In the last few years watchmaker JeanRichard has really hit its stride, producing some seriously high quality timepieces that combine good looks with practical functionality. Case in point, the Diverscope LPR collection, unveiled by the brand earlier this year at SIHH.
The Diverscope LPR has everything you’re looking for in a good dive watch; large case (43mm), easy to read dial with oversize numbers and an internal rotating bezel to help you track elapsed time. In fact, the only real detractor in my opinion is the relatively low water resistance rating. At just 300m this is not what you would classify as a ‘serious’ dive watch, thus negating the need for a helium escape valve.
Nonetheless, it is still great for those looking to undertake some water ‘friendly’ activities like sailing or possibly even shallow-water snorkeling, and you can be sure it will look the part when you’re sipping cocktails at the beach bar. Equally as appealing is the fact that it doesn’t look like your typical dive watch, especially with the internal rotating bezel and so this means it can be worn just as comfortably with your suit as it can be with your swimming trunks.
Powered by a caliber JR1010, a variant of the brand’s base caliber JR1000 in-house movement, the dial displays the hours, minutes, seconds, date and linear power reserve. It’s this last feature though that really sets this new Diverscope collection apart, hence the LPR (linear power reserve) designation. You see unlike most watches, which use a separate sub-dial to indicate remaining power, this one displays the cycle of its 48 hour power reserve inside the 12 o’clock Arabic numeral. In this way full to empty is indicated vertically. It’s a novel touch sure, but one that gives that much needed sense of distinction without compromising on legibility.
The Diverscope LPR comes with both a black rubber and black fabric strap, both with steel folding buckles to match the stainless steel case.
The Final Word
Although the price is a little on the high side for my liking, this must be tempered by the fact that the Diverscope LPR is powered by an in-house movement and is exceptionally well made. Certainly not a watch for serious dive enthusiasts but definitely one worthy of consideration for those looking for a good quality, practical timepiece that they’re not going to see on the wrists of all their friends at the yacht club.
For more information please visit the official JeanRichard website: www.jeanrichard.com
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