As far as we’re concerned, Delma is one of the coolest, under-the-radar watch brands working today. The Antarctic was a welcome shot out of the blue and now they’ve expanded their underwater offering further with the impeccable Cayman Worldtimer.
Essentially a revamp of the previous Cayman diving collection, the new pieces hammer home their chic 70s vibes with a solid, sporty 42mm case. The blue, black or silver dials are much the same as previously, meaning large, lumed indexes for underwater reading.
The bezel is the major change, which rather than a unidirectional number can rotate in either direction to make setting the worldtimer that much easier. It’s a little crowded to read, but then that’s the downfall that comes from displaying 24 time zones in one watch. It’s a touch clearer on the black-bezelled versions, thanks to the high contrast.
Of the three editions our favourite is by far the black-bezelled, silver-dialled version, particularly on the comfy Milanese mesh bracelet. It’s aesthetically authentic enough that it could quite easily pass for a proper vintage watch.
While it is billed as a traveller’s complication, this particular take on the worldtimer is well suited to Delma’s classic tool watch territory. The Cayman is water resistant to an impressive 500m, even with a clear exhibition caseback.
Through that caseback you can see the ETA 2893 automatic movement, a workhorse GMT that’s nicely finished, if nothing particularly exceptional. Its at least worth a glance every now and then.
At £1,790 on a strap it’s already a well-priced watch, if you’re more after the style than the mechanics you can opt for a quartz version instead – slashing the price and water resistance in the process, to £525 and 200m respectively. We’d opt for the automatic of course, but the battery-powered version is a steal.
Price & Specs:
Model: Cayman Worldtimer
Case/Dial: 42mm diameter x 13.6mm thickness, stainless steel
Water Resistance: 500m (Automatic) or 200m (Quartz)
Movement: Calibre ETA 2893 with power reserve of 50 hours (Automatic) or Ronda 515.24H (Quartz)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date at 3 o’clock (Automatic)
Strap: Genuine leather strap with stainless steel buckle or Milanese stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp
Price: £1,790 (automatic version on leather strap)
£1,890 (automatic version on Milanese mesh steel bracelet)
£525 (quartz version on leather strap)
£675 (quartz version on Milanese mesh steel bracelet)
More details at Delma.