Diving watches are hugely popular, and for many reasons. The main one, of course, is the appeal of wearing a watch that can be submersed to depths that would typically crush the human body. But beyond the brute appeal of a diver’s timepiece, we tend to liken their ruggedness and durability to a heightened level of wearability and versatility. Diver’s watches are, of course, tool watches at heart. But their capabilities as a decent daily beater, a watch you can easily dress up or down, as well as something that provides you with a decent amount of fun really elevates their charm amongst horological community. We came across Andersmann a while ago, and we’ve been very excited to show you guys their latest range, the Classic 300m.
First off and from an aesthetic perspective, the Classic 300m is not your conventional diver’s watch. Its square and rounded case may seem a bit odd, but rest assured comfort and an ergonomical approach to its design very much drove Andersmann to create something a little bit against the grain. The case sits at 44mm in diameter, 51mm in length and 12.4mm in height. This is not a small watch by any means, however with thanks to some clever thinking on Andersmann’s part, the implemented double curved sapphire crystal on the dial (which sits at 3.8mm in thickness) actually gives the watch a curved look when looking at it from the side. This is also due to the fact that the case itself actually features a middle layer made of DLC titanium, again giving the illusion that the watch is curved. I love thoughtful watchmaking, and the Classic 300m is just that.
The case itself is available in two different finishes. The first features a titanium-bead blasted method, giving the piece a grey-steel look. And the second features a multi-layered titanium DLC case. The middle layer on the grey version is DLC titanium, while the black version features the bead-blasted titanium. I love the contrast of both pieces, and I’d struggle to pick between them. Both models feature a sandwich dial that has a grainy texturized look to it which offsets the sandwiched hour numerals and minute markers wonderfully well. There is a point of differentiation in each model, however. The grey model gives the purchaser the ability to choose between a yellow, blue or black sweeping seconds hand, while the black model features either a purple, a blue or a black hand. And of course, we have the date window, sitting nice and snug at just about 4 o’clock.
The Classic 300m is powered by the ETA 2892A2, a very robust and very reliable automatic calibre. It features the passing hours, minutes and seconds, as well as the very much welcomed addition of a date window. The movement is fully visible through the open grey sapphire caseback, and it actually looks really nice, even for a base ébauche calibre.
The watch is of course water resistant to a very deep 300m, is limited to only 80-pieces in each model variation and comes on a FKM rubber strap with a titanium tongue buckle and associated engraved logo. I was thoroughly impressed with the piece, and I’m sure you will be, too. The Classic 300m in grey starts at 1,380CHF, while the black version starts at 1,430CHF. Head to their website for more information.