The new Deep Blue BlueTech Master 500 has just gone on sale on the U.S.-based watchmaker’s website. As reasonably priced and easily recognizable as usual, the Master 500 throws into the mix a luminous bezel with a trendy ceramic inlay, a wide choice of dial colors, and an impressive water resistance rating of whole 500 meters: more than enough even for a professional timekeeper. The only thing that it lacks is the brand’s signature tritium-filled micro-tubes that simply cannot be adequately replaced by chemical compounds. But that is a personal preference, of course, and I have an impression that this particular collection targets those very people who try to stay away from radioactive substances regardless of how virtually harmless they are.
Since the watch was designed to withstand an enormous pressure of salty water, it is packed in a predictably oversized body that measures 46 millimeters in diameter and is around 16 millimeters in height.
The traditional 120-click rotating bezel with a luminous scratch-resistant ceramic inlay also houses a pretty thick sapphire crystal that provides an unobstructed view at the easily readable dial.
As usual for the brand, the dial is equipped with a pair of ultra-broad hour and minute hands that, together with the twelve trapezoidal hour markers, are generously covered with some luminous substance of bluish hue.
Judging by the photos, the watches offer a more than adequate legibility both at night and deep underwater where there is virtually no natural light.
As always, the watch is offered in a great number of dial colors, those including milky white (my favorite), as well as bright orange, matt black, standard blue and even a poker-table green.
Its solid stainless steel multilink bracelet is equipped with an inevitable wetsuit extension and leaves a good impression with its brushed surfaces that will be good in hiding small scratches and minor dings.
Well, the most impressive about this thing is the price: the watch is currently offered on Deep Blue’s official site at just $699 (local taxes and shipping are probably not included), which looks like a good deal for a timekeeper powered by a Swiss-made, bullet-proof ETA 2824-2 automatic caliber and featuring whole 500 meters of water resistance.
Although the Deep Blue BlueTech Master 500 Diver is not pricey enough to make a statement, it is definitely a must if you are looking for a tool watch, which is both reliable and accurate, and simply does its job.
See also: Deep Blue Sea Chrono 1K Diver
Photos: Deep Blue
Deep Blue BlueTech Master 500 Diver specification
Price: $699 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber ETA 2824-2, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 40 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case: Stainless steel
Bezel: Steel with ceramic inlay
Size: 46.00 mm
Case height: 16.00 mm
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Dial: White / Green / Orange / Black / Blue
Numerals: Arabic (on the bezel)
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 500 meters
Strap: Solid stainless steel bracelet with wetsuit extension
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