In terms of luxury, the Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s 241356 Dive Master 500 Mecha Automatic Watch embodies just that. Swiss army, is normally known for its impeccable knives but the quality you find in those pocket knives are easily found in this watch as well. This week, I will be reviewing this automatic dive watch so that you may get a better idea of just what you are in store if you decide to purchase it for yourself. Also, as a little note: I will be referring to this watch as the Victorinox from here on out to make mentioning it a little bit easier for the both of us.
Just on first impression, the 500 Mecha has a real striking presence. The gunmetal steel case is really what catches my eye though. It is not like the usual stainless steel which can be a bit bright for some and predictable. This watch is rugged and it looks it. The case is 44mm wide and 14mm thick which does tend to be on the slightly larger size in terms of watches and can be a bit heavy for some.
The face of the watch is black-on-black which blends in incredibly well with the gunmetal color of the watch itself. The markers are fairly large as well so it makes it a bit easier to read. But, one of the greatest features of this watch is most definitely the illumination (a.k.a. the glow). So, it is very easy to read in the darkness whether you are on a night dive or are camping outside under the stars.
As mentioned before, the 500 Mecha
is an automatic dive watch
(my personal favorite sort of watches). For those of you who do not know what an automatic movement is, the watch does not run on batteries. The watch winds itself and powers itself using the movement of your own arms. How cool is that? However, this watch actually has an interesting fact: it also comes in quartz. So, for those of you who are still not sure whether you should go automatic (which you should because who needs batteries?) you could go with the typical quartz watch. Regardless of the wrap some automatic dive watches may get, this one actually keeps excellent time.
I cannot stress enough how important the bezel is for us divers. It is what helps us keep track of the time we have been under water without needing to buy an expensive dive computer. The bezel found in this 500 Mecha
is unidirectional. Some people I know have wished that it came bidirectionally but it really depends on your preference. Most dive watches come with a unidirectional bezel and the majority of people tend to not have much issue with that. Of course, the bezel does not only need to be used by divers. Whatever reason you may have to track time, you can use one. Personally, what I love most about this bezel is how large the markers are.
In my previous review, (of the Seiko SKX173) the one real negative that I had with the watch was the band itself. I prefer stainless steel bands as they tend to be stronger and last much longer. The 500 Mecha has just that! Plus, it is a fold-over clasp with safety which adds to the quality and luxury feel of the watch. The link bracelet also gives the watch a lovely sort of depth.
One of the coolest features found on this watch is actually found on the back of the watch. There is a sturdy glass backing which allows you to take a look at the way this watch works: the automatic movement. It really ends up being a neat party trick that you will most likely be showing off to your friends.
This is a dive watch and I have not even gotten to the best part: water resistance. You see, the greatest thing about having a mens dive watch whether you are a diver or not, is the water resistance. You can take it into the beach, the pool, or even the shower and not worry that you will break it or get water into the face of it. Plus, this watch actually can go up to 500m! That is equivalent to 1,650 feet! Hence how sturdy this watch is to encounter so much pressure and be able to withstand it.
Do you want to feel like James Bond? Where you not only have luxury but you have the quality and the manliness to match? This would be the perfect watch for you. I wore this watch through renovations so it was not as if I treated it the best but the crown took it so well. No scratches so the watch itself looks as good as new. I highly recommend this automatic dive watch. It will be with you for a really long time and well worth the money spent.