New brand Artego Watch Company has recently unveiled a collection of retro-styled automatic stainless steel diver’s watches. Simply named the Artego Diver, it is available in a variety of colour combinations, and with prices starting at only $350, they have to be good value.
What we have here is a new company entering a competitive niche area of interest, where dozens of manufacturers ranging from Rolex to Seiko have popular pieces long-since established, and all with their legions of devoted and loyal fans and collectors. To make it in this environment, a brand is going to have to bring something tasty to the party to ensure folks will get to hear about it.
Well, Artego have created a nice homage to dive watches of the seventies with their 300M Diver, and as can be seen below, they are a visually effective range of pieces.
Manufactured in high-quality 316L stainless steel and also available with PVD coating, the Artego Diver houses the inexpensive, yet tried and tested Japanese Miyota 8215 automatic mechanical movement inside the 45mm case. At 15.5mm in height, it’s a substantial piece, and with details such as the signed crown at the four o’clock position and the 120-click uni-directional rotating bezel as well as the oversize minutes hand and superluminova markers and bezel centre it does look and feel the part alright.
The Artego Diver is definitely a smart looking watch – particularly for the outlay – and is already finding favour among collectors of diver’s watches among the various specialist dive forums where it has been marketed. I’ve seen where some folk are going for a second or third piece! If I had a favourite, it would be between the blue dial in PVD or the orange dial with the unpainted stainless steel bezel.
Here’s the technical spec of the Artega Diver 300M:
Surgical Grade Stainless Steel 316L.
Available in Bead blasted / brushed / Black PVD
Miyota 8215 mechanical automatic, 21 jewels
40 hours power reserve, 21,600 beats per hour.
Hours, Minutes, Seconds. Quick set Date.
45 mm Diameter / Bezel 44 mm
50 mm lug end to lug end
24 mm lug width
15.5 mm height overall
Sapphire, anti-reflective coating (inside only)
120-clicks, unidirectional (counter-clockwise)
bezel in stainless steel or black.
Surgical Grade Stainless Steel 316L,
engraved and screw locked.
Stainless Steel 316L. Solid screwed
end links. Micro-adjustable flip lock clasp.
300 meters (990 ft with crown screwed down)