The German brand Dievas, the one that uses its own cases with ETA movements ticking inside them, has refreshed its Vortex Professional 500M diver that was released two years ago with a new, even stealthier model. With all the specs being virtually the same, the only thing that differs the 2013 Dievas Vortex Tactical from the 2011 model is the new color of its dial and an even more scratch-resistant titanium body.
Among its other qualities, Dievas has at least one thing to be proud of: it is their own workshop where they manufacture their own cases.
Besides high-precision CNC machinery, they also have a lab to enhance the hardness of their titanium and steel bodies in a plasma-assisted processing chamber. After being subjected to the high-temperature treatment, the watch becomes extremely hard addressing that fear that any owner of a black-on-black timepiece has towards dents and scratches.
Compared to the 2011 model, the new Dievas Vortex Tactical features an extra layer of DLC treatment that makes it almost a King Tiger among divers and also has a more military-style dial. As you can see, the white luminous paint of the original was swapped for more subdued matte black color with only its diamond-shaped hands, hour markers and bold, nicely shaped Arabic numerals covered with Superluminova compound.
The rest is the same. The watch comes in a slightly oversized body 44 millimeters in diameter and 14 millimeters thick, although on paper (or, rather, on a screen of a computer monitor) the numbers may look a bit frustrating to those with smaller wrists, I don’t feel it terribly huge.
First of all, this refreshed Vortex looks slenderer, it doesn’t bulge on your hand like some sort of military equipment designed to coordinate air strikes. The second is that its lugs, albeit long per se, don’t protrude too much from the extreme top and bottom points of the notched bezel, which basically means that the black textile strap (it looks nylon to me) hugs your wrist comfortably enough for you never to experience any sort of discomfort while wearing this beauty.
Like the previous version, the Vortex Tactical DLC Titanium features the same 60-click bezel with a single luminous triangle at “00” (alas, no more luminous elements on the diving scale for us), as well as sports the same well-protected and tightly-sealed screw-down crown, which is placed between 8 and 9 hours. Although the position of the setting crown is not terribly comfortable from the point of view of setting, correcting and winding the timepiece (at least, for us righties), it still makes the potential point of vulnerability even better protected from an occasional shock and also makes sure that you won’t hurt your hand accidentally.
From where I sit, this is one of the most well-designed “luxury” tactical timekeepers currently available on the market. Despite the crown positioning that favors the lefties, the other things that make you either hate or love the device (those including daytime and nighttime legibility and ease of operation) are convincing: there are not so many similarly priced wristwatches that could compete with this specimen.
Build quality: 4.5/5
Value for money: 4.5/5
Dievas Vortex Tactical Diver specification
Movement: Automatic, caliber ETA 2824-2, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Movement decoration: DLC-treated oscillating weight
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Case: Titanium, DLC-treated
Size: 44.00 mm
Case height: 14.00 mm
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Numerals: Arabic, luminous
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Diamond-shaped, luminous
Water resistance: 500 meters
Strap: Two black textile tactical straps with blacked-out buckles
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective, domed, 4 mm thick
Back: Solid, screw-down