MKII is one of the brands that’s been around for awhile, but we’ve not looked at here on WWR since 2005. What brought them to my attention (again) this time around was the fact that their Paradive model now offers a lumed sapphire inlay on the bezel – and I just plain like that. The Paradive is MKII’s interpretation of the watch that was issued to US Special Forces and CIA Maritime units from the ’60s through the ’80s. Of course, this modern interpretation offers several improvements, including:
- A uni-directional (rather than bi-directional) bezel
- A helium release valve has been added, offering greater dive flexibility
- Upgraded movement (ETA 2836-2)
So, just from those three bullets, it’s obvious that this watch is intended to be used, and can be put through quite a bit. The double-domed (and AR-coated) sapphire crystal, as well as the beefy case (41.25mm diameter by 15.5mm thick; 49.5mm end to end) and 300m water resistance rating further underscore the intended durability.
And yes, what brought me to this watch was the lumed sapphire inlay on the bezel. However, if you don’t like that, and would like to save some money, you can opt for a version that has an anodized aluminum inlay. But, back to the sapphire. Even within that one specific model, you still get more choice. You can have it with no date, with a date display, or with a day-date display.
In my book, I think that’s great you have that sort of choice, both in the ultimate look of your watch, as well as the price you want to pay. And with that, we do have to talk about the price. For this sapphire bezel model, you’ll pay $1650 or $1750, depending on the options you select.
Of course, if you drop the sapphire inlay, prices go down to $1450. Still, it’s not an insignificant amount to spend on a watch. If you like the classic/vintage-inspired dive watches, though, and want one to last a good long time, MKII should definitely be on your list.