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Just arrived today. Really like this Swiss Made Victorinox Swiss Army diver a lot. Great size at a chunky 43 with 22 lugs and 14.5mm thickness by the eyeball method, 500m water (and it feels like it could handle it), clean and crisp sapphire crystal, a pretty view of the movement from the exhibition case back, a beautiful winding, well protected and silky smooth working crown, and a so far spot on 2892 inside and a gorgeous gunmetal case, great lume, and super nice rubber strap that is a nice length so I'm smack in the middle of the hole options. Really like the depth and texture of the brown dial, usually green (from lume) markers, and the brown rubber with that gunmetal and shiny bezel (ceramic perhaps?...looks like it anyway). That ETA 2892 winds as smoothly as drawn butter at Red Lobster. Not sure why I said that but I hope that sounds very smooth anyway since that was my intention. Picked it up 2nd hand but I'm still not sure if this was ever even worn before. Its sahweeeeeet!





 

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Welcome to the UPS Brown Divemaster Club, Nate!

 
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That's a nice solid piece.
Enjoy that one!
 

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VERY cool watch! Love the dial layout, the varied appearance of the bezel, and the lum looks out of this world!

Congrats on adding a handsome new Swiss auto to the family!
 

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This is such a bad to the bone case. Big congrats ! Can't wait to see you play with different shoes on it, Nate !
 
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This is such a bad to the bone case. Big congrats ! Can't wait to see you play with different shoes on it, Nate !
You know me well, Luis. I had a few 22s ready before the watch arrived even but this is a very high grade rubber and v cool in the brown. I'm sure I'll try some out but I'm in no rush. This rubber is as good as an isoprene IMHO, maybe better even on the big issues (i.e., comfort, size, thickness, looks, and staying dust-free). Its really very impressive. Nice job, VSA.

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You know me well, Luis. I had a few 22s ready before the watch arrived even but this is a very high grade rubber and v cool in the brown. I'm sure I'll try some out but I'm in no rush. This rubber is as good as an isoprene IMHO, maybe better even on the big issues (i.e., comfort, size, thickness, looks, and staying dust-free). Its really very impressive. Nice job, VSA.

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I agree, Nate. The quality of the VSA rubber strap was a pleasant surprise.
 

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I agree, Nate. The quality of the VSA rubber strap was a pleasant surprise.
I forgot just how nice the 2892 movement is, Chuck. I have been so enamored by the miyota 9015 and my preference for it over the eta 2824 that it slipped my mind about the smooth sweep and accuracy of the eta 289X series really. My last VSA was the 6497 Ambassador hand cranker and although that watch was quite nice, it didn't have a big "wow factor" for me when wearing it. This dive master is a whole new ballgame for VSA and me though. You mentioned your surprise with the rubber strap. I have to admit that I was very pleasantly surprised by the whole watch. Both the dial and the bezel on this are just killer with their shapes , 3D effect and definitions and doing so without going over the top and the lume is so much better than I was expecting, too. There are some little details like the subtle definition to the date window and its uniqueness that is done very well so they earned an A+ from me here.

This is my first brown watch, I believe, too. Its a very nice departure from the more traditional colors for me and it just flew right into keeper-land (in my brain, anyway). I prefer wearing the tougher looking pieces and more toward what could be considered tactical or maybe urban-tactical, if such a category exists. This one in brown just sits smack in the middle of that category for me so I know it will get serious wrist time. Have you had a brown watch before, Chuck? I know that this color is not as common nowadays. VSA also has this watch in a khaki/green and that is high on my radar now after seeing how sweet this dive master is. Heck, I'd even go for a quartz version but I think I'd miss the 2892 too much if I went there.

In fact, If I see another one of these at the deal I was lucky enough to grab, I might make the family skip a few meals and grab any other color. VSA did this one in a classy and subdued way while still managing to have some very cool effects. The designers here were superb and the deal 2nd hand is just supid good for what you get. Its only May but this dive master is my easy choice (so far) for watch buy of the year.
 

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The really nice part of buying a second hand VSA is that they can be had at superb prices. I wouldn't necessarily recommend getting one for somebody who has flipping on their mind because re-selling VSA is then going to put your buyer in the better position but for someone looking to snag a very well made and very underestimated piece, I think this dive master line would be my top recommendation.

It seems that I'm almost routinely in sync with you, Chuck, so I'd guess you are in agreement with me here but please share your thoughts either way. I usually learn something cool from you, my brother from another mother.
 

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You really picked out a beauty there Mesh ! Holy cow, the brown is something to see !!! :eek: Very different, and almost seems to be morphing into different greys, or blues at times. ..Man, that's neat ! Victorinox makes some phenomenal watches, and like you said..all of this for such amazing prices ! Huge congratulations to you Mesh ! :)
 

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The really nice part of buying a second hand VSA is that they can be had at superb prices. I wouldn't necessarily recommend getting one for somebody who has flipping on their mind because re-selling VSA is then going to put your buyer in the better position but for someone looking to snag a very well made and very underestimated piece, I think this dive master line would be my top recommendation.

It seems that I'm almost routinely in sync with you, Chuck, so I'd guess you are in agreement with me here but please share your thoughts either way. I usually learn something cool from you, my brother from another mother.
Nate, I believe we both got ours at similar forum prices, however, there is an authorized retailer with a closeout price on the same model that's pretty dang good. It's more than we paid, but considering it's brand new and not gray market, the price is very attractive. Either way, it's a great watch for the money.

http://www.princetonwatches.com/shop/241562.asp
 
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This has to be one of the most underrated watches on the market, you should be paying three times the amount, and that would still be a deal.

Nice pick up.
 

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Nate, I believe we both got ours at similar forum prices, however, there is an authorized retailer with a closeout price on the same model that's pretty dang good. It's more than we paid, but considering it's brand new and not gray market, the price is very attractive. Either way, it's a great watch for the money.

http://www.princetonwatches.com/shop/241562.asp

I purchased from Princeton a few years ago (a Seiko, I believe) and all went very smoothly. I'll check them out. Thanks, Chuck.
 
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