Available at MSRP of $499 -and currently offered on their official web-site at just $400- this new Deep Blue Master Diver 1000 automatic diving watch doesn’t look particularly flashy. On the contrary, the new watch is deliberately dull, almost as dull as a wrench or a hammer can be. With every brushed surface, with every massive part it declares: Look at me! I am a professional instrument! I am a beater that you can take every place you go! Well, it looks like it tells the truth.
Like the old 2011 Deep Blue Master Explorer 1000 that the American brand has released almost exactly two years ago, the new Master Diver is powered by the same Miyota caliber 9015 automatic movement.
Actually, the choice of the mechanism seems to be quite predictable since the timekeeper that is briefly reviewed here based on my first impressions, looks like a more rugged, tool-like variation of the Explorer. While the older model looks like a dressier interpretation of a diving timepiece, a sort of a Submariner for those who can’t afford one (nothing wrong with that, actually), the MD’s probable been designed to be actually worn with a neoprene wetsuit. With its dull, machine-brushed surfaces and overall bleak appearance, it is clearly aimed at people whose goal is to get the job done, not just to impress some chick in a cafeteria while reading the New Yorker on your iPad.
The movement was introduced only four years ago as answer to the ETA 2824 ebauche, the self-winding Japanese engine. Reliable and efficient, it seems to grow quite popular among independent watchmakers thanks to its relatively low price and Citizen’s willingness to sell them on an “equal opportunity” basis, while the Swiss juggernaut ETA gradually decreases sales of its ebauches to third-party watchmakers.
As I have already noted, the new Master Diver 1000 has a very business-like, professional appearance about it. Its unidirectional notched bezel that holds a thick sapphire crystal is decorated only with greenish lume that makes its diving scale easily readable in any conditions. The crown of the piece is protected against bumps with Rolex-style crown guards and, too, looks very sober, almost like it was removed from sort of navigation instrument.
Frankly, I am not really sure about this sunray burst enamel dial, which is available black, red, green or blue color: something monochromatic would be more pertinent here. However, I am sure that some people will love it. Its massive body that measures 45 millimeters in diameter is, too, not for everyone, but still allows using the timekeeper as a daily beater even if you have never really seen a scuba tank.
Rated for impressive 1000 meters of water resistance, the watch is predictably equipped with a helium-escape valve. As the name hints, the regulator allows helium to be gradually released from the watch during fast decompression without it pushing out the sapphire crystal and effectively ruining the timekeeper.
Since the watch is designed as a diver’s companion, its massive stainless steel bracelet is equipped with a wetsuit extension that will make the gadget a lot more comfortable to wear if you really plan to use it underwater.
Photos: Deep Blue
WWR preliminary verdict
Build quality: 4.5/5
Value for money: 4.5/5
Deep Blue Master Diver 1000 Automatic watch specification
Price: $500 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Miyota caliber 9015, Made in Japan
Number of jewels: 24
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 45.00 mm
Case height: 16.00 mm
Lug width: 22.00 mm
Dial: Black / Red / Green / Blue
Numerals: Arabic (on the bezel)
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 1000 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with wetsuit extension
Case back: Solid