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M Mechanicals Reign Each watch case and bracelet is made from surgical quality stainless steel, with a choice of silver, gold or rose gold finishes. The 44mm diameter case has a sapphire coated mineral crystal surrounded by a 24 hour bezel and a see through case back to view the automatic winding movement beating away at 21,600 vph. The dial features an enlarged date window and world time zones in 24 cities with an inner bezel actuated by the crown at 2 o’clock. A heavy dose of luminous material on both the dial and hands light up the time in the dark. At full, but not oversize 43 mm, the stainless steel case is well finished and water resistant to 10atm. Retail price $1,500 at www.reignwatches.com. Sturmanskie In the history of Russian watch manufacturing history, a special chapter was dedicated to dive watches and over time the design of Russian dive watches has evolved. Without a doubt, the most distinctive features of the Stingray are the unconventional crown guard and the oversized protective screw cap. At 47mm x 15mm Stingray Professional is a big boy watch in steel rated to 30atm. Inside beats a Seiko Automatic caliber NH35II with a power reserve of 38 hours running at 21,600 vph. A mineral crystal on top may be less scratch resistant but offers flexibility under stress that avoids the potential for a catastrophic failure (shatter). Supplied with both a leather and rubber diving strap the Stingray retails for $1,099 at www.russia2all.com 14 FUNCTION | AboutTime Magazine