In my book, dive watches are about the safest design for a brand to start out with. There’s an almost universal appeal to the look, and they certainly can make for a great everyday watch. Then again, they can tend to be quite thick and heavy, which won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. That’s where the Nove Trident Automatic looks to shine.

Of course, there is a little bit of visual sleight-of-hand happening here. While the case of the Nove Trident Automatic itself is literally 6mm thick, the overall watch is 13mm thick. To fit things in properly, there is a domed caseback, and a double-domed sapphire crystal on top. However, with the thin side of case there seen in proportion to the 46mm diameter, it’s going to look like a very, very thin watch.

I myself can’t say whether or not the Nove Trident Automatic is actually useful as a true diving watch, but it does have the look. You’ve got the large timing bezel (with a sharp sawtooth look to it; though one wonders how much dust and dirt that will collect) surrounding that big – and lovely – mother-of-pearl dial, complete with large luminous pips applied. The handset seems well-sized as well, here taking the shape of what we’d more commonly see in a pilot watch.

All of this is driven by a Ronda R150 automatic movement, so you’re beginning to wonder what the Nove Trident Automatic actually costs, no? Well, that’s where Kickstarter pricing is your friend. Earlybird pricing starts at $662, a 32% price savings. The campaign is running now, and ends on January 12, 2021. They are well short of the funding goal, so not guaranteed that this will make it to your wrist. However, we are working with them to get a loaner in prior to the close, so we should be able to give you hands-on impressions soon. campaign page

Tech Specs from Nove

  • Case Dimensions
    • Diameter (excluding crown): 46mm
    • Lug-to-lug: 49mm
    • Thickness: 13.05mm (including caseback and crystal)
  • Movement: Ronda Swiss R150 automatic
  • 316l stainless steel
  • Double-domed sapphire crystal
  • 200m WR
  • Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial
  • Screw-down crown

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