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SCUBAPRO Sunday – The Aladin A2 Dive Watch

Sunday, July 26th, 2020

The new SCUBAPRO A2 dive watch was developed for all levels of divers, from beginners to advanced, technical and working divers. The A2 offers full timekeeping functions and a Sport mode. When it’s time to go diving, the A2 provides everything an advanced recreational diver wants and everything a technical diver needs. It starts with wireless air integration that monitors tank pressure and provides true remaining bottom time. The digital tilt-compensated compass offers easy navigation underwater or on the surface. The A2 lets you choose from six Dive Modes, including Trimix and CCR, and because it’s designed with Human Factor Diving, it incorporates cutting edge biometrics that enables you to live your life in dive mode. Whatever type of diving you do, the A2 is ready to go there with you.

With advanced, technical, CCR, and freedivers in mind, Smart technology wireless air-integration can handle multiple transmitters. Optional air-integration monitors tank pressure and provides true remaining bottom time (RBT) calculations based on the workload from breathing (transmitter sold separately). The Heart rate monitor records your heartbeat and skin temperature (with SCUBAPRO HRM Belt only; sold separately) that can be factored into the decompression calculation along with workload. Digital tilt-compensated 3D compass allows for easy navigation. Predictive Multi-Gas ZH-L16 ADT MB algorithm accommodates eight gases (21-100% O2) plus two in CCR mode. PDIS (Profile Dependent Intermediate Stops) calculates an intermediate stop based on N2 loading, current, and previous dives and breathing mixes for safer diving. Microbubble levels let you adjust the level of conservatism in the algorithm to match your experience level, age, and physical conditioning.

Multiple Dive Modes: Scuba, Gauge, Apnea, Trimix, side mount, CCR. Sport mode offers sport-related functions like a swim stroke counter, activity counter (pedometer), and stopwatch. High-resolution matrix display with large numbers is easy to read underwater, even in adverse conditions. Lightweight design is so comfortable on the wrist you won’t want to take it off. Intuitive menu and four-button controls make it easy to navigate through the system. Bluetooth Low Energy interface lets you download dives to any iOS or Android device or PC/Mac. Firmware can be user-updated by going to Power is provided by a standard CR2450 battery that is rated for up to two years/300 dives. The computer’s maximum operating depth is 394′ (120m) and is altitude adjustable from sea level to approximately 13,300′ (4,000m). Included with the computer are a protection foil, quick card, arm strap extension, read first (the user manual is available online)—optional equipment: transmitter, heart rate belt.

SCUBAPRO Aladin A2 Dive Watch Wrist Computer:

• Compactness & Convenience of Wrist-Style Dive Computer

• Versatile Wristwatch-Style Computer: Worn-On-the-Surface As-Well-As-Underwater

• Full Timekeeping Functions, 6-Dive Modes Plus Sport Mode

• Features & Functions Enable You to Excel-In-Your Sport

• Everything Advanced Recreational Divers Want, & Everything Technical Divers Need


Wireless Air Integration Monitors Tank Pressure & Provides True Remaining Bottom Time (RBT)

• Digital Tilt-Compensated 3D Compass Allows for Easy Navigation, Underwater & On Land

• Algorithm: Predictive Multi-Gas ZH-L16 ADT MB

• Accommodates 8-Gases (21-100% O2) Plus 2-In CCR Mode

Intuitive Menu System:
Clearly Marked Button Controls
Easy to Access & Understand All Functions
Just-the-Right Balance of Topside Features, Underwater Functions & Ease of Use
4-Button Controls
Easy to Navigate Thru-System

• Quickly Becomes an Integral Part of Your Diving Life & Everyday Life-As-Well

PDIS (Profile Dependent Intermediate Stops):

Calculates Intermediate Stop

Based-On N2 Loading

Current & Previous Dives

Breathing Mixes for Better Diving

• Microbubble Levels Let You Adjust Level of Conservatism In Algorithm
• Multiple Dive Modes: Scuba, Gauge, Apnea, Trimix, Side Mount, CCR
• Sport Mode: Sport-Related Functions, Swim Stroke Counter, Stopwatch Can-Be-Activated

Garmin Introduces New Solar Versions of Tactical Watches

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Garmin has introduced new solar versions of their Instinct Solar Tactical Edition, tactix Delta Solar Edition, and tactix Delta Solar Edition with Ballistics. This is a great upgrade that will aid those who wear these wrist mounted computers in the field.

However, let’s to be clear that this isn’t going to run your watch indefinitely. It’s just going to extend its battery life between proper charging. For instance, they claim the tactix Delta will go 21 days indoors and up to 24 with direct sunlight, but that’s not using the apps at the rate someone in the field would.

Instinct Solar Tactical Edition

The Instinct can be paired with an inReach device (sold separately; active satellite subscription required) to view and send messages, get weather alerts on your wrist and trigger an SOS to the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team.

tactix Delta Solar Edition

The tactix Delta displays maps right in your wrist.

There’s also a Kill Switch which wipes the memory, right on the spot.

tactix Delta – Solar Edition with Ballistics

Same watch as the tactix Delta, but with the inclusion of Applied Ballistics software.

Common Features

First off, all of these smart watches incorporate an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and three-axis electronic compass.

Each of the models is built to Mil-Std 810 for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters). They also incorporate a Night Vision mode, with a face designed to be read under NODs as well as Stealth mode which prevents storing and sharing your GPS position and disables wireless connectivity and communication.

Additionally, all three models accept GPS, GLONASS and Galileo signals so even with signal degradation (either natural or intentional) your odds of accessing accurate point data is pretty good. You’ll see both universal transverse mercator (UTM) and the military grid reference system (MGRS) points on your screen.

Finally, you’ll have access to all of apps you’ve come to expect from Garmin, including Jumpmaster, Fitness tracking, Pulse Ox, Heart Rate, and Stress Tracking.

Available now. We always recommend that SSD readers buy their Garmin devices through Strohman Enterprise.

MTM | WATCH Features Limited Edition Automatic US-744X Diver For Father’s Day

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Los Angeles – June 16, 2020 – MTM WATCH, known for its value-laden watches designed with unparalleled accuracy and engineered to withstand extreme conditions, has announced it will be featuring its Automatic US-744X Diver amongst other favorites, during the month of June through their website.

First introduced in December 2019, the Automatic?US-744X is inspired by the US NAVY’S VIRGINIA Class attack submarine. Elegant in design, this Limited-Edition timepiece is built for virtually any situation it’s faced with.

Featuring an integrated titanium and carbon fiber case, with an automatic helium pressure release valve, a screw-down crown with a locking unidirectional rotating bezel, thick 5.5MM sapphire crystal, and an impressive 3300ft of water resistance, the US-744X combines the very best in submergible technology with a sleek design, acceptable for any boardroom.

A 45-hour automatic power reserve counter, and day and date sub counters are set at nine, six and three. Tapered watch lugs house specially made hex-nut pins for a strap or a custom-built titanium bracelet, interchangeable for work or play. On the reverse side is a guilloche rotor on its Grand 6R20 29 jeweled automatic movement, visible through a 3.5 mm sapphire exhibition case back.


Case – Solid Titanium with Carbon fiber. With Automatic Helium Pressure Release Valve

Dial – Brass; Multiple Layers, Indexes Equipped with Tritium-Gas Filled Tubes

Hands: Equipped with Tritium-Gas Filled Tubes.

Dimensions – 44mm width (without crown) x 16mm height

Movement – Automatic Grand caliber 6R20 29 bold 45-hour automatic power reserve counter, Day, Date dial indicator

Bezel – Unidirectional, Ratcheting Bezel with Tritium indicator on 12Hr

Band – Solid Titanium Adjustable Links, accompany with Ballistic Velcro and Rubber Strap

Crown – Screw-Down

Glass – 5.5mm thick Sapphire Crystal; Scratch Resistant, Anti-Reflective Multi- Layers Coated UV

Case Back – Sapphire Crystal Exhibition Case Back w/ Stamped MTM Dagger Insignia

Finish – Black True DLC, or Brushed Silver

Water Resistance – 1000 Meters (3300 Feet)

Limited Edition – Each Watch Individually Numbered (limited to 500 watches Manufactured)

Available now on the MTM website, , the US-744X is an incredible timepiece to add to any collection.

Operator Watch Band by Ventumgear

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Germany’s Ventumgear makes watch bands for the Apple Watch. Called the Operator Watch Band, they are made from nylon with a steel ring and Velcro closure and fit the Apple Watch 42/44mm.

Owner Max Shwegl tells us that he is considering expanding the watch bands to Garmin soon.

Available in a wide variety of colors and patterns from

In the US, visit

Sneak Peek – ARES Watch Co Rubber Strap

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Coming soon from ARES Watch Co is a rubber watch strap.

Designed specifically for their upcoming ARES Mission Timer, this rubber strap will be available for purchase on its own to satisfy customers who already own ARES timepieces.

It features vent ribbing inside the strap for drainage & drying; integrated tips for catching the keepers; and ARES logo options on the keepers.

SCUBAPRO Sunday – Special Forces Watches in the NAM

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

When I first joined the Navy, they were switching from a version of the Type l, and ll to the Timex Iron man watches. I had never seen any of the Type l and ll, (Patch’s Watson had one he always had on at the reunions) but what I do remember is walking thru the compound and seeing one of the supply people sitting out onside with a hammer breaking all the watched that looked like type l and ll so that we could get more Timex. You can’t buy new ones until the old ones are gone. I have always heard that Rolex had made a watch for the Teams. I would love to have one of those watches, knowing the history of what it has seen, and it had been a part of.  

The Benrus Type l and later the Benrus Type ll was explicitly made for US Special Forces. They were mainly a dive watch, but they did make ones for land navigation, but they were also waterproof. Here are two articles that talk about watches. Some of the most iconic pictures from the early days of SEAL teams and Special Forces, you can see them wearing the watches.

Even Aldo Ray wore one in the movie The Green Berets. Why do I point that out? Well MSgt Muldoon rocks in that movies, and he was UDT in WW II. When he rips into the reporter about communist domination, that is one of the best scenes ever. I am not a fan of reporters.

Garmin Announces Tactix Delta

Monday, January 20th, 2020

Garmin has just announced the latest in their Tactix watch line, the Delta. It is essentially a Fenix 6x Sapphire with enhanced military/tactical features, Black DLC bezel, Black PVD rear case, domed Sapphire lens, and new button design. Waterproof to 10 atmospheres.

The Tactix Delta includes the following pre-loaded features:
Dual-position GPS Formatting
Waypoint Projection
Tactical Activity
Expedition Mode
Wrist Heart Rate
Pulse Ox
Smart notifications
Activity tracking
Music storage w/streaming support
Garmin Pay

Additionally, there’s Stealth Mode which is a quickly accessible activity mode that disables wireless communication and prevents the retainment of all position or geographically identifiable information into logged data. Along with that is a Kill Switch which instantly clears all user memory on the watch.

Navigation is via pre-loaded TOPO maps, SKI maps for over 2000 world-wide ski resorts, multi-GNSS support (GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO), barometric altimeter, and compass.

Naturally, the Tactix Delta has a Night-vision compatible display. other cool features are PacePro with grade adjusted pace guidance.

Battery life seems to be improved with Garmin claiming Watch Mode: 21 Days GPS Mode: 60 hrs. The Power Manager mode will help with this. Just remember to use it.

As always, SSD readers should contact Strohman Enterprise for their Garmin purchases.

SOG Announces Collaboration with MTM Watches to deliver Limited Series Timepiece Collection

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Four Unique Designs Available Only Through SOG
LYNNWOOD, Wash. – Recognizing the distinctive wants and needs of the users of their knives, tools and gear, SOG has announced a collaboration with MTM Watches, the leading manufacturer of sophisticated, tactical and military watches worldwide, to offer a limited-edition series of timepieces that complements their customers’ demands for functional high-performance and sophistication.

Available exclusively at the exclusive collection of four SOG MTM Watches (Hypertec, Hypertec Chrono 1, Hypertec Chrono 2 and Hypertec H-61) are American-made and have been designed based on the feedback and demands of professionals across the variety of environments and situations they are faced with around the globe.

Together, SOG and MTM are releasing a collection of timepieces that are both sophisticated and seamlessly connected to their wearer’s daily needs — a culmination of innovation and design from both companies.

The collection includes four options of Quartz Movement watches, that have been balanced for our users’ needs, each featuring an understated SOG Logo on the dial:

The Hypertec H-61 is a standout among luxury men’s watches. It features dual bezels, one inner and one outer, which can be rotated separately for multiple tracking capabilities. The Swiss movement has a 24 hour GMT indicator with a date window nestled into the dial. Classic stainless steel gives it a stylish feel.

The stylish Silver Hypertec Chrono 1C watch sports a tan dial and one easy-to-read seconds sub-dial. Like all MTM watches, the Hypertec Chrono is intricately designed and features strong and durable pieces, such as the stainless steel case, locking, double O-ring sealed crown, and scratch-resistant glass. These materials allow the watch to work deep underwater, up to 660 feet/200 meters, without missing a beat. At night, the watch’s super luminous hands glow for easy readability.

The Hypertec Chrono 2 watch for men is the perfect balance of utility and casual contemporary wear. This designer watch is classy by nature and rugged by choice, with an added sense of style to create an edge to an already pristine chronograph watch. Each Hypertec Chrono 2 watch is battery-powered with a three-year rating. With a 200-meter water resistance depth and high-grade quartz chronograph movement, the MTM Hypertec Chrono 2 is sure to surpass all of your expectations.

The Hypertec is designed to withstand the toughest elements, with a unique hybrid design, combining combat ruggedness with active lifestyle for style conscious wearers. This watch is equipped with a solid stainless steel case, is water resistant to 200 meters and has scratch-resistant, anti-reflective tempered glass and is driven by a silver oxide battery.

SOG has a history of making mission-capable knives and tools, and this extremely limited collection of timepieces maintains the company’s mantra of always being mission-capable, while remaining sophisticated and rugged for end-users’ highest demands. The watches, like SOG knives, are made to be worn every day, with the confidence they will perform wherever and whenever needed.

“Our users have been asking for more hard-use timepieces from us, and our collaboration with MTM Watches allows us to deliver another layer of purposeful gear for our users,” said Jonathan Wegner, SOG’s Vice President of Brand. “Teaming with MTM to offer the SOG x MTM Watch Collection provided us with an avenue to build a collection of multiple performance and feature combinations, each optimized to various user needs and use case scenarios, leveraging MTM’s innovative designs and styles and all built to MTM’s exceptional standards.