Watch design has clearly taken a turn toward vintage-inspired design. More often than not, we’re seeing derivative designs, the use of creamy lume, and dial designs that look towards the past, rather than the present or future. Don’t take that the wrong way, I’m a fan of vintage design with modern construction. As the proud owner of a Doxa Sub 200 that gets a ton of wrist time, I have no issues with a modern reissue of an obscure reference, loaded with creamy fauxtina. It’s just nice to see a newer watch brand take a different direction and release a clean, modern watch that’s not like something you’ve already seen.
Today, we’re looking at Dryden’s dive watch, the Pathfinder. At its core, the Pathfinder is still a dive watch, so it’s not a completely new design. There’s still a unidirectional rotating bezel, a set of large legible hands, a healthy application of luminous paint, and a water resistance rating of 200m. Dryden’s approach to design is clean, modern, and functional with just enough flair in the areas that warrant it. Let’s take a closer look at the Pathfinder from Dryden Watch Co. — a US-assembled dive watch. First up, some specs: