By Jovan Krstevski
How many diver’s watches have we featured here in Wristreview? Well, if you’ve been following us, you’ll know that we covered quite a few and very good ones too. Albeit it’s very seldom that we get excited for crowd funded diver’s watches such as the one we’re going to feature here which is no other than the Deep Ocean by Pauli Caspieri. “Pauli Caspieri is a new Swedish watch brand that will soon be launched to the market” as it reads on the brand’s Facebook page. So what is really there to be excited about? Of course the price point and considering the caliber of the watch, this is really exciting. This is a premium dive watch considering the materials and the research involved in making this watch a reality. For now, this is merely words or perhaps hype that we don’t have to mince but as soon as it gets backers on Kickstarter, well then, everybody let’s get on board the train.
The Deep Ocean is designed to be an all around watch suitable for any lifestyle. The maker says that it fits perfectly on all occasions whether you just want to look good or actually use it for what’s it intended for, pro-diving. Speaking of which, the 40 mm 316L stainless steel case looks rather small for a diver’s watch. However, it’s interesting to note that powering the watch is a Japanese automatic movement and not a Swiss one so all things considered, it’s a perfect size for a daily driver with a sporty twist of course. There’s also a Titanium model so as far as we know, this watch is really built for the sole purpose of diving. The watch has everything we’re looking for a premium diver’s such as a unidirectional rotatable 120-minute graduated bezel and dome sapphire glass.
On the watch face, we see dark and blue dial choices. Legibility is of course enhanced by the large Roman numerals used for the quarter hour markers combined with the classic inverted triangle at 12 o’clock and Roman indices for the rest of the markers. The hands are thin which somehow offset the overall design and in our humble opinion, medium sized hands could have been a better choice. Nevertheless, the dial is uncluttered and the dial elements use Superluminova for superior legibility in the darkness.
Powering the watch is the trusted and popular Automatic 9015 Miyota with 42 hours of power reserve. The brand has made it a requirement to only use an handwound automatic movement because what’s so premium about a quartz diver’s watch… we agree. Using a popular Japanese movement also adds a value to the watch in a sense that you can literally go anywhere to have the watch serviced. The movement is comparable to the ETA2824 powering Swiss watches. There is also a hacking seconds feature that adds superb accuracy whenever you want to adjust the time. The icing on the cake is of course the open caseback that allows the wearer to see the movement working.
The Deep Ocean wears on 2 straps, a metal one and a titanium for the titanium model. It will also be delivered in a luxury wooden box with a strap changing tool and also a NATO strap + one silicon strap free of charge for all the backers. We like the warranty and of course the price point that is yet to be revealed as soon as the Kickstarter campaign goes live. Stay tuned!