Though Delma isn’t probably the most acquainted model, it’s one we’ve coated a number of occasions on MONOCHROME due to its wonderful high quality/worth ratio. The latest vintage-inspired Continental Chronographs are strong examples, providing well-executed and numerous fashions for beneath EUR three,000. This newest Cayman Worldtimer Automatic follows the easier Cayman Automatic diver line with an added GMT hand and world cities on the exterior rotating bezel. Not a real world timer from the likes of Vacheron Constantin or Patek Philippe (with inner rotating 24-hour ring), but it surely will get the job achieved for a fraction of the worth.
Delma isn’t a comparatively new microbrand or the like (in the event you’re unfamiliar with the model), however an virtually century-old, impartial Swiss watchmaker that’s household owned. It’s recognized for sporty dive watches and chronographs with costume and women’ fashions as nicely. The brand new Cayman Worldtimer is a GMT watch with 24 world cities engraved on a rotating bezel, requiring a fast guide adjustment to align the time zones with the present native time. Expensive world timers from a few of the most prestigious manufacturers function 37 time zones through main cities (some with half or quarter-hour variations) and routinely rotating inner disks, however 24 time zone fashions are extra frequent – the globe has 24 time zones by the hour. World time was established in 1884, however Swiss watchmaker Louis Cottier created the primary motion to indicate all 24 time zones on a single dial. For a extra complete look, see our Technical Perspective on Travel Watches.
CASE & DESIGN
The Delma Cayman Worldtimer employs the identical case because the extra entry-level Cayman Automated diver with a diameter of 42mm and top of 13.6mm. The case is brushed save for the case again and polished bevels on the lugs. The signed, screw-down crown is barely outsized for straightforward use and permits for a formidable water resistance of 500 meters. Regardless of this depth ranking, there’s nonetheless a mineral glass exhibition case again. The domed sapphire crystal is surrounded by a bidirectional rotating bezel with an aluminium insert. In lieu of a diver’s scale, 24 cities are engraved in two rows and characterize the world’s time zones. The bezel is available in both black or blue, relying on dial color, and rotation is easy and exact. By setting the native metropolis at 12 o’clock, the remaining cities are timed through the interior 24-hour scale. Strap choices embody black or blue calfskin leather-based with white stitching and metal pin buckle, or a stainless-steel Milanese bracelet with folding clasp.
DIAL & HANDS
Along with the world cities, the Cayman Worldtimer has a devoted GMT hand for straightforward monitoring of a second time zone – it additionally doubles as a day/evening indicator. It has a standard triangular purple tip with Tremendous-LumiNova, whereas the silver hour, minute and seconds arms even have lume inserts. Spherical utilized indices with lume mark the hours with distinguished rectangular indices at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. A bevelled date window sits at three o’clock. An inner 24-hour scale spans the outer perimeter with black and blue halves (between 6 and 18) for fast day/evening reference. Dial colors embody Abyss Black with black bezel, Deep Blue with blue bezel and Lustrous Silver with black bezel, and all have a sunray-brushed end.
There’s a Ronda quartz model of the Worldtimer, however our focus is on the ETA 2893 automated (GMT variant of the ETA 2982). It has 21 jewels, beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 50-hour energy reserve. Capabilities embody central hours, minutes, hacking seconds, GMT and date. Seen from the exhibition caseback, it’s embellished with perlage and Côtes de Genève on the rotor with Delma’s brand engraved.
Delma has a mature, properly designed GMT model of the Cayman Automated diver that doesn’t sacrifice water-resistance because it strays a bit from the normal diver aesthetic. Though not a real world timer, it definitely will get the job achieved in follow and stays an accessible piece with out the extra sophisticated motion. All three color choices are subdued and sporty and paired with the strap choices, there’s a wholesome selection for a lot of tastes.
The Cayman Worldtimer Automated retails for EUR 2,050 with the leather-based strap or EUR 2,150 for the Milanese bracelet. For extra data and to make a purchase order, go to Delma’s website.