The Ergon Maelstrom diver features an all
CUSN8 solid bronze brushed case with an exact diameter of 40MM. In terms of lug width we are looking at 20MM and width is 12.5MM. This is honestly
a rational size for the modern dive watch. This is a true dive watch also which can dive to depths of 300 Meters and features a screw down crown and solid steel screw caseback. Some small details that catch my attention are the slightly polished chamfered lugs and the detailed Tornado logo which is raised on the caseback.
The grainy black dial reminds me of a vintage 60s diver with its large lumed markers and submariner style 120 click ceramic bezel ( lumed also ). I do like the fact that the handset is unique and does not copy...well a submariner! The logo below 12:00 is subtle and flows well with the dial design, also keeping symmetry. Above all this lays a domed Sapphire with AR coating and a matching date window above 6:00.
This is where the real value comes into play with the Maelstrom. Beating away inside is a Swiss Made automatic Selitta SW-200-1 movement. This movement contains 26 jewels, 38 hours of power reserve, and beats away at 28.8K. It is a true workhorse swiss movement and keeps great time at around +6-7 seconds a day.
A nice 20MM tropic style rubber band is included with this model and the quality is decent, around the same Quality that most of the Zelos Mako watch straps come equippee on. However, a higher quality waxed Horween leather quick release strap is also included in the roll. It is definitely a very good quality and quite supple on wrist. However, I usually like to get my watches wet so I think I will be sticking with the tropic strap which plays along well with the vintage aesthetic here.
Furthermore, after doing some research I have yet to find a better value bronze automatic dive watch on the market. It definitely checks all my boxes which include Sapphire, Swiss automatic movement, decent quality bands, and a delightful watch roll which I will get a lot of use from when traveling or on the go. Thanks
for taking the time to read and please do watch the full video review on YouTube linked above.