If you are looking for quality diver that costs almost nothing, then look no further than the Diver One Silicon from Scurfa Watches. Company is based in England, and is run by Paul, a watch enthusiast and professional diver. On of the things that attracted me to contact Paul, was that he dives with these watches! He made the watches for himself and hes co-workers. Here are some video of him diving with the Scurfa watches!
First let’s take a look at the cool packaging. The watchcase is a German manufactured twist box. The concept was a result of the packaging used to ship spare parts to the divers working offshore. The box is super lightweight, strong and very unique as far as packaging is concerned. The foam interior and the epoxy resin sticker is applied my Paul himself. The packaging will protect the watch extremely well during shipping. I really like the packaging overall, as it is quite protective and very different from other forms of packaging I have seen.
The case is 316L stainless steel and has a brushed finish throughout. The case measures 42mm and when figuring in the crown almost 46mm. The case has a very nice curvature at the lugs providing a nice comfortable fit on the wrist. The lug-to-lug measurement is just over 51mm and the case height measures a rather slim 11mm. It is big, but it feels small, along with a 93 gram weight, should result in a quite comfortable fit on just about any wrist. Water resistance ir 300m.
The case design is fairly standard. The crown is positioned at the 3 o’clock position. The case protected on each side by crown guards. The unsigned signed screw down crown measures around 7mm in diameter. The crown texture allows for easy grip and rotation and the action is extremely smooth with no significant grinding. There is also small rubber o ring around the crown, it’s not the prettiest touch and sometimes slips off, but if you don’t like it, you can take it off.
The watch is equipped with a 120 click unidirectional rotating bezel. The bezel is quite firm with precise clicks and no significant play in either direction. I am pleased to see no play in the bezel, as that could be crucial in timing the various activities related to diving for which the model was created. The bezel and dial contains the necessary lume pip needed for diving or activities in darkened conditions. The watches, fitted with an anti-reflective (AR) coated sapphire crystal, combined with the ceramic bezel isn’t exactly features you would find in a watch that costs this little!
The dial opening measures around 32mm revealing a nice matte black dial. The dial contains some features also not found often on watches in its price category. All of the primary dial markers are applied and contain adequate amounts of lume. The high polished handset finish corresponds with the high polished outline of the applied hour markers. The handset (including the second hand) contains adequate amounts of lume as well. A white date window, positioned at the 3 o’clock position on the dial, is of good size and quite legible. The dial layout is quite clean and legible overall with limited branding. The watch design is an affordable dive instrument, however, the high polished feature of the dial markers and hands add a bit of flair making the watch appropriate for other social settings as well.
The case back is a fairly simple screwed down type with the brand logo, water resistance and Swiss movement etched at the center along with other information etched around the perimeter. Beneath the case is a quality Ronda 515 quartz movement that has been spot on accurate since delivery. I have owned many Ronda 515 movements in the past and have never had any issues.
The strap is a nice quality silicon rubber, which will be quite durable for any activity. The strap measures 22mm at the lug, tapering to 20mm at the tail with a robust 6.25mm in thickness at the lug tapering to 2.5mm near the tail. Two (2) floating keepers are supplied which I believe is a must for any strap. The strap is quite soft and pliable which allows for a comfortable feel on the wrist. As you can see in the photograph, on my 7 3/4 inch wrist, the strap length will accommodate wrist sizes over 8 inches with ease. The only downside to silicon is it will attract quite a bit of lint, so be prepared to wipe it down from time to time.
The lume is extremely nice and unexpected for a $200 dive watch. The hour markers and hands contain a good amount of what appears to be C1 Superluminova. The initial charge is quite bright as the photograph will show, but as expected with C1 fades fairly quickly. The afterglow lasts for hours, so in darkened conditions such as diving, telling the time hours after a full charge shouldn’t be an issue. I know C3 and BGW9 Superluminova comes with a higher cost, but I believe both would be acceptable upgrades for the watch, providing even longer lasting lume. I would be curious to know how a lume upgrade would impact overall costs.
So, if you are looking diver with 316 stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, ceramic bezel, swiss movement for under 200$ then this is for you! Damn, even if you are looking for a beaters watch, this is in the same category with Seikos or more. The watch is just great, I’ve been wearing it for last week, and enjoyed it for every second! It wears nicely, only thing I did, was swap the silicone strap for nato, as I like to swap natos everyday!
Price – 124£ @ scurfawatches.com
- Case dimensions 42mm x 51mm x 13.5mm Case size excluding crown
- 316L Surgical grade stainless steel
- 7mm screw down crown now with the D1 logo
- Screw on case back
- Uni directional bezel with 120 clicks
- Domed Sapphire crystal with blue AR coating on inside
- 300m ~ 1000ft
- Super luminous ceramic bezel insert
- Super luminous material on the dial and hands (now all matching colour)
- High precision Ronda 515 Power Tech Swiss quartz movement
- 22mm comfortable fitted silicone strap