Itís a sad day when we are forced to kick off the New Year with a non-diver but perhaps this collection of three aeronautical watches from Berlin based Askania does offer enough in terms of diving specifications to warrant a post.

The watches are based on the same 48mm satin-finish, 316L Stainless steel case. The mid-section of the case, the bezel, crown and Helium Escape Valve are with a Black Platinum coating.

The case has a water-resistance to 500 meters while the unidirectional rotational timing bezels are all with SuperLumiNova markers.

Each of the three models is fitted with Sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating on both sides, screw-down crowns and case-backs.

Their case-backs are also with Sapphire crystal exhibition window which display the caliber 2064ís gold rotor.

The 2064 is an automatic movement which has 25 jewels and a power-reserve of 40hrs. It has a date function at 4:30 / 3H (Bremen). I couldnít tell what it is based on, though Ė perhaps an ETA.

Each of the 3 models has a different dial configuration. The Bremen has these funky over-sized diamond markers are at 3, 6, 9 and 12 (my favorite), the Taifun with oversized Arabic numerals and The Tempelhof with simple trapezoids.

The Bremen is a tribute to the Junkers W33 named Bremen which was the first aircraft in the world to cross the Atlantic from east to west.

The Taifun takes its name from the Messerschmitt Bf 108, which was named so by Elly Beinhorn.

The Tempelhof is a reference to the Berlin Tempelhof Airport, one of the first commercial airports in Germany.

MSRP is on all three models is 2í895euro.

BTW, in addition to these Askania do have a new proper diver named the Kudamm also 500m and an HEV. It is quite a nice looking watch but I donít have any pics (yet), sorry.