Continuing the watch layout style of “more blue is better,” Cartier revealed a blued variant of their Calibre De Cartier Diver at SIHH before this year (read our Citizen Nighthawk review). As with a number of its own peers, this easy colour swap manages to impart this somewhat dressy Cartier diver with an allure different from that of the first black-dialed variation.
While few dive watches really see use as tools for scuba diving, many watch buyers want a wristwatch together with the ancillary qualities of a dive watch (solid building, great legibility, water resistance, as well as a nonchalant manly attractiveness). Within the big marketplace for everyday dive watches there’s a demand for higher-end products that keep some semblance of their origins that are toolish. A similar thing has occurred in the last twenty years to SUVs. What was once a tool subsequently became popular for its versatility that is powerful and was co-opted by the high-end marketplace. Consider the difference between a brand new Grand Cherokee as well as an old Wrangler, or a Merc 280G vs a modern G65.
Inside its nicely in-depth instance, we discover the 1904 MC movement of Cartier, sporting double barrels that offer more consistent torque over the 48 hours of power reserve. With a 4Hz speed and 27 jewels, the 1904 MC isn’t particularly fancy, but it’s a competent movement that locates a fitting house in the Calibre de Cartier family.
I presume it is a powerful addition to the lineup. I presume the blue actually satisfies the nautical feel of the Calibre de Cartier Diver’s aesthetic while the black variant is definitely a classic appearance. The blue is an even more powerful suit for the solid gold variation. While the two tone has a specific allure, the total 18k pink gold variation actually rips off the knob.
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Accepting the chance that I’ve digressed, on wrist, the Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue feels unique, which is the essential component for a watch in this section (that being, watches that must fight the powerful Rolex Submariner). The variation of the rubber strap revealed at SIHH (and in these pictures) seems to have been replaced with a blue variation of the strap revealed in Ariel’s review linked to above. The present blue strap has really tried and it is exceptional; perfect for this particular form of watch, and comfy, sporty.