Armida is back with their fifth new model to the market since launching the A1 this past July. The new model is predictably named the A5 and brings some modern military styling to Armida’s considerable line of divers. This past August we reviewed the A1 and came away thoroughly impressed by its design, robust build and outstanding lume.
The A5’s overall look will be very familiar to Kobold fans as the watch looks quite similar to Kobold’s Seal diver. The A5 measures 42 mm at the case and 44 mm across the bezel and comes in at a lofty 17 mm in thickness. This will be yet another Armida for those who prefer a heavier/thicker watch. The A5’s stainless steel case is water resistant to 1000 m and fitted with a helium escape valve and straight 22 mm lugs. The sapphire crystal is a 3.5 mm thick and has an internal anti-reflective treatment. Timekeeping is managed by the ubiquitous ETA 2824-2, which is the same movement used in the Kobold Seal, at least for the time being.
The Armida A5 is being sold exclusively via the Armida website and will set you back $799 USD, including a 5-link style bracelet and a rubber strap. Considering the Kobold Seal carries a price tag of $4750 USD, the Armida is something of a steal if you like the look. Providing the A5 is built to the same level of quality as the A1 (we have no reason to suspect otherwise), it will definitely be worth the $799. We officially have our fingers crossed to see a smaller and more original design for the A6 or A7.
The stream of independent dive companies continues….
At some point, these are all starting to look so damn similar, you have to wonder how these guys are gonna find ways to differentiate themselves. I noticed the following two watch brands show up in recent reviews, which both look quite similar to Armida offerings with respect to key design cues.
Not to mention the comparison you make with Kobold. In all cases, you have a a wide, flat, non colored bezel with minimalist hash markings. Black dials, similar sizes, etc.
ive never seen a watch quite like that before its very cool!