Riedenschild DarkSeaDiver Pro (3rd Edition)

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    Riedenschild DarkSeaDiver Pro (3rd Edition)

    A German diver with a Japanese heart!

    It's here! Having just arrived on Saturday, I've been awaiting the arrival of this one for some time now and my initial impressions are that it was definitely worth the wait!






    As noted in the title, this is the Pro or 3rd Edition of the DarkSeaDiver and Riedenschild has made some great improvements to this latest rendition of their popular diver. The upgrades include a sapphire glass crystal, a newly-designed dial with cool "wavy" pattern, improved canteen covers, and my personal favorite, hex head lug screws for bracelet/strap changes. What a super idea! For an avid strap changer like myself, this is a real godsend! No more slipping screwdriver blades!



    The DSD is a large, substantial, solidly built watch and a real attention getter at 45mm. The case is solid 316L stainless steel and is very nicely finished. It's brushed on the top and sides as preferred by divers. In contrast, it has a highly polished case back that really shows off its shark logo. The shark, which appears to be a mako, looks so life-like, it's scary! The dial is big and handsomely impressive whose red accents (also available in yellow) really set it off. The new wavy pattern? I like! The hands and indices are chrome outlined and are absolutely first-rate in appearance.



    Ok, enough of looks. How about its mechanics? Well, as you can see from the photos, it has an internal rotating bezel. The bezel is operated by the 10 o'clock crown and I can attest that it moves easily and silky smooth. The 8 o'clock crown sets and winds the watch. Both crowns are protected by screw-down caps aka canteen covers and they give the DSD, if not a completely unique look, one that sets it apart from the crowd. It's Citizen-Miyota movement has been keeping excellent time so far and has been running at +3 seconds per day since I set it on Saturday. The movement can be wound, but is non-hacking. This is a negative in my book, but one that I can live with considering how much I like the rest of the watch. The lume isn't mind numbing, but it's at least average for a diver and certainly adequate. The bracelet is a solid, heavy piece with a nice clasp that matches the case well.



    The overall quality of the Riedenschild DSD Pro is a pleasant surprise which belies a watch sold at this price point. One of our WUS sponsors, Long Island Watch, carries the full Riedenschild line and sells the DSD Pro with stainless bracelet for just $399. If you're in the market for a diver in this price range, I'd strongly suggest taking a look at the DarkSeaDiver.

    Ok. You know me! I can't leave well enough alone! This afternoon I decided to try my DSD Pro on a black stingray skin strap I had in the safe and viola! I LOVE IT!

    Let me know what you think!




    DarkSeaDiver Pro Features
    316L stainless steel 45mm case
    Hands and indices treated with SuperLuminova
    Rotating internal bezel
    Black, wavy pattern dial with red or yellow accents
    Date at 3 o'clock
    22mm black silicon strap or stainless steel bracelet
    200M depth rating
    Movement and bezel crowns protected by screw-on caps
    Citizen-Miyota 8215 automatic movement - manual wind capable, non-hacking
    Packaged in a cool "scuba tank" container
    Full 24 month warranty

    Last edited by XTrooper; July 9th, 2007 at 22:05.
    Steve

    My favorite diver? Jessica Alba, of course!

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    Re: Riedenschild DarkSeaDiver Pro (3rd Edition)

    Congratulations, Steve. A lot to admire there.

    Quote Originally Posted by XTrooper View Post
    A German diver with a Japanese heart!

    It's here! Having just arrived on Saturday, I've been awaiting the arrival of this one for some time now and my initial impressions are that it was definitely worth the wait!

    As noted in the title, this is the Pro or 3rd Edition of the DarkSeaDiver and Riedenschild has made some great improvements to this latest rendition of their popular diver. The upgrades include a sapphire glass crystal, a newly-designed dial with cool "wavy" pattern, improved canteen covers, and my personal favorite, hex head lug screws for bracelet/strap changes. What a super idea! For an avid strap changer like myself, this is a real godsend! No more slipping screwdriver blades!

    The DSD is a large, substantial, solidly built watch and a real attention getter at 45mm. The case is solid 316L stainless steel and is very nicely finished. It's brushed on the top and sides as preferred by divers. In contrast, it has a highly polished caseback really shows off its shark logo. The shark, which appears to be a Mako, looks so life-like, its scary! The dial is big and handsomely impressive whose red accents (also available in yellow) really set it off. The new wavy pattern? I like! The hands and indices are chrome outlined and are absolutely first-rate in appearance.

    Ok, enough of looks. How about its mechanics? Well, as you can see from the photos, it has an internal rotating bezel. The bezel is operated by the 10 o'clock crown and I can attest that it moves easily and silky smooth. The 8 o'clock crown sets and winds the watch. Both crowns are protected by screw-down caps aka canteen covers and they give the DSD, if not a completely unique look, one that sets it apart from the crowd. It's Citizen-Miyota movement has been keeping excellent time so far and has been running at +3 seconds per day since I set it on Saturday. The movement can be wound, but is non-hacking. This is a negative in my book, but one that I can live with considering how much I like the rest of the watch. The lume isn't mind numbing, but it's at least average for a diver and certainly adequate. The bracelet is a solid, heavy piece with a nice clasp that matches the case well.



    The overall quality of the Riedenschild DSD Pro is a pleasant surprise which belies a watch sold at this price point. One of our WUS sponsors, Long Island Watch, carries the full Riedenschild line and sells the DSD Pro with stainless bracelet for just $399. If you're in the market for a diver in this price range, I'd strongly suggest taking a look at the DarkSeaDiver.

    Ok. You know me! I can't leave well enough alone! This afternoon I decided to try my DSD Pro on a black stingray skin strap I had in the safe and viola! I LOVE IT!

    Let me know what you think!




    DarkSeaDiver Pro Features
    316L stainless steel 45mm case
    Hands and indices treated with SuperLuminova
    Rotating internal bezel
    Black, wavy pattern dial with red or yellow accents
    Date at 3 o'clock
    22mm black silicon strap or stainless steel bracelet
    200M depth rating
    Movement and bezel crowns protected by screw-on caps
    Citizen-Miyota 8215 automatic movement - manual wind capable, non-hacking
    Packaged in a cool "scuba tank" container
    Full 24 month warranty

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    Re: Riedenschild DarkSeaDiver Pro (3rd Edition)

    Gracias, Mike! :thanks
    Steve

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    Hi Steve,

    Falling for those "special case" that the watch comes with again?!

    The "diving tank" case that the watch comes with sure looks like those for the Citizens.

    Nice red on black color combo.

    However, I think you are still a flieger watch guy at heart since the hour hands reminded me of a classic flieger.

    Enjoy your new watch.

    Tommy

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    Re: Riedenschild DarkSeaDiver Pro (3rd Edition)

    Thanks!

    And yes......I am, Tom. I am. I'm very likely going to buy another Sinn 356 UTC. I foolishly sold my first one to a friend.
    Steve

    My favorite diver? Jessica Alba, of course!

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    Re: Riedenschild DarkSeaDiver Pro (3rd Edition)

    Hi Steve (friend),

    Yes, the SINN 356 UTC is a very comfortable watch . I am wearing it today . The 356 is still my favorite watch.

    It is now alternating with my G.O. Navigator now. Both are very nice.

    Sorry, don't want to get your too much off topic, I should stop now.

    Tommy

    Glashütte Original Senator Navigator [Cal. 39-10]
    IWC Pilot Chronograph 3706-007 [Cal. C922,
    25 jewels
    (modified Valjoux 7750)]
    Junghans Pilot PVD [ETA 2824-2]
    Marina Militare in Titanium [Unitas 6497]
    NOMOS Sun Watch (Solar powered )
    NOMOS Tangente Date [Beta Movement]
    Omega Dynamic Chronograph [Cal. 1138]
    Seagull 1963 Chronograph [ST19 chronograph movement, 19 Jewels]
    SINN 356 40 JAHRE (1961-2001) [Valjoux 7750]
    SINN 356 UTC [Valjoux 7750]
    STOWA 80th Anniversary Marine Original 18/80 [Unitas 6498]
    STOWA 80th Anniversary Flieger Original 12/80 [Modified Unitas 6497]
    Tutima Military Chronograph (1985 Germany Air Force Issued) [Lemania 5100]
    Zenith Rainbow Flyback Chronograph (black face) [cal 405 El Primero 31 Jewels]


    Sold to another collector:
    Omega Speedmaster Chronograph [Cal. 1045]

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    Wow, another one that I've only heard the name of. >>>

    I admire you guys that are willing to strap on really different watches. I'm such a conventional old fuddy duddy, that anything just slightly different looks strange to me, but more power to you! Vive la Difference!
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    Re: Riedenschild DarkSeaDiver Pro (3rd Edition)

    Thanks, Roger!
    Steve

    My favorite diver? Jessica Alba, of course!

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