Deep Blue is one of those brands that I’ve had to admire from afar. I have not run across anyone who owns one, and it simply has not worked out for us to get one in for review. That said, even from the pictures, there is something of an allure to what the brand produces. Their latest, the Deep Blue Diver Pro, follows along in that same vein.
Deep Blue, of course, is known for their dive watches, and the Deep Blue Diver Pro obviously (based on its name) follows in that lineage, even offering up a 1000m WR rating. As soon as you see that particular rating, you know that this will not be some dainty watch, and it isn’t. Coming in at 44mm (and 16mm thick), this steel watch – paired as it is to a 24mm stainless steel bracelet – is no lightweight.
Then again, if you are in to indie dive watches, big and heavy steel examples are something you likely have run across and likely own. Speaking from my own experience, you can get used to the weight very easily, provided it’s in the form of something good to look at. In this case, the Deep Blue Diver Pro does have some good looks. Case and bezel design seems about par for the course, but I do like seeing that the machined bezel is lumed (always a nice touch, even for us desk divers).
Under the sapphire crystal, the dial has two different patterns going on – the wave pattern is immediately noticeable, while the sunray finishing is a bit more subtle. Depending on the lighting, the interaction between those two should be interesting. The raised indices have a color that we do not commonly see on a dive watch, a sort of powder blue (which is a C9 blue Superluminova). These are noticeable due to their size, but it also means you should have outstanding illumination at night.
The color choice also works well with the three dial colors available on the Deep Blue Diver Pro (white, black, and blue). Ticking away under all that is a Miyota 9015 automatic. It should not be a surprise to see the Miyota here, as it shows up in many an indie brand’s offerings, and at this point, is well known as an affordable and reliable movement. On the affordable point, this new Deep Blue Diver Pro is available now for $899, direct from Deep Blue. deepbluewatches.com
- Brand & Model: Deep Blue Diver Pro
- Price: $899
- Who we think it might be for: You’re looking for a paler shade of blue to light up your night
- Would I buy one for myself based on what I’ve seen?: Likely not – while the lume and dial are cool, I really have no need for a 1000m diver
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Maybe mix some other luminant colors in there, particularly on the bezel
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: Funnily enough, it was the light-blue paint
Tech Specs from Deep Blue
- 316L Stainless Steel Case, 44mm width, 51mm Lug to Lug, 16mm thick
- 24mm Stainless Steel Bracelet, 4.5 mm Thick, with Safety Clasp
- 1000m/3300 Ft Water resistant, Screw down crown and Case back
- Stainless Steel -120 Click lumed unidirectional Bezel with Blue C9
- Caliber 9015 Automatic Movement 28800 VPH 24 Jewels
- Sapphire Crystal, Sunray Dial wave pattern ,C9 Blue Superluminova on hour markers and hands
- Helium Release valve 10 o’clock position