Portland, OR primarily based Vero has returned with the Open Water, a dive watch impressed through the geography of the Pacific Northwest. Vero makes colourful, sporty, decoration ahead watches, so it feels very herbal for them to aim their hand at a conventional dive watch in their very own distinctive decoration language. Their first diver is a logical extension in their earlier SW sequence (see Ed’s assessment here) but additionally very a lot it’s personal factor. Let’s have a look.
There are two distinct Open Water colorways to be had at release. The Crown Level is called for a height within the Columbia River Gorge, and has a deep army blue dial with prime distinction white hour markers and a black bezel. The blue coloration of the dial used to be selected because it remembers the view of the river from the Crown Level summit. The opposite variant, North Coast, has a bead blasted end and monochromatic grey dial and bezel, which is paying homage to the early morning fog that such a lot of go together with the Pacific Northwest. Blue accents at the bezel supply a small pop of tone with out breaking apart the grey, fog theme.
The 41mm case has brief lugs that perspective sharply downward. From the highest, the Open Water has the the illusion of a vintage, mid century dive watch, however the view from the aspect finds a case that’s a bit of extra advanced, specifically at the crown aspect the place crown guards come in combination at a steep perspective to give protection to the black covered crown, which is a a laugh modern contact. The watch has been designed to be as compact as imaginable – Vero envisions their shoppers in truth the use of their watches whilst energetic and obviously don’t need the Open Water to get in the best way. To that finish, it measures simply 11mm tall (and 47mm lug to lug), which is an outstanding determine for a diver with 200 meters of water resistance.
The dial main points at the Open Water are rather restrained, however neatly applied. There may be minimum textual content at the dial – simply the brand’s wordmark and small emblem close to 12:00, and the phrase “Automatic” at 6:00. Hour markers are easy squares and rectangles, with the 12:00 marker getting a double index. The hands have an identical blockly look, and lume has been implemented during. Vero has additionally lumed the bezel in 5 minute durations, which in our opinion will have to be usual on any modern dive watch.
The Open Water will also be ordered on a Haveston nylon bracelet or a brand new band this is Vero’s personal decoration. More or less comparable to an Oyster taste band, Vero’s model has totally articulated links that may have been designed with lengthy dressed in convenience in thoughts. It additionally tapers from 20mm to 18mm on the buckle, which will have to make for a light-weight and at ease dressed in enjoy paying homage to vintage antique sports watches. The Open Water is operated through a Sellita SW200 movement, which has been regulated through Vero following the assembly of each and every watch. Vero claims accuracy of +/- 5 seconds according to day.
It’s price noting that with this watch, Vero has replaced their technique rather in that they’re not production watches within the United States. They’re functioning with Swiss companions for production of the case, dial, and different parts, with assembly and law going down within the US. Vero’s focal point has shifted to offering first charge customer support on each and every sale, together with a “no questions asked” papers that they are saying prioritizes getting your watch back for your wrist as quickly as possible will have to one thing pass flawed.
The brand new Open Water is to be had to reserve at this time, at once from Vero, for $875 on a band, or $810 on a bracelet. Vero