronograph 03.2110.400*; Cartier: Santos 100 XL Concord: Mariner, C1 Big-Date, C1 v.2 Chronograph; Ebel: Chronosport 1134901, Tekton 9137L83*, Type E 9137C41* (*=COSC)
    Ebel: 1911 BTR 9137L73* and 9139L71*, 1911 1120L41*, 1911 Senior 9080241, Brasilias 9120M41 (2), Aquatica 500 9120K61, Classic Hexagon GMT 9301F61, Classic 100 LE 9120R41; Baume & Mercier: Capeland World-Timer
    Heuer: Carrera 1964 Re-Edition CS3110; Maurice Lacroix: Masterpiece MP6439; "Seagull": 1963 Reissue cal. ST19; Seiko: Black Monster SRP307; Poljot: Sturmanskie cal. 3133; Tissot: T-Touch Lew and Huey: Acciona
    Vintage: JLC: ref. 2953, ca. 1946; Longines: Flagship cal 285; Zodiac: SST cal. 86, Aerospace GMT cal. 72; Favre-Leuba: cal. 253; Tianjin: Dong Feng cal. ST5; Elgin: Gr. 152 (1898), Gr. 384 (1919); Ebel: ca. 1962 ref. 9214955
    WUS: ST5 Project Watches (Black and Blue), F72.2014.DG3804 (Gray and Cream); Swatch: Sistem 51 Blue; TNT: Rattrapante cal. Rochat 7750+RAT-1

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