Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s 241356 Dive Master 500 Mecha Automatic Watch

With a striking black-on-black presence, we think you are going to love the Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s Dive Master 500 Mecha Automatic Watch. This watch begins with a 43mm black ice PVD-coated stainless steel case and a bezel of similar construction with a 60-minute diving scale. A protected crown graces the right side of the case. These elements cradle a black dial with luminous hour markers and hands powered by Swiss automatic movement. The dial also features a magnified date display window at the 3 ‘o clock position and water resistance up to 1,640 feet (500 meters) which makes it ideal for water activities. The black ice PVD-coated stainless steel bracelet sports a stylish three-link construction on its way to the fold-over-clasp-with-safety.

Product Features

  • •Swiss-made automatic movement
    •Unidirectional rotating with 60 minute diving scale
    •500m / 1650ft (suitable for swimming, snorkeling, skin diving, diving)
    •Automatic date at 3
    •Water-resistant to 1640 feet (500 M)

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3 Replies to “Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s 241356 Dive Master 500 Mecha Automatic Watch”

  1. Very solid dive watch– Competes with the best of them I am a long time Swiss watch fanatic. I’ve owned over 20 Breitlings, over 20 Omegas, etc., etc. For me, Victorinox is not usually thought of as the height of horological craftsmanship. But this watch is pretty decently done.The case is high quality, on par with mid-level swiss watches (Oris, Tissot, etc.). The crown is nice and large. The movement is a lower-grade ETA movement. The finish is workmanlike. But who cares. It runs well.The bracelet has solid links, which is a plus. The links are held together with split pins, about two notches below screwed links and one notch below collared friction pins. That is the low point. But the bracelet clasp is decent and has a diver’s extension. The clasp has three holes for micro adjustment via springbar. In addition, there are two half links on the bracelet. Getting the perfect fit should not be hard to do.A sapphire crystal on the front is nice to have. It is nicely recessed into the case (no chipping problems like Rolexes suffer– but let’s not go there, ok?) The display back is a mineral crystal, but very thick. The 500m depth rating is really impressive.The dial is very legible and the lume is bright, although the lume on the hands is significantly brighter than that on the hour markers.The bezel has a very solid click, much more high end than I expected to find. Interestingly, there is lume on the bezel too.I have a 7″ wrist and this watch is not too big, at least by today’s standards and styles.The gunmetal finish on the SS case and bracelet is really attractive. We’ll have to see how it holds up.Why five stars? For the price, this is one heck of a watch. Others to consider in this category are Oris TT divers, Doxa subs and Marathon.

  2. Illuminating I originally bought the quartz version of this watch but sent it back because the second hands we so out of alignment with the markers. I then received the mechanical version which I have had for about six months now. The mechanical version has a more detailed face and in my opinion is more attractive. The glass on the back adds a nice touch of quality, the fact it is there always surprises me when I see it and I feel impelled to watch the mechanism working for a while. I bought this watch because I want to be able to read it in the dark. I own a Sinn 587 but the lume isn’t very good for that sort of thing despite it cost much more than the Dive Master. (Sinn get your act together). This watch really glows and I can easily read at any point during the night (assuming you live in a latitude that experiences around 8 hours of darkness). I sometimes use a light to get it really glowing and you can use it like a torch after doing that, a totally pointless exercise really. I have had no trouble with the coating so far, there are no scratches anywhere I can see and I wore it every day while renovating my bathroom so it did get some rough treatment. The bezel works well, I wish they would make a 60 click version that is bi-directional then it would be perfect for me. As it has been designed for diving I am not going to take off any points for this. My Sinn has a nicer bezel but for the price this one is good. I wear my watch with a Zulu strap and it looks very utilitarian which is what I look for in watches I choose. With 500m water resistance you can wear it in the shower no problems assuming you get it serviced to keep it in good working order. It’s not as heavy as some people suggest, I prefer heavier watches that is just a personal preference. Overall this is a well-made, attractive, durable and functional.

  3. Testosterone Overload This beautiful watch just drips of manliness. Strap it on and you will have to fight the urge to take on a great white shark or perhaps consume steel wool for breakfast. The watch just bristles with attitude.Once on the wrist you will notice the shear heft of the piece. You feel every once of the nearly two pounds this watch weighs. Most of the heft is in the watch proper, with the metal wrist strap adding in the rest of the weight.The housing is very thick, beefy is the best way to describe it. It is impressive slab of metal that ensures the wearer that the 500 meter designation is not mere advertising copy. It also supports the mineral glass display back for the watch.And there is another thing that sets this watch apart from almost every other dive watch out there. It is that display back. Just adding that one feature alone is an expression of how ruggedly made this watch is. Keeping that display back water tight to 500 meters is no trivial act. I know of no other watch manufacturer so bold to do this. That Victorinox does this at a list price of just north of one thousand dollars is amazing.If there is a weak spot for the watch, it is the pedestrian ETA / Valjoux movement. Nothing to see here, move along, move along. It is hard to get too excited by a three hand movement with a calendar “complication.” In the defense of the movement, it is a tried-and-true workhorse that gets the job done with little drama. Some Chinese parts have probably found their way into this “Swiss” movement but that is the way of the world for “moderately priced” Swiss made watches these days.The Amazon image does little to no justice to actual look of the watch. In person, the EVP treatment makes the black face and black band stand out. It really enhances the masculine feel of the watch. As with every other Victorinox watch out there, the face is clear, crisp and super readable. The hands continue in the utilitarian mode, they have a good layering of lume and a no-nonsense but elegant form. The secondary GMT / 24 hour markers are also very crisp and readable.If your husband, brother, cousin, boyfriend is a police officer or a fire-fighter this would be a great gift for him. It would also be appreciated by a diver or outdoorsman. As automatic watches do require care and feeding it is not a good choice for someone who is absent minded or unwilling to wind the watch on a daily basis. It is also not a good watch for someone who is careless or brutal with his equipment. This is not a beater watch. A good beater watch in the same vein would be Seiko’s “Orange Monster,” if only because you can get almost four Orange Monsters for the price of this Victorinox. Still, if you are pondering what to get your “manly man” and if you can live with the price tag, this could be the answer to your question.

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