Reverie Diver

Reverie Diver

Manufacturer: Reverie | Price: from $375 USD (£280 GBP, €310 EUR)

Specifications

  • Dimensions: Diameter – 40.2mm, Thickness – 11.9mm, Lug to Lug – 42.8mm, Lug Width – 20mm
  • Movement: Miyota 9039, 28,800vph, Hackable, Self Winding, 42hr Power Reserve
  • Accuracy: Within -10 >> +30spd     Actual: +7.1spd
  • Case Material: Brushed 316L Stainless Steel with Polished Accents
  • Bracelet: 316L Stainless Steel, Solid Links, Screw Pins, Milled ‘Glidelock‘ Signed Clasp
  • Crystal: Flat Sapphire, Underside Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Bezel: Brushed One-Piece 316L Stainless Steel, 120 Click Unidirectional
  • Water Resistance: 200m / 20ATM / 660ft
  • Lume: Swiss Super Luminova® C3 & BGW9
  • Crown: Screw Down, Signed
  • Caseback: Screw Down, Exhibition Display
  • Warranty: 2 Years      Weight: 134g (Sized, (6¾″ Wrist))
  • Where to Buy: Reverie
  • Options: Burgandy, Moss Green, Navy Blue, Warm Grey
  • Bezel: 60 Min Diver, 12 Hour Dual Time

Reverie - A Brief Introduction

"Established in 2014, Reverie is an independent watch company based in Singapore, which creates limited edition timepieces with ornate guilloché dials. Our name stems from our dream of creating mechanical watches that stand the test of time."

Case & Crown

The case of the Reverie Diver has a diameter of 40.2mm. The lug to lug is 42.8mm and the overall thickness, including the sapphire crystal, albeit flat, I measured in at a very nice 11.9mm. The entire case, one-piece bezel, crown and bracelet are all 316L stainless steel. The finish of the watch is mostly brushed but with the addition of chamfered polished accents that run along the entire length of the top edge of the case.

The Reverie has a water resistance rating of 200m, thanks to the screw down caseback & crown. The proportions of the watch are excellent and it fits my 6¾″ wrist perfectly due to the very short lug to lug distance of just under 43mm. The Reverie Diver will wear very well on many wrist sizes, it’s extremely comfortable too with it just melting onto your wrist.

The signed crown is lovely, looks great and has a very nice amount of grip. There is no wobble either when the crown is in use and you’ll also feel a very nice little pop as you unscrew it. You can also see and feel the amount of work that has gone into the crown, which does make it feel rather premium. The caseback has an exhibition display that shows off the Miyota 9039 movement very nicely and of course its customised rotor.

Strap / Bracelet

The bracelet that comes fitted to the Reverie Diver is also very nice indeed. It tapers from 20mm at the watch head itself, down to around 15.5mm at the thinnest point and back up to 18mm at the clasp. Talking of the clasp, I wasn’t really expecting a clasp as good as this when I received the watch, I thought it was going to be just another off the shelf item that are the usual choice from most microbrands. Anyway, this clasp is fully milled and features the glidelock style mechanism for easy tool free micro-adjustment. All said and done, this is a extremely nice bracelet with all the usual bells and whistles too… solid links, screw-pins for sizing and most importantly, it wears very comfortably indeed.

Movement

The chosen movement for the Reverie Diver is the 9039, a no date version of the very popular 9015, manufactured by Japanese company, Miyota. The 9039 is a fantastic, very slim calibre that is a 28,800vph, 4Hz, smooth sweep, 24 jewel automatic movement with self winding and hacking, yet with still a very respectable 42 hour power reserve. Reverie take it a step further too, having customised the rotor with an engraved ‘Seigaiha’ (blue sea & waves) pattern as a tribute to the movements Japanese roots, as well as the overall diving genre. Historically, ‘Seigaiha’ symbolised resilience and fortune. Checking the accuracy after running the Reverie Diver for around 4 weeks, mainly on wrist and occassionally in my watch winder, I was more than happy with the results, with this Reverie showing an average of +7.1 seconds per day.

Dial & Bezel

The Reverie Diver has a solid one-piece 120 click unidirectional bezel. It is of superb quality with everything lining up perfectly, just as it should. The bezel action is smooth with no backplay. The text on the dial that’s printed, are the words SELF-WINDING with the depth rating of 200m/660ft just above, finished in light blue, which I have to admit, works very well on the darker blue of the dial. The Reverie logo is also printed and placed at just under the 12 o’clock position.

The Reverie Diver sports a guilloché design on all the available colourways, situated bang in the centre of the dial. This effect looks absolutely fantastic, giving the watch a rather dressy, more premium aesthetic. The hour batons are all applied with the addition of double batons at 12, enabling easy orientation of the watch in low light conditions.

As you can see in the images, the hour and minute hands are very nicely done and one my favourite aspects of the watch. I love the sword style with the skeletonised inner section and the huge amount of real estate for the lume application. The seconds hand is nicely done too, with it’s light blue paint finish that matches the depth rating text perfectly. I’m also a fan of the chapter ring on the Reverie, very cleanly executed, with the inclusion of diamond shaped markers at every hour.

Lume

The lume of the Reverie Diver is unfortunately rather disappointing, in my opinion. Just have a look at the lume shot below and that was only taken just seconds after blasting it with a UV torch to try and give it a fair chance. It is what it is I suppose, which is a shame, as the rest of the watch is really nice. The actual lume that’s been applied to the Reverie Diver, is a combination of Swiss Super Luminova® C3 & BGW9, it’s just the execution that’s rather poor.

Conclusion

I do actually really like this Reverie Diver. I reckon it would be a fantastic addition to anyone’s collection, let alone just mine. For those of you that are similar to me, who just can’t be bothered, or have absolutely no inclination of purchasing a dress watch, just for it to sit and collect dust in your watch box. Then the Reverie Diver might just be exactly what you’re looking for, giving you a watch to wear on that very rare occasion where you need to dress things up a little and god forbid, actually wear a shirt & tie, yet with it still having enough “sportiness” to wear throughout the weekend. Unfortunately though, the only thing I found disappointing with the Reverie, as previously mentioned, is the lume.

ReverieA beautifully designed, fantastic value dive watch, with well above average build quality.

Design
8.5/10
Quality
8/10
Value
10/10
TOTAL
8.8/10
ZR Value Award
8.8/10 - RECOMMENDED
Will Duncan
Will Duncan
Editor, Zaltek Reviews
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