LIV GX Ceramic Diver’s Steel Cobalt
Today I’m reviewing a piece made by people thinking out of the box for people thinking likewise: The LIV Ceramic Diver’s Steel Cobalt.
LIV Watches is a direct-to-consumer microbrand that stripped away all unnecessary costs so that everyone could experience a Swiss-made timepiece without breaking their budget. At least that’s their promise, let’s see how accurate this statement is 🙂
First things first, the specs:
– Movement: 25 Jewel ETA Caliber 2824-2 Swiss Automatic.
– Case: 316L Stainless Steel.
– Case-Back: Screwed Down Skeleton Sapphire Crystal.
– Bezel: Blue Ceramic with BG-W9 Luminescence & Rotating.
– Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire with Date Cyclops.
– Crown: Screwed Down.
– Water Resistance: 300 Meters / 1000 Feet.
– Dial: Blue & Dark White With Date.
– Dimensions: 44 mm Diameter; 13.1 mm Height.
– Strap: 316L Stainless Steel.
– Production: Swiss Made – Limited to 1000 with Individual Serial Numbers.
Let’s note that you can choose whether you want the cyclops or not. I don’t like cyclops and can still read the date without a magnifier, so I chose to get it removed.
The watch comes in a nice and solid box, in addition to which you’ll get an envelope with the warranty certificate and a short notice explaining that the crown has to be pushed and screwed in. A wise piece of advice 🙂
My first impression when getting the watch out of its box was that it wasn’t as heavy as it seemed to be. The brushed stainless steel case and bracelet still feel solid, but even with a 44mm case you won’t feel like wearing this piece will drag you down to the sea bed 🙂 The watch sits very comfortably on my wrist thanks to slightly curved lugs. The big signed crown is located at 3 and surrounded by two large crown protectors. The unidirectional bezel gets action smoothly, and the matte ceramic insert makes the whole thing feel really premium. As expected, you won’t suffer from poor legibility thanks to an effective AR coating of the sapphire glass.
I’ve been enjoying this watch for about a month now and still feel amazed by the details on the dial ! Seriously, the designers achieved a superb work of art with this eye-catching piece. From the wave-embossed pattern to the brushed hands, I must admit they went way beyond what one can expect from such an affordable timepiece ! I also love the orange touch of the second hand, the logo and the 5 minute markers. You’ll also find the same color on the logo engraved on the crown 🙂
Having the best looking watch without the best movement would be a shame, that’s why LIV selected the automatic Swiss ETA 2824-2. You can see it thanks to the see-through caseback. It even features a signed rotor.
I have seen many microbrands and have had the chance to test quite a few of them. LIV Watches shows with this divewatch a serious experience of making unique and qualitative timepieces ! I can only encourage you to discover their collection, you won’t be disappointed !
More information here: https://www.livwatches.com
If you’re wondering where the blue nato comes from, it’s made by RSM Watch Straps.