A dive watch that is inspired by the Southern Right Whale. That is what the Duzu DW-D3 is, as well as the third diver watch for the Western Australian microbrand. This is the fourth watch for the young brand, with three dive watches and one pilot’s chronograph. While dive watches are probably the most produced and reproduced style of watch these days, Duzu was still able to make something that is not an homage, and even though at first glance it may just look like another dual-crown dive watch, this diver taking inspiration from the whale does so in various ways, none of them being just artwork of a whale on the dial. The case, lugs, hands, and crowns are all shaped or designed to mimic different parts of the whale. They may sound like something that would be very odd looking, but the DW-D3, while unique, still has a traditional look about it for the most part, and one probably wouldn’t guess that this watch was whale-themed, at least not while seeing it on your wrist. With a Miyota 9039 and a price of $479, this is a feature-packed watch for an affordable price.
Duzu DW-D3 “Oceania”
Limited to 50 Pieces
42mm Wide Stainless Case
46mm including crowns
42mm Lug to Lug
22mm Lug Width
Dual Crown/ Inner Dive Bezel
300m Water Resistant
Miyota 9039 Automatic Movement
Price USD 479
The Duzu DW-D3 comes in three colors, the black dial shown here is dubbed Oceania, the blue dial Australis, and the white dial Antarctica. All three are limited, with this black dial being the most limited, with only 50. That leaves 100 in blue and 150 in white. Most of the design of this watch is very much inspired by the Southern Right Whale but unlike other brands that may go overboard with artwork or silly gimmicks, Duzu tries to incorporate elements of the inspiration into the design, but tastefully and functionally. Below is an excerpt from the website detailing the design and construction of this piece.
the entire watch has been designed with this whale in mind, this includes:
the beautifully sculpted and bellied case with baleen engraving;
hour and minutes hands mimicking the whales jawbone; BGW9 depicting the markings on the whales head and the glow reflective of the Indian and Southern oceans;
matte dial finishes representing the skin tone, lugs emulating the shape and form of the whales flippers;
whale tail insignia on the inner bezel and matching adjusting crown;
lumed crown inserts representative of the eyes;
and exaggerated circular markers depicting the blowhole. Collectively these elements combine to create a design which is cohesive and exceptionally well considered.