Cressi recently introduced the Newton, its latest dive computer.
Retailing for around US$550/486 Euros, the Newton sports regular watch features like a 12- or 24-hour clock, a second time setting, a stopwatch, and alarm clock. All the dive functions can be deactivated to save battery power if you’re just snorkeling, swimming, or out of the water and running errands around town. It comes in black, yellow, red, gray and blue.
Roberto Terol, general manager of Cressi Spain, says:
“Everything is easy, everything is clear and intuitive. I always use it — in everyday life and for diving. I like that my watch and my dive computer are the same thing. I like never having to change, whatever I do. You don’t have to interpret data, you don’t have to touch buttons, everything is always in plain sight. The software allows you to dive with air or a gas mix.”
As for the dive functions, the Newton sports a whole bunch of features depending on whether you plan to dive with regular scuba gear or go all technical and do Nitrox. It’s got a proprietary dual-mixture algorithm that allows you to make safe decompression calculations on multi-day dives. The watch face has oversize digits for easy reading underwater, and the Newton also has visual and auditory alarms.
Luca Falcao, sales manager for Cressi Germany, says:
“Newton has the largest display currently available. The case is made of hard plastic material. The metal elements around the case are for design purposes to make it look elegant and suitable for daily use. The battery and O-ring charging procedure is unique. Two screws hold the bottom of the watch, and the battery compartment is in the metal bottom and not in the case, in order to avoid damages to the O-ring or when charging the battery.
Paolo Pianforini, quality control manager at Cressi Electronics, says:
“Water is the worst environment for electronics. Our aim was to make a reliable computer. To do it, we set a rigid test standard. We run tests on 100 percent of our products. Testing machines are developed together with the product itself. They are thought and made to test a specific product.”
Cressi Spain’s Roberto Terol pretty much sums it all up:
“It’s the perfect dive computer: Beautiful, practical, tough, reliable, and I know it’s 100 percent developed and made internally by Cressi, so I know I’m not going to have problems.”
For all the technical info on the Newton, check out the Cressi website at cressi.com.