For me the DELMA Santigo BlueShark 3000m was probably one of the most unexpected finds of the Basel watch fair this year. Not only was it a pleasant surprise to see Delma making a truly noteworthy diver (until recently the Santiago line consisted only of sub-clones), but this was also a watch that with its 3000m water-resistance is now ranked as one of the deepest divers on the planet.
It sits alongside only 5 other 3000m divers models with just 7 further models that actually have a higher depth rating, and it will be tested! Something rather special and really quite cool for a company such as DELMA!
From my personal experience of the BlueShark (brief that it was), the watch felt really solid. Its 316L stainless case had much weight to it, its arched case, which was fitted with a lateral decompression valve, which in some ways could be likened to a Rolex DEEP SEA wasn't the star of the show, that honor would have to go to the BlueShark's black textured dial and striking retro handset that Delma had taken from a previous model of theirs that was in existence in the 1980s.
Other remarkable features of the watch included a rugged ergonomic divers bezel with enlarged notches to allow for better grip even when wearing divers gloves (available in either steel or PVD), a massive divers clasp of the type used by CX Swiss Military Watches and the use of hex-screws for the lugs and possibly (I forget) the links on the bracelet.
The BlueShark comes presented in a solid wooden box, is supplied with a rubber divers strap and a specialized tool for strap changes. Price is 1'800CHF. (live image)
SANTIAGO BlueShark Collection [Ref.54701.582.6.034]
CASE Stainless steel with steel or Black PVD bezel, sapphire crystal, Helium Valve
CROWN Screw crown
BEZEL Unidirectional turning bezel with Orange Luminous
BRACELET Interchangeable Metal bracelet and rubber strap
MOVEMENT ETA 2824 Automatic
DIALS Black with luminous Indexes
HANDS Minute, hour and second with luminous
WATER-Res. 3000 meters