Based on the success of their first-generation Open Water Diver, Vero, a US-based brand, is back with an exciting new release: the Vero Open Water 38. Sticking to the clean design we’ve seen, this new model comes in a smaller 38mm size, flaunts a Cerakoted dial and bezel, and sports an updated bracelet. I’ve seen Vero’s designs in the past, but they never quite clicked with me. However, this new release is a different story—it’s shaping up to be an eye-catching, fun summer watch for collectors. And the price? A reasonable $795.

Design and Dimensions

The previous Open Water made its debut about three years ago. Vero has taken customer feedback seriously and made some thoughtful updates. The case diameter has been reduced from 41mm to a more wrist-friendly 38mm. The lug-to-lug span and thickness have also been trimmed down to 46.5mm and 10.75mm, respectively, including the flat sapphire crystal. The case retains its bead-blasted stainless steel construction, giving it that matte finish.

The bezel has also seen a notable change. Gone is the 60-minute scale of the older model; in its place is a 12-hour scale that allows you to track another time zone—practical for those who travel or need to keep tabs on different time zones. I can see myself sporting this on a quick trip and thoughtfully keeping track of the time back home in Washington state.

Dial and Bracelet

You have two color options: a subtle off-white called Cove and the more striking Swell. The date-less dial layout mirrors the Open Water 41, but the applied indexes are now more uniform, enhancing the watch’s clean and minimalist design.

One of the most significant updates is the bracelet. It’s been redesigned for better functionality, featuring single-sided screw links, quick-release spring bars, “female” end-link integration to the case, and an on-the-fly adjustable clasp equipped with NodeX, new clasp brought to us by one of our favorite brands here at TBWS—Nodus. The bracelet tapers from 18mm at the lugs to 16mm at the clasp, adding to the streamlined look. If you prefer a different strap, vintage-style tropic straps from Strap Habit will be available for additional purchase.

Movement and Build

At its heart, the Open Water 38 houses a Swiss Sellita SW-200 automatic movement. This movement operates at 28,800 VPH, is regulated to +/- 5 seconds per day in six positions, and offers a 38-hour power reserve. The movement is managed via a black-coated and guarded screw-down crown, a feature from the previous model. The stainless steel screw-in case back details the watch’s key features and ensures water resistance up to 200 meters.

My Take

Like their US Forest Service Edition watches, this new Open Water Diver is just flat-out fun. If it were up to me, I’d probably lean towards the lighter off-white option. The Swell version looks cool, but with that color tone, a full lume dial would’ve been an even better choice. I was deceived! Not a big deal though—they both look great. The Vero Open Water 38 manages to blend vintage charm with modern updates, making it a compelling option for anyone in the market for a versatile and stylish summer dive watch.


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