With the Hager Aquamariner -
So apologies in advance, I clearly forgot the golden rule of
never starting a watch review just before BaselWorld. Well, live and don't learn...
So now I am back, and have time to reflect not only on the Hager Aquamariner, but also on the watches that I saw in Basel's sparkling halls. And ordinarily you might think that having seen everything that the big dog's have to offer, a "micro brand" might suffer by comparison. Well, in the case of the Aquamariner you would be wrong.
We have pretty much reached a point where you could almost call it a default "diver" style. And if we are all being honest with each other, we're okay with that. Olech & Wajs, Tag Heuer, Blancpain and others. And it is clear that diver style watches with black dials and bezels are clearly what the buying public wants.
And believe it or not, these marks serve to underscore the quality of the Hager Aquamariner.
Now I know that guys have this idea that a dive watch is a "bad ass" piece of "man gear" and that by putting the watch on they are going to be magically transformed into the ultimate action hero and they'll be spending their spare time punching out Nazis on a Normandy beach. The people buying these watches tend to bandy phrases like: "It's a beast!". And it is there that it becomes painfully clear that the people marketing these watches fall into the same fallacy. Let's be brutally honest - a dive watch is designed for, constructed for, and sold to customers for (spoiler alert) using to tell the time while under water.
And that is a sliding wet suit extension that can be operated while wearing the watch using two push buttons on the clasp itself. It is smooth and secure in its functions and offers a solution that several brands have done a half-ass job in implementing, but just not delivered on so far. It is a REALLY great feature to find on a watch priced at the usurious level of $450.
There is more to come, so stay tuned!