Today we return to a brand we reviewed in the early days of the channel. Hemel has now completed its trifecta of military land, sea and air watches with a very skillfully designed automatic diver scheduled for general release in November 2018. Once again we see clean, classic, and tastefully executed balance of form and function at an affordable price that packs in one hell of a punch.
Inspired by some of the greatest dive watches of all time like the BlancPain Fifty Fathoms, Omega PloProf, and various watches from Panerai, how does this watch measure in a market oversaturated with vintage styled releases? Join me as I take an in-depth look at the latest offering from one of the best microbrands out there in recent years.
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Mine arrived today and its totally awesome. In dark blue, and i managed to put it on a black nato strap straight away, tho it was a bit of a squeeze. Its looks to be a modern update to the 50 fathoms, just like the Glycine combat sub looks to be a modern update to the Rolex sub. I think the updates look better and are totally appropriate for the 21c.
I have to agree. I would recommend going for the very dark blue. It is so unique and will look black in most light, but if you are still unsure, black is the safer way to go.
Thank you, good luck, I am sure you will love it.
Idk if you'll see this or not but I am about to buy my first nice swiss watch and I'm pretty set on the Tudor North Flag with the bracelet. Do you have any thoughts on this particular piece? Or could possibly do a video on it.
Thanks for your time!
Question, I have nothing against microbrands as I am a fan of many of them (Farer, Monta, etc) but when companies claim 300m water resistance, do they do extensive testing to prove it? I mean, it takes quite a bit of engineering to design a case to take that for a reliable amount of time. Companies like Seiko and Sinn spend man dollarbucks to ensure the designs are robust...How do we know microbrands ensure watches are as robust as advertised?
Hello, thanks for your videos are very interesting, I learn a lot.
But I have a doubt, maybe it's very simple, but I really do not know, could you tell me please, what is a windable and hackable watch? . Thank you very much.
Hello tgv first of all a big thank you for your videos they are always a delight to watch.now to my question.I am a collector of diving watches,mainly steinharts, christopher ward and longines and now I am thinking about my next watch...I would very much like to get a midrange blue diving watch and I am between two minds now...on one side there is the squale 1545 blue ray and on the other an nth barracuda.What would you advise?
Love the content, and my Seikos. Was wondering if you could do a video on how to aquire a date specific time piece. I would love to be pointed in the right direction for a 1979 men's watch.
Thanks for your time,
The sandwich markers on the dial look to be a crisp white. But the bezel markings seem to be off white or might even have a green hue. That in itself is enough to keep me away. If Hemel adjusted that they may have a home run. It just seems to be an obvious production issue that needs some work. Hopefully at full production they get that remedied, and if they do I may pick one up.
No, not rude at all. I am living in New York now for many, many years now. Unfortunately, we do not have a European distributor at this time but you should know that we use DHL for all overseas deliveries which is fast, secure and insured. If there are any other concerns you have, please reach out at any time!
do you still live in the Netherlands or not anymore?
maybe a bit of a rude question but is it possible to buy from you instead of the american webshop? i have some bad experiences with overseas shipping with some cheaper stuff and now i am kind of hesitant to buy something expensive outside of Europe.
Looks really nice. It reminds me of the Spinnaker Fleuss a bit, not quite the same, but a similar bezel. I agree I don’t like the bracelet. Nice review, I had not heard of Hemel so an interesting introduction. Thank you.
I'd would love it if you could do a video of the strangest diver watch you have come across. With the proliferation of microbrand divers, all fairly similar sporting similar Miyota movements, I wonder where things will go . This juggling of diver watch vocabulary within an orthodoxy brings to mind the stagnation of art movements (post-expressionist Color Field abstracts for instance)when the syntax becomes everything . I was interested in the caseback of this Hemel and thought "aha...that's where they put their risk-taking where nobody can see it." Just as the dentist's office abstraction of color field gave way to an explosion of neo-expressionism, I am expecting the dive watch vernacular to explode into something strange and interesting.
Outstanding for their first diver and creative nod to some classic divers / should have maybe not used the BP bezel insert simply because it’s so very iconic, just imho, but it does have some appeal. I like the look of the other watches they’ve made and hope they keep pitching forward - great vid as always 🍻
That coat of arms: GORGEOUS! And the way the orange shappire catches the light, it could almost reflect the sun like it's gold! The 9039 movement is quiet and smooth. BUT! Being a diver myself...I would be looking at that orange hand thinking it is the minute hand! Most dive watches with the single orange hand is the minute hand... That would turn my OCD up to 11! It's a very lovely watch. Kudos to the creator!
I really do not like this cobbled together rubbish..if it was $250 I could forgive it's flaws,but good grief who would own this over a Helson Shark Diver or Armida A1 ?
Plus with a bit more $$$ savvy there are a ton of superb dive watches that are within reach..Stowa Seatime anyone ?
A very original model indeed. I like the sapphire bezel and especially the sandwich dail.
Funnily enough, when you reviewed the other Hemel about a year ago you had a Visitor Vale Park Officer in the same video, also with a sandwich dail. Still in love with that one,but - money, money, money...
Keep up the good work👍
Hi, You videos are simply pitch perfect! Btw my grandfather gifted me his HMT Pilot 1950's model. It's a dress watch unlike its name.But it is a old school shock resistant watch with a casing like Orient Bambino.Can you please review the watch in next video?
Always nice to connect with you here. I'm really glad to see that how much you do love your Fortis. One of them was my first grail. :)
Enjoyable, great review, as always, love that!
Seiko's cheapest column wheel chronograph is USD $1550 (I think it is the 8R48 movement). I have only seen 7750's for less (many for far less). Even the 2894's cost more (and as an owner I really like the movement). This Seiko NE88 movement looks shady to me. Does any actual Seiko have it in any of their own chronosgraphs, save for that one auto flightmaster? I do not know how I feel about that chronograph movement.
Thanks for those videos that are getting better and better .
It would be interesting to know how many beats per seconds have the watches presented in your channel .
Keep on the good work, I never miss a rendez-vous !
Overall an interesting variation of the genre, but I´m not so sure about the saphire bezel insert. Maybe I´m just ignorant of the historical reference, but personally I find that the super shiny finish looks cheaper than the silk-glossy appeal of a metal or ceramic insert. It´s a pity you missed the chronograph release. Please try to include more comtemporary chronographs, it´s a really compelling complication, that adds a level of technical sophistication and feel of special purpose to a watch design.
Maybe it´s just my impression, because affordable chronographs are almost always quartz and mechanical ones are mostly over $1000. In that regard divers and fliegers are more accessible for beginners...
Thank you Klaus, have a look at my recent chronograph reviews, I do include them.
However, I simple can not cover everything, I have to balance out the content, but duly noted. It is a complication I adore as you know too.
I agree Allan, it would of been killer even if it would of doubled the price tag. But one has to remember this is a micro brand. not a big established brand. To be fair, it's difficult for those without the access, bigger budgets and manufacturing capabilities
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