Meet the Nanodive, a watch so black it can’t get much blacker. In fact, looking at this watch is like that scene in Spinal Tap when they receive the pressings for Smell the Glove: this watch can be none more black.

Featuring a nanotube-based Vanta black coating, the watch face is basically as black as black can be. It is also fully lumed under the face, offering a stark contrast between the face and the lettering. It features a mechanical Selitta movement inside a steel or PVD-coated case and starts at a reasonable 645 Euro.

From the product page:

Vertically Aligned Titania Nanotubes Arrays unique physical and optical properties reflect so little light that it can be described as the closest thing to a black hole. They can absorb up to 99.9% of virtually all incident light. This Superblack watch face is made in cooperation with the University of Pardubice, a cutting-edge nano technology research center, based in Czech Republic.

The whole kit looks like a fairly standard setup: a nice case, a rotating bezel, and a leather strap. The real draw, obviously, is the access to the Vanta black dial, a dial so dark that it reflects no light. I haven’t seen any other makers attempt this and it’s going to be very interesting to see these folks pull it off.

The entry-level watch costs $700 and will ship in April 2022. You can pick up a 99 piece limited edition version for a little more and, as always, buyer beware: who knows if these guys will ever ship. That said, it’s a cool way to take part in the Vanta black revolution.

By John Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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