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Dificiano Marlin

Dificiano Marlin

Manufacturer: Dificiano Watches | Price: $319 USD (€290 EUR, £260 GBP approx)

I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on a Dificiano Marlin for quite some time. I remember seeing this sports diver before their Kickstarter campaign started, but I never really paid much attention. However, after reading a couple of other reviews and seeing the watch pop up more often in news & sub feeds, I decided to reach out to Dificiano to see if I could borrow a press sample to have a closer look at it. To cut a long story short and to give a short verdict; I want one!!

Dificiano Marlin

Specifications

  • Dimensions: Case Diameter – 39.9mm (41.4mm at Bezel), Thickness – 13.6mm, L2L – 49.2mm, Lug Width – 20mm
  • Movement: Seiko NH35 Automatic, 21,600vph (3Hz), Hackable, Self Winding, 41hr Power Reserve
  • Case Material: Fully Brushed 316L Marine Grade Stainless Steel
  • BoR Bracelet: Brushed 316L Stainless Steel, Polished Sides, Solid End-Links, Screw-Pins, Milled Clasp
  • Crystal: Double Domed Sapphire, Multiple Anti-Reflective Coatings (Innerside)
  • Bezel: 120 Click Unidirectional, Ceramic Insert, Fully Lumed    
  • Water Resistance: 30ATM / 300m / 990ft
  • Lume: Swiss Super Luminova® BGW9 & C3 (Multiple Layers)
  • Crown: Signed, Triple Sealed, Screw Down      Caseback: Screw Down with Marlin Logo
  • Warranty: 1 Year    Where to Buy: DificianoWatches.com
  • Options: Dial Colour/Lumed Chapter Ring: Grey/Blue, Dark Blue, Black/Orange, Silver/Blue

Dificiano Watches - The Company

One of the reasons why watch lovers are very enthusiastic about vintage watches is because of their fascinating design. Dificiano Watches fuse this timeless design with modern materials bringing it bang up to date, creating a watch that is not only aesthetically beautiful, reliable, affordable and but is ultimately, the perfect choice for an everyday watch. Dificiano Watches first model, the Marlin, was initially available on Kickstarter, however it is now available to pre-order directly on Dificiano Watches website with delivery later this year, in November 2019.

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The Case

The case of the Marlin is 39.9mm and 41.4mm at the bezel. The lug to lug is 49.2mm and the overall thickness, including the domed sapphire crystal I measured at 13.6mm. The entire case, caseback, bezel, bracelet and crown are all 316L stainless steel. The finish of the case is entirely brushed, although as with the supplied beads of rice bracelet it has more of a satin finish rather than just matte. And very nicely its been done too with the case matching the bracelet perfectly.
Dificiano Marlin

The Marlin has a water resistance rating of 300m / 30 ATM, thanks to the screw-down caseback & crown. The proportions of the watch, in my opinion, are spot on for my 7″ wrist. The Marlin just wears so well on wrist and is extremely comfortable! Did I mention it has drilled lugs too making strap changes super easy!? The crown is fitted with triple seals and the fit & finish is superb with absolutely zero wobble when the crown is at its fully extended position.

Dificiano Marlin

Bracelet

The Marlin comes fitted as standard with a beads of rice bracelet. The links themselves are all brushed but have polished sides and the fully milled clasp has a twin push-button release on the sides as well as a divers extension that has the same release mechanism. There are also three micro-adjustment holes to ensure that perfect fit. Overall, it’s everything you would want in a bracelet, extremely well made with an outstanding fit & finish. Great stuff! Well done Dificiano!!

Dificiano Marlin

The brushed beads of rice bracelet tapers from 20mm at the lugs to 18mm and back up to 20mm at the milled clasp and as previously mentioned, it is of superb quality. Sized up for my 7″ wrist I had to remove a few links, which was easy enough with the screw pins for adjusting & re-sizing. Solid end links, milled clasp that is also signed with the Dificiano logo are also present on this great bracelet. Additionally, the clasp has chamfered edges which is also a very nice touch.

Dificiano Marlin

Movement

The chosen movement for the Marlin is the microbrand go-to movement of choice, the super-reliable Seiko NH35. A great workhorse that is a 21,600vph, 3Hz, 24 jewel movement with a 41hr power reserve, self winding and of course hacking. Checking the accuracy after running the Marlin for a few days, mainly on my wrist and occasionally in my Barrington Watch Winder, I thought the accuracy was very good and well within tolerances, with it showing an average of +6.0spd.

Dial, Bezel & Lume

The Dificiano Marlin has a 120 click unidirectional bezel with a fully lumed ceramic insert. It is of excellent quality and everything lines up just as it should. The bezel action is of the upmost quality with absolutely zero backplay. The dial has very neatly applied indices, all of which are pumped full of lume along with the chapter ring. The logo and text on the dial are nicely printed and are very legible. The choice of font too is great, showing just the word Dificiano in block letters with the depth rating of 300m just above the date window at 6 o’clock. My choice of Marlin would be the silver sunray dial with the blue lumed chapter ring so the date window would actually match the dial perfectly. It stands out too much for me on the darker models though, it would’ve been nicer to have seen a colour matched date wheel on those.
Dificiano Marlin

The hour and minute hands are quite simply, perfectly in proportion to the dial and are one of my favourite style hands that I’ve come across. They actually suit the overall aesthetic extremely well and actually match the chose style of applied indices. The seconds hand is great too, being colour matched to the chapter ring with its lollipop lumed part half way down the hand whilst the tip of the hand reaches all the way out to the minute track. The lume used on the Marlin is Super Luminova® BGW9 as well as C3 and it’s been applied very well. It is bright and does last a hell of a long time.

Conclusion

The Dificiano Marlin is yet another surpise. I initially thought, ffs, here we go again, another start up made by a bunch of numpties who don’t have a clue about what enthusiasts want in a watch. But I was wrong. The Marlin is a fantastic watch and I could tell, as soon as I picked it up for the first time, I just knew that this watch had been designed by watch enthusiasts. It’s hard to put into words, but just the overall finish, the bezel action, the crown and the way the brushing is done, it’s just excellent. And oh yeah, this is a bloody prototype I have here, I don’t think it’ll be possible for Dificiano to make this any better for the production model. As I previously mentioned at the start of this review, I want one!!

Dificiano – Excellent job on your first watch! A true stunner of a watch with fantastic fit & finish. You should be proud!
Design
8.5/10
Quality
8.5/10
Value
9.5/10
TOTAL
9/10
9/10 - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
A huge thank you to Michael at Dificiano Watches for sending out the Marlin. To view the Dificiano website, or join their mailing list to be informed of new models etc, visit Dificiano Watches.
 
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