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Scurfa Diver One Hands on Review

Hands on Watch Reviews Independent Scurfa

The case is 316L surgical grade stainless steel and has a brushed finish throughout. The case measures 42mm and when figuring in the crown almost 46mm. The case has a very nice curvature at the lugs providing a nice comfortable fit on the wrist. The lug-to-lug measurement is just over 51mm and the case height measures a rather slim 11mm. However, the watch will not feel ultra small on the wrist and the combination of all the measurements, along with a 93 gram weight, should result in a quite comfortable fit on just about any wrist.


The case design is fairly standard, with no frills or branding on either side of the case. The crown is positioned at the 3 o’clock position. The case protected on each side by crown guards. The unsigned signed screw down crown measures around 7mm in diameter. The crown texture allows for easy grip and rotation and the action is extremely smooth with no significant grinding. There is an ever so slight amount of wobble when full extended in the time setting position. After thoroughly examining the Diver One Silicon, the wobble in the crown is the only aspect of concern; but not completely unexpected for a $200 dive watch.


The watch is equipped with a 120 click unidirectional rotating bezel. The bezel is quite firm with precise clicks and no significant play in either direction. I am pleased to see no play in the bezel, as that could be crucial in timing the various activities related to diving for which the model was created. The bezel insert is black aluminum and contains the necessary lume pip needed for diving or activities in darkened conditions. The watches, fitted with an anti-reflective (AR) coated sapphire crystal, combined with the firm bezel, are features not often found on a $200 dive watch.


The dial opening measures around 32mm revealing a nice matte black dial. The dial contains some features also not found often on watches in its price category. All of the primary dial markers are applied and contain adequate amounts of lume. The high polished handset finish corresponds with the high polished outline of the applied hour markers. The handset (including the second hand) contains adequate amounts of lume as well. A white date window, positioned at the 3 o’clock position on the dial, is of good size and quite legible. The dial layout is quite clean and legible overall with limited branding. The watch design is an affordable dive instrument, however, the high polished feature of the dial markers and hands add a bit of flair making the watch appropriate for other social settings as well.

Michael Wolfe has been a watch fan for years. Michael has been developing his watch review techniques over the past 4-5 years. His true passion involves reviewing dive watches in any price category, but also enjoys stepping out and reviewing other watch styles from time to time. Michael is developing a reputable following and solid reputation for the insight he provides through his reviews. When Michael isn't immersed in a watch review, his other interests include following college athletics and spending time with his family.


  1. Never heard of this watch – curious to know how flexible the rubber band is?

    Thanks for the review!

  2. I really like the look of this watch. The company seems to have got it just right, first time. The proportions are really good, it almost looks high end from some angles and as for a sapphire crystal at this price point, it’s very impressive! On the website, it shows Paul diving at over 80 metres down. The videos aren’t the most professional, but it’s good to see that these timepieces can hack it in the real dive world. I just need to convince my wife that its a great idea to buy her husband a 200m diver watch for his birthday, two years on the trot! To make this a perfect watch, it would be great if they could make it solar powered.

    • Replying to my own comments, this is based on a Citizen divers, so in theory at least, there is a solar version…..Eco drive. However, the Citizen is hard to get much cheaper and this one is now rated at 300 metre water resistant, has a much better band, sapphire window with anti reflecting coating, far better hands and a classier look overall….and I’m getting one for my birthday, woohoo!

  3. Got each watch that has been produced by Paul and delighted to have just received my new Bell Diver Automatic. All Scurfa Watches are excellent quality and outstanding value but the new Bell Diver Automatic has raised the bar. It is just brilliant !!!

    • That’s good to hear! I do not think we will be reviewing the new Bell Diver, though we would like to, but it doesn’t look like that will happen this time around. Post your Bell Diver on Instagram and tag us , or on our Watchreport Facebook page!

  4. I bought a Diver One based on this review, the strap broke within weeks, and at 11.15 months, the bezel fell off. Support is really tough to get, I was told that Paul was out of the country for 2 weeks and he was the only one who could apparently help. They eventually shipped me a replacement bezel. I had a jeweler apply it as they instructed and it broke the bezel and the insert. Customer support told me its out of warranty because the warranty doesn’t cover wear and tear (the bezel FELL off in 6 feet of water). When I pointed out that the bezel falling off should not count as wear and tear, they then told me it is out of warranty because they start the warranty period when the watch is purchased, not when it is received, or even shipped. Supremely disappointed.

  5. I’ve got the Diver One NATO and my Bell Diver 1 has just arrived. Both fantastic watches Paul’s pulled off a triumph I especially like the 42 mm size of the Diver One makes it ideal for not snagging.

    A trade off with Scurfa is that’s its just Paul and Alison and you have to be a bit patient with any issues. If you want customer service which jumps go and buy a Seiko or a Chris Wars at twice the price! At this price you can’t really spit your pacifier (dummy) if Paul’s at work, he is a full time saturation Diver on 2 week on 2 week off shift!


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