I don’t envy young brands looking to make their mark in the ~$1,000 dive watch category. Finding acceptance with a clean sheet design is no easy feat, and neither is producing a watch to a standard that can hold up amongst the titans of the genre. This hasn’t stopped a seemingly endless amount of upstart brands from trying, however, and for that, I am thankful, because every now and again one breaks through the noise. One design that made such an impression on me when I first saw it on Instagram, was the Marin Instruments Skin-Diver. I say design because these things can be an entirely different experience in the metal, which we’ll get to. But I want to first start with the concept of the Skin-Diver, and what might be the perfect jumping off point for a new brand looking to make their so-called mark.
I love the idea of a skin-diver, which is to say, a more casual approach to the often hard-core, over-engineered dive watch. A dive watch that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It’s got the chops to dive recreationally, and the style to match. Read more about the concept of skin-divers right here, and you’ll appreciate the need for these kinds of watches within the budding culture of recreational, ie. no skin suit, style diving. Skin diving, if you will.