SOLD. Many thanks WUS and Bryan.
Got this a week ago from Anders at Gnomon...tried it on a variety of straps in the house, but it's not doing it for me. With that, I had the original version Vortex as well, and this model is a significant upgrade in all respects. Ceramic bezel, ETA 2824 with date, and a cleaner layout IMO. This version has a build quality and finish that the original did not even come close to. Comes with a massive kit of stuff...extra strap, tool, pouch. Full warranty from 11/19. No trades please. CONUS only unless I know you. Watch is LNIB, so I didn't take a bunch of photos. MSRP is $780. Selling for SOLD$640SOLD shipped, PP on me.
Specs from Gnomon:
Since the company's conception in 2006, Dievas Watch Company has forged an astute reputation amongst watch collectors and enthusiasts alike for their striking good looks, reliability, innovation, and exceptional value. The company with German's undisputable engineering philosophy. Has succeeded in molding a cohesive blueprint that is culpable for current and impending Dievas watch collections that illustrate not only striking originality but also embellishing classic lines, reminiscent of specific historical vintage watches. For more than a decade, the Vortex, Time-attack, Shadow, and Focal models have been endlessly providing watch enthusiasts quality and robustness in timekeeping everywhere they are daily with over-built specifications. Now in 2019, Dievas found the right time to revamp and improve their collections while keeping their classic DNA. We now like to introduce to you the all-new Vortex 500 that fits today's customer perception of how a reliable timepiece should wear and built.
Springing from extremely positive reception the original Dievas Vortex received, Dievas Watch Company went on the exact route of cumulating the highest engineering specifications and product design to present the latest Vortex, a term synonymous with aero and fluid dynamics consummating an integral part of flight and aircraft design.
Allowances made for casual onlookers exonerated for assuming any Dievas timepieces, like the multi-purpose Vortex 500, to be merely another pilot watch. There's much more than meets the eye. As to how they started, the Vortex 500 been a watch designed as a precise timekeeping instrument for currently active military, security, and rescue personnel, overbuilt to withstand harsh conditions on land, sea, and air. It measures at 41mm wide from top bezel, while 39mm at its mid-case section, and from the bottom to the top again at remarkable 13mm in height. What's more, the angular lugs, which is a signature for Dievas collection, only has a lug to lug distance of 46.5mm, resulting in exceptional wearability for wearers of any wrist size.
Focus primarily on attention to detail; the watch is powered by ETA's automatic caliber, ETA2824-2, operating at 28,800 BPH (4 hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 25 jewels with a power reserve of 40 hours.
The watch case is made from 316L stainless steel on the initial stage, and then sandblasted finished to stay coherent with the tactical tool watch theme. This entire process is fabricated entirely in Germany, utilizing modern advanced CNC technology. The most "Teutonic" unsurpassed superlative quality portrayed by the well defined, clean lines and perfectly finished edges throughout the case. It adheres to a compromise between the demands of traditional watch aficionados and the military man on his specialized job. The case is treated with a special coating to provide scratch-protection and extra corrosion resistance.
Let us spend a little more time on its structure. Complying with the designation of a robust utility watch, the all new Vortex 500 comes with a sturdy, precise and upgraded 120-click ceramic timing bezel with 30 sized-grooves for easy manipulation. The clear-cut proportions show both the strength and power the case is an expression of. The neat chamfers, sleek lines and flat surfaces seamlessly exhibit minimal design, giving the Vortex 500 its original looks like its predecessors. The details on the lugs are significant, like for instance, the additional bevel lines between the top and side profile, adding many dimensions for the wearer.
Another well-built feature goes to the increased water-resistance to withstand a professional dive watch worthy 500 meters. Adding an automatic Helium Release Valve (HEV) just in case the task ahead requires one to undergo saturation diving.
Is anyone familiar with the watch term for" Destro"? Well, here is a solid example is where a double O-ring 6mm screw-down crown occupies the lower left-hand corner for easy time adjustments instead of the usual right side placement. The advantage is that a destro watch (crown on the left side) arguably more comfortable where the crown is placed away from the wrist when strapped on the left wrist.
The surface has been sealed with a thick blemish-free swiss grade flat sapphire crystal treated with military grade anti-reflective coating for improved readability. Every Vortex 500 comes with a serial number individually engraved onto the case back with the watch's essential information.
Undoubtedly, the watch dial accentuates the pilot theme of the Dievas Vortex 500. Following its predecessor's early design DNA, it decided that since the watch will be preferred and put to use as an accurate timing instrument by military personnel, only a less unorthodox, no-nonsense, uncluttered, and highly legible design is deem fitting. As such, large, oversized Arabic alphabets in Dievas font, set with double-digit minute markers applied meticulously on the rehaut every 5-minute increments, all done for the first time. The 15, 30, and 45-minute markers are added with a touch of red to enhance the Dievas DNA.
The 3 and 9 o'clock exaggerated markers together with the upright triangle at 12 show design traits symbolizing the artificial horizon, an essential cockpit flight instrument. Quality vintage pilot watch style watch hands are chosen to complete the look. What's new to the Vortex 500 is the additional date placed in-between 4 and 5 without cutting the hour markers. Dievas made an effort to re-design the date disk to have it horizontally aligned at that position, while the date fonts match the rest of the dial. The double line "Dievas Automatic" logo at the top is well-thought-out as to balance with the clean "Vortex 500m" text at the bottom of the dial. This results in an upsurge in utilitarian on this hitherto German robust designed, thorough professional tool watch.
Copious amounts of Swiss super luminous applied over all the minute markers, bezel markers and the aviation handset, enabling them to glow to a consistent bright blue lume in low light conditions.
Dievas Uhren Technik
Swiss Made ETA2824-2 automatic movement
High grade 316L stainless steel w/sandblasted finished, helium valve release. Special scratch-protection coating
Ceramic bezel with engraved markers filled with SuperLuminova
Screw down crown at 8 O'clock. Matte treatment
Flat scratch resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Brown calf leather (and green/white ZULU style)
39mm in diameter, 46.5mm lug to lug, 13mm thick, 41mm bezel diameter