Hands-On With The The Linde Werdelin Oktopus II
Remember our report on the new Linde Werdelin Oktopus II that was shown to us in Basel? We were one of the first – if not the first – to publish a few live pictures here on Fratellowatches of this limited edition diving watch by our friends from Linde Werdelin. We now show you the final version of the Linde Werdelin Oktopus II with live pictures.
Between the introduction and final delivery of a timepiece, there might be some small changes or modifications because the manufacturer had some new insights or got some feedback on the prototypes shown. In this case, the small modifications are all cosmetic. No changes have been applied to the core of this sports watch. The Oktopus II case construction still has the same impressive and complex Linde Werdelin methodology and all functionality remained unchanged as well.
The blue version of the Oktopus II Double Date has changed the most, as the dial went from black and white to black and blue. This was mainly done to increase readability for the wearer and to create extra depth in the dial. Just like the yellow version, colored tension disks has been added (below the screws in the bezel). One other modification we’d like to mention – before we finally start to write how much we like the final product – is the finish of the case. The cases of the Oktopus II watches have received a slightly more ‘tougher’ look because of the way it has been brushed.
Enough with mentioning enhancements, since the watch wasn’t available anyway before this week it really doesn’t matter that much. However, we do understand that Linde Werdelin needs to emphasize on these modifications when releasing the final version of their Oktopus II Double Date timepiece.
Anyway, the timepiece is out since this week and instead of using the official press release renderings we decided to send our local reporter (and friend of the show since day 1) to the Linde Werdelin Head Quarters and get some live pictures. Thank you ‘Explorer Johan’ for taking this effort.
Just like we mentioned in our first report about the watch when we saw it in Basel, it is very different from previous Linde Werdelin models yet it has the same DNA inside. A wonderful job by designer Morten Linde. We absolutely love the new finish on the case, brushing in the direction of the slope, so to speak. In the end, the Oktopus II comes in three versions (of which two are released this week), all in titanium. The blue and yellow versions have a ceramic bezel where the third version has a rose gold bezel (and accents).
We are a sucker for solid case backs on sports watches (instead of transparent casebacks) and we love the Oktopus engraving in there. Underneath the caseback, there is this modified Dubois Depreaz movement caliber 14580. This is an automatic movement, double date at 12 o’clock and has a power reserve of approximately 42 hours.
This diver’s watch has a water resistance of 300 meters. Wait a minute! Where is the rotating bezel on this diving watch?! Ok, listen up, we want to refrain from repeating from previous posts but in this case we will quote ourselves: “No diver’s bezel on this watch? No. Under water, you use this watch merely as a ‘host’ for the Reef instrument which can be added on top of the Oktopus II case.” It also means that Linde Werdelin stays true to their own game, watches and instruments. The new design is still capable of being a host to the Reef instrument as the dimensions of the case have been respected.
All three versions are restricted to 88 pieces each. The Oktopus II Double Date starts at 8800 Swiss Francs for the blue mode, 9400 Swiss Francs for the yellow model and the rose gold version has a price tag of 18,500 Swiss Francs.
More information can be found at www.lindewerdelin.com