As far as dive watches go many can be regarded as good, some great, but few push ahead of the crowd out as objectively notable. Once the dive watch threshold has been reached—which usually includes 200-300 meters of water resistance, a rotating bezel, screw down crown and a good helping of lume—the options for standing out start to get a little restricted. A few push ahead on the functionality side with excessive water resistance and Helium Escape valves, locking bezels, oil-filling or oversized minute hands designed to further publicize their fit-for-purpose credentials. On the other side sit the watches which tick the dive-watch boxes, and then aim to differentiate themselves on appearance – either taking cues from historic watches or genres, or even from the leaders in the modern day dive watch field. With the Dromo diver, Alcadus have opted for perhaps the simplest option of all: a wide range of colors.
Of course, it would be unfair to say that color is the only visually strong aspect of the Dromo, but it’s true that it is a major feature in Alcadus’ first dive collection. With sunburst blue, green and salmon dials available alongside black, white and bold yellow, there’s surely a dial or two for everyone, and I’ve had some time to check out quite a few of them.