Anyone who collects dive watches knows that the market is chock full of micro-brands, and they run the gamut from overpriced weak sauce (I won’t throw anyone under the bus, but you know the guilty parties) to incredibly well-made, bang-for-your-buck pieces (Crepas, anyone?). Generally though, what you’ll find are solid, reasonably priced divers with respectable specs. One micro-brand diver that breaks out of this standard mold quite a bit is the crowdfunded Haldor Abissi 1000m.
The Slovenian-based Haldor Watch company got their start on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo with the goal of creating a high-spec dive watch for as low of a price as possible. They met and exceeded their funding goal, and were able to produce their Abissi diver and deliver it to their backers. The Haldor Abissi retails now for about 600 Euros for those outside of the EU, which translates to about $637 for those of us in the States, and for that coin you get a whole lot of watch (literally and figuratively).
The Abissi is a beast that is not for the faint of wrist, and it has legitimate specs to match (but more on that later). As far as styling goes, it’s neither Earth-shattering nor is it been-there-done-that boring—it kind of falls somewhere in the middle. While it’s not really one that lights my fire, I can see how folks who are into big ol’ knuckle-dragger, chunk-of-steel divers would dig it. But the real story here is the build quality, which is totally impressive for a watch at this price. Let’s get to it.