Graham’s Deep Black Diver


Ever wanted to feel like an action hero? Maybe fill your tub and play pretend? If so, this timepiece may be the gadget for you :)

Now seriously, the new Graham release does look massive and somewhat menacing and seems to be targeted at men of action. Namely, it was initially intended for combat pilots who need to wear gloves, which accounts for the huge start/stop lever on the left. Nonetheless it is also a diver watch, having a water resistance of 1000 feet (about 330 meters). Boosting its diver street cred is  an automatic helium release valve (which releases the pressure from your watch when exposed to prolonged diving) and an unidirectional rotating dive bezel, which are most certainly features of serious diver watches.

The watch also sports the Super LumiNova painted indices for superior visibility under less then optimal conditions. This makes the time on this watch perfectly legible wherever you may find yourself, and even in the depths of 330 meters, and in fact might go nicely with the luminous creatures which inhabiting those depths.

The luminous dials and numerals are a beautiful contrast to the "deep" black of the watch

The luminous dials and numerals are a beautiful contrast to the "deep" black of the watch

There are two versions of this watch – the aforementioned Deep Black and the not-all-black Turbo Tech which is a combination of black, orange and the plain color of the steel it is made of. Both models have a steel case, with the Royal Marines symbol engraved on the crown and two subdials. The one at three o’clock, which is very interestingly designed to resemble a dart board, is a small seconds counter and the one on the opposite side is a 30-minute indicator. The small seconds subdial does look more compelling on the Turbo Tech model because of the colors. And, on the other side, the Deep Black model does come off as more robust and “manly” mostly due to its deep black color, the only colored detail being the red top of the seconds subdial hand. The date window is very tiny and is located above the seven o’clock numeral.

The coloured version of Graham's new diver

The coloured version of Graham's new diver

Whatever you decide suits you best will certainly prove to be of the best quality. Both watches hide the Graham Calibre G1734 self-winding movement within their steel cases, accompanied by the 48 hour power reserve and Incabloc shock absorber. The watch might be a bit too much for dressy occasions, but it’s utmost quality and great features can definitely not be debated. Thus, I am sure the price of $11,000 USD will be no problem for collectors.

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