With a host of capable dive watches around, Edox would probably be the last name that would come to one’s mind when thinking about the genre. While the brand might not be as popular as the big players out there it does have a rich watchmaking history, especially concerning dive watches. For instance, back in the year 1961 Edox invented and patented the double gasket system to provide enhanced protection against water damage. The Delfin was the brand’s first watch launched with this technology and the brand aptly called it ‘The WaterChampion’. Since its genesis, the Delfin has undergone several facelift’s and today we are looking at its latest avatar the Delfin Diver Date Automatic.
Rendered in black with a nice matt finish the dial on this watch has been cleanly executed with a high focus on legibility, just as a dive watch should be. The hour markers are a combination of applied squares, rectangles and an orientation trapezoid at 12, which gives the watch a bold and modern look. Running on the outer periphery is a printed minute track which combined along with the well-proportioned handset makes it easy to read the time. To ensure low light visibility during those underwater dives all indices and hands have been generously coated with Superluminova X1 which appears white in broad daylight providing a nice contrast against the black dial and emits a bright green glow in the dark. Although nicely done, my only little niggle with this dial is the amount of text, which I feel is a little too much and can be easily trimmed down.
The case on the Delfin Diver Date automatic is crafted from stainless steel and has a relatively large diameter of 43mm. The entire case along with the steel bracelet has been coated with a grey PVD coating which gives the watch a tactical appeal. Being a dive watch there is a uni-directional bezel that sits on top of the case. It is marked with white graduations for the first 20 minutes and Black for the rest and has a lume pip which helps in timing dives. The case is water-resistant to 300 meters, which is taken care of with the help of a closed case back and a screw-down crown at 3.
Powering the watch is the Edox 80A caliber, which is a modified version of either the Sellita SW200 or the ETA 2824. The movement operates at a frequency of 28,800 bph and offers a power reserve of around 38 hours.
The Edox Delfin Diver Date is a handsome looking dive watch with a rich pedigree. The watch would come attached to a steel bracelet and would retail for EUR 1,115.