Introducing the Evant Tropic Diver 300

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Dive watches are a dime a dozen. It’s probably one of the most bloated categories of watches, but not without good reason. Dive watches are popular with enthusiasts, they go back to a time when watches were tool instruments, and when done right, they can be extremely beautiful. But to create a dive watch that looks unique can often a be a challenge; there are a handful of definitive archetypes that define the category, and a majority of what we see are riffs on these well-established templates. So when it comes to new offerings, it’s always interesting to see how brands and designers tackle the challenge of bringing something fresh to the market. Something that isn’t a direct copy, but rather something that takes some of those existing conventions and plays with them.

(Editor’s Note: Despite being involved with watches for many years, turns out I don’t know everything. As some of our astute readers pointed out, the Evant Tropic Diver is actually based on a rare, little-known ’60s-era Breguet dive watch discovered in 2014. To learn more about that watch, check out this article from ABTW.)

Evant Watch Company tropic Diver - 5When I first saw the Tropic Diver 300 from Evant, some immediate cues jumped out at me. There’s a bit of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms in there with the hour markers, especially that diamond marker at 12. Rolex and Tudor make an appearance, too, with the lollipop hour hand. But overall, the Tropic Diver doesn’t come off as derivative or played out. Sure, the aforementioned elements come from iconic sources, but together they make something that looks relatively unique as far as dive watches are concerned. Whether the resulting aesthetic is one to people’s liking is up to personal taste. I, for one, really dig the look of this watch.

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Let’s get to the specs. The case measures 41mm in diameter, with a thickness of 13mm and a lug-to-lug height of 48mm. As the name implies, the watch is water resistant to 300 meters. The sapphire crystal is 3mm thick and highly domed. The 120-click bezel is unidirectional and features a convex ceramic insert.

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The Tropic Diver 300 is powered by an ETA 2824 elabore-grade movement.

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There are two initial offerings: the standard model with a black dial and blue BGW9 lume, and the Vintage with a black dial and vintage Radium-toned lume. The former comes in a bead blasted finish, the latter in polished.

The Tropic Diver 300 and the Tropic Diver 300 Vintage are limited to 150 units each. Watches will come with three straps—a standard nylon mil-strap and a leather and canvas strap of the buyer’s choosing. The Introductory promotion for the package is $499, and will include an additional strap if ordered before February 12th.Evant Watch Company tropic Diver - 6Overall, Evant is offering a very compelling package with their inaugural watch, which they’re making available exclusively through Singapore-based retailer Gnomon Watches. Evant Tropic Diver 300/ Tropic Diver 300 Vintage

 

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Ilya is worn&wound's Managing Editor and Video Producer. He believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches. In addition to watches, Ilya brings an encyclopedic knowledge of leather, denim and all things related to menswear.
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  • Svetoslav Popov

    I am sure I will come again to look at it πŸ™‚

  • SadTearsNoLies

    Blancpain Fifty Fathoms? This is a straight copy of vintage Breguet diver #comeonbro

  • Tennessee Time

    I ordered it, I like its very pleasing. Its getting to the point you can only do so much with a Dial give it a rest. Additiaonlly they created a better bezel far more scratch resistant to any others.

    • Svetoslav Popov

      I absolutely agree, the watch is extremely beautiful.

      • DanW94

        I say pull the trigger, it’s a good looking watch……

        • Svetoslav Popov

          Thank you, I did it. I am sure it is remarkable.

          • egznyc

            Hell yes, this really looks like good value for the money. Good guts, nice finishing and – importantly – great design that despite being an homage to an unattainable watch, looks fresh and different.

        • egznyc

          Oh yes, this would be a real strong “buy” for me except I just bought a new watch not a month ago. Too bad they’re only doing 300 in total (just like the depth rating). This is probably already gone.

          • DanW94

            What did you pick up, if you don’t mind me asking? I just got the Bulova Moonwatch over the Holidays, so yeah, it will be a while before I get another too. And yes, I really like this Evant.

          • egznyc

            I don’t mind one bit. It’s an Aevig Valkyr Bronze with blue dial. Really a nice value for the money and my first foray into bronze. The seller, Chip Yuan, ships it direct from the Netherlands.

            By the way, how are you enjoying the “other Moonwatch”?

          • DanW94

            I really like that Aevig. Did you get it on the leather rally strap? The Bulova is more than I expected. It’s sizable at 45mm but fits me nice. I love the pushers, they have a satisfying click to them when activated. I didn’t like the leather strap it came with so I put it on the NATO. Kind of a poor man’s Speedy but I’m okay with that : )

          • egznyc

            It actually comes on the rally strap. It’s well made but not really my thing (the holes just don’t make much sense to me), so I also got a blue firehose strap that looks great!

            That Bulova is really nice looking from the photos I’ve seen, although at 45mm it’s got to be a bit chunky on a 7″ wrist. A cool piece to be sure!

      • Peter D

        It looks a hell of a lot like the Spinnaker Cahill which came to market first.

        • Svetoslav Popov

          it looks similar, but does not even come close as an execution

          • Peter D

            It comes close as it’s probably made by the same Atelier, but as you say the Evant has the edge due to its statistics.

          • Svetoslav Popov

            To me even visually it is entirely different. But I tend to dig deep into details. And the price of that Spinnaker is not that much lower. I think Evant is much better value for $ But don’t listen to me, buy whatever you like, I must stick to my decision to buy Evant after all πŸ™‚

          • Peter D

            Totally much better value (and a nicer size), they picked better parts from the catalogue. Entirely different visually? Nope not in any sense of the imagination.

    • egznyc

      That bezel is quite lovely and the fact they used ceramic and lumed it too is a great bonus.

  • nicedream06

    I’d love to see a slimmed-down version of this, without the rotating bezel. Something along the lines of the Black Bay 36mm.

  • Larry Solien

    I would like to see the next version in the black dial, BGW9 Lume, polished & brushed case with a No-Date option to perfectly balanced the dial, and drilled lugs for easy strap changes.

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