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Introducing Apple Watch Ultra – including new Depth app for Scuba Diving

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Inspired by the most extreme activities, Apple has unveiled the Apple Watch Ultra, which brings a new bold design and a wide range of features built for endurance, exploration, and adventure.

Apple Watch Ultra introduces a 49mm titanium case and flat sapphire front crystal that reveals the biggest and brightest Apple Watch display yet. A customisable Action button offers instant access to a wide range of useful features, and it also boasts exceptional battery life and a multitude of unique design features.

“Inspired by explorers and athletes from around the world, we created an entirely new category of Apple Watch designed for new and extreme environments — it’s the most rugged and capable Apple Watch yet,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “Apple Watch Ultra is a versatile tool that empowers users to push their boundaries with adventure, endurance, and exploration.”

Chiefly of interest to scuba divers, is the fact that the Apple Watch Ultra is designed for watersports, including recreational scuba diving to 40 meters with the new Oceanic+ app. To support these underwater adventures, Apple Watch Ultra is certified to WR100 and EN13319.

Utilising a new depth gauge, Apple Watch Ultra features a Depth app designed with an intuitive user interface. With just a glance, the Depth app displays time, current depth, water temperature, duration under water, and max depth reached. Users can program the Action button to instantly launch the Depth app.

In partnership with Huish Outdoors, known for delivering innovative and reliable equipment for recreational diving, the new Oceanic+ app turns Apple Watch Ultra into a capable dive computer. Available from the App Store later this fall, the app runs the Bühlmann decompression algorithm, and includes dive planning, easy-to-read dive metrics, visual and haptic alerts, no-decompression limit, ascent rate, and safety stop guidance. Oceanic+ also offers a personalized user profile, reports on current and local dive conditions, and a dive logbook that can be shared with family and friends and automatically syncs to iPhone.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Apple to combine our world-renowned expertise in scuba with the unique capability of Apple Watch Ultra to turn the same everyday watch into an innovative dive computer,” said Mike Huish, CEO of Huish Outdoors. “With Oceanic+, Apple Watch Ultra users can enjoy a new and enriched experience during scuba activities.”

The Apple Watch Ultra is supplied with a choice of three bands specially designed for the Great Outdoors. The Ocean Band is designed specifically for watersports and recreational diving with a titanium buckle and corresponding spring-loaded loop. Molded from a flexible fluoroelastomer, it stretches and utilises the tubular geometry for a secure fit. The Ocean Band also has an optional extra-long tail that allows users to comfortably wear over a wetsuit.

Apple Watch Ultra is now available to order, with availability beginning Friday, September 23. The price is currently listed to be £849.

For more, please visit www.apple.com

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Mares launch new Sirius dive computer

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The Sirius is a watch-style dive computer that perfectly combines technology and elegance. The characteristics of this dive computer feature top-of-the-range technology both for the recreational and Extended Range diver. The recreational diver can see dive data in a simple, intuitive way, with the possibility of integrating tank data using the optional tank module. The Extended Range diver can insert up to five nitrox and trimix mixes. Thanks to the changeable strap, it can be used with any suit thickness. Available in black or black/silver versions.

The main features of the Sirius are:

• ZH-L16C algorithm with gradient factors and predictive multigas
• Nitrox and trimix capable, up to 5 gases
• MIP color, high-resolution display
• Full tilt digital compass with bearing memory and stopwatch
• Hoseless tank data integration for up to five transmitters
• Color coded tank pressure for at-a-glance readability
• Bottom timer mode with resettable average depth and stopwatch
• Decompression dive planner with additional surface interval function
• 100 dive logbook with multiple graphs
• Tissue saturation and dive profile graph
• Smart battery management system with 30 hours dive time per full charge (without the use of the transmitter)
• Bluetooth connection for direct connection to a smartphone
• Underwater menu allows certain settings to be changed during the dive
• Future deco and runaway deco alarm
• Three watch faces plus color options
• Changeable strap for use with any wetsuit thickness
• Wireless charging base

To find out more visit the Mares website

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Varilux Travel and Micro Torches from Northern Diver

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Northern Diver are now offering their new updated Varilux Travel & Micro torches complete with magnetic charging ports.

VARILUX MICRO

A powerful, rechargeable dive light specially designed for underwater use.

The Varilux Micro, for your convenience, is an ultra-compact and lightweight dive torch – it serves as the perfect solution for your lighting needs.

See https://www.ndiver.com/varilux-micro-light for more.

VARILUX TRAVEL

A compact, powerful and versatile torch that you can charge on the go. Light output is controlled via an easy press push button. Burn time at 1100 lumens is an impressive 3.5 hours. At the lowest setting of 110 lumens, burn time is 50 hours. A lightweight yet durable torch ideal for lighting up dark spaces in a range of environments.

See https://www.ndiver.com/varilux-travel-torch for more.

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