Initial Impressions: Stowa Seatime Prodiver

Articles | 05.04.2012

We’re really excited to have the chance to review the Stowa Seatime Prodiver.  Aside from being a beautifully made piece, the Seatime, like all other Stowas, can be hard to come by.   Generally speaking, all Stowa models have a three to six month lead time for each order, and they aren’t the most affordable watches in the world.  The Prodiver comes in at just under $1,000.  Thanks to a friend and fellow watch collector, I have the good fortune to spend a few weeks with the Stow Seatime to find out if its worth the price of admission.

The Seatime Prodiver is Stowa’s more robust dive watch, with a depth rating of 1,000 meters, compared to the 300 meter rating of the regular Seatime.  Its case is made of stainless steel, and features a sapphire crystal displaying its beautiful dial.  The model we’re reviewing features a base black face with non-numerical hour and minute hash indices.  The hour and minute hands are sword style and the minute and second hands are orange for enhanced visibility.  The external bezel features contrasting black and silver coloration and numerical minute markings.  The Seatime Prodiver is powered by an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement with date function.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Prodiver is its heft.  On the metal strap sized for my wrist (7.5 inches) the Prodiver comes in at just over 245 grams.  But this is to be expected from a watch built to withstand some real diving.  The case of the Prodiver measures 42 mm in diameter and 15.6 mm tall, so while it sits comfortably on your wrist, it is a bit too tall in my experience to fit under the sleeve of a shirt.  The styling of the Seatime is also bold and geometric.  Hard edges along the side of the case and a sharply coined bezel make the Seatime all but understated.

Upon receiving your Prodiver you’ll also note the serious case it comes in.  A very rigid diamond cut steel plate protects the watch and its accompanying accessories, which includes a rubber strap to be custom cut to fit and a very attractive steel bracelet.  This case is no joke, and looks like it could survive a trip into the ocean right along with the Seatime.  That said, it seems to be a bit of a unitasker, leaving room for only the Prodiver and its accessories.  If you’re looking for a case to stash a couple watches from your collection, this isn’t the one.

Thus far I am enjoying my time with the Stowa Seatime Prodiver.  It’s an attractive watch that garners some attention.  I look forward to wearing it over the next couple weeks and giving you my final thoughts in a full review.  Until then, if you have any specific questions about the piece you’d like me to answer in the future, let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to include my thoughts in the final review.

by Blake