The young German watchmaker Dievas has just presented its new tactical Dievas Vortex Professional 500M automatic diving wristwatch. Featuring a very clean design that successfully combines legibility of a classic pilot’s timekeeper with ruggedness of a modern diver, the new diving tool may be a bit too expensive for a person graduating from something like a Seiko Monster, but, in my humble opinion, easily compensates the price differential with build quality, impeccable styling, and, of course, tons of German-style mojo.
Established only in 2006, the German brand has almost immediately got popular among collectors looking for an original-looking, high-quality and reliable watches.
Their design language is fresh, but not extravagant; their cases are skillfully designed and built adhering to toughest quality standards; and their movements are made in Switzerland by the great and terrible ETA S.A.
The German company even contemplates setting up a shop for an in-house refinishing of the imported movements. Way to go!
Rated for depths of down to 500 meters, the new Dievas Vortex Professional diver is presented in a bulky-looking titanium case that has undergone their signature plasma treatment.
Thanks to this technological process, the Vortex Professional has not only finally acquired a menacing matte black color for all its metallic parts, but also became virtually scratch-proof. The black coating also protects titanium from corrosion (although it must be noted that titanium is regarded as one of the most corrosion-free materials on Earth.)
To further underline its “tactical watch” theme, the timepiece is equipped with an off-white matte dial, which is fully covered in Superluminova luminescent substance.
Combined with matte-black diamond-shaped hour and minute hands, Arabic numerals and hour markers, the watch offers extremely good readability in any lighting conditions.
The Dievas Vortex Professional is equipped with the well-known ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. Modified to their own specs, the movement features rhodium plating on its bridges and is equipped with a DLC-treated branded oscillating weight.
What somehow puzzles me here is the choice of the strap. While one could justly expect a black rubbers strap or a plasma-treated titanium bracelet, the Vortex is in fact equipped with a black waterproof calf leather strap, which is available either with black-on-black or red-on-black stitching.
Well, considering the watch’s price of only $1130 USD, you can always change the default strap for something more appealing to your own tastes.
See also: Luminox Deep Dive LLT Diving Watch
Photos: Dievas Watches
Dievas Vortex Professional automatic diver specification
Price: $1130 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber ETA 2824-2, 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Rhodium plated; Dievas DLC-treated winding rotor
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Titanium with Scratch resistant Plasma treatment
Bezel material: Titanium with Scratch resistant Plasma treatment
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Case height: 14.00 mm
Dial: Off-white, fully covered in Superluminova
Hands: Matte-black, diamond-shaped
Water resistance: 500 meters
Strap: Waterproof calf leather strap (Black with black stitching or Black with red stitching) with 22 mm black tang buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Screwed down, engraved