Swiss Army Victorinox Professional Dive Master Watch Review
Victorinox Dive Master watch takes several features of Maverick II – a classic sports elegant timepiece suitable for diving purposes – and elevates them to a professional level. The most significant enhancement must be the five fold increase in water resistance: from 100 meters to 500 meters.
Other changes include the addition of projections to the unidirectional rotating bezel in order to avoid slippage while operating it, and the carving of patterns on the rubber strap (like in auto tires, more grooves means more stability).
In terms of design, sharper, more aerodynamic corners of the lugs clearly indicate a sports oriented vision. The lugs appear to converge with the crown protecting components, forging a single piece of metal, a quality that would render both parts more durable to pressure and sudden knocks.
Like many other professional diving watches collections (such as Invicta Russian Diver, Invicta Corduba, or the high-end Jaeger LeCoultre Master Compressor) Dive Master offers extra bright orange and red timepieces. The colors combine with the lume on the hands and the indexes (fat dots instead of Arabic numerals) to produce a face that's easily legible even in the murkiest underwater conditions.
Interestingly, the watches don't incorporate any complications besides the basic date – clearly striving to keep the dials as clean as possible.
Automatic and Quartz
Professional Dive Master watches come equipped with either Swiss quartz or automatic (self-winding mechanical) calibers. The automatic version gives a nod to the competitive field of high-end luxury watches – Blancpain Fifty Fathoms being one of the best known players – installing a pair of extraordinarily heavy sword hours and minutes hands.
In a way, this is how Victorinox assert their tradition and craftsmanship in an environment where they are, and should be, at home. The automatic diving watches are among Swiss Army's most brash and expressive. Official prices vary considerably, from around $500 for quartz, up to a $1000 for automatic timepieces.