The brand has now been revived and the company seems to be honoring the tradition associated with the Aquadive name by producing watches that have that classic vintage dive watch look, with a modern touch and a dash of modern technology as well.The Aquadive is a dive watch with 1000 meter water resistance according to Aquadive. It has a 120 click unidirectional bezel, sapphire crystal, DLC coating an isofrane strap.
The watch comes with a 2 year limited warrenty.Aquadive prides themselves of using traditional methods for watch manufacturing and production.
The ETA 2836-2 is originally a day/date movement. The 100 DLC has a modified ,date wheel only, version that was chosen since it is the highest 3 hand movement, and therefore minimizes the space between the dial and crystal.The movement is protected by an additional patented suspension system, and no parts of the movement comes in contact with the watch case.This unit has been keeping excellent time the few days that I have had it, and has been well within the accepted rate.
The case measures 43 mm in diameter excluding the crown with a lug width of 22 mm and a lug to lug distance of 49 mm.
The height of the 100 DLC is 15 mm, and has a water resistance of 1000 meters.DLC, stands for diamond like carbon, and is basically the black color of the watch.
There are basically two types of black coatings used on watches today, PVD and DLC. The difference between the two is that DLC should be considerably more scratch resistant than the PVD coating, and increased hardness, and less resistance – therefore often causing impacting objects to slide off rather than dig in and scratch the coating.When using a rather large watch such as this one I often avoid PVD finishes, since I find that they sometimes scratch rather easily, having a large dive watch with DLC coating like the 100 DLC from Aquadive makes more sense.The watch is rather hefty and weighs 160 grams on the included Isofrane strap, its not too heavy at all, but enough to feel that you are holding a very solid object in your hands.
The weight of the watch it self excluding the strap is about 130 grams.I really like the design of the case, the vintage dive watch look but with a DLC coating, really nice.
It has white minute markers around the dials edge.
The second hand on the 100 DLC is black with an orange tip, and a lumed rectangle. The hour hand is silver colored with a lume stripe running through the middle of half of the hand. The minute hand also has a lume stripe running through more than half the hand, and is partly orange colored in addition to the silver color.There is a date window at the 3 o’clock position, and the date wheel has a black background and white numbering that fits the dial very well.
Aquadive even managed to squeeze half an hour marker next to the date window without making it look awkward.
Writing on the dial includes the Aquadive logo, Bathyscaphe 100, 1000 meters/330 ft. Automatic and Swiss Made.
There is even lume on the small 3 o’clock marker next to the date window.
The lume is most likely C3 lume, and lasts for a few hours after exposure to a bright light source.
Usually preferring bracelets and avoiding rubber straps, I was very surprised that I actually liked the Isofrane strap a lot.
It is very different than the lookalike straps that I have tried before, but this strap is thick and solid, but is still very flexible and bendable. The strap fits the shape of your wrist well right away, and has very many adjustment positions so it was easy to find the perfect fit.
The material also does not attract lint and has a nice faint vanilla smell to it.
The buckle on the strap has the Aquadive logo, and is DLC coated like the watch, this is probably one of the few buckles that have not got scratched almost instantly when I wear a watch.
From the look of the spring bars on the 100 DLC Aquadive is definitely using some thick and solid spring bars on this watch.
This may not be the first watch you would expect on a wrist of someone wearing white shirt and black jacket, but if you have confidence you can wear any watch with your suit, and it can also be fun to contrast your formal suit with a sporty pure diving watch.