Review of The Artego 300m Diver

Posted February 10th, 2011 by admin

IMG_0311 With the 300m diver, Artego Watches has officially joined the almost infinite mass of indie or boutique swoop see manufacturers obtainable to the web-savvy purchaser. But the question is, do they stand out?

As many indie brands have enjoyed a fashion spotlight, championship is drastic Vacheron Constantin, already the 300m Diver has been enjoying a steady stream of affirmative reviews in the online collector space. Artego was variety ample to send us a reiterate element so we could take a closer look in ourselves.

Here are the details:

  • 316L stainless steel case.
  • Miyota 8215 movement (40 hr keep).
  • 45×15.5mm.
  • Sapphire Crystal with inner AR.
  • 120 click unidirectional bezel.
  • Stainless steel bracelet.
  • 300m/990ft water resistant.
  • Available with PVD coating (not shown).
  • Options for black, blue or orange dials.
  • Retail price of $350 – $400 USD.

IMG_0316In terms of chart, the Artego 300m is all vintage, somehow incorporating a Doxa-like manner without sacrificing incipient design. The Artego 300m is colossal and ponderous, and feels like a tool watch as presently as its on-wrist.

The cushion style case is smooth, well finished, and slightly contoured so it sits comfortably on your wrist. The closed lugs suit the bracelet well, but the Artego 300m Diver looks great on a belt as well. On the bracelet, I can confirm it is heavy, solid, and very tool-diver in stature. The old-school hands and inky black lofty luster dial are exhibited behind a sapphire crystal with an internal layer of anti-reflective coating.

IMG_0319The screw-down cap is quite pleasing with a confident feel no constantly discern by this price point. The bracelet is very similar apt the ones base aboard the Halios Bluering and Holotype: nicely finished, screwed together, and without rattle. It has a push-button fold over clasp that is made of very thick metal.

The overall construction of the Artego 300m would best be described as solid. The unidirectional dive bezel is light, but very "clicky" and simple to set on a characteristic point. The hands and markers are painted with radiant draw and feature very well; they glow very brightly and tin final most of the night from my tests (please see the movie). Timekeeping comes along path of the trusty Miyota 8215 seen in many additional watches, and this example was scampering among the natural scope at approximately ±12-15 seconds over 24 hours (it’s really closer to ±10 seconds while it not leaves your wrist).

The Artego 300m Diver embodies many of what we like about dive watches, and the quality was more than I was anticipating given the rational entry price of $350. The chunky case, solid crown, and excellent bracelet make this a viable watch for any landlord accepting of the size. When you pile this small brand opposition a large competitor like Seiko, its easy to see the appeal: vintage styling, authentic movement, and a better price point makes the Artego 300m Diver a great choice in a dive watch.

We would like to thank Artego for providing a review example.

By James Stacey

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