Recently I had the chance to review the Armida A2, milsub style diving watch from Armida.
This model of the A2 is the stainless steel ETA 2824-2 automatic movement version, the A2 is also available with a Miyota movement, and also in PVD coated finish.
Video review and written review below
The A2 is a 500 meter water resistant watch, with a 42 mm wide and 13 mm high case, with a bezel diameter of 43 mm.
The case of the A2 has drilled lugs making strap changes easier and faster, and with a lug width of 22 mm it will fit a variety of dive watch straps.
The bezel of the A2 is 43 mm in diameter, and is a 120 click unidirectional bezel. The A2 bezel has minute markers all around the bezel and the markers on the bezel are lumed in C3 lume.
The bezel feels very solid and won’t get bumped out of position easily.
The dial of the A2 is a black clean looking bezel with minimum writing on it. The hour markers on the dial remind me of the old Rolex milsub watches. The hour markers on the watch are also lumed with C3 lume.
Between 4 and 5 on the dial we have a date window. The date has white numbers on a black background that fits very well with the rest of the dial. At first I thought that this position of the date window, instead of the classic 3 or 6 o’clock would bother me, but I got use to it right away.
The hands of the A2 are also mil sub style sword hands, coated with C3 lume as well.
Crystal, case back and crown.
The A2 features a flat sapphire crystal with internal AR coating.
The case back on the A2 is a screw down case back with a engraved logo and basic information about the watch. Each watch has an individual number engraved in the case back.
The crown on the A2 is a 7 mm signed screw down crown. The drip on the grown is very good, and it grabs the treads very well, so its a pleasure to use.
The lume on the A2 is incredible. The A2 has C3 lume on the bezel, hands, and dial. The lume on the watch is very bright, and after dimming a bit after some minutes it remains visible for many hours, and is well usable when I get up in the morning.
The A2 comes with a stainless steel bracelet and a “Isofrane” looking rubber strap.
The bracelet is 22 mm wide at the lugs but tapersdown to 18 mm near the clasp. The bracelet is a screwed link design, so you would need a couple of small screwdrivers to remove links form the watch.
The bracelet has both full size and half size links, in addition to four micro adjustment positions, so sizing the bracelet should be relatively easy.
The bracelet has a class with a safety, so the watch should not go flying off your wrist even if you play some basket ball wearing the watch, and the bracelet has a diver extension, so you can’t use the watch as an excuse not to go wetsuit diving.
The rubber strap looks like the famous Isofrane straps, but is not produced by them. The rubber strap has a signed buckle, and is made from a rather soft rubber material.
The accuracy of this unit is very good as it has been running about 2 seconds slow per 24 hours, which is very good for a mechanical watch.
You will have no problems moving from formal settings and clothing into informal settings with sweat pants or shorts with this watch.
An extra included strap is always a bonus, and the watch looks very nice on various colors of NATO straps, that are relatively cheap to purchase and easy to use.
The watch has incredible lume, and still keeps a very classic and clean look.
Black Nato strap