The Manual Wind: Calibre de Cartier Diver
Over the past ten years there has been one segment that has grown to become a staple almost every watch brands lineup; the dive watch. Though a little late to the party, Cartier dove right in with their Calibre Diver. Cartier took their newer design, the Calibre de Cartier, and added what every functional dive watch requires; a rotating bezel. For a brand that defined the dress watch, Cartier has done well with their interpretation of diver sport.
At 42mm in diameter, the Calibre Diver has more of a presence on the wrist than it measures. The well proportioned ADLC coated bezel with SuperLuminova markings add a nice contrast against any of the case metal offerings. Offered in Stainless Steel, Steel and Gold, and Rose Gold; with metal bracelet and rubber straps as well. This is a truly versatile sport timepiece. A highly legible dial sits above Cartier’s manufacture caliber 1904-MC automatic movement all sealed to a depth of 300 meters water resistant.
It can be tough for a brand to enter a new segment. Brands known for classic dress like Jaquet Droz and Glashutte have successfully made entry over the years as well. With a groundwork in classic timepieces, Cartier obviously had no issue taking on the challenge and bringing their very loyal following a well priced sport piece. Start at $8,200, the Calibre de Cartier Diver finally brings Cartier in to a segment it should have been in years ago.