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Gift Guide: Victorinox Dive Master 500 Dive Watch

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Short Version

As one of TechCrunch’s resident watch fans, I was intrigued by the Victorinox Dive Master 500, a fairly unique automatic watch that brings the best of the Swiss mechanical along with styling reminiscent of some of the better divers. The build is solid, the 43mm case is well-polished, and the face is very legible. Interestingly, I’d actually recommend this for a fairly adventurous lady who is looking for something a little more rugged – and handsome – than the traditional sport watch.

Long Version

Features:

  • Automatic ETA 2892-A2 movement
  • Rubber strap
  • Comes in four colors

Info:

  • Android 4.1
  • 1200 x 720, 4.7-inch display
  • MSRP: $1,250 (although I found it for $740 elsewhere)
  • Product page

The Dive Master 500 is…

… A very cool, very solid automatic divers watch in the vein of a Tissot Seastar or Seiko Orange Monster. Although it’s a bit pricey, it looks great on the wrist of your best gal (or yourself, if you enjoy a smaller case) and is very well-made. Victorinox has long been famous for their knives and I’m pleased to note that this is one of the first watch models that really lives up to the Swiss Army name.

Buy the Dive Master 500 for…

… a picky watch lover who may want something different. While similarly kitted watches can be found for considerably less, the $1,250 MSRP (and $750 street price) of this piece is right on par with others in its class. I wouldn’t normally recommend “Swiss Army” branded watches as I’ve seen too many clunkers in my day, but this is the first one I’m genuinely entranced by.

Because…

… Watch lovers – mainly beginning collectors – will really like it. It’s got some pedigree, it’s got some charm, and it’s very well built. You could get an Orange Monster for much less, but if you’re going Swiss, try this.