Advisor is back with a new watch, and this time it is a chunky bronze dive watch. We spent a week with the Advisor SUPA Bronze Diver.
Advisor SUPA Bronze Diver Review
The Advisor SUPA Bronze Diver Review arrived in a simple thick cardboard box with the minimum of padding. I assume this is only a temporary solution for the review sample, but it could certainly do with a little more foam to prevent the watch from sliding around. I’ll be adding some extra bubble wrap when I send it on to the next reviewer.
The watch will start at $429 for super early bird backers, and for the money you get a high-quality Swiss Sellita SW-200 movement in a bronze case with 300m of water resistance.
The Advisor SUPA Bronze Diver is a heavy watch, with a thick (14.5mm) case and a chunky 44mm diameter. The case is fashioned from marine grade CuSn8 bronze. I enjoyed the way the watch is made up of many flat surfaces – it reminded me somewhat of the design of a Lamborghini Countach! The case is topped with a well-lumed 120 click unidirectional bezel. The bezel design is sure to divide opinion. I thought at first that it was a bit too much with all the rivets but I quickly got used to it and grew to appreciate the bold look. If you like big Seikos you’ll be right at home with it!
Everything is well machined and feels solid – the bezel has no play and the knurled crown (signed with the Advisor “A” logo in lume) operates smoothly. The back is made of steel (to prevent your wrist from turning green when you wear it) and whilst it is better engraved than most microbrand watches, it could do with a touch more depth.
Dial and Hands
Unusually for a modern watch, the dial is in the “pie pan” style. A raised disk containing the markers is inset from the flat chapter ring. It is quite a cool look on vintage watch but the downside of the style is that when it is combined with that big, thick bezel it makes the dial look really small.
The syringe hands are thick and easy to read, everything is well-lumed and legible and the date is nicely placed at 6 O clock – I am not sure why Advisor chose a black date wheel, as it does make it look like a marker is missing at first glance. The domed sapphire crystal does a great job of bringing out the texture of the dial, especially when viewed from an angle.
Strap and Buckle
The Advisor SUPA Bronze Diver arrived with a lovely, thick, rubber strap. It is comfortable to wear and looks great. The buckle is brass, to match the case. There is some text (ADVISOR) on the buckle but it is so lightly engraved that it has been almost lost to patina already.
Advisor SUPA Bronze Diver – Video Review
What I Liked
- I enjoy wearing a big, heavy dive watch and this one does not disappoint!
- The watch is a very different design to the usual “Rolex submariner clone”
- The rubber strap is superb – a step above the usual quality in this price bracket
What I Didn’t Like
- The design will divide opinion – I like its bold looks but some will find it a bit gaudy
- The pie pan design and thick bezel makes the dial look really small
- The engraving on the buckle is a little too shallow
Advisor SUPA Bronze Diver – the WRUK Verdict
I was in two minds about the last Advisor watch I reviewed, the Ascent and this watch fixes all the problems I had with the first watch. Overall, I grew to love the Advisor SUPA Bronze Diver. It’s certainly not going to appeal to everyone, but if you like watches from brands like Seiko or Zelos I think you’ll like this one. It is well-made, easy to read and well-priced.
Buy and Advisor SUPA Bronze Diver
The Advisor SUPA Bronze Diver arrives on Kickstarter in February 2020. Early bird pricing begins at $429 and goes up in stages to $489, which is still good value and less than the final retail price which will be $699.