Loc-who? Â If you’re like me, Locman is not a company you’ve heard of (at least until you read this post). Â I caught wind of a new model they have, and was intrigued. Â Just to get you situated, Locman was actually founded in Italy in 1986, and started life creating watches for other brands. Â In 1997, they decided to make watches under their own name. Â Which brings us to today’s example, the Montecristo Professional Diver.
What grabbed me with this watch was how the lugs are “skeltonized”, for lack of a better term. Â Many divers coming out today seem overly bulky, by the nature of their construction. Â Here, with the lugs being hollowed out, the watch seems like a much lighter alternative (whether or not it actually is, I can’t speak to).
A rest easy – this isn’t just a fashion watch masquerading as a true dive watch. Â This model was actually tested by professional divers on the Tuscan Archipilego, close to Locman’s headquarters. Â And as such, the watch is rated for water resistance to a depth of 120 meters (approx. 393 feet) – just past the depth the human body can withstand.
The case itself is made from steel and titanium, and features a steel bezel for timing your dive (or your eggs), a flat sapphire crystal with date cyclops up front, and another piece of sapphire around back allowing you to see the movement (which can be a mechanical automatic, or quartz chronograph, depending on your preference). Â Either way, definitely an interesting newcomer to the dive watch segment.