It does not seem like it was all that long ago that spring was just, well, springing, and I was writing about the Dietrich Organic Time. Since that initial writeup – which I suppose we can treat as an preview – we were sent over a sample to spend some time with and get some first-hand impressions of the watch. Does it hold up to my assumptions in the earlier article? Well, read on for our review of the Dietrich OT-3.
One of the first things I noted in that earlier review was the curious case shape. A hexagonal shape is unusual, to say the least, and it sort of sets the stage for the design of the Dietrich OT-3. What was as readily apparent to me in the earlier writeup was how the integrated lugs work with the watch. These extend down from the center of the case, keeping the rounded edges of the case.
In practical terms, this means that you end up with a strap that is snugged right against your wrist. Of course, this also means that the watch is standing fairly tall – and away from your wrist. With the height coming in at under 14mm (13.7mm to be precise) this is not unmanageable, especially if you are used to thicker divers. I found that slipped under a cuff fairly easily and, at only 128g, it was not a heavy watch to go through the day with.
Where the real benefit of having the Dietrich OT-3 in for review came to light was with the dial. It can be tricky to pick up all of the details from static photos, but once you have it in hand and can tilt it around, you really start to pick up on things. For instance, the eye quickly picks up the star used for the running seconds at 5 o’clock. But what about the similar one used over at 9 o’clock that indicates the 24-hour time? I will admit, I missed it at first, but was glad to discover it (as well as it’s lumed portion).
The remainder of the dial is a study in layers. On top, you have the sort of sinewy girders crossing over the dial, giving an intimation of reinforcement as they stretch from fastener to fastener on the dial. Under that, you have five distinct levels (including the name plate up at 12 o’clock) that step down. Not only does this present additional visual interest, it allows for different surface treatments. On the Dietrich OT-3 these are all subtly done so your eye is not overwhelmed by undue visual noise. They have also included some screwed on plates that help you to remember what the spinning wheels are for – perhaps unnecessary, but helpful for when you first pick up the watch.
Over all this spins one of the more unique handsets I have seen with it’s leaf shape further underscoring the “organic” portion of the model name. These are well-lumed, as are the hour indices. This was another pleasant surprise. I have experienced watches where indices (and other items) are printed on the underside of the dial, which gives a lovely floating effect. What I have not seen before is that printing being luminous. No, it is not as strong as what is on the hands or 24-hour indicator, but it still quite workable for reading the time in the dark.
Coming in at a price of $1,450, the Dietrich OT-3 Organic Time is definitely one of the most uniquely designed watches that I have had cross my desk. This is definitely not a watch that blends in with the crowd – and as to whether that is a good thing or not, that will be up to the individual wearer. For me, it was a great departure from the standard sort of designs. Ultimately, it is these different sort of looks coming out that really can give some variety to the industry, and further expand the choices on can make. While the design may not be for everyone, I like to see brands pushing out in different directions like this. dietrichusa.watch
- Brand & Model: Dietrich OT-3 Organic Time
- Price: $1,450
- Who’s it for?: You want something that stands out from the pack, and appreciate an organic take on industrial design
- Would I wear it?: Yes, I very likely would.
- What I’d change: I think colors could be played around with more. For instance, on the OT-3 we have here, use that green on some other elements of the dial
- The best thing about it: The overall look and feel. If I had to pick a specific element, I’d pick the whole of the dial.