It can be a challenge sometimes to find a dress watch that is highly functional, and has some style to it as well. It gets even more difficult when price becomes an issue. Fortunately Delma is a brand that can fill the gap when it comes to finding what we need, and the Delma Heritage automatic is a dress watch worthy of writing an article about. As for Delma, it is a family operated watch company from Switzerland. They operate in the town of Lengnau, near Biel. The brand is best known for its dive watches and sports watches, but also is very committed to making great dress watches as well. So last year in 2018, the brand launched a dress watch named the Delma Heritage, and it gets its inspiration fro watches earlier created by the family of horologists.
When looking at the watch, the first thing to jump out is its level of cleanliness. It really does have a clean, 1960’s vintage design. The dial has a softly curved shape to it, and that enhances the character of the watch and creates an elegant visual. The hour markers are also curved and its tip of the seconds hand was bent by the watchmakers to better embrace the curves of the dial. The dial come in four different color options. Brown, blue, silver, and black. The date indicator is located at 6 o’clock, and overall the watch have a very pleasing appearance. Dress watch purists might debate the value of having a date window at all, but this is a functional dress watch, made for the office as much as for special occasions. Opinions will vary on this point.
The watch measures in at 43 millimeters in diameter, and has round case features. The elegant curves are dynamic, and the elongated lugs add to the modern sizing, even though the design is somewhat retro. The crystal is sapphire, and very nicely curved. The watch comes in stainless steel, pick, or yellow gold PVD coated stainless steel. Even though the watch has a bigt of a large diameter, the watch wears very comfortably, and is just heavy enough to remind the wearer that a watch is upon the wrist. The watch has an exhibition caseback, and is water resistant to 100 meters in depth.
The wtch is powred by the ETA 2824 automatic watch movement, and is considered to be a reliable, durable workhorse of the watch industry. The watch indicates time and date, and offers a 38 hour power reserve. The watch is offered with a strap made of leather, and a folding strap buckle. Price is set at $950 for the stainless steel alone, or $990 of PVD coated in gold. At that price, this is an exciting option for an elegant dress watch having Swiss origins. Please take a look at delma.ch. Yo might just see the dress watch that you are searching for.