Although, like other members of the family, this new JeanRichard Titanium Diverscope (ref. 60130-21-61A) features an inner timer scale that is not as easy to operate as an old-school rotating bezel, this timepiece may still be of some interest to a person looking for a nice diving watch that combines light weight with unique exterior styling.
The new JeanRichard Titanium Diverscope automatic diving watch was announced about three months ago, but was officially presented only last week at SIHH 2011 trade show.
Like the rest of the gang, the watch is presented in a cushion-shaped case with a pair of screw-in crowns at the left and right side: the former operates the internal bi-directional rotating bezel, and the latter is for winding, as well as for setting time and date.
To my taste, the design, while quite handsome, is not very comfortable since, to turn the left crown, you have to bend your right wrist in a way that is not particularly anatomical. So, if you really plan to use this device as a diving companion, keep this in mind.
Apart from that, I wasn’t able to find any problem with this timekeeper that is worth mentioning.
Slightly smaller than some other JeanRichard watches, the timekeeper is powered by the same in-house Caliber JR1000 automatic movement. Serving as a base caliber for their more complex timekeepers, the movement is robust and I have heard only good things regarding its robustness and ability to keep time.
The only thing that you should consider here is whether there is a professional in your town who is capable to repair and/or service the mechanism: when it comes to “in-house” movements from second-tier watchmakers, you can never be too sure.
The dial seems to be contrast enough even deep under water (the luminous sector on the inner bezel flange helps a great deal to track elapsed and remaining time), although I would really prefer the lume to be a bit brighter.
As usual, the date window is a bit small and, as usual, I think that serious watchmakers should more often use magnifying lenses on their sapphire crystals.
Its sandblasted titanium case is only 43 x 43 millimeters wide and high, which makes the watch more suitable for casual wearing.
The lugs are quite long though, so, if you happen to have a more narrow wrist than an average person, be careful: the timepiece may look a bit stupid on your hand.
Make no mistake though, with a water resistance rating of impressive 300 meters, this is a real tool watch for hard-core divers (if only not that extra crown at 9 hours!) If used together with an electronic diving computer, it will serve you well and will certainly justify the price, which is going to be high.
See also: JeanRichard Highlands Sand Automatic GMT
JeanRichard Titanium Diverscope 300M Diver (ref. 60130-21-61A) automatic watch specification
Price: $9600 (Retail)
Movement: Automatic, caliber JR1000, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Number of jewels: 27 jewels
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Titanium
Bezel material: Titanium
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Dial: Opaline, titanium-colored
Numerals: Arabic, luminous
Hands: Titanium, luminous
Water resistance: 300 meters
Strap: Anthracite fabric and black rubber straps with folding buckle in sand-blasted stainless steel
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire