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Delma Quattro Decompression Diver Limited Edition Watch Review

Delma Quattro Decompression Diver

Delma produce a wide variety of watches with numerous complications and styles from chronographs like the Montego to the deep diving Blue Shark III. However, even amid such diversity of form and function the Delma Quattro stands out as something unique.

It has a 44mm diameter stainless steel case with a height of 13.7mm, meaning that on paper it’s a big watch. Which, having the piece in front of me, is something borne out in the metal. It’s no shrinking violet, big and bombastic with its curved sides and that unavoidable bezel.

Delma Quattro Decompression Diver Limited Edition

The bezel dominates the design with its six points giving it a sea urchin-like appearance that’s both thematic and practical. Many dive watches claim to have good grip on their bezels, but few are as easy to use or satisfying as the Delma Quattro.

As for the dial, it’s a nice example of the classic elements of dive watch faces. Large circular indexes coated with lume provide all the legibility you could ask for set against a matte backdrop in black, blue or orange. It would be remiss of me not to give my obligatory shout out to orange dials as my favourite, but the black version here is equally charming.

However, we talked about the specs and technical merits of the Quattro when it was first announced. The reason I’m so excited to have it in front of me is because of the model’s signature… function? Party move? I’m not sure what to call it but the Delma Quattro can be disengaged from its bracelet with the simple click of a button and a twist.

It’s immensely fun to pop out the body of the watch from its bracelet and trust me when I tell you that you’ll be doing it all the time to show anyone who displays even a passing interest in the watch. Its purpose is to allow you to swap the watch between its steel bracelet and rubber strap easily and without the fuss of fiddly tools. There’s also a decompression timing plate that has the same mounting as the bracelet, so you can attach the watch directly to it.

Delma Quattro Decompression Diver Limited Edition

However, there are a few quirks to the mechanism worth noting. The Quattro has a recessed, screw down crown that sits very low on the case, making it tricky to use while the watch is attached to any of its bracelets. Also, attaching the body to each of its attachments seems more like an art than a science, but with greater familiarity I’m sure it’ll become muscle memory.

Delma Quattro Ref. 41701.744.6.031

Quirks and all, the Quattro certainly makes for one of the most unique and intriguing dive watches in Delma’s extensive range. Fresh in a way that watches riffing on the Submariner and Fifty Fathoms can never be. Plus, it’s fairly exclusive, limited to 999 pieces and priced at £1,850.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Delma Quattro
    Ref: 41701.744.6.031 (black dial, silver bezel)
  • Case/dial: 44mm diameter x 15.3mm thickness, stainless steel case, black, blue or orange dial, black or silver bezel
  • Water resistance: 500m (50 bar)
  • Movement: Sellita calibre SW200-1, automatic, 26 jewels
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 38h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with safety deployant clasp with additional rubber strap with stainless steel buckle
  • Price/availability: CHF 1,990 (approx. £1,850), limited to 999 pieces

About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Junior Content Producer for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. While a relative newcomer to the magazine, he's nonetheless a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better.

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