I’m all about mechanical watches, especially divers, but sometimes you just need a quartz you can slap on without worry. So I went looking for a quartz beater and found the Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500. I’ve owned the watch now for about 6 months and the biggest takeaway is that it’s built like a tank and ready for anything you might throw at it.
Victorinox is good in my book, quartz or not. I like that they don’t pretend to be something they’re not. They sell durable watches, mostly quartz, with classic military-style designs that will serve you well for years and never go out of style.
This thing is chunky. The case is 43mm excluding the screw-down crown, but the boldest aspect is its thickness. At 15mm, this sucker sits high on the wrist and you may find difficulty getting this under a shirt cuff. Although I bought this as a beater, the finish of the watch is nice enough that it can be worn with dressier outfits–I imagine a lot of people would be very pleased to have this as an everyday watch because the looks and quality are there. It’s just too heavy and big for a quartz watch–it’s like having a Breitling on your wrist.
The cyclops date underneath the crystal is fresh. Sometimes the magnifiers on Rolex watches, although iconic, can appear cheap, and this makes it easier to read the date without altering the physical profile of the watch.
And what’s more is the second hand lines up with the indices when it ticks. I feel like most quartz watches don’t do this.
The Dive Master 500 quartz comes on stainless steel bracelet or a rubber strap. Dial variations are black, blue, orange and white. Retail price is $595, but you can find these on Amazon or other gray market dealers for about $300.