Another contender

Yet another model I’ve seen that I find attractive is the German producer Dievas (pronounced “D-Ah-Vas”) who have an interesting and very affordable range of quite decent quality timepieces.  Modern diver or utilitarian style I suppose you could call them and the one I feature here is under their “tactical” series – the Voyageur GMT.

The Voyager GMT Dievas

The Voyageur GMT Dievas

And whilst this has a larger case than I usually go for at 45mm, that is offset a little as it measures only 11mm depth, which means it’s not too bulky at all for my smallish wrist.  It’s a 3 piece case made from Grade A 316L stainless steel.  It is also hand finished which is rare these days in watches of this price range and has undergone the Dievas 6Steel treatment, known as Dievas 6Steel™ and as a consequence is very resilient to scratches and knocks.

You will note the large clear dial face clearly visible under a thick sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating inside and clear Arabic numerals on the hours.  White coated hour & minutes hands, plus a center sweep second, also in bright white and an almost forgotten date window @3, which I would have preferred much larger, seeing as everything else is so clear.  The hands are treated with Super-LumiNova for great low light clarity, which for me is a plus.  The 3rd hand which is GMT (or second time zone if preferred) is a sort of “floating” one, with only the tip being noticed initially.  It is there of course but is colored black as the dial background but the tip is a bright red edged arrow with a Super-lumiNova centre.  The pointer points very precisely to the outer 24hr perimeter track which is excellent, though the large red GMT lettering, whilst eye catching, for me perhaps is just a bit OTT.

"hidden" GMT pointer with red Super-LumiNova arrow tip.

“floating” GMT pointer with red Super-LumiNova arrow tip.

This model features the ETA 2893-2 automatic movement, which additionally has Côtes de Genève on the rotor and plates, incabloc shock protection and a 42 hours power reserve.  A large 7mm crown means easy adjustments and finally it comes fitted with a rather solid 24mm red stitched leather strap and steel buckle.  Personally, having a small to medium wrist, I’m not a great fan of heavy leather straps, so I might fit a silicon deployment replacement strap, but this is a personal thing.

As said this model caters for night time use, unlike so many others out there, which is to my mind, considering the utilitarian/divers style market, should be an essential requirement.  And it does so rather well as shown in the last image courtesy of the Dievas web site which shows a typical night/low light image.

Voyager low light view - note the GMT arrow.

Voyager low light view – note the GMT arrow.

So pretty good on legibility at night, though with GMT arrow pointer clearly but the outer track not being lumed, you have to remember to x2 the visible numerals – in other words, this one is reading just after 9 hours.  I particularly like the second hand clarity as shown and hope it’s really that good in reality.

In conclusion a nice watch and a worthy contender for my collection and definitely a wearing watch, not just for the cabinet.

Good points? – The watch dimensions, the case finish and the dial clarity – can’t really fault it – excellent.

Bad points? – Well perhaps the date indicator could be larger especially as the Dievas philosophy is legibility and since the rest has excelled in that department.  And for me the strap is too heavy, but here I’m being very picky.

Overall – it is a fine watch at the end of the day – and this one is affordable and I’m sorely tempted!     Again!   😉

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