When Victorinox first announced the INOX line two years ago, we couldn’t help but be impressed. Engineered from the ground up to be nigh-on indestructible, the original INOX survived everything from a 12G impact to being run over by a 64 ton tank all while packing that durability into a handsome, sporty package. For 2016, Victorinox has taken the concept even further with a pair of additions, the INOX Professional Diver and the INOX Leather.
Leading off the pair, the INOX Professional Diver takes its pedigree for sturdiness all the way to the deep ocean while bringing in its own unique flair. The hefty 45mm case is pure modern tool watch, with thick wide-set lugs and a sharply beveled stainless steel unidirectional bezel helping to offset some of the visual mass. Topping all this off is a tall double-domed sapphire crystal. A large blue SuperLuminova pip at 12 gives easy grip for rotating, and just as importantly makes an instantly visible reference underwater. While the case of the INOX Professional Diver shares almost everything with the main INOX line (the outer case, lugs, and even the bezel shape is the same), it’s amazing how much a set of diver’s markings, a screw-down crown and a lume pip do to differentiate it from its stablemates.