A long-lost ’80s baby revived for the modern era, Delma delved deep into their archives for their latest dive watch debut – and the results are truly stunning.
Delma looked to one of its rarest dive watches from the 1980s, the Quattro, for inspiration for its latest aquatic horology.
The new Delma Quattro has all the hallmarks of a truly great decompression diver’s watch, a must-have for divers and desk divers alike.
Delma talks about their new Quattro, which is designed and developed for divers with a strong focus on clarity and functionality.
Its striking appearance is defined by a unique symmetrical stainless-steel case that subtly integrates the helium escape valve while protecting its discreetly placed screw-down crown from any potential impacts.
The robust bezel is characterized by six bold notches that enhance the Quattro’s distinctive symmetry.
But the 2022 Quattro also introduced some new technology for the Delma, such as their exclusive Rapid Bracelet Exchange System (RBES), which allows the case to be held in 3 different forms.
The bracelet and strap can be changed quickly without the need for any tools. Likewise, the watch can be easily mounted on a custom designed decompression plate in seconds.
To release the watch, one pulls up the lever, rotates the case one hour clockwise, and moves the lever from 8 to 9 o’clock.
To attach it, the lever is placed at 9 o’clock and turned counterclockwise while gently pressing it until the watch clicks in.
The DELMA RBES is based on a bayonet mount mechanism that is easy and safe to operate in all conditions.
In keeping with the dynamic nature of the watch, the crown has a special notch so it can be unscrewed by hand by removing its bespoke tool, coin or watch head.
The aluminum decompression plate allows direct connection of the watch with the necessary data based on the research of Swiss dive pioneers Hannes Keller and Albert Bulmann.
Still considered the most intuitive of their kind today, their tables took into account the need for multiple decompression stops for deeper and longer dives.
The plate illustrates two sets of data—one for diving in mountains at altitudes of 700masl and above and one below 700masl. The decompression plate attaches securely to oxygen tanks or other gear via its spring snap hook.
The 2022 Quattro showcases all that Delma has to offer in terms of development and ingenuity, with its bespoke accessories drawing inspiration from its past.
The OG Delma Quattro started with the quartz movement in the early 80s and became popular with divers, especially in the US, through Delma’s presence at Florida dive shows.
40 years later, the exclusive 999-piece limited edition series is powered by the automatic SW200-1 movement and has a water resistance of 500 meters / 1650 feet.
The minute and lollipop seconds hands are accented with orange for prominent visibility, while the hour hand is defined in white.
Matching hands, round hour markers on the dial and quarter-hour markers on the bezel, all accented with Super Luminova C5 for ultimate legibility.
The Quattro is available with a black, blue or orange dial and a stainless-steel or black DLC bezel ring.
The brushed stainless steel bracelet is fitted with a deployant clasp with pushers, while the rubber strap has a stainless steel buckle.
This extraordinary timepiece is accompanied by its bespoke accessories, including a blue leather travel case and a special box to store the watch, strap and decompression plate.
The 999-piece Delma Quattro Limited Edition has an MSRP of CHF 1990 / EUR 2090 / USD 2390.
Thoughts? Most watchmakers play it safe throughout the year – offering ‘on trend’ designs and rarely daring to deviate from said trends.
With the 2022 Quattro, Delma dares to stand out from the crowd by revisiting an era that has just begun to be revisited in the divers segment.
The new Delma Quattro resurrects a true tool diver from the 1980s and has been painstakingly developed, re-engineered and redesigned so that it can once again fulfill its purpose beneath the waves, while offering a stylish, technical wristwatch for those with the slightest appreciation. For diver watches.
When I first discovered the Delma, I saw some pictures of the OG Quattro and was immediately drawn to its functional 80s design.
Now after all these years there is a modern interpretation of this very cool watch and I have to say it has exceeded my expectations.
But what do you think? And which dial bezel combo would you go for?