Stowa Seatime Prodiver 1000m German Made Swiss Automatic 42mm Sandblasted Steel

$1,695.00

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The Stowa Seatime Prodiver is a watch that lives up to its name. True to its brand lineage, the Prodiver hits all the marks for quality that you’d expect from a watch produced by an 85 year old company. It also has the capability to withstand far more than your average dive enthusiast can throw at it.

 
Case: Sandblasted Stainless Steel
Movement: ETA 2824-2 automatic
Dial: Black
Lens: 3.7mm sapphire crystal
Case Back: Screw down
Strap: Steel bracelet, rubber strap with deployment clasp
Water Res.: 1000m
Dimensions: 42mm, 50.30 mm lug-to-lug
Thickness: 15.6mm
Lug Width: 22mm
Crown: Screw down
Weight: 245g w. steel bracelet 
 
The Seatime is a line first introduced by Stowa in 1963, and with the Prodiver, Stowa has not only preserved the styling of the vintage pieces, but has added elements that make it truly at home in the sea. The Prodiver is powered by a ETA 2824-2 and features a depth rating of 1,000 M. The dial is protected by a 3.7mm thick sapphire crystal, and the case features a helium release valve for prolonged deep dives.
 

The case of the Seatime Prodiver is robust, measuring 42mm x 15.6mm, with clean geometric lines and hard edges. The case has an oval shape when viewed from above, with its sides tapering smoothly in to the lugs. However, a hard break downward in the top case where the lugs begin disrupts the soft oval shape and gives the watch a more square tactical appearance. When viewed from the side, the hard geometry of the Prodiver is even more apparent. The sharp break of the lugs is highly visible from this angle, and the tip of the lugs come to a dramatic, protruding point.

Seen clearly in the bezel, quality craftsmanship is a hallmark of the Seatime case. The 60-click unidirectional bezel has the satisfying machined feel we look for in a high-value piece such as the Stowa, and the outer triangular minute marker aligns perfectly with the minute indices on the dial with every turn. The coining on the side of the bezel is precise and provides an easy grip when turning. The Prodiver screw down crown is also easy to adjust with its precise coining, but locks tight when needed. The crown is protected on each side by protrusions in the case which are well incorporated into the smooth curvature of body.

For a professional grade diver, the Seatime offers some unique and distinguishing design elements on the dial. The dial on the model we reviewed has a simple black base with white non numerical hour and minute indices. Triangular markers are placed at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions, and thick hash markers fill in the gaps at the other hour positions. There is also a date window at the 6 o’clock position, featuring white text on a black background.  On a watch at this price point, it is nice to see that the date window matches the color of the dial, so as to not disrupt the overall aesthetic.  On the dial you will also find a Stowa Seatime Prodiver insignia at 12 o’clock, and indication of the watch’s automatic movement and 1000M depth rating at 6 o’clock.

The hands of the Seatime call to the classic look of the Omega Plofrof, while maintaining a unique appearance. The minute and hour hands are both roman sword style, and are white and orange respectively, similar to the Ploprof.  However, unlike the hands of the Ploprof, which have a handle of sorts, the hands of the Seatime Prodiver have a narrow taper that runs the full length of each hand to the center of the watch. The second hand of the Seatime has a similar shape to the Ploprof, but is orange rather than white and features a circular dot indicator near its tip rather than a square.

The bezel insert of the Prodiver features numerical minute markings at 20, 30, 40 and 50 minutes, with hash markers at all other minutes and triangular markings at the 9, 12 and 3 o’clock positions. The insert has a silver base and black markings that matches well with the coloration of the sandblasted case and dial.  However, for the first quarter of the bezel, this color way has been inverted, with a black base and silver hash and triangular markings between 0 and 15 minutes.

The C3 luminova on the Prodiver is outstanding. Located on the hands, dial hour indices and bezel 12 o’clock position, the lume on the Prodiver takes a charge quickly and retains its strength for a long time. Frankly, I find it rare that I notice the lume on many watches, but its certainly noteworthy on the Prodiver.

Exceptional condition Super early production Stowa Seatime Prodiver Swiss Automatic 1000m Diver! Super sharp looking piece in excellent condition and one of the 1st pieces produced with case #0002! Completely sold out and unfindable!

 

BRAND: Stowa

MODEL: Seatime Prodiver 1000m super early production case #0002

MOVEMENT: Automatic – Swiss ETA 2824

CASE: Stainless Steel

CROWN: Screw Down

SIZE: 42mm

LUGS: 22mm

DIAL: Black Dial 

BEZEL: rotating diver

CONDITION: pre owned – Excellent!

BOXES/PAPERS: Complete Set – Everything in pictures

WATER RESISTANCE: – 1000m

STRAP/BRACELET: – 2 – Original Stowa Sandblasted bracelet with love links and folding deployment buckle & additional Original Stowa black rubber strap with signed Stainless steel deployment buckle

 

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