Damasko, the small German brand (and in-house manufacture) known for producing robust tool watches, has for most of its existence focused on cultivating a line of impressive pilot watches (read our reviews of various Damasko references here). But after years with eyes turned to the skies, the firm has finally taken the plunge with the announcement of the DSub1, their first dive watch.
As one might expect from Damasko, the DSub1 is an overbuilt dive watch made to the brand’s exacting standards. One point of differentiation from previous models, however, is that the case is not made from Damasko’s proprietary ice-hardened, nickel-free steel, but rather from surface-hardened, German submarine steel. Commonly used by Sinn across their diver range, submarine steel is prized for its unique resistance to saltwater and its anti-magnetic properties. Furthermore, the watch boasts much of Damasko’s impressive case technology, which includes a self-lubricating crown and hardened tube system, a patented ceramic-ball bezel, and pressure/water resistance of 30 bar/300 meters. Much like the rest of Damasko’s catalogue, this thing is built tough.