Sometimes a watch just catches your eye. And when you’re stuck in quarantine, you’ve really got some time on your hands to sit back, and take in a ton of watch releases. Established in 1966, the Delma brand has produced a range of sports watches, pocket watches, and complicated pieces. Recently, they announced something that I found incredibly attractive – even if it is slightly out of my comfort zone in almost every way. Developed in partnership with explorer and brand ambassador Nick Moloney, the Delma Oceanmaster Antarctica embodies the true enthusiasm of adventure and a deep appreciation for the Great White Continent. It’s incredibly absurd, and I love it.
Based on Delma’s Shell Star collection, the Delma Oceanmaster Antarctica is 44mm in diameter with a 13.8mm case height. It looks… bananas, and something about it just makes me want to finally buy a boat. I’m no Shackleton, but damn – I think this can get me close, right? The best part about this watch is that it really isn’t explicitly a dive watch, and features a cool compass bezel along with some attractive dial markings. With a textured dial pattern mimicking the Antarctic landscape and the points of sail, this is really a watch that stands out among dive watches that are simply over-engineered for no reason at all.
Delma Oceanmaster Antarctica Specs
- Case Diameter: 44mm
- Thickness: 13.8mm
- Water Resistance: 500m
- Movement: ETA 2824
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Dial: Ice Pattern with points of sail, tactical planner, and SuperLumiNova C3
- Bracelet: Steel with polished center links
- Price: $1450
In some ways, I almost find this more attractive than something like a Yachtmaster. It has flare and an equipped sense of adventure that isn’t common in larger and smaller boutique brands. On the plus side, the dial seems absolutely gorgeous. And if I ever want to reach for something with that YUGE dive watch vibe that isn’t a Sea-Dweller knock-off, why not reach for something like this? Also, I’m really finding a true love for accessible, generic movements like the ETA 2824 recently. You can service that anywhere. And with 25 jewels, a 4Hz operating frequency, and a 38-hour power reserve, this thing is never going to let you down.
The Delma Oceanmaster Antarctica is limited to 200 pieces and you can learn more on Delma’s official site.
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Michael Peñate is an American writer, photographer, and podcaster based in Seattle, Washington. His work typically focuses on the passage of time and the tools we use to connect with that very journey. From aviation to music and travel, his interests span a multitude of disciplines that often intersect with the world of watches – and the obsessive culture behind collecting them.