If you are looking for a 200-meter rated dive watch that will not break the bank, then look no further than the Diver One Silicon from Scurfa Watches. Over the past month or so, I had many discussions with Paul Scurfield about the idea behind his watches. Paul, a watch enthusiast and professional saturation diver, explained that the primary goal was to make one watch for his workmates while on any diving vessel.
Paul explained that if you went on any diving vessel in the North Sea, about 8 years ago, you would come across all the Comex Rolex’s, milsubs (comex employed all the ex navy divers) double reds, great whites and subs all with extremely high price points, however, none of his colleagues had a solid inexpensive work watch. Wearing a Rolex in their working conditions, due to the cost, just no longer made much sense.
On top of the desire for a more affordable work watch, the ex navy staff also wanted NATO straps and nothing above a 42mm size case; many felt anything larger while working 12 hour shifts would be to cumbersome. The staff wants a comfortable watch with adequate luminescence. Additionally, the watches need quartz movements, due to the accuracy needed with dive times, decompression and pressure test times all of which are major safety related factors. One of the results, as a response to these needs, was the Diver One Silicon model from Scurfa watches. Paul went on to explain that the future goal of Scurfa watches will be to continue making high quality watches using the best materials available with an affordable price tag. Let’s take a look at some of the basic specifications of this ultra affordable dive watch:
Watch case 316 surgical grade stainless steel 42mm Case Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating High precision ronda power tech swiss quartz movement
200m ~ 660ft Comfortable silicon strap Swiss made super luminous on dial, hands and pearl Price $210USD
First let’s take a look at the extremely cool packaging. The watchcase is a German manufactured twist box. The concept was a result of the packaging used to ship spare parts to the divers working offshore. The box is super lightweight, strong and very unique as far as packaging is concerned. The foam interior and the epoxy resin sticker is applied my Paul himself. The packaging will protect the watch extremely well during shipping. I really like the packaging overall, as it is quite protective and very different from other forms of packaging I have seen.