Divers watches are among the most popular watch models on the market. Unfortunately some of them promise a lot more than they deliver. They may look like divers watches, but they do little to satisfy the stringent criteria that such a timepiece must fulfill. Because ultimately, your life may depend on the functional capabilities of your wristwatch.
The most important criteria include water resistance of at least 200 metres, a unidirectional rotating bezel for safe dive time regulation and excellent readability in the dark.
The DAVOSA Argonautic offers a whole lot more: water resistance of up to 330 metres (33 bar/1,000ft), a helium escape valve for professional use, a robust case with a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel and an incredibly reasonable price tag for this class of watch. The Argonautic divers watch with a Swiss mechanical movement is available from 549 euros in four different versions.
The highlight of the Argonautic is its helium escape valve to ensure controlled pressure equalisation between the watch and its surroundings when returning to the surface.
Professional divers sometimes work under water for days and spend their breaks in diving bells. When returning to the surface in the bell, the change in pressure can cause the watch glass to burst out of the case. The reason for this phenomenon is helium, which is mixed with the air in the diving bell. This noble gas can permeate any seal, but cannot escape again quickly enough when resurfacing.
The gas expands and exerts considerable pressure against the watch glass. One possible result is a defect watch. To stop this happening, the DAVOSA Argonautic is equipped with a helium escape valve at 10 o’clock. This can be opened by means of a screwed crown while resurfacing, thus ensuring ideal pressure equalization.
Model: DAVOSA Argonautic Divers Watch with Helium Escape Valve, Reference: 161.485.70/ 161.485.75 / 161.485.20
- Case: all stainless steel, bezel: made of scratch-proof ceramic
- Bracelet: rubber or metal band with diver extension
- Movement: automatic self winding movement caliber ETA 2824-2
- Dimensions: diameter 42,5 mm, height 14mm
- Weight: 206 g
- Price: 548 Euro