September 8, 2014
by Ariel Adams
One downside of the strap is that it needs to be cut in order to be sized. This happens a lot less often now because more and more watchmakers realize that watch lovers don’t like this. They instead have adjustable rubber straps which hide the excess strap on the inside rather than on the outside. Having said that, it is true that the “best” fit is often from a perfectly cut strap. Though in the end, the ability to easily adjust a strap at will sort of makes up for it in most instances. It also means that if you need another strap, you’ll need to go to the brand directly, and of course they will need to still be producing them (which I imagine they will for a while).
Inside the Porsche Design P’6780 Diver watch is a Swiss ETA 2892-2 automatic movement. A simple movement, it is an accurate workhorse. As a three-hander, to power a dive watch, I really can’t think of too much else. The original Eterna KonTiki Diver watch also used a 2892, but modified it a bit for the power reserve indicator and also had it COSC Chronometer certified – I don’t think the Porsche Design P’6780 Divers have COSC certificates, but they should be just as accurate.
The matte black color of this particular version of the Porsche Design P’6780 Diver (the last version to be released, I believe) is an interesting element that almost absorbs light, making it very difficult to photograph. It nevertheless offers a stealthy look for a very un-stealthy watch. While I like it, I think I like the titanium and yellow version a bit more than this black and blue model, though that is a matter of personal taste. Overall, I’ve come to appreciate this oddly, although meticulously designed, high-end diver tool watch. It is still very rare, and isn’t getting more common, which makes it a prize for certain collectors.
Best of all is that, for the right people, the Porsche Design P’6780 Diver can be a suitable daily wear, and if you really want to go diving, this 1000 meter water resistant tool watch is certainly up for the task. Now that Porsche Design is independent and will produce their own watches, we will see what the future holds for Porsche Design diver watches. The Porsche Design P’6780 Diver watch retails for about $10,500. porsche-design.com
>Brand: Porsche Design
>Model: P’6780 Diver
>Price: about $10,500 USD (7,950 Euros)
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Dive watch lovers who seek original and highly functional watches that few people own.
>Best characteristic of watch: So amazing for what it is, from the pop-up case to the wonderful sounding bezel and large but comfortable case. Obscure and strange, but not without merits for those who understand it.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Case feels intentionally large (although it can be quite comfortable), some distortion in the crystal when viewed from extreme angles, rubber strap needs to be cut to size.