The facelifted Archimede SportTaucher M automatic diver comes in the same body as the previous iteration but features a new, um, more German, rotating bezel.
It won’t be too much of exaggeration to say that a great deal of enthusiasts around the world is getting tired with numerous brands bluntly copying that legendary “Rolex diving bezel.”
Probably, the most forward-thinking manufacturers, too, understand that there is no better way to lose one’s brand personality than to offer yet another “Rolex-inspired” diver, which is usually equipped with a lacquered rotating bezel with bold Arabic numerals and the famous 15-minute diving scale.
The problem here is that the bezel has become the de facto industry standard. It is extremely difficult to find another ergonomic and practical way for a mechanical diving tool to count time spent underwater.
There are timekeepers that have the dive timers moved to the bezel flange or replaced with a chronograph counter. However, both solutions make the watch more expensive to manufacture and less reliable in real life.
The most practical way is, probably, just to stop decorating the bezel (be it lacquer or a ceramic insert) and offer it as is, simply engraving the thing with the minute scale.
The first brands that come to mind here are the German UTS and Limes. Now, another German brand, Archimede (which is closely related to Limes, by the way) has presented a facelifted model with its rotating bezel offered in satin-finished steel.
Although the design offers an inferior level of contrast, the watch itself gets more masculine (and more Teutonic, if you don’t mind) look and feel.
To somehow combat the problem of inadequate legibility, the German brand has equipped the refreshed timekeeper with a luminous 15-minute scale: the model with blue dial features the square dots printed in orange Superluminova, while the version in black has the same dots printed in red (although red is the first color that gets invisible in darkness.)
The other parts of the facelifted model seem to be identical to the original SportTaucher 300M that was presented a year ago.
The Archimede SportTaucher M is still powered by the self-winding ebauche ETA 2824-2, which is still packed into a relatively compact stainless steel body.
Around 41.5 millimeters in width and only 12 millimeters thick, the body still sports the same pair of excrescences that guard the crown, which is still ergonomically placed at its usual position at 4 o’clock.
Offered on a leather strap at a base price of €595 (an optional deployant clasp will add €40 more to the grand total) or on a stainless steel bracelet with a deployant clasp with security latch and fold-out extension (this one is priced at more impressive €715,) this is a nice fashion accessory for a man looking for an affordable, yet dependable diver.
See also: Archimede Arcadia Chronograph
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 5/5
Value for Money: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
Archimede SportTaucher M specification
Price: From €595 to €715 plus shipment
Movement: Automatic, ETA 2824-2, 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 41.50 mm
Case height: 12.00 mm
Dial: Blue and Orange / Black and White
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 300 meters
Strap: Sharkskin leather strap / Black rubber / Stainless steel bracelet with deployant clasp with security latch and fold-out extension
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides