I was expecting from Cartier for 2014 is a diving watch, which is how the peculiar “desire engine” of the watch industry works. The Cartier Calibre Diver here back before we got a hands-on look at it at the SIHH 2014 watch show. The Calibre has been one of our favorite men’s pieces and we’ve known that it was to serve as a foundation for a range of Caritier replica models. While I sort of expected that 2014 was going to bring us a replica Calibre GMT, it insteadly gave us a diving version of the original. To be honest not that much is different from the standard three-hand Cartier compared to the Diver. Sure the diver has a rotating diver’s bezel and a slightly bolder dial, but aside from the rubber strap and deeper water resistance is the same classy men’s watch I’ve come to really enjoy.
Many people may already like the Calibre Diver without our introduction. What I want to do is explain the watch to guys who typically like dive watches but not Cartier – at least a sporty Cartier. Honestly, if you are a typical dive watch guy there is a lot to find appealing here if you want to ignore that you suddenly have a status watch on your wrist when wanting to be active. First of all, this is among the thinnest 300 meters dive watches out there being 11mm thick. This isn’t “ultra-thin,” but is certainly not thick for a diving watch. It is also just over 1mm thicker than the standard Calibre model. Overall I feel that “thickness conscious” watch lovers should have nothing to complain about.
As a “real diving tool”, the replica Calibre Diver got ISO 6425 certified and pressure tested in water before leaving the factory. Much of the watch is standard Calibre which is a good thing. The 42mm diameter case is a great size that wears large but is really reasonable in its dimensions. For my wrist at least it wears wonderfully, wrapping around my wrist with those curved lugs. It is honestly incredibly comfortable.
Most of the Calibre Diver case is brushed, but there are fine polished elements along the edges of the lugs and other areas. Cartier typically is very keen on ensuring the finishing is something they focus on in their very high to mid-range luxury watches such as the diver. There are few watchmakers out there that offer a replica dive watch.