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MINUS-8 Diver 2.0 Titanium Watch

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MINUS-8 Diver 2.0 Titanium Watch

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Out of all the watch styles in the market, dive watches arguably have the most demanding job description. Long before dive computers were a thing, a reliable dive watch was the difference between life and death. As legitimate tool watches, they have to feature a certain level of water resistance to survive immense pressures at depth while remaining highly legible even during pitch-black scenarios. The folks at Minus-8 have ticked all the boxes with their Diver 2.0 dive watch, delivering over-engineered specs that exceed most modern dive watches at a highly reasonable price point.

300 Meter Water Resistance

For a modern watch to be considered a dive watch, it needs to meet a water resistance rating of at least 100 meters. Most dive watches on the market feature a water resistance rating of 200 meters. The Minus-8 Diver 2.0 is rated for dives up to 300 meters (1,000 feet), going well beyond what we expect from modern dive watches.

Titanium Case

Stainless steel may be the standard fare for most sport and dive watches. Still, titanium has characteristics that make it an ideal material for underwater adventures, on top of being a prized and premium material for everyday gear. Saltwater corrodes metal up to five times faster than freshwater, and the salty, humid ocean air also causes metal to rust much quicker than air with average humidity. Titanium has proven to be highly effective in staving off corrosion and various adverse conditions caused by seawater, and the Diver 2.0 uses premium lightweight titanium for both the case and the bracelet, ensuring its longevity even when used in harsh environments.

High Visibility Dial

Legibility is also crucial for dive watches, especially for night or deep dives where sunlight is either limited or completely absent. Divers need to be able to read their watch dials at a glance, so luminescent, high-contrast dials are ideal. The Diver 2.0’s high-contrast dial features Super-LumiNova technology on its hands, index markers, and even its rotating dive timer bezel, making it easy to get information like descent timings even during low-light situations. The large 44m case size also gives you a great view of the dial while offering a hefty wrist presence while on land.

Other Key Features

While Minus-8 has easily covered the most basic requirements of a dive watch with the Diver 2.0, the watch also features other characteristics beyond what we’ve come to expect at this price point. A Seiko NH35 automatic movement lies under the hood–a tried and tested caliber found on many modern watches. Minus-8 uses sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating to protect the dial, which you’d typically find on expensive, high-end watches. The Diver 2.0 has a screw-down crown that prevents it from being accidentally pulled out, which would let water inside. Finally, the Diver 2.0 features a helium release valve, which releases trapped helium that accumulates when resurfacing from great depths, further protecting the watch mechanism.

At just $473.00 during its pre-order period, the Minus-8 Diver 2.0 is a fully-featured, true tool watch that offers high-end diving features at an incredible value. Pre-order yours at the link below.

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