There’s one thing and one thing only that you really need out of a professional diving watch. It’s not some funky dial layout; it’s not some prestigious horological pedigree and it’s not being able to reach depths no person can actually survive. No, the one thing you need out of a diving watch is reliability, and the Michel Herbelin Trophy Abyss is a watch you can always bet on.
The Trophy Abyss has everything it needs to call itself a true diving watch. It has the unidirectional rotating bezel, used to extrapolate how much oxygen you have left; it has a solid 42mm stainless steel case for survivability and it has lume aplenty for low under-ocean light. To cap it all, it can reach depths of 300m, easily deep enough for anyone not protected by a submersible.
As a tool watch, you expect it to be relatively frill-free. It’s not like gold and diamonds are going to look particularly snazzy with your scuba gear. There are a few little design elements that set it apart from the host of other divers out there however, both in the cool, notched bezel and polished and brushed steel bracelet.
Otherwise the Trophy Abyss does its job without any pomp or ceremony. It is what it is, a fit for purpose underwater instrument. It won’t grab the attention of everyone in the room, but it will make sure that if that room somehow ends up underwater, timekeeping will be the only thing that you don’t need to worry about.
It’s also a very well-priced watch at just $980 – just over £710. Even so, there is a way you might just get it for an even better price: nothing. You see, we have a Trophy Abyss to give away. All you need to do is subscribe to our newsletter (below) and follow us on Instagram (@otmagazine) to have a chance at winning. Entries close on 21 September, 2019. Terms and Conditions apply.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Michel Herbelin Trophy Abyss
Case/Dial: 42mm diameter x 11.6mm thickness, 316L stainless steel, brushed & polished finish, ceramic bezel
Water Resistance: 300m (30 bar)
Movement: Calibre Sellita 11 1/2 SW200-1, automatic
Power Reserve: 38h
Frequency: 21,600 vph (4 Hz)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Strap: Steel bracelet with folding clasp
Price: RRP $980 (just over £710)
More details at Michel Herbelin’ website.