The new Dievas Shadow Stealth automatic diving watch looks like a product of a very successful crossbreeding between their Focal and Reaper tactical timekeepers. Featuring a highly contrast black-and-yellow color scheme that allows easier reading of time in virtually any environment, the watch also offers an extremely scratch-resistant black finish with its stainless steel body hardened in a sort of carbon bath and then treated with plasma, which forms a very thin, but also very hard coating on its surface. I am not sure how well it would stand when compared to, say, DLC (which, too, has weak points of its own) but it looks and feels quite durable and robust.
Judging by the technical specs, the watch is based on the aforementioned DIevas Focal automatic diver. It sports the same body 45 millimeters in diameter and 14.5 millimeters thick and is also powered by the same time-proven ETA 2824-2 self-winding movement, which is fitted with the easily recognizable black DLC-treated oscillating weight with Dievas logo and has the winding crown moved five hour clockwise to a position at 8 o’clock.
Though the crown positioning is not terribly easy to operate (at least for us, right-handed guys, lefties will love it), the oversized part still looks more comfortable and safer than the usual design when the crown is placed at 3 hours. On the other hand (small pun intended), for lefties and those who usually prefer to wear their watches on right wrists, the position of crown is almost ideal.
Straight almost like train rails, the lugs of the Dievas Shadow Stealth may look a little too long for a normal wrist, but in fact they also seem to be of just the right size for a normal guy. (I steel didn’t have a chance to wear one, but I tried the aforementioned Focal on my wrist, and it was almost perfect for my wrist of 18 cm.)
The dial of the piece seems to be outsourced from another “black-on-black” model: the stealthy Reaper. The hands and the Arabic numerals are the same, although the hour markers were obviously changed for a more Rolex-style ones.
While all elements of the dial (except for the numerals on the calendar wheel) are covered with some luminous substance that looks bright yellow under light, but glows green in darkness, it must be noted that the four Arabic numerals are quite weak in their glow, which leaves somewhat dubious impression. Still, the watch is easily readable and very comfortable on the eyes.
Dievas Shadow Stealth 500M automatic diving watch specification
Price: $1430 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, ETA 2824-2, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 41 hours
Movement decoration: Black DLC-treated oscillating weight with Dievas logo
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case material: Black Dievas 6Steel alloy
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 45.00 mm
Case height: 14.50 mm
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Numerals: Arabic, luminous
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 500 meters
Strap: Black molded anti-static Italian rubber with machined heavy duty deployant clasp and diver suit extension, PLUS a spare yellow waterproof leather strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: No data