Delma Cayman Automatic (Hands-On)

Earlier this year, Delma, the free family-claimed Swiss brand famous for its profound dive watches, presented the Cayman assortment . A vintage-roused diver, the Delma Cayman Automatic, similar to the reptile it is named after, is a land and/or water capable watch as upbeat in the water as out. Water-impervious to 500m, retro 1970s styling, a Swiss automatic development, three dial and bezel tones and numerous lash decisions, for around EUR 1,000, most would agree that Delma has joined the market of vintage-motivated dive watches with a vengeance. 

A soaked dive market

Vintage divers are the ‘it’ watches existing apart from everything else and brands like Oris , Longines , Seiko , Tudor , Doxa , Blancpain and even surprising players like Glashütte Original , which figured out how to uncover a 1969 diver in its chronicles, are all on the lookout for this kind. The marvel of vintage divers, similar to the wonder of blue dials gives no indications of abating.


Founded in Lengnau, Switzerland by Adolf and Albert Gilomen in 1924, the first name of the brand, A. & A. Gilomen, was fill in for Delma Watch in 1966 after the company was sold. The 1969 Periscope was Delma’s first diver preparing for its practice of strong profound dive watches. The most recent expert profound diver is the Blue Shark III fit for comprehending profundities of 4,000 metres.


The Delma Cayman Automatic, presented recently, joins the generally immersed market of vintage-propelled dive watches. Getting on plan prompts from Delma divers of the 1970s, the Cayman has a more than decent 500m water-obstruction rating. With regards to the idea of a games watch, the steel case has a 42mm breadth and a stature of 13.3mm. The case configuration is genuinely direct with sharp profiles on the carries and a larger than average screw-down crown. The completions range from brushed surfaces to a cleaned angle on the sides of the hauls. The slight bend of the drags adjusts well to most wrist sizes and regardless of the enormous crown, it doesn’t dive into your wrist.

The aluminum bezel, on top of the 1970s soul of the watch, is accessible in dark, blue or red. To the extent bezels go, this one is really Spartan with the markings. Silver numerals at 15, 30 and 45, minute markers and an iridescent spot at 12 o’clock complete the image. Not even the initial 15-minutes on the bezel are featured, which is generally the situation with divers. The scalloped edge of the unidirectional bezel is intended to improve grip.

Available in three tones – blue, dark and silver – the sunray-brushed dial, similar to the bezel, is practically moderate. The hour markers are addressed by moderately little exchanging dabs and rectangular markers treated with lume. The hour, moment and focal seconds hands, with its bolt molded tip, are additionally treated with lume. A date window at 3 o’clock completes the image. The remainder of the dial, save the Delma logo under the 12 o’clock marker and the engraving Automatic 500m/1650 ft, is empty.

What is strange however is the presence of an open caseback, an extraordinariness in dive watches. What you are taking a gander at here is a mainstream ETA 2824-2, a solid and simple to-support Swiss development obvious through a sapphire caseback. The watch can be worn on either a cowhide tie with a steel pin clasp or a Milanese cross section steel bracelet.

amphibious character

There’s no chance we can ignore the way that most dive watches and most games watches have deserted their common milieu in return for dry land and even – might we venture to say it? – more conventional commitment. Strolling around London a week ago, I ran over a banner in a suit shop of a model in dark tie wearing a Milgauss.

The moderately careful bezel, cleaned up dial and little hour markers of the Delma Cayman Automatic may look back to vintage configuration prompts however they likewise permit the watch to get over into regular wear. I think the Delma Cayman has pulled off this mixture land and/or water capable usefulness quite well. It has all the specs of a dive watch however it looks dressier and less considerable than others in this type, particularly when combined with the Milanese steel arm band. The way that it has a date window and an open caseback just compound this impression. Factor in the reasonable cost and you have a strong possibility for an every day beater.

Price & Availability

The Delma Cayman Automatic models on calfskin lashes retail for EUR 990, those on tempered steel Milanese arm bands for EUR 1,150. The watches are currently accessible at true retailers and on the brand’s own webshop .

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