The 2012 Deep Blue CALDIVER 500 comes loaded with functions, including an annual calendar, a second time-zone display, and a power reserve indicator. I am not sure whether a professional diving watch indeed needs so many displays. However, those looking for a monster-sized diver that could also be worn as a casual watch may find the list of functions quite useful.
When you get yourself such a ‘multi-tool’ of a timekeeper, ergonomics becomes important and this gadget, I am afraid, will not make you moan with pleasure while setting all the numerous indicators. While you need to use the crown (which, by the way, can also be used to manually wind the watch) to operate most functions of the CALDIVER 500, the “Months” display placed at 3 o’clock is set using a water-tight push-piece located just above the crown at 2 hours. This is, of course, dictated by the choice of the mechanism that powers this particular model.
Although for many an ETA 7750 (or one of its many derivatives) still remains a mechanism of choice, guys from Deep Blue decided to employ a high-quality (although, too, mass-produced) self-winding Miyota caliber 9100. The movement was probably chosen in order to keep the chronograph’s price at an acceptable level without sacrificing its build quality and ability to keep time.
Sporting 26 jewels and beating at a standard frequency of 28,800 vph, the caliber offers a guaranteed power reserve of 40 hours. It is also accurate as well: the Japanese brand guarantees that the automatic watch will not lose or gain more than 30 seconds per day.
Being around 30 millimeters in diameter and 5.52 mm thick, the movement sits comfortably inside the oversized body, which is crafted from satin-finished stainless steel.
At 46 millimeters in diameter and 17 millimeters high, this is a huge watch. However, its gargantuan proportions are somewhat offset by an impressive water resistance rating of 500 meters: if used together with a professional electronic diving computer, it can become a nice companion for a hard-core diver.
Judging by the photos that we have obtained recently, the watch has its hours and minutes hands, as well as the hour markers covered with some luminous substance, which makes it usable even deep underwater. The traditional dot on the rotating diving bezel is, too, painted with lume.
As far as I understand, the watch is available for order right now. It costs more than affordable $499.
Photos: Deep Blue
Deep Blue CALDIVER 500 Automatic specification
Movement: Automatic, Miyota caliber 9100, Made in Japan
Number of jewels: 26
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Not decorated
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day of the week, month, second time-zone (GMT)
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 46.00 mm
Case height: 17.00 mm
Lug width: 24.00 mm
Dial: Black or Blue
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 500 meters
Strap: Stainless steel multilink bracelet