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DELMA Shell Star BLACK TAG [reach out, grab and break for the surface]

Here’s a killer orange on black combo for those looking for something in a vintage style with a striking contemporary twist.

It’s the Shell Star Black Tag from Delma’s 2018 lineup. BTW if the bright orange is too much for you – fear not the collection includes a second variant in stealthy black on black.

Taking its inspiration form the world of free-diving, the Black Tag combines a high-level of durability with its DLC-coated exterior with high visibility thanks to brightly contrasting dial elements in vivid orange.

The Black Tag owes its name to the tag that free-divers must reach out and grab at their target depth. Held tightly in their hands they break the surface of the water holding it triumphantly above their heads as they take their first lungful of air.

The Shell Star that we know today saw its initial release in 2016; you can read my in-depth review of it HERE, but the watch can trace its roots back to 1975 when Delma’s first professional divers’ watch of the same name was launched.

The Shell Star has become an important milestone for the Delma brand and was in 2017 used as a platform for the Swiss brand’s, new OCEANMASTER collection.

The Black Tag with, its large crown protector, its 44mm DLC-coated case, its Helium Escape Valve and 500 meters of water-resistance is clear about its intent as a professional diver’s watch –

however as is often the case a dive watch serves more than one role. A Swiss made automatic ETA 2824-2 with a custom gold plated Delma rotor (visible through a Sapphire exhibition case-back) takes care of time;

while its dial in a highly visible retro-style highlighted with bursts of orange against its matte black background not only ensures excellent readability but looks pretty damn hot.

The only question left is which of the two bezel options to go for? The choice is yours, but mines orange all the way.

The Delma Shell Star Black Tag has a Swiss MSRP of 1290CHF. BTW follow the link to check out live pics of Delma’s other BLACK diver.


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