By TLex Introducing Eza Watches of the Netherlands and their debut diver, the Sealander, a modern interpretation of classic 50s diver aimed at the collectors market.[UPDATE]
The Eza brand was first established in Pforzheim, Germany in 1921 where they produced watch cases - that by the 50’s started to gain a reputation for their construction in particular their water resistant.
In 1958, Eza became a manufacture in its own right with its own watch movements, cases and dials. Like many brands of that era they were more or less wiped out by the advent of the quartz watch in the 70s.
After several decades of absence the Eza brand is back and their first model is diver called the Sealander.
The Sealander has taken many of its vintage design cues from divers of the 50s; you might recognize some of the design elements – the diamond-shaped 12hr bezel marker for instance.
There’s certainly a bit of the Fifty Fathoms thrown into the mix – however this is not a homage watch; it is its own thing!
Let’s start with the case which has been constructed in 316L Stainless steel with a mixed brushed and high gloss finish. The case diameter is a modest 41mm with a thickness of 13mm.
The case of the Eza Sealander has been completely assembled by hand. All the parts; case, glass, crown caseback and gaskets are checked. After every operation, the watch is checked again.
When the case is completely assembled, the case is first completely empty tested for its 300 meter water resistance. The reason this done this way is prevent any potential water damage to the dial or movement.
Divers features include: a screwdown caseback and crown with triple gaskets, a double domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant Sapphire crystal and a 120-click unidirectional rotational divers bezel with a ceramic inlay with its dive-time scale in C3 SuperLuminova.
The watch is powered by a Japanese Miyota caliber 9015 automatic movement with 24 jewels, beat-rate of 28.800bph and 42 hours of power-reserve. Eza Watches have adjusted the movement in-house to six positions.
The dial comes in either black or blue with C3 SuperLuminova markers. It is super clean with only the Eza logo and WR text and a date window at 4:30. I particularly like the aged lume and the use of color matching date wheels.
The Eza Sealander is priced 850euros – oh, that is a lot for a 9015! Follow the link embedded, below for more info.