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