Reviewing the Replica Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Of all the Cartier replica watches that debuted at last year’s SIHH watch fair in Geneva, perhaps the one I least expected was a dive watch from Cartier. And it turned out to be one of the coolest new watches in recent years. In this article, I give you the scoop on Cartier’s foray into the world of “real” sports watches.

The Replica Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver is an unmistakably masculine watch for both everyday wear and extreme conditions; it meets the challenge of combining the classical Cartier style with the technical requirements necessary to be considered a true divers’ watch under the international standard ISO 6425. To meet this standard, the watch must meet eight criteria for reliability and pass a series of extremely rigorous tests.

Replica Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

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For those who are unfamiliar with the ISO standard, these are the main criteria:

Unidirectional turning bezel

To prevent any accidental rotation or alteration of the dive-time indication, the bezel turns in only one direction. It has been designed with 120 notches (40 teeth and 3 points) to enable adjustment to a half-minute, with a clear sound signal during its rotation. For greater visibility, the markers signaling each five-minute period are clearly indicated.

Display in the dark

The Calibre de Cartier Diver can be clearly read deep below the surface due to the Super-LumiNova applied to its dive-time indicators, hour and minute hands, pre-selection device and small seconds counter.

Cartier Calibre de CartierWater-resistant to 300 meters

When underwater, diving replica Cartier watches can be subjected to very high pressures and extreme conditions (saltwater, thermal shocks, etc.). For protection, the Calibre de Cartier Diver is fitted with a thick crystal, a screwed caseback, oversized seals and a screw-down crown that ensure water-resistance to 300 meters. The watch has demonstrated its resistance to saltwater after immersion in a solution of sodium chloride (30 g/l) at 18° C – 25° C for 24 hours. Furthermore, after spending 50 hours at a depth of 30 centimeters at 18° C – 25° C, it continues to function perfectly underwater.

Despite its sportiness, the watch is still a Cartier. Cartier would never release a Replica Cartier Roadster watches that was overly massive or heavy, so reducing the thickness of the case was a technical and aesthetic challenge. The manufacture’s watchmakers, as always, took care to maintain a balance of dimensions. They have produced an authentic divers’ watch, without sacrificing everyday comfort on the wrist, in a balanced case measuring just 11 mm in thickness. It features a contrast of satin and polished finishes, a turning bezel coated with ADLC and bordered with fluting that recalls the interior of the bezel of the original Replica Calibre de Cartier watch, launched in 2010. This is a clear sign of its pedigree, just like the oversized, luminescent Roman numeral “XII” at the 12 o’clock position.

The Calibre de Cartier Diver is available in an all-steel or rose-gold case, both on a sporty, black rubber strap. Like its predecessor, the original Calibre de Cartier, the fake Cartier watches contains the Cartier in-house movement 1904 MC.

Replica Cartier Calibre de Cartier

Case: Stainless steel; diameter = 42 mm; thickness = 11 mm

Crown: Faceted steel set with a faceted synthetic spinel

Bezel: Unidirectional, steel coated with ADLC

Crystal: Sapphire

Water-resistance: 300 meters

Dial: Black, partially snailed, with numeral “XII” in Super-LumiNova

Hands: Sword-shaped, with Super-LumiNova

Strap: Rubber, with steel ardillon buckle

Price: Starting at 5,500 euro (steel)