Epos Sportive Diver
When I see people searching for divewatches, the main criteria are generally Stainless Steel case, 42/43mm, strong lume and >200m WR. The Epos Sportive Diver is checking all the boxes!
- Material: Stainless Steel / Ceramic Bezel
- Diameter: 43 mm
- Thickness: 14.5 mm
- Lugs: 25 mm
- Front Crystal: Scratch-Resistant Curved Sapphire
- Back: Stainless Steel
- Water Resistance: 50 ATM
- Color: Black
- Execution: Sandblasted
- Hour Markers: Index / Arab Applied
- Base Movement: ETA 2824
- Type: Automatic
- Execution: Standard
- Date Functions: Date
- Stainless Steel bracelet / Folding Buckle
- Rubber strap / Folding Buckle
The Epos Sportive Diver seems at first to have taken its parts from multiple known pieces: a Yachtmaster’s bezel, an Aquis’ case, an Aquaracer’s hands,… But looking closer, all pieces come well together and give the watch a genuine identity.
The 43mm case is well balanced with rather short lugs and large crown guards. The finishing is mostly brushed for an aggressive look, soften by the chamfered polished edges. The Helium Escape Valve is located at 9 o’clock and the crown stands the standard 3 o’clock position.
The 3D matte ceramic bezel gives the Sportive Diver a bold style, what could easily be called a toolwatch.
The Sportive Diver’s dial is really beautiful in person. The sandblasted texture is a bit tricky to photography but it really looks good and qualitative. The applied indexes with large arabic numerals at 6-9-12 o’clock are filled with Super Luminova, giving the watch a great legibility when the night comes.
As already mentioned, the hands look quite like the cal. 5 Aquaracer’s, but as far as I’m concerned I don’t mind. They’re also filled with Super Luminova. The date window is located at 3 o’clock.
If you look closer, everything seems clean and well executed. Hat’s off Epos 🙂
The movement is based on an off-the-shelf Swiss ETA 2824. Those movements aren’t commonly found outside of the Swatch Group anymore, but Epos seems to have find their way to get supplied.
The Sportive Diver’s movement is hidden behind a Stainless Still engraved caseback.
Although I really like the watch itself, I believe Epos could have put some efforts in the different strap options which are a bit outdated.
The rubber is a standard silicone strap (dust magnet) that has to be cut to the owner’s wrist size, with no fine adjustment possible except for the 2 pin positions.
Regarding the bracelet, the finishing is well done but the buckle suffers from the same lack of micro adjustment. 2 positions are possible and are 3mm apart, requiring a tool to be adjusted. The diving extension is still there but people aren’t looking for that kind of feature anymore since it’s always too tight or too loose.
On the wrist
I have been able to adjust the bracelet to my wrist (at least until next summer when I’ll have to add a link). The curved lugs make the Sportive Diver a really comfortable watch. It’s not too heavy and even a bit eye-catching with its big yellow minute hand.
Epos made a beautiful watch, offered at a fair price (1 041€ excl. VAT). It has almost everything it needs except for the tool-free fine adjustable buckle. That being said, even if those buckles should be used more and more, they generally come with a significant cost.