By Ben Bowers
on 4.14.10

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Whether you’re in the market for a serious watch for deep sea exploration that doesn’t require an ocean of cash, or just in search of some rugged arm candy, Dievas is a brand worth researching. Created recently in 2006, Dievas is an independent manufacturer founded on the principle that quality and customer service mean everything. Putting their money where their mouth is, Dievas continuously collaborates with military personnel, field operatives, and watch aficionados, to collect and address their constructive recommendations on the firm’s watch designs. By keeping production numbers low, they also manage to stringently monitor quality, which makes them a steal for discriminating consumers. For the last two months we spent time with one of their flagship models, the AquaLuna Blue Professional ($870). Read on to see our conclusions about this beast of a watch below.

dievas_aqualuna_blueprofessThe first thing anyone will notice about the AquaLuna Blue Professional after picking it up is its weight. Made like other serious dive watches to be water resistant at depths of up to 1000m/3300ft, its 3-piece case milled from 316L stainless steel and processed with a stealth PVD finish equates to wearing Fort Knox. Though it only measures 44mm in diameter (excluding the crown), it’s 18mm thick, and when passed among the Gear Patrol editors, almost all of us remarked about how one back hand while wearing this Dievas would put someone out for the count.

To make sure gravity doesn’t keep this watch constantly flipping on your wrist, the AquaLuna Professional thankfully ships with a sturdy leather sport strap with bright blue contrast stitching that matches the face and is held together by a stealth PVD buckle. When combined with the watch, the overall look is definitely sporty in a “I could be ex-military or just an outdoor enthusiast” kind of way.

Don’t prematurely assume though that this watch is all brawn and no brains. After all why go to all of this protective hassle if the watches’ guts were worthless? Instead inside lies a reliable Swiss Made ETA-2824-2 mechanical automatic movement, with a 42 hour power reserve. Its face is also quite distinctive among the crowded field of dive watches. Centered around a patterned wave design, the Dial is easy to read thanks to bold Arabic 2,4,8,10, placements surrounded by an eye-catching blue chapter ring. C3 Super Luminova luminous paint also coats each of the arabic numbers as well as the ring and hand tips, making it standout like Vegas in the desert when the sun dies. Speaking of hands, the AquaLuna’s skeletonized hands are orange coated and easy to read. We remarked that they also feel like a definite throw back to Panerai submersibles.

On top, keeping out the briny deep is your obligatory flat sapphire crystal which features a super anti-reflective coating on the inside. A 120 click unidirectional bezel tops it all off, especially for those actually using it for diving. However we will note that Dievas’s promotional material states that owners should notice the “polished tip of the diamond studs that glitter as it catches the light-giving the watch that tad of a sparkle”. A glittery sparkle was something we certainly didn’t notice in this black and blue brute of a timepiece (thankfully). No sir, this watch looks and performs in an all business manner, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Editor’s Note: If you like the model but aren’t a fan of blue, a gray model is available as well.

Buy Now: $870