Nera Rogue
The Nera Rogue watch originates from a declassified abandoned Tornek-Rayville homage project gone rogue

Nera Rogue – First Impressions

The Tornek Rayville TR-900 diver’s watch from the ’60s is one of the rarest diver’s watches ever made. It was made by Blancpain for the US Navy’s Experimental Diving Unit for use by its Underwater Demolition Team divers, a unit that would later become known as the Navy SEALs.
Only around 1,000 pieces were made, and most were subsequently destroyed because the watch was using a radioactive element. On the case back there is a radioactivity warning sign followed by the instruction: “If Found, Return to Nearest Military Facility.” Only 30 or fewer watches are still in existence today.

Unique identity

Despite the TR-900 homage watch overhaul, the result: is a distinctive hand-built Swiss watch with unique features. The fluted conical rotating bezel is a singularity in the watchmaking industry offering supreme grip and manoeuvrability while the automatic, in-house regulated movement provides reliability in extreme conditions and up to 200m/660ft underwater.


Swiss Made
Diameter: 39mm
Height: 12.80mm
Lug to Lug: 48.80mm
Case: Three-tone 316L Stainless Steel, hand-polished
Bezel: Black PVD, conical, knurling by hand
Functions: Rotating unidirectional 120 clicks
Crown: Screw-down, embossed logo
Movement: Swiss Automatic Sellita SW200, in-house regulated
Power reserve: 38 Hours
Crystal: Scratchproof Sapphire, 3 AR layer coating
Dial: Metal, embossed indexes, Date, Nera blue
Hands: Brass, white, diamond cut
Lume: BGW9 Swiss Super-LumiNova®, dial/hands/case
Strap: NATO Leather/Nylon, Steel bracelet, leather
Water resistance: 200m/660ft

Nera Rogue – First Impressions

If you are looking for a reasonable-looking – some may say conservative; others derivative – dive watch at a sensible price there are a lot of options. The Nera Rogue offers good specs for the price but we wonder if it can carve out a niche in a highly competitive marketplace.

Preorder a Nera Rogue

The Nera Rogue is available to preorder now for 412 CHF (about £325) at

By Mike Richmond

Mike spends what little spare time he has writing for WRUK; and what little money he makes building up his collection of timepieces.

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