By TLex Founded in 1976, Raymond Weil might not be one of the oldest or most famous Swiss watch companies, but they are certainly a well-established brand that most of us have come across in our local watch store.
This is their first dedicated divers watch in (if I’m not mistaken) at least a decade, possibly longer or perhaps ever. And, no I don’t considered the Nabucco a dive watch, which is why I have never discussed it, here.
As supporters of the Realteam sailing team and as its Official Timing Partner for the 2016 season of the D35 Trophy on Lake Geneva and the GC32 Racing Tour internationally, Raymond Weil have launched a new model, a dive watch!
The Freelance Diver Automatic’s modest 42.5mm by 11.8mm thick Stainless steel case is endowed with all your typical divers features: an anti-reflective-coated Sapphire crystal, a unidirectional rotational divers bezel in black ceramic with a luminescent dive-time scale in either white, green or orange and 300 meters of water-resistance.
Beneath its Sapphire crystal caseback is Raymond Weil Swiss automatic movement, the RW4000 caliber with 25 jewels, a beat-rate of 28,800 vph and a power-reserve of 38 hours. Above that, a black galvanic dial with a steel handset and applied markers with green or orange SuperLuminova.
The Freelance Diver Automatic is presented on either: a brushed multi-link steel bracelet or a black rubber sports strap with a steel or steel black PVD folding clasp.
Thoughts? While the RW Freelance Diver Auto is absolutely no threat to any of its better known Swiss dive watch contemporaries, it does offer something a different – that’s if you can live with the weird date window!