Watches: Linde Werdelin Oktopus Frogman

By Thierry Ané on July 27, 2015

Luxury watch brand Linde Werdelin was approached by the Frømandskorpset (Frogman Corps), the Naval Special Operations Force in the Danish Military to create a special non-commercial timepiece for Conventus Ranae, an association bringing together former and current operatives from this prestigious combat diver unit.

Based on the brand’s Oktopus II to some extent, the new Oktopus Frogman presents the same tonneau-shaped 46 x 44 mm case crafted in titanium with microbillé finish and a black ceramic bezel with circular satin finish on the top. Mounted on black rubber, it is secured by the brand’s large and easy to use titanium pin buckle and the water resistance of the piece remains 300 meters.

Unlike its predecessor, though, the watch does not feature a grid-like dial letting the owner admire some of the components of the calibre. This time around, the grey dial is full with a nice engraved motif and contrasting green Super-LumiNova for the Arabic numerals at the cardinal points and the minute track. The large date window of the Oktopus II is also replaced by a more discreet aperture at 4 o’clock.

As usual, the back of the watch is in titanium but without the famous octopus engraving: each watch will by laser-engraved with the Frømandskorpset badge as well as the enrolment year and personnel number of each owner.

This is a no-nonsense sturdy timepiece with the most fundamental indications (time and date) and a combination of materials and colours that makes perfect sense for these professionals. The Oktopus Frogman has all the qualities to appeal to the demanding audience it has been developed for and should be a true success among these elite combat divers.

For more information please visit the Linde Werdelin web site.

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