You can’t really blame a brand for digging into their back catalog. Vintage watch interest is at an all time high, especially because of the smaller cases and old school charm. By taking that design and building it with modern manufacturing techniques, the watch enthusiast gets the best of both worlds — a vintage looking watch that you don’t have to worry about too much. Continuing the trend of vintage brand revival is the new Malouine diver from Le Forban. It’s been half a century since Le Forban manufactured watches that were worn by sailors in the French Navy. While Le Forban might not be a household name, their new release, the Malouine, hopes to bring the brand into the forefront.
Today, we’re looking at their 39mm dive watch that’s designed, assembled, and tested in Paris — staying true to the French brand’s roots. The Malouine isn’t a direct reissue of one of their previous models, as it draws inspiration from a few of the watches in their back catalog. At $445, the Malouine sits in a very competitive price range, so read on to see how it fares.