Victorinox Dive Master 500 Collection
May 30, 2010
Victorinox has recently introduced two new timepieces within their Dive Master collection. The Dive Master 500 Chrono and the Dive Master 500 Mecha. The chronograph is powered by a swiss quartz movement and the mechanical is powered by a swiss made ETA 2892-A2. The Dive Master Mecha was introduced last year, but they have added this deep blue version, which consists of a blue dial and strap. Both watches feature the black ice PVD finish that was introduced on last year's model (black ice PVD looks a shade lighter than most PVD).
The quartz chronograph is all new, although the case is 43 mm and essentially the same as the three hand mechanical model. The two big differences in the cases, are two places for pushers on the chronograph and a clear caseback, which allows a nice view of the swiss automatic movement, on the mechanical model. Currently the chronograph is only available in orange, although more colors will most likely be available over the next 12-months. The mechanical model is available in numerous, previously introduced, colors (orange, red, black).
Overall, these are well equipped Swiss made timepieces, and a great example of Victorinox's recent push towards more upscale watches. Victorinox timepieces are known for being highly discounted, everywhere, which is a function of the manufacture basically selling to everyone, including the grey market. But for the Dive Master collection, the prices appear to be more controlled by the manufacture, so don't expect much of a discount on this collection.
Retail $920 (mechanical), $699 (quartz)