By TLex I do actually think of water, when I hear the Davidoff name. The Swiss luxury brand is no stranger to the element; with its fragrance, Cool Water well over a decade old, now. But I wouldn’t have associated them dive watches.
Nevertheless, Davidoff unveiled a new diver at Baselworld this year, which joins other models from its Velocity collection. With its rugged steel watch case and Swiss Made self winding mechanical movement, the Velocity Diver does look the part, but is just another pseudo diver for poseurs or is it a proper dive watch?
Its round 42mm case is in 316L Stainless steel. It features a screw-down 316L Stainless steel crown, with either black or blue PVD and black or blue rubber inserts.
It is fitted with a domed Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides and a unidirectional rotational divers bezel with a dive-time scale.
Further divers features include: luminescent hands and markers, a solid 316L Stainless steel screw-down engraved caseback and a water-resistance of 300 meters / 30atm.
Its sunburst dial is in either black, blue or silver with diamond cut rhodium steel markers and red highlights. It features: centralized hours, minutes and seconds. There’s a date aperture at 3 o’clock.
It is powered by a Swiss Made self-winding mechanical movement with hours, minutes, sweep seconds and date, a custom Davidoff rotor, côtes de Genève finishing, 25 jewels and power-reserve of 42 hours.
The Velocity Diver comes on either a polished and brushed finished Stainless steel bracelet or a rubber divers strap with a polished stainless steel folding clasp with engraved Davidoff logo.
I’ll reserve my final judgment until I handle one in person. Integrated strap and lugs aside, first impressions are pretty good - like the cologne, it doesn’t stink too baldly, does it!?