Bearing the name of the world's highest uninterrupted waterfall, the Angel Falls dive watch is the debut timepiece from the young start-up brand known as Mondragón. Sometimes, a good straightforward dive watch is all you need and that's exactly what Mondragón hopes to deliver. With a range of strap and bracelet options, two automatic movements to choose from, and a variety of modern appointments, the Mondragón Angel Falls offers a compelling value proposition. Recently, the watch launched on Kickstarter and has been met by a group of enthusiastic supporters.
Over the years, some parts of dive watch design language have become quite standardized and Mondragón has deviated from this slightly while still offering a solid diver. The first thing you'll notice is the pop of color on the Angel Falls found throughout the dial, bezel, hands, and even some of the strap options. It's a touch that adds a bit of character in a world of monochromatic sport watches and a look that is totally "vacation-ready." However, several of the watch's features push beyond aesthetics and enhance the true purpose-built nature of the Mondragón Angel Falls. Among these is the inclusion of a heavy duty ceramic bezel.
Ceramic was of course chosen for its scratch-resistant properties but it also serves as a nice backdrop for the pop of white and orange found on the bezel. There's also that premium, glossy look that ceramic has, which simply adds to the overall look and quality of construction. In the photo above, you can also see just how well the bezel is fitted onto the brushed 316L stainless steel case. The action is tactile, positive, and aided by pronounced teeth that make manipulating the bezel as easy as possible.
Speaking of the case, it's a comfortable 43mm wide and 13.5mm thick – great for a range of wrist sizes. There are burly, grippy crowns at both 3 and 10 'o clock for time setting and the Helium release valve as well. Water resistance is 300m (more than enough for a casual waterfall dive). Additionally, the lugs are both pronounced and well-proportioned. Plus, with a 22mm lug width, you can be sure that you'll always have a huge supply of compatible strap and bracelet options at your disposal.
The available movements (depending on your pledge package) are the Seiko NH35A or ETA 2824-2. Both offer tried and true timekeeping and are easily serviceable when the time comes. Whichever you choose, you're sure to get a reliable dive watch that'll serve you well for years to come.
The dial is highly legible with no-nonsense sword hands finished with orange accents. Blocky hour indices help with quick time checks and the dial features a soft matte black finish. Super-LumiNova (C3) has also been applied to the markers, hands, and the 12 o'clock bezel pip. At 3 o'clock is the simple date display, which is both minimal in its design and accented with an orange outline that matches the rest of the watch.
Finally, the Mondragón Angel Falls ships with a heavy-duty case that comfortably fits the watch, tools, and the included straps. This makes for a great travel case and can protect whatever you choose to store in it. Altogether, the watch comes with a NATO strap, stainless steel bracelet, carbon patterned strap, and a leather strap, so you'll be covered for any occasion. Currently, Super Early Bird pricing for the Mondragón Angel Falls dive watch with the Seiko NH35A movement starts at $150 and the version with the ETA 2824-2 starts at $350. You can learn more by visiting the Angel Falls Kickstarter campaign page.
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